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    Padre Island

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    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.

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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)949-8068 for more information.

Programs may be subject to change. For more information, call the Malaquite Visitor Center at 361-949-8068.


Padre Island named one of the top 20 travel destinations in Texas
Texas Highways Travel Magazine has ranked Padre Island among the top 20 travel destinations in Texas! Read more at http://texashighways.com/component/k2/item/7426-texas-top-40-no-19-padre-island

Programs offered at Padre Island National Seashore for May 2014:

  • Beach Walk - 11:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 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. 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.

Programs may be subject to change. For more information, call the Malaquite Visitor Center at 361-949-8068.


Bird Island Basin Campground Rehabilitation Beginning Monday, March 17, 2014

The National Park Service is beginning a two part project to repair the facilities and rebuild the eroded shoreline in the Bird Island Basin Campground. Minor disruptions of various activities in the immediate area may occur. Please note that none of the work should affect the use of the nearby Bird Island Basin boat ramp.

Over the past decade, storms and wave action from passing barges and small craft have slowly eroded the beach and shoreline in the campground area. In addition, many of the campsite shade structures need to be rehabilitated and moved back from the water's edge.

The work will be completed in two phases. The first work is scheduled to begin just after spring break and will involve removing older, degraded shade structures and rebuilding them farther away from the shoreline to increase their longevity. Once that work is completed, contractors will be on site to complete construction of features that should be able to better stabilize the shoreline. The final phase will involve reconstructing the beach that once existed on the site and re-vegetating areas that are not subjected to heavy visitor use.

Please note that weather, supply shortages, and/or other unforeseen circumstances may cause the work schedule to change. For the most current information on the campground rehabilitation and improvements, please call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361) 949-8068.

The Padre Island National Seashore staff apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your patience as work takes place to protect and preserve the environment and recreation opportunities.


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/Padre-Island-National-Seashore/137276362992142

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?

White-tailed buck (odocoileus virginianus)

The white-tailed deer on the island are not considered the island's largest native mammal because they are believed to come across the Laguna Madre from the mainland. Coyotes are considered the island's largest native mammal. More...