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Big Bend National Park Volunteer Orientation/Training

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BIBE has the most comprehensive volunteer training program I have seen or attended to date. New Park Rangers and Volunteers attend the same 2 week orientation.

Some of the training sessions can be strenuous, however, folks can opt out of those sessions.


8:00 am Welcome/Training Overview/Park Organization

8:30 am Logistics/Tour of HQ

9:15 am Break

9:30 am Keys, Security Codes, IT course info

10:00 am Recycling Program

10:15am Tour of Panther Junction

Noon Lunch on your own

1:00 pm Tour of the Basin

3:30 pm VIP program, Uniforms, Complete paperwork


8:00 am Welcome from the Superintendent &

Meet the Chiefs – Interpretation, Science and

Resource Management, Administration, Resource

and Visitor Protection, Maintenance, Border Patrol

9:15 am Cultural Resources

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Trails

10:40 am Dispatch

10:50 am Fire

11:00 am River Cache/River Trip orientation

noon Lunch on your own (at Lodge, store, or picnic)

1:00 pm Lions & Bears – includes hike on Lost Mine

Trail (about 2 miles round-trip, mild elev. gain)


8:00 am “Making Connections†- Interpretation

(breaks as needed)

11:00 am Nuts & Bolts of Interpretation

noon Lunch on your own

1:00 pm Nuts & Bolts of Interpretation (continued)

2:30 pm Guided Walk Observation – Field Trip


8:00 am Geology and Paleontology Field Trip

Friday and Saturday

8:00 am River Trip


Relax and enjoy your day off!


8:00 am South Rim Hike – Field Trip

12-mile hike with 2,000’ elevation gain

Bring water, lunch, and personal items as desired


8:00 am Fee collection, campground reservation system

9:00 am Break

9:15 am Plants

10:30 am Birds

Noon Lunch

1:00 pm Old Ore Road – Field Trip 1/2 Day


8:00 am Cultural History – Field Trip

noon Lunch on your own

1:00 Big Bend Natural History Association

1:30 Big Bend Ranch State Park

2:00 pm Backcountry Permits (Roadside and backpacking)


8:00 am Rio Grande Village area orientation – Field Trip

Picnic lunch @ Daniels Ranch


8:00 am Backcountry Permits (River, horse, and fishing)

11:00 Break

11:15 Forever Resorts

noon Lunch on your own

1:00 pm Final Exam

3:30 pm Wrap-up; Course evaluation

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