The Look of Nature

Texas Parks and Wildlife


This online exhibition explores the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Texas and documents their contributions to the state parks system. In the 1930s, the CCC built 50 state parks in Texas, creating buildings and structures that are still studied today by architects across the country. This website honors the living legacy of the CCC’s work in Texas. An interactive program in four dynamic chapters weaves together the major historical themes of the exhibition while calling attention to the smaller stories that influenced the development of these parks. A Park Profiles section highlights 29 of the existing parks built by the CCC, recounting their construction during the Great Depression and allowing visitors to navigate to the current parks website to plan their next visit to these parks. Finally, a rich, searchable Archive of architectural drawings, artifacts, photographs, and oral histories invites visitors to examine these primary materials for a more in depth look at this history.


Texas Association of Museums Gold Design Award
Preservation Texas Heritage Education Award