Classes and Seminars
Big Bend Seminars. The Big Bend National History Association offers one- and two-day seminars covering subjects such as wildflowers, geology, and desert survival. Classes are generally limited to 15 people and are operated by Far Flung Outdoor Center in Terlingua. 1 Adventure Ln., FM 170, Terlingua, Texas, 79852. 877/839–5337; 432/371–2633; www.ffoc.net. Fees vary.
Birding Talks. Rangers lead two-hour birding tours; binoculars are needed. Chisos Basin Visitor Center, Big Bend National Park, Texas, 79834. 432/477–2264; www.nps.gov/bibe. Nov.–Mar., daily 8–3:30; Apr.–Oct., daily 9–4; closed for lunch.
Interpretive Activities. Ranger-guided activities are held throughout the park, indoors and outdoors, and include slide shows, talks, and walks on natural and cultural history. Check visitor centers and campground bulletin boards for event postings, which are usually updated on a two-week rotation. Park headquarters at Panther Junction Visitor Center, 1 Panther Dr., Big Bend National Park, Texas, 79834. 432/477–2251; www.nps.gov/bibe.
Junior Ranger Program. This self-guided program for kids of all ages is taught via a $2 booklet of nature-based activities (available at visitor centers). Upon completion of the course, kids are given a Junior Ranger badge or patch, a certificate, and a bookmark. Park headquarters at Panther Junction Visitor Center, 1 Panther Dr., Big Bend National Park, Texas, 79834. 432/477–2251; www.nps.gov/bibe or www.nps.gov/webrangers.