• 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 and fax line are not working. To reach the park visitor center, call (361) 949-8069. Fax to (361) 949-7091, Attention: Visitor Center. We apologize for the inconvenience.

  • Bird Island Basin Campground rehabilitation starts August 18, 2014

    The second part of a project to repair facilities and rebuild eroded shoreline at Bird Island Basin Campground begins August 18. Minor disruptions of activities in the immediate area may occur. None of the work should affect use of the boat ramp.

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers are an important part of the National Park Service and help us fulfill our mission and goals for conservation of our nation’s precious resources for generations to come. Many unique volunteer opportunities are available at Padre Island National Seashore.You can start by contacting the park's volunteer coordinator (see Contact Information below) to fill out an application.


Things to Consider

The current limitation on volunteers needing RV sites is that there are only five campsites. The other challenge to consider is that the majority of applicants want to be here during the same time period, from December to March or April. To increase your chances of obtaining a volunteer position, consider working during the spring, summer or fall. Also be aware that our humid, salty climate can take its toll on equipment. Volunteers at our campsite are asked to provide a minimum of 32 hours of volunteer service per week.

Volunteers who reside in the nearby community are especially valuable since they can assist us year-round. We ask that you commit to at least 15 hours per month in order to maintain active volunteer status.


Contact Information

The first step toward a rewarding volunteer career at Padre Island National Seashore is to e-mail the park's Volunteer Coordinator. If you are interested in volunteering with the Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Division, you can e-mail them directly.

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...