Mission of the National Park Service:
"The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world."
Wilderness ethics and Leave No Trace Seven Principles dictate that visitors to an area try to leave no trace of their passage. This ties in with the mission of the National Park Service, which is to preserve and protect not only for today, but for future generations. While not regulations, the Leave No Trace Seven Principles will help you get the most out of your wilderness experience at Padre Island National Seashore. These will guide you to help preserve the park’s unique values and over 70 miles of undeveloped coastline for other visitors, both today and in the future.
The following are a selection from the Leave No Trace Seven Principles:
Leave No Trace Seven Principles
- Plan Ahead and Prepare
- Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
- Dispose of Waste Properly
- Leave What You Find
- Minimize Campfire Impacts
- Respect Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Other Visitors