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    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

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  • Park Phone issues

    The visitor center main phone line and fax line are not working. To reach the park visitor center, call (361) 949-8069 or (361) 949-4793. Fax to (361) 949-7091, Attention: Visitor Center. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bird Island Basin Campground rehabilitation starts August 18, 2014

    The second part of a project to repair facilities and rebuild eroded shoreline at Bird Island Basin Campground begins August 18. Minor disruptions of activities in the immediate area may occur. None of the work should affect use of the boat ramp.

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The National Park Service turns 98 years old on Monday, August 25th, 2014!
Park entry will be free on Monday, August 25th in honor of Founder's Day. But the birthday celebration will take place on Saturday, August 23rd, at Padre Island National Seashore!

Events begin with Hidden Treasures, a program in which participants help capture and release live creatures in the surf, at 11 am. At 12:30 pm, our Arts in the Park program will demonstrate and teach watercolor painting. This program is limited to 20 participants (others can watch). Then at 1 pm, a ranger will give a Deck Talk, showing and talking about some of the fascinating items that have been found in the park.

All programs are free and materials are provided. To sign up for the Arts in the Park program, call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361)949-8069 between 9 am and 5 pm (Central time) starting Wednesday, August 20th. Come and find your national park at Padre Island National Seashore!

Programs offered at Padre Island National Seashore for September 1 - October 14, 2014:

  • Beach Walk - 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Come along on a leisurely 45-60 minute walk with a ranger and learn about what makes Padre Island National Seashore such a special and important place. Bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. This light stroll is suitable for all ages.
  • Deck Talk - 1:00 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Join a ranger for an informal 30-45 minute talk on various aspects of the island's natural & cultural history, or to learn about fascinating items that have been found on Padre Island's coastline.
  • Arts in the Park - 1:00 p.m. every other Saturday beginning September 6th. Explore your park through art. Learn to paint beach landscapes and scenery during this 45-60 minute introduction to watercolor painting. All materials are provided, but space is limited to 20 participants. Sign up by calling the Malaquite Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Central time) starting the Wednesday prior to each class.
  • Junior Ranger - daily during Visitor Center hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a self-paced program for individuals usually ranging from ages 5-12, but anyone is welcome to participate. Upon completion of the booklet, each participant is awarded an official Junior Ranger badge and certificate, and is sworn in as a National Park Service Junior Ranger. Program booklets and pencils are available at the visitor center.

Programs may be subject to change. For more information, call the Malaquite Visitor Center at 361-949-8069.


Programs offered at Padre Island National Seashore for June 1 - August 31, 2014:

  • Beach Walk - 11:00 a.m. Saturday-Thursday. Come along on a leisurely 45-60 minute walk with a ranger and learn about what makes Padre Island National Seashore such a special and important place. Bring a hat and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. This light stroll is suitable for all ages.
  • Hidden Treasures - 11:00 a.m. Friday. Collect, learn about, and release small fish and burrowing creatures found at the surf's edge. Meet outside the visitor center entrance to join this fun program that is great for families. Come prepared to get wet.
  • Deck Talk - 1:00 p.m. daily. Join a ranger for an informal 30-45 minute talk on various aspects of the island's natural & cultural history, or to learn about fascinating items that have been found on Padre Island's coastline.
  • Junior Ranger - daily during Visitor Center hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a self-paced program for individuals usually ranging from ages 5-12, but anyone is welcome to participate. Upon completion of the booklet, each participant is awarded an official Junior Ranger badge and certificate, and is sworn in as a National Park Service Junior Ranger. Program booklets and pencils are available at the visitor center.
  • Sand Sculpting - This program will take place from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 14th and from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 13th and Sunday, August 10th. Meet on Malaquite Beach and join a professional sand sculptor to learn how to build a beautiful sand castle.
  • Sea Turtle Hatchling Releases - The public is invited to attend several releases of sea turtle hatchlings (newly hatched baby turtles) each year during June - August. Most releases take place at Malaquite Visitor Center and Beach. Dates and times for these releases are determined as nests hatch. Call the Hatchling Hotline at (361)949-7163 to find out when and where the next hatchling release will occur.
  • Junior Ranger Day (special event) - Join us on Saturday, June 14th from 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. for our special, one-day Junior Ranger Day event. Enjoy fun, family activities and earn a Junior Ranger badge. Learn to build a sandcastle, catch and release creatures in the surf, build a kite, and see live animals. Call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361)949-8069 for more information.

Programs may be subject to change. For more information, call the Malaquite Visitor Center at 361-949-8069.


What's the Best Way to Stay Connected?
Padre Island National Seashore has two Facebook pages for you to stay connected to what is happening in the park.

Click here for Padre Island National Seashore's main Facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/nps.pais

Click here for Division of Sea Turtle Science & Recovery's Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Padre-Island-NS-Division-of-Sea-Turtle-Science-Recovery/149675511741530

 
 
 

Did You Know?

A Kemp's ridley returns to the Gulf with a radio transmitter so that her travels outside of nesting season can be tracked.

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