Enjoy the Benefits of Membership — The Friends of Big Bend National Park (FBBNP) is pleased to offer annual memberships starting at $50.  Membership benefits include newsletters and invitations to special events across the state.  In addition to offering membership in FBBNP, we also offer a joint membership with the Big Bend Natural History Association (BBNHA) for $100.  This joint membership carries the full benefits of membership in each organization and carries both organizations’ support of the park to new levels.

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Our thanks to the following members for their significant support in recent months:

Gifts received June 1, 2013 – October 15, 2013

Mountain Lion Memberships
Doug Bell
Hastings Family Fund
Robert and Joan Hicks
Ellen Breaux Morris
Jim and Mary Lynn Murrell
David Wilson

Black Bear Memberships
John Hill
Diane Legg
Curtis Nix
Dennis and Ruth Prescott
James and Mary Ann Wilkes

Peregrine Falcon Memberships
D.D. Ames
Mary Caffrey
Bailey Hall
Cynthia Howard
Marvin Jolly
Janice Neugebauer
Liston Rice

September 2013 Member Volunteer Day
Friends members volunteered in the Basin for National Public Lands Day.  Friends broke up an old path to the amphitheatre to clear the way for park staff to install a new and improved pathway.


January 2012 Member tour

Friends members enjoyed a tour to the Dorgan Sublett Trail, led by Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services David Elkowitz.  This hike is for all levels, and the trail is recently renovated by park staff.  You can read more about hikes we enjoy in our blog “Take a Hike“.



Torch Energy Event:
In October 2009, Houston-area members were treated to an evening at Torch Energy to view J.P. Bryan’s private collection of Texana.  This collection is the world’s largest collection, and offered a unique peek into Texas history and culture.  Thanks to those who attended to celebrate both the park and our state!

Terlingua Abaja:
Thanks to the members who joined us on a great trip to Terlingua Abaja on Valentine’s Day 2009.  Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services Elkowitz provided an excellent history of the area, and the weather was perfect.  Another great day for our members in the park!
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A Wild Ride:
Thanks to Far Flung Adventures for organizing an exciting trip through Santa Elena Canyon for our members on October 4th.  With the river level so high, it was a whole new adventure for the members who attended the trip!


License Plate Program Changes
Are you one of the hundreds of Texans with a Friends of Big Bend National Park license plate? If so, you can now renew your plate online, at or at your local county offices. While these new changes will make renewing your plates easier than ever, it also means that the state is no longer forwarding the name and address of FBBNP license plate holders to our office.

When you renew, please let us know with a phone call to 432-207-2202 or email [Email address: fbbnp #AT# - replace #AT# with @ ], so that we can keep you on our newsletter and events list. And THANK YOU for helping and promoting Big Bend National Park!

Color LogoFriends of Big Bend National Park
PO Box 200
Big Bend National Park, Texas 79843