• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Park Phone issues

    The visitor center main phone line is out. To reach the park call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. The issue has been reported, however the phone company is having difficulty locating the problem. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Padre Island National Seashore will Conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014.

    To protect the public from impaired drivers and help ensure a safe park experience for all visitors, Padre Island National Seashore law enforcement will conduct a Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, July 19, 2014 on Park Road 22 near the park’s entrance.

For Teachers

Students examine sea creatures caught during our Hidden Treasures program.

Students examine sea creatures caught during our Hidden Treasures program.

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Padre Island National Seashore offers great tools to complement your curriculum and broaden the experiences of your students. Programs are available for all age groups and are designed to meet Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requirements. Topics range from sea turtle biology to barrier island geology to marine pollution and more. You can bring students to the park for an adventure on the beach and one or more on-site programs; get students involved in a beach cleanup; or bring the beach to the classroom with an off-site program.

Educational groups can request fee waivers that provide free entrance into the park. Through a partnership with Shark-a-thon, we also offer a limited number of transportation grants each year to help eligible schools cover the cost of transportation to the park. And all programs for school and other educational groups are offered free of charge.

Download our environmental education guide, or contact our Education Specialist at (361)949-8069, for more information.

Did You Know?

Beach wheelchairs are available for loan, but must be returned by the Visitor Center's closing time.

Padre Island National Seashore has a wheelchair designed for use on loose sand available for loan at no charge. Users must leave a driver's license or their personal wheelchair at the information desk while the beach wheelchair is on loan. More...