Cowgirl Words


This is a collection of published works, presentations, and film work for Jennifer Bristol. I hope to continue to add to this as I get things published or continue speaking on the topic of finding balance with nature and connecting children to the outdoors.


Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas, A&M University Press - April, 2020

Cemetery Birding: An Unexpected Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas A&M University Press - July, 2023

Contributor - Texas State Parks the First 100 Years 1923-2023, by George L. Bristol - TCU Press

Book Reviews- Parking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas

Texas Highways Magazine- Dan Oko- October 2020- About Parking Lot and Cemetery Birding

Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, August, 2020

Austin American Statesman, - Michael Barnes- May 2020


Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, January 2019 feature, Camping at School

Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, July 2017 article- Natural Play

Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, August 2016 article- There's an App for That

Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, April 2016 feature- 35 Ways to Get Out and Play

Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, May 2016 article- A Family That Birds Together

Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, November 2014 Article - Fire Craft 101

Guest Blogs and Podcasts:

Bird Nerd Book Club Podcast - with Hannah Buschert - Click here to listen

Marfa Public Radio- Nature Notes program

Women Birders Happy Hour: with Hannah Buschert - Click here to hear the PodCast

Spill the Beans Pod Cast- Birds and Nature

Texas Children in Nature

Children & Nature Network

Passport to Texas- Podcast-

Under the Texas Sky- Podcast-


Westcave- Celebration of Children and Nature- Enduring Dedication Award

Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy- Champions of Conservation Award

Texas Biding Classic- Most Valuable Birder Award- 2018 & 2019

In The News:

Grand Opening for Will Smith Zoo School- San Antonio-

Texas Heritage For Living, Summer 2016 issue; Into the Wild

River River Radio; Nacogdoches talk to help parents prioritize outdoor play

Children & Nature Network; Texas Children in Nature Aims to End Nature Deficit Disorder

San Antonio Express News; Showing Kids the Wild Side of Life

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; New National Initiative Mirrors Texas Children in Nature Effort

News 8 Time Warner Cable- February 4, 2015 Topic- Texas Children in Nature

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; News Release- Texas Nature Challenge Connects the Families with the Outdoors

Austin American Statesman; Burning Pines "Kick Ash" Run at Bastrop State Park

Bastrop Advertiser; National Trails Day

Texas Parks and Wildlife; News Release - National Trails Day

Speaking Engagements:

Birding the Border 2023 - AgriLife - keynote 2023

Association for Learning Environments - South Texas Chapter- Keynote- 2019

Texas Association for Environmental Educators - Keynote - 2018

Texas Children in Nature Summit- Keynote and workshops- 2018 & 2017

SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture- 2016- Get Out and Play to be Healthier, Happier and Smarter

Podcast With Sustainable Mind- 2015- topic- Children in Nature

SXSW Eco- October 2014 Topic- Breaking Down Barriers, Creating Access to Nature for Families. This was a really fun talk that I put together with my father, George Bristol. George is a writer, conservationist and one of the most skilled political consultants ever.

Texas Master Naturalist Conference - 2015 - Topics - Engaging Young Families in Outdoor Activities and Connecting with Families Through Media to Get Them Into Nature

Children & Nature Conference - 2015- Topic- Engaging Diversity in Careers in the Outdoors

Children & Nature Conference- 2015- Topic- Texas Children in Nature

Informal Science Educators Association- February 20, 2015 Topic- Network Weaving to Build Smart Communities.

Camp Fire Central Texas- February 4, 2015 Topic- Fundraising

Leadership Austin- November 21, 2014 Topic- Creating Access to Nature in and Urban Setting. Building Multi-generational stewards.

Camp Fire Program Advisory Luncheon - November 12, 2014 Topic- Connecting children with nature to build leadership skills.

University of Texas, Pricilla Pond Flawn Family Lab- October, 2014 Topic- Family Nature Clubs. Follow up blog for Texas Children in Nature.

Austin Youth River Watch- July 2014 - Community Form on Austin Teens and the Environment video from the talk

Texas Master Naturalist- Workshop

Film Work: I've worked on over 20 films, TV shows, music videos and advertisements, this is a short list of that work.

Monster Hunter

Love and a 45

Tin Cup


8 Seconds- The Lane Frost Story

Franky Starlight

My Boyfriends Back

Ned Blessing; the true story

A Mother's Gift