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

Book ReviewsParking Lot Birding: A Fun Guide to Discovering Birds in Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, August, 2020

Austin American Statesman, 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:

Marfa Public RadioNature Notes program

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

Texas Children in Nature

Children & Nature Network


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:

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

Passport to Texas– Podcast- 

Under the Texas Sky– Podcast-

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

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