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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.
 

June 13 - 22, 2019
Thursday, June 13
3:30 PM Beat-the-Heat Program – “Name that Tune! The Voices of Big Bend Birds”
Big Bend is home to over 450 species of birds, and you can easily identify many of them with your eyes closed. Join Ranger T. VandenBerg and practice getting in tune with some common Big Bend birds. Park at the Panther Junction Visitor Center; follow the signs to the Community Room behind the Visitor Center. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour.

Friday, June 14
9:00 PM Evening Program – “Some Endangered Evening”
Is it dark where you live? Can you see as many stars as you once could? A dark night sky is an important factor in the lives of living creatures planet-wide, a way for humans to connect to days past, when artificial light was non-existent. Join Ranger B. Smith for an evening about evenings. Meet at the Chisos Basin Amphitheater. Bring a flashlight. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour.

Saturday, June 15
3:30 PM Beat-the-Heat Program – “Canyons, Mountains and Deserts, Oh My!”
Beat the heat and explore the sights of this park in the air conditioning! Join Ranger J. Swab to learn about places to visit, the life in the park and what makes Big Bend unique. Park at the Panther Junction Visitor Center; follow the signs to the Community Room behind the Visitor Center. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour.

Sunday, June 16
3:30 PM Beat-the-Heat Program – “Big Bend Through The Seasons” Big Bend is a place of dynamic changes, from winter snow and ice to the searing summer heat. Join Ranger J. Jurado to experience Big Bend through the seasons: see when the wildflowers bloom, what to expect in the fall, when our busiest times are, and decide which season you might choose for your next Big Bend visit. Park at the Panther Junction Visitor Center; follow the signs to the Community Room behind the Visitor Center. Wheelchair accessible. 45 minutes.

Tuesday, June 18
9:30 AM Guided Walk – “Come to me: The Seductive World of Plants and Their Pollinators” What do bats, birds, bees, beetles, and butterflies have in common? They’re all pollinators! Celebrate National Pollinator Week by joining Ranger C. Hoyt on a stroll around the Window View Trail to explore the fascinating world of plants and their pollinators. We'll search for different types of pollinators and learn how flowers lure in just-the-right pollinator. Bring close-focus binoculars if you have them. Meet at the Window View trailhead. 1/3 mile. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour.

Wednesday, June 19
9:30 AM Program – “Rocks and Bones” Ever wonder about the fossils in Big Bend National Park? Explore geologic layers and life forms from the time of the dinosaurs up to the present and come away thinking about the future. Join Ranger J. Swab at the Fossil Discovery Exhibit, 8 miles north of Panther Junction. Wheelchair accessible. 45 minutes.

Thursday, June 20
7:30 PM Evening Program – “Name that Tune! The Voices of Big Bend Birds” Big Bend is home to over 450 species of birds, and you can easily identify many of them with your eyes closed. Join Ranger T. VandenBerg and practice getting in tune with some common Big Bend birds. Park at the Panther Junction Visitor Center; follow the signs to the Community Room behind the Visitor Center. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour.

Friday, June 21
8:15 PM Photography Program – “You’re Not Ansel Adams, But You Could Be…” Photography in National Parks can be a rewarding experience, a lasting memory, or just a way to document a place in time. Simple techniques will help you get the most out of your camera, be it digital or film. Regardless of format, the pretty view you’re attempting to capture may not be what you think it is… Join Ranger B. Smith for a photographic and resource discussion. Meet at the Chisos Basin Trailhead. 1 hour.

Saturday, June 22
3:30 PM Beat-the-Heat Program – “Bats, Bees, & Butterflies: A Look at Big Bend's Pollinators” Celebrate National Pollinator Week by learning more about the native pollinators of Big Bend National Park. What’s the difference between a pollinator and a nectar thief? How do plants attract just the right pollinator? Are some plants rare because their pollinators are rarer? Join Ranger C. Hoyt for a presentation on the intriguing world of pollinators and what you can do to protect them. Park at the Panther Junction Visitor Center; follow the signs to the Community Room behind the Visitor Center. Wheelchair accessible. 1 hour.

Last updated: June 13, 2019

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Mailing Address:

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

Phone:

(432) 477-2251

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