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Guided Ranger Programs

Big Bend interpretive rangers provide a variety of fun, informative, and free ranger-guided activities. Join us for a guided hike, patio talk, or engaging evening program and discover the many "stories behind the scenery" of YOUR national park.


September 25 - October 8, 2022

Monday, September 26
9:00 AM Guided Walk -Nature Journaling in the Park” There is wonder and insight around every corner if we know how to look. Nature journaling is a way to connect to the world around us. Join Ranger J. Woerner to practice this unique art and science. Meet at the Chisos Basin Amphitheater parking lot. ¼-mile walk. Bring a notebook and pencil if you have them, materials will be supplied. 1 hour.

Thursday, September 29
8:30 PM Evening Program - “Name that Tune! The Birds of Big Bend” Big Bend is home to over 450 species of birds, and you can easily identify many of them by their songs and calls. Join Ranger T. VandenBerg to become familiar with some of the park’s common and specialty species. Meet at the Chisos Basin Amphitheater. Wheelchair accessible. Bring a flashlight. 1 hour.

Friday, September 30
9:00 AM Guided Walk -Life at the Windmill” The desert may seem to be an impossible place to live but a significant number of living things thrive in this extreme environment. Join Ranger B. Smith for an hour of discovery and exploration into the secret, and not so secret, stories of life at the windmill. Meet at Dugout Wells, six miles southeast of Panther Junction Visitor Center. Bring water and a hat. ¼-mile walk. 1 hour.

Saturday, October 1
9:00 AM Ranger Talk -Sun, Wind, and Never Enough Rain: Desert Survival for Plants” Over 1200 species of plants grow in Big Bend National Park - an unbelievably high number considering the harsh desert environment. Join Ranger C. Hoyt for a look at the ingenious ways plants have adapted to survive -and even thrive - in the heat and paltry rainfall. Meet at Dugout Wells, six miles southeast of Panther Junction Visitor Center. Bring water and a hat. 1/2 -mile walk. 1 hour.

Thursday, October 6
9:00 AM Ranger Talk – “If These Skulls Could Talk” A rabbit's teeth, a bear's nose, a bobcat's eyes. Examining the skulls of Big Bend’s mammals can reveal much about each animal’s unique abilities. Join Ranger J. Woerner to discover what these skulls can teach us. Meet at the Chisos Mountains Lodge Patio. Wheelchair accessible. 30 minutes.

Friday, October 7
9:00 - 10:00 AM Solar Viewing - “Sun Fun” with Ranger J. Gablaski. Stop by the Panther Junction Visitor Center to safely get a detailed look at our most important star in the sky, the Sun! A telescope with a special filter will be set up for solar viewing, and scales to show distance and size of the Sun compared to the Earth will be available.


Virtual Ranger Activities

Big Bend interpretive rangers also offer a variety of virtual opportunities. We look forward to sharing the stories of Big Bend with you! Join the discussion on Facebook, test your Big Bend IQ on our Big Bend Instagram Challenge, or arrange a Distance Learning program for your group or class.

And for more online fun, all ages are welcome to try the virtual Junior Ranger activities here: Become a Junior Ranger

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Test your Big Bend IQ

Big Bend 50-Species Challenge!

How well do you know the plants and animals of Big Bend National Park? Each week we will post new quizzes.

Distance Learning

Distance Learning

Is Big Bend too far to bring your classroom or group? Let us bring a Big Bend ranger to YOU through the wonders of technology.

Big Bend Fact Sheet

Big Bend Fact Sheet

How big? How many species? Statistics, Significance, and Purpose.

Guided Hike on the Lost Mine Trail
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Last updated: September 23, 2022

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PO Box 129
Big Bend National Park , TX 79834-0129



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