• 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.

Interpretive programs

Ranger Programs (June 1 - August 31, 2014)

Su M Tu W Th F Sa
Beach Walk 11:00 a.m. X X X X X 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, any time during visitor center hours) X X X X X X X
Sand Sculpting SEE BELOW
Sea Turtle Hatchling Releases SEE BELOW
Junior Ranger Day (special event) SEE BELOW



Program Descriptions
Beach Walk This leisurely stroll for all ages meets outside the visitor center entrance. The 45-minute walk explores our coastal ecology.
Hidden Treasures 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 This talk meets on the deck outside the visitor center and is a discussion of the remarkable collection found on the park's touch table. Popular with all ages due to the many unique items.
Junior Ranger Program Stop by the Malaquite Visitor Center (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.) to pick up a free activity book and earn a Junior Ranger badge!
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 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for a special, one-day event full of fun, family activities. Learn how to build sand castles, catch and release creatures in the surf, build a kite, and see live animals. Earn your Junior Ranger badge and certificate doing some fun activities. Call Malaquite Visitor Center at (361)949-8068 for more information.

Please note that all programs are subject to change. For more information, please call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361) 949-8068.



Ranger Programs (May, 2014)

Su M Tu W Th F Sa
Beach Walk 11:00 a.m. X X
Deck Talk 1:00 p.m. X X X X X X X
Junior Ranger Program (Daily, any time during visitor center hours) X X X X X X X



Program Descriptions
Beach Walk This leisurely stroll for all ages meets outside the visitor center entrance. The 45-minute walk explores our coastal ecology.
Deck Talk This talk meets on the deck outside the visitor center and is a discussion of the remarkable collection found on the park's touch table. Popular with all ages due to the many unique items.
Junior Ranger Program Stop by the Malaquite Visitor Center (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.) to pick up a free activity book and earn a Junior Ranger badge!

Please note that all programs are subject to change. For more information, please call the Malaquite Visitor Center at (361) 949-8068.

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...