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.
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March 9, 2019 , April 13, 2019 , June 19, 2019 , September 7, 2019 , October 5, 2019
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...more
March 23, 2019
Please join us for our 4th Annual Herpetological Field Day! Designed for kids ages 10-15 who are interested in learning field techniques associated with herpetology field work.
- Learn how to safely identify and handle live animals in their natural habitat.
- Discover and learn scientific standard techniques such as active and passive trapping, time constraint surveying, call counts, and data entry.
- Students will...
April 27, 2019
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...more
May 5, 2019
Please join us for our fourteenth annual family day and picnic, Sunday May 5, 2019 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...
May 18, 2019
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...more
June 4, 2019 - June 8, 2019, June 11, 2019 - June 14, 2019
Camp Selah has been an educational and exciting five day nature camp for over 13 years for kids between the ages of 9-14. This year, due to overwhelming demand, we are offering two camps, one for ages 9-11 and one for ages 12-14.
Price for camp #1 is $435. This is a bit shortened version of our original camp Selah, and includes 4 days/3 nights for 9-11 year old burgeoning Nature Nerds. Swimming, exploring, turning over rocks, looking up...more
In the summer of 2016, it was estimated the Chiroptorium had 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 will come...more
September 28, 2019
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...more
October 8, 2019
Come visit Selah for the day, participating in many different nature-related activities, hiking and wildlife watching. Schedule will be determined closer to the date and will include at least some of the following: aquatic stream scoring, riparian health assessment, terrestrial invertebrate collection, use of dichotomous key (with live snakes). You will have fun learning what we teach the school kids!
- 15 slots...
October 12, 2019
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...more
October 19, 2019
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.
November 16, 2019
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!...more
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. Cost is $20 per person, with a minimum of 20 people.
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.