• 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.

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 four 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 contact Suzy Murray, Volunteer Coordinator, at suzy_murray@nps.gov. If you are interested in volunteering with the Sea Turtle Science and Recovery Division, you can e-mail directly to pais_seaturtlevolunteer@nps.gov.

To apply to become a volunteer, you will need to fill out a VIP application and an addendum to the VIP application. Upon completion, e-mail these files to suzy_murray@nps.gov or mail it to:

Volunteer Coordinator

Padre Island National Seashore

P.O. Box 181300

Corpus Christi, TX 78480-1300

Did You Know?

Beach wheelchairs are available for loan, but must be returned by the Visitor Center's closing time.

Padre Island National Seashore has a wheelchair designed for use on loose sand available for loan at no charge. Users must leave a driver's license or their personal wheelchair at the information desk while the beach wheelchair is on loan. More...