Denton County families who love the outdoors can take advantage of ranger-led programs for the month of August at the Johnson Branch Unit of Ray Roberts Lake State Park.

At 10 a.m. Aug. 10, a park ranger will lead a workshop on pond-dipping. Participants will explore pond life, and what it can tell you about the water itself. The workshop meets at the Kid Fish Pond.

At 2 p.m. Aug. 10, families can learn more about animals and their tongues during “Story Time With a Ranger” at the amphitheater.

Finally, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10, a park ranger will lead a class on trail biking basics, followed by a trail ride. Bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are welcome to bring their own bikes and helmets. The class meets at Pavilion 1.

The Johnson Branch Unit is located at 100 PW 4153, off FM3002 (Lone Oak Road), 7 miles east of Interstate 35. Entrance fee is $7 for ages 13 and older. For more information, call 940-637-2294 or visit

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