Please check with individual parks to find special operating hours due to COVID-19

E.g., Jun 16 2021
E.g., Jun 16 2021
The Big Sit - Birding Tournament (Date Changed to Friday, May 7)
Fri, 5/07/2021 12:00am to 11:59pm
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Martin Dies, Jr. SP
634 Park Road 48 South
Jasper, TX, 75951
United States (409) 698-6636

Join the Longleaf Master Naturalists for the Great Texas Birding Classic birding tournament

Birders gathered on a boardwalkDid you know that bird watching could be competitive? Join our local Master Naturalist team at Martin Dies, Jr. State Park to spot different birds for the 2021 Great Texas Birding Classic. It’s described as “the world’s biggest, longest and wildest bird watching tournament”, but is a friendly competition to see how many birds can be identified. If you’ve never tried bird watching this is a great introduction, and you can start your very own bird life list.

To join in the fun, all you have to do is show up at the Walnut Ridge boat ramp, behind the dining hall. 

When: Saturday, May 1, 8:30 am -noon and 1 pm - sunset.

Where: The Walnut Ridge boat ramp, behind the dining hall. 

Park fees apply, $4 for adults, kids 12 and under play for free.

For information on the Great Texas Birding Classic, visit

There is no fee for attending this program; however, payment of park entrance fees is required. Pay entrance fees at Park Headquarters or the self-pay stations and are $4 per person over the age of 13, children 12 and under are free.

Things To Do: 
All ages