Interpretive programs

Ranger Programs (June 1 - August 31, 2015)

Su M Tu 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
Arts in the Park 1:00 p.m. X
Junior Ranger Program (Daily, any time during visitor center hours) X X X X X X X
Sand Sculpting - SEE BELOW
Hatchling Releases - SEE BELOW
Junior Ranger Day Event - SEE BELOW

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. Enjoy a stroll through rare coastal prairie habitat and learn about beautiful native flowers and plants.
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 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.
Arts in the Park Find Your Park through art! This introductory watercolor painting class is free, and all materials are provided.
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.
Sand Sculpting This program will take place on Malaquite Beach from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13th; Sunday, July 12th; and Sunday, August 9th. Get tips for building sand castles from a professional sand sculptor.
Hatchling Releases The public is invited to attend several releases of newly hatched sea turtles each year from mid-June - August. Most releases take place at Malaquite Beach. Dates and times 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 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.


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

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