Help transform Big Bend Ranch State Park's newest Wildlife Photography & Birding Site! Register by March 2, 2018 ... Scroll down for important details...
TPWD Employee Juan Ornelas & CDRG Board volunteer Chris Childs weld shade structure frame upright during the January 26-28, 2018 volunteer weekend. Photo: Leslie Hopper
Workflow: The plan is to arrive Friday in time for dinner at the Bunkhouse. We will start work by 9 am Saturday & Sunday. TPWD has approved the installation of viewing blinds, natural perching features, and a solar-powered watering source that will be plumbed to drip water into a wading feature to wildlife, birds, insects, pollinators and other species. There will be time for side hikes & amusements. If you have special skills, interests, tools or questions, contact Leslie Hopper email@example.com
Weather: Low in the mid 40’s, high in the 80’s. Can be colder or warmer. Might rain, might not. Could be windy. Could be calm. Be prepared!
Recommended Apparel & Required Equipment: Refillable personal hydration device (pack, bottle, cup), hat, sunglasses. Pack prepared to avoid dehydration and heat exhaustion. A sample packing list will be provided @ 10 days in advance of the weekend to registered participants.
Recommended Tools: Recommended you bring your own gloves, small tools and equipment.
Transportation: Ride share if possible. Big Bend Ranch State park Sauceda Headquarters access road is accessible by 2 wheel drive vehicle, however high clearance and 4-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended. Be sure you have a spare and know how to use it. Fill your fuel tank in Presidio prior to entering the park. Carry water.
Park Maps: Big Bend Ranch State Park Info & Map
Lodging & Camping: Nominal fee covers meals and lodging. Volunteers will stay in the Sauceda Bunkhouse or may camp in the park nearby. Bunkhouse lodging is included in registration fee. Campground sites in Big Bend Ranch State Park can be reserved through TPWD: https://tpwd.texas.gov/business/park_reservations/
Meals & Snacks: Dinner Friday through Lunch Sunday + snacks will be provided for a nominal fee. If you have a special dietary need discuss it with Leslie. We'll try to work with you, but you might need to do your own meals. Cooking facilities will be available. If you'd like to bring food and beverages to share, that's great!
Compadres del Rancho Grande, Friends of Big Bend Ranch State Park board president Charlie Angell & volunteer Chris Carlin pilot a posthole for the structure during the January 26-28, 2018 volunteer weekend. Photo by Allen Irby, Pflugerville, Texas
Compadres del Rancho Grande, Friends of Big Bend Ranch State Park board volunteer Chris Childs welds a cross member during the January 26-28, 2018 volunteer weekend. Photo by Sara Guidetti, Alpine, Texas
Volunteers take turns driving the PunJar during January 26-28, 2018 volunteer weekend. Photo by Lora Render, San Antonio, TexasEnd of Weekend Photo: Viewing blind ready for the next chapter when roofing, shade cloth, fencing and the water feature will be installed. Photo: Leslie Hopper
FESTIVITIES BEGIN @
BARTON WARNOCK VISITOR CENTER
dark sky-friendly lighting tips from the pros
Informative demos and presentations by:
Big Bend Ranch State Park
The McDonald Observatory
Big Bend Conservation Alliance
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
“The universe is our view into our past and vision into the future.” INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY WEEK CREATOR, JENNIFER BARLOW
Did you know?
Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park combined comprise one of the largest contiguous areas under dark-skies protection in the United States...
Over a million acres of protected dark sky viewing!
Compadres del Rancho Grande provides advocacy,
opportunities and resources to support and sustain Big Bend Ranch
State parks, enhance visitor experiences and educate the public
on the wonders of the parks and the importance of their natural and cultural resources.
Hikes, bike rides & excursions: 9:00 AMLunch: 1:00-1:45 Meeting for business: 2:00-4:00 PMOpen to the public ~ Please RSVP by registering
Compadres del Rancho Grande is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization
P.O. Box 280, Marfa, TX 79743