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Find your inner artist at a state park this summer

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TYLER (KYTX) - Grab your pencils, crayons, and cameras, and head to Tyler State Park this summer. The new "Arts in the Parks" program is going on now.

"You can't beat getting outdoors." says Boyd Sanders with Tyler State Park.

He teaches the art classes. This is the first summer they've been offered.

"It's been a fun little program to get people outdoors, slowed down, noticing stuff that they've never noticed before on the trails."

Whether it's learning how to sketch or hitting the trails for a haiku hike, he says there's an art appeal for everyone.

"Just hiking through the woods for a little bit and then stopping and writing a short little poem." he says. 

"That would be really cool, yeah." say siblings Hannah and Elias Donally.

They're interested in the nature photography class.

"I just like taking pictures of the trees and stuff- and, like the sky." says Hannah. 

Even if you miss out on some of the art classes, you can still come by the state park and rent out an "explorer pack" for your kids. They've got crayons, notepads, and more for your kids to get their art fix while they're at the park.

Sanders says enjoying art in the park also has its health benefits.

"For the adults, it's a calming effect, lowers our blood pressure. For kids, it gets them out, active. They're discovering things, their mind is busy."

He says that's important during the summer and all year round.

All art classes are completely free. And, you don't have to register ahead of time.

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