Events Status and Coronavirus Update (April 1, 2021)

As an institution, the Bamberger Ranch Preserve must continue to take the COVID-19 crisis seriously. We at the Bamberger Ranch have determined it is necessary to suspend all programs and public tours until further notice. Under the current guidelines and because of our commitment to the health and safety of our guests and employees, it is not currently possible to schedule our traditional tours and workshops.

We are happy to report that we are now accepting reservations for Private Tours! Please contact us at to inquire about availability.

We are also taking inquires about speaking engagements and outreach events, for more information contact

We will continually work on alternative programs and virtual content through our Facebook and Instagram, with the goal of providing a virtual “Selah” experience.

We wish all our friends, volunteers and supporters health and patience as we continue to monitor the situation and we will be providing updates as more information becomes available.


Ranch Workshops, Tours, and Events

View our ranch activities below. We periodically add more events during the year, based on weather and availability, so please check back often.

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.


Normally the first Sunday in May is reserved for our annual fundraiser and Family Picnic, once again we are unable to safely hold the event due to the Covid19 Pandemic. However all is not lost! Nearing our 52nd year of land restoration the Bamberger Ranch Staff has decided to host a self-guided nature hike. Similar to our Fall Colors Hike, come out and walk our well maintained trail system based around Miller Creek. Take your time and...


Dates will be announced as CDC Guidelines make it safe.

On this 4 hour tour (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) of the ranch you will see the results of 50+ 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...


We had over 1200 viewers live for our 6th Annual Herpetological Field Day! Designed for kids ages 10-15 who are interested in learning field techniques associated with herpetology field work.

This event was virtual this year, please stay tuned to our YouTube channel for the upcoming video of the day.

Topics covered:

  • Learn how to safely identify and handle live animals in their natural habitat....

Note: Registration will open in mid-August if it safe to hold this event.

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...


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...


It is again with a. heavy heart that we will have to cancel our beloved Nature Nerd Camps, Camp Selah for the Summer of 2021. The staff at the BRP is trying hard to figure out a safe way to stay in contact with our campers and their families and we will continue to update this page as we are provided with more information. The health of our staff, families and participants still remain a top priority. We will continue to monitor the Covid...


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...


Note: Registration will open in mid-August if it is safe to hold this event

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...


Coming late Oct. 2021

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...


Enjoy a self-guided hike around Madrone Lake and the rarely visited Louis Bromfield Trail.

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!

Transportation will be available to take you from our designated parking...

Bats emerging from Chiroptorium

In the summer months our man-made bat cave, the Chiroptorium, houses over 300,000 Mexican Free-tailed bats in residence. We periodically hosts public viewings of emergences late in the summer when the new babies are flying and numbers are highest.

The specific time of day will be determined as we go deeper in to the summer and have a better idea of emergence times. Environmental conditions, dry or wet, directly impact when the bats...


Private/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
  • Nature Trail Walk
  • Dinosaur Tracks
  • Cretaceous Period Fossil beds
  • Management for the endangered Scimitar Horned Oryx
  • Spring Site
  • Cedar Management

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. Cost is $650 or $30 per person, whichever is greater.

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.