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HOOVER’S VALLEY — Classes on using native fibers and cooking with dutch ovens highlight the January activities at Inks Lake State Park.

The native fibers workshop is 1-3 p.m. Jan. 17. Participants will learn how to make paper using a portable Hollander beater attached to a bicycle. The workshop also will cover native and non-native plants of the region. It is open to the first 30 people to register at the park headquarters and free with park entrance fees. The workshop will be conducted at Campsite 220.

A dutch oven cooking class is 4 p.m. Jan. 24. The program will cover the basics of cooking outdoors in a dutch oven as well as some history. Bring a spoon and a plate to sample the food. Recipes will be available to take home. Meet at the park amphitheater. The workshop is free with park entrance fees.

Other activities include:

  • Night Sky Party stargazing, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (weather permitting.) Cost is $10 plus park entrance fees. Meet near the playground in front of Chris’ Landing.
  • Fishing with a Ranger, 10-11 a.m. Saturdays. Free with park entrance fees. Meet behind the park store.

Hikes include:

  • Twilight Hike at Spring Creek, 5-6 p.m. Fridays. Free with park entrance fees. Meet at Devil’s Waterhole trailhead.
  • Geology Rocks!, noon-2 p.m. Jan. 10. Free with park entrance fees. Meet at Devil’s Waterhole trailhead.
  • Bat and Owl Prowl, 5 p.m. Jan. 17. Free with park entrance fees. Meet at Pecan Flats trailhead.

The park is located at 3630 Park Road 4 West near Burnet. Entrance fees are $6 for ages 13 and older, $3 for Texas residents 65 and older and free for ages 12 and younger.

For more about the programs, call the park interpreter at (512) 793-4689. For more about the park, call the headquarters at (512) 793-2223.