Lake Brownwood State Park will host its annual open house and outdoor education days this Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.   

The event, which includes free park admission and a variety of activities, is designed to introduce the park and its amenities to a new generation and the Brownwood community at large. On Friday, hundreds of Brown County schoolchildren will attend the event, while Saturday is designed for the general public.   

Park superintendent John Holland said about 300 to 500 children usually attend Friday’s event. He said activities for both days will include a catch and release tank, a BB gun range, archery and presentations from historic Buffalo Soldiers reenactors.   

Holland said everyone is welcome to attend either day. He said the open house is a great opportunity to discover Lake Brownwood State Park. “That’s exactly what we intend with it,” Holland said, “to show off the resources, both cultural and natural, of the state of Texas and our park, and to get people to come out and see what’s at our park. It’s an opportunity to highlight what we have and encourage people to come out and check it out.   

“Nearly every year,” he said, “we’ll have a few people who show up who say they’ve lived in the area for years — and in some cases all their lives — and never came to the park. Just never really thought about it, but the event came up and they decided it would be a good time to visit and see what we have.”   

The Texas Parks and Wildlife website says the organization is celebrating 150 years of Buffalo Soldier history in parks across the state this year. The Buffalo Soldiers were Civil War-era regiments of African-American troops.   

Park admission is free from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.