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Partners in the Parks: Big Bend National Park
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Partners in the Parks: Big Bend National Park

Big Bend ‐ Boundaries without Borders: Looking at the unique intersection of fauna, flora, and divergent species at the intersections of the US and Mexico boundaries in Big Bend National Park.

12/27/2018 to 1/2/2019
When: December 27, 2018 - January 2, 2019
Where: Big Bend National Park
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Mandatory Documentation

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Students will explore the intersection of environmental, political, and cultural boundaries represented in Big Bend with many of the park's unique characteristics stretching between two countries. This National Park is unique in having various biological environments including the river, desert, and mountains. These ecotones provide the opportunity to have a variety of experiences within a short amount of time and in relatively close distance. Along with the natural environment, the current political discussions offer an opportunity to discuss social and political topics with participants.

Pursuing a December excursion is positive because of the abundant plant life present after the rainy season, August and September. And for students traveling from northern states, visiting south Texas may be more enjoyable during a cooler time of year. Additionally, there are few Partners in the Parks programs that fall during the December and this could allow an opportunity for students to participate during their winter break.



Airport Information
Midland/Odessa Airport
200 miles from Big Bend NP. As of June 1, 2017, this airport has six nonstop flights a day to
Midland from Dallas, two from Houston, and one each from Austin and Albuquerque.

Proposed Itinerary
7 days/6 nights
Day 1 – pick up at airport, traveling to Fort Davis and camping there the first night
Day 2 – hiking in NP, getting acquainted with the park: ranger led workshop
Day 3 – river tour in morning, lunch in Teralingua, sunset horse ride
Day 4 – service learning project in NP, ranger workshop
Day 5 – literature or art workshop, afternoon hike
Day 6 – travel to Fort Davis, reflection time, and final presentation
Day 7 – pack up and drop off at airport


Program Size 13 Students
NCHC Member Price $650 (does not include airfare)
NCHC Nonmember Price $1300 (does not include airfare)
Deadline to Register December 12, 2018









Trip Facilitators

Rebekah Maxwell, Lamar University

Ryan Button, Tyler Junior College

Regan Minkel, Tyler Junior College




All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than thirty days in advance of the trip departure date.

  • Received prior to 30 days before trip departure:          Full refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee
  • Received within 30 days before trip departure:            No refunds granted

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