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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 13 - 28, 2019

Friday, September 13
3:30 PM Beat-the-Heat Program – “Canyons, Mountains, and Desert, Oh My!” Beat the heat and explore the sights of the 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, September 15
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.

Wednesday, September 18
9:30 AM Guided Walk – “The Land Before Prime” Before roads, stores, and delivery trucks, life in the remote Big Bend region meant reliance on yourself, your community, and the desert. Join Ranger J. Jurado to learn about desert plants and how they have been used for centuries for shelter, food, medicine, poison, and survival. Meet at the Panther Junction Visitor Center. ¼ mile walk. Wheelchair accessible. 45 minutes.


Friday, September 20
9:30 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. 1 hour.

Saturday, September 21
8:30 PM Evening Program - “A Park Ranger’s Guide to the Galaxy” Join Ranger T. Coe and a team of volunteers to view the wonders of Big Bend’s dark night skies. Enjoy a constellation tour followed by telescope viewing. Meet in the Panther Junction Visitor Center parking lot. Bring a flashlight, lawn chair, and jacket. An indoor program will be conducted in the event of inclement weather. 1½ hours.

Tuesday, September 24
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.

Friday, September 27
9:30 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. 1 hour.

Saturday, September 28
9:30 AM Guided Walk – “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 intense sun, moisture-sucking winds, and paltry rainfall. Meet at Dugout Wells, six miles southeast of Panther Junction Visitor Center. Bring water and a hat. 1/2 mile. 1 hour.

Last updated: September 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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