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The Lost Maples 40th anniversary Sunday

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The Lost Maples State Natural Area outside of Vanderpool will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a special event on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 1-4 p.m.

The Friends of the Lost Maples State Natural Area is putting on the celebration, which will feature comments by officials from the park, the friends group and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department in Austin.

In addition, informational displays about the park and the surrounding ecosystem will be set up, experts will discuss the natural and human history of the Sabinal Canyon area and the natural area itself and hour-long interpretive hikes will be conducted through the area led by Master Naturalists from the Hill Country chapter of that organization.

Refreshments will be served as well.

Officials said Lost Maples was the first state natural area in the state’s parks and wildlife system. It has become a model of how to balance recreational needs of an area with conservation opportunities on state lands.

Lost Maples is located at 37221 FM 187 north of Vanderpool. There will be no admission charge to the park for the celebration, officials said.