Ranch Workshops, Tours, and Events

View our 2016 ranch activities below. Our education mission is sharing stewardship ethics. During the winter, we take a break from education for hunting season (November through mid-January). During the high heat of August, we let Mother Nature and staff rest.

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On this 3 1/2 hour tour of the ranch you will see the results of 37 years of habitat restoration. We will show you projects which demonstrate principles of good stewardship. You may also see dinosaur tracks, fossil beds, a herd of endangered Scimitar-horned Oryx, the “Chiroptorium” which is a man made bat cave designed to hold a million Mexican Free-tailed bats. You’ll walk the nature trail and then enjoy Madrone Lake as you watch “The...


A day on the Ranch with emphasis on stewardship for the large or small landowner or anyone considering buying land, who wants to know how to improve land for all plant and animal species. Transportation is on the Bluebonnet. This eight hour, outdoor workshop will be conducted by our experienced ranch personnel. You will look at and examine the many projects that demonstrate the principles which have been successfully used on...


Leroy Petri and other ranch personnel will show and explain Selah water development projects. Visit our lakes and dams and learn about their design and function, and how they were constructed. Identify soils, and learn their potential use in dam and pond construction, and also how to identify sites on your land that can hold water when ponds are properly constructed.

Inexpensive projects, some that you can do yourself, to help...


Camp Selah has been an educational and exciting five day nature camp for over eight years for kids between the ages of 10-13. Wonderful guest speakers join the Bamberger staff to offer science-based outdoor activities and lessons. Campers swim and canoe in our spring-fed lake, hike the trails, catch and identify critters, view nightly bat emergences, walk in the footprints of dinosaurs, and sing songs by campfires under clear night...


An outdoor workshop at Selah learning about grasses. The importance of grasses in conservation cannot be overstated, because they protect and build soils as well as improve water infiltration and aquifer recharge. Whether you have springs, a well, or simply want a variety of healthy plants and trees growing on your land, grasses are your ally.

We will be examining different rangesites, and ecological niches and discuss the role...


Whether you have Wildlife Tax Valuation on your land, plan to apply for it in the future, or don’t have it at all, the techniques and management practices listed under the Tax Code for Wildlife Valuation all benefit your wildlife populations and diversity.

There are 7 categories of management listed under the tax code, three of which are required for approval for the...


Enjoy a self-guided hike around Madrone Lake and the rarely visited Louis Bromfield Trail. This year’s hike will include a native grasses interpretive walk.

Walk and hike at your own pace. Informational signs mark the locations of the unique and native species you will see. Take pictures, bring your families and enjoy a morning of vibrant colors seen in native grasses, Big Tooth Maples, Bald Cypress, Oaks and many more!...


The Chiroptorium are hosted public viewings of bat emergences held in late summer. Using infrared camera equipment from Boston University researchers documented more than 156,000 bats in May of 2011. June is the time when most of the mothers are giving birth. By late summer, the babies begin to fly with their mothers.

Ranch staff will be on hand to interpret the show and talk about the ecology and significance of the Mexican...


Learn how to identify trees and shrubs using the leaf form and leaf attachment as key characteristics. It is easy to learn how to identify woody plants and to insure that you have information to take home, you’ll collect leaves in a notebook for future reference.

Diversity of trees and shrubs is important for the health of you land and your wildlife. Selecting the best plants for soil and range site is important.


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Please join us for our twelfth annual family day and picnic, Sunday May 1, 2016 from 10am to 5pm. Picnic activities will include:

  • Ranch tours
  • Zip lines for children
  • Fishing lessons for children
  • Silent auction
  • Nature walks
  • Fajita buffet (11:30 to 1:30)
  • Fossil digs
  • Dinosaur tracks
  • Native plant sale
  • Wildlife presentations
  • Nature arts and crafts

Proceeds go directly to children’s educational programs. Last year more than 2,000 school children and teachers participated in hands-on learning activities at the ranch that fostered appreciation and respect for the wonders of nature.

Questions? Contact Anne Donovan or...


Group Tours: Want To See More?

While Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve is not open to the public on a daily basis, there are ways to visit the ranch. We have workshops, field days and public tours throughout the year, and we can also tailor a private tour to a specific group.

There are many components of the ranch available to select from for a private tour including the

  • rain machine demonstration and nature trail walk
  • ranching heritage and horse demonstration,
  • dinosaur tracks and fossils
  • visit to the Scimitar Horned Oryx

One or more of the knowledgeable ranch staff guides all tours. If you have a group that is interested in visiting us, contact the ranch office for available dates and prices.

You can schedule a tour of the ranch for your group on the Bluebonnet, our covered trailer. We will take you to see all the tour spots offered to other visitors. Meal service may be available for larger groups of 20 or more for an additional fee. Cost is $15 per person ($300 minimum).

Please note: We are a private ranch and visitation is strictly by reservation. We cannot accommodate drop-in traffic. We do appreciate your desire to see us, but please make arrangements before coming to the ranch.

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