Oasis of Discovery

Educators and students will find a wealth of unique subjects and places for study when using Big Bend as part of their curriculum. The distinct resources preserved in the park include fossil bearing strata, exceptional biological diversity, prehistoric cultures, and historical time periods from New Spain to the modern era. A field trip to the Big Bend, either actual or virtual, will enhance the learning experience for students of all ages.


Cerro Castellan

A Geologic Treasure

This is a world-class arena for geology: limestone to laccoliths, faults to volcanoes. Fossils include a world-record pterosaur, and 50’ crocodile!

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Black Bear

Nature's Finest

The park’s many, varied ecotones—formed by river, desert, and mountains—result in outstanding diversity of wildlife.

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Dorgan House

Layers of History

Take a step back in time and listen to the whispers of Native Americans, settlers, ranchers and miners...

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