Events Status and Coronavirus Update (May 25, 2020)
As an institution, the Bamberger Ranch Preserve must continue to take the COVID-19 crisis seriously. As Governor Abbott roles out Phase II and allows more businesses to begin to open with new social distancing guidelines in place, we at the Bamberger Ranch have determined it is necessary to cancel June programs and tours. It is with a heavy heart that we have to include summer camps in our cancellations.
Under the current guidelines and because of our commitment to the health and safety of our guests and employees it is not possible to schedule our traditional tours and workshops. We will continually work on alternative programs and virtual content through our Facebook and Instagram to still allow people to enjoy a “Selah” experience.
Currently we are suspending all online reservations for events through 2020 until further notice.
We wish all our friends, volunteers and supporters health and patience as we continue to monitor the situation and we will be providing updates weekly 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.
March 7, 2020, April 18, 2020, May 20, 2020, June 24, 2020, September 5, 2020, October 3, 2020
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 Free-tailed bats. You’ll walk the nature trail and then enjoy Madrone...more
March 28, 2020
Please join us for our 5th 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 5, 2020
Come learn how to look and listen for different birds.
We will spend the day going all over the Bamberger Ranch, visiting multiple habitats and learning how to identify the different birds that occur here. After a brief introduction the bulk of the day will be outside where you will learn the skills to become a good citizen scientist and lifelong bird watcher.
Binoculars, field guides and notebooks will be provided for those...more
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...more
May 16, 2020
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...more
June 7, 2020 - June 10, 2020, June 14, 2020 - June 19, 2020
Camp Selah has been an educational and exciting six-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.
The 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,...more
July 10, 2020 - July 12, 2020
Everybody wants to be a kid again, well here is your chance! After 15 years of summer camp for kids and countless adults asking us when it is their turn, it is time!
Camp Selah for Adults is back July 10-12. Come spend three days and two nights with Big Steve, Jared and perhaps a special guest or two.
Camp will be based around similar activities we do with our school programs and other summer camps. Learn all about Selah’s...more
September 26, 2020
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 10, 2020
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...more
October 17, 2020
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 21, 2020
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
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
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 $25 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.