Interpretive programs

Ranger Programs (April 1 - May 31, 2015)

Su M Tu W Th F Sa
Birding Walk - ends 4/19 9:30 a.m. X X X
Plant Walk - ends 5/13 11:00 a.m. X
Deck Talk 1:00 p.m. X X X
Junior Ranger Program (Daily, any time during visitor center hours) X X X X X X X

Program Descriptions
Birding Walk Offered until April 19th. Go on a leisurely stroll with a guide to look for and observe birds in their natural habitat. Binoculars and field guides are available for loan. Meet at Malaquite Visitor Center for this 45-60 minute program.
Plant Walk Enjoy a stroll through rare coastal prairie habitat and learn about beautiful native flowers and plants.
Deck Talk Join a ranger for an informal 30-45 minute talk on various aspects of the island's natural and cultural history, or to learn about fascinating items that have been found on Padre Island's coastline.
Junior Ranger Program 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 is sworn in as a National Park Service Junior Ranger. Program booklets and pencils are available at the visitor center.

Please note that all programs are subject to change. For more information, please call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361) 949-8069.

Ranger Programs for June 1 - August 31, 2015 Su M T W Th F Sa
Beach Walk - 11:00 a.m. X X X X X
Plant Walk - starts 6/17 - 11:00 a.m. X
Hidden Treasures - 11:00 a.m. X
Deck Talk - 1:00 p.m. X X X X X X X
Junior Ranger Program - Daily 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. X X X X X X X
Sand Sculpting - SEE BELOW
Junior Ranger Day Event - SEE BELOW
Sea Turtle Hatchling Releases - SEE BELOW

Please note that all programs are subject to change. Call 361-949-8069 for more information.

Program Descriptions
Beach Walk Join a ranger for a leisurely 45-60 minute walk to learn what makes Padre Island National Seashore a special and important place.
Plant Walk Offered beginning June 17th. Stroll with a guide and discover some of the beautiful and fascinating plants and wildflowers of Padre Island during this 45-60 minute program.
Hidden Treasures Catch, learn about, and release small fish and burrowing creatures found at the surf's edge during this fun family program. Come prepared to get wet.
Deck Talk Relax on the Malaquite Pavilion deck while you discover some of the amazing items found along Padre Island's coastline during this informal 30-45 minute talk.
Junior Ranger Program Earn your own Junior Ranger badge and certificate by completing activities about this park at your own pace. Booklets and pencils are available at the visitor center.
Sand Sculpting This program will take place on Malaquite Beach from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on the following dates: Saturday, June 13th; Sunday, July 12th; and Sunday, August 9th. Get tips for building sand castles from a professional sand sculptor.
Junior Ranger Day Event This one-day event will be held Saturday, June 13th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Malaquite Pavilion. See live reptiles and sea life, make and fly a kite, build a sand castle, and catch creatures in the surf while earning a Junior Ranger patch.
Sea Turtle Hatchling Releases The public is invited to attend several releases of sea turtle hatchlings (newly hatched baby turtles) each year from mid-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.

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