One of the best ways to get kids interested in walking and running is to make it fun, and an upcoming series of hikes at Galveston Island State Park gives the fun factor a seasonal spin by turning an outing on one of their nature trails into a “Zombie Apocalypse Hike.”

Park interpreter Lisa Reznicek sees the zombie hike as a good introduction to the outdoors for children and adults who haven’t been to the park.

“My goal is to prepare families and kids to know the basic elements of survival, whether the disaster they’re facing is a hurricane, tornado or even a zombie apocalypse,” she said.

The hike begins on the Duck Lake Trail near the park’s nature center. In the course of the hike, the encounters will range from the park’s actual plants and wildlife to the (not real) zombies.

“Everyone starts out on the hike as a human, but we go through a game of chance, because survival is a matter of both skill and luck,” Reznicek said. “My message is that you can utilize our Texas state parks to improve your skills by getting fit and by learning to hunt and fish, which many of the parks allow.”

Reznicek pointed out that fishing is a prime draw to Galveston Island State Park.

“At the end of the hike, I’ll pass out information on hunting and fishing. By state law, you don’t need a fishing license to fish in a Texas state park.”

The Zombie Apocalypse Hike gets underway at 6 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 28, and also on Halloween night. For the Halloween hike, costumes are encouraged.

“We’re not here to scare anyone; it’s just a fun and different way to get out and enjoy the park,” Reznicek said. “If people like the zombie hike, there are miles of more trails and more programs they’ll probably enjoy, too.”

The Zombie Apocalypse Hike is free with regular paid park admission. For adults 13 and older, admission is $5, and children 12 and under are admitted to the park at no charge.

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