• Aerial View of Padre Island National Seashore

    Padre Island

    National Seashore Texas

Interpretive programs

Ranger Programs (January-March, 2015)

Su M Tu W Th F Sa
Birding Tour - Morning 9:30 a.m. X X X X X X X
Beach Walk 11:00 a.m. X X X X
Plant Walk 11:00 a.m. X X
Deck Talk 1:00 p.m. X X X X X
Birding Class 1:00 p.m. X X
Birding Tour - Afternoon 2:30 p.m. X X X X X X
Evening Program 7:00 p.m. X
Junior Ranger Program (Daily, any time during visitor center hours) X X X X X X X


Ranger Programs (December 1-31, 2014) No programs are offered on December 25.

Su M Tu W Th F Sa
Birding Tour - Morning 9:30 a.m. X X X X X X X
Beach Walk 11:00 a.m. X X
Butterfly Walk (ends Dec. 23) 11:00 a.m. X
Deck Talk 1:00 p.m. X X
Birding Class 1:00 p.m. X X
Birding Tour - Afternoon 2:30 p.m. 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
Birding Tour Take a 2-3 hour guided driving tour around Padre Island to observe birds in their natural habitat. Bring your binoculars and bird guide (extras are available). Space in the tour vehicle is limited; call for reservations.
Beach Walk 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 or other items appropriate for the weather. This light stroll is suitable for all ages.
Butterfly Walk Offered November 4th - December 23rd. Enjoy a casual 30-45 minute walk looking for and learning about the many beautiful butterflies that occur in the park.
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.
Birding Class Learn how to select the right binoculars and what birding terms really mean. The Birding Class will compare several of the birding field guides that are available, and provide tips on finding good birding locations.
Evening Program Enjoy a starlit, 45-60 minute program on various topics at the Amphitheater at Malaquite Campground. In the case of inclement weather, the program will be moved to the Malaquite Pavilion Auditorium.
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.

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