Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center
Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center consists of 99.9 acres located in Brewster County. The land was acquired in 1990 and was already open to the public.
The Center was built in 1982 by the Lajitas Foundation as the Lajitas Museum Desert Gardens. Texas Parks and Wildlife purchased it in October 1990 and renamed the center after Dr. Barton Warnock, a well-respected botanist, specializing in the Big Bend region. Dr. Warnock passed away June 9, 1998. The Center serves as the eastern entrance gateway to Big Bend Ranch State Park and interprets 570 million years of geological history and the five biological landscapes of the Chihuahuan Desert, a region better known to most West Texas travelers as the Big Bend. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Backpacking, camping (no hookups), and lodging is available at Big Bend Ranch State Park. Permits for backpacking and camping, at Big Bend Ranch, can be obtained at the Barton Warnock or Fort Leaton State Historic Site headquarters.
A self-guided 2 -acre botanical garden allows visitors to walk among the characteristic plants of the Chihuahuan Desert.
The Center presents an archeological, historical, and natural history profile of the Big Bend region. It houses a book store and gift shop. The book store includes guides for area interest, as well as books on the history and the natural environment of the Big Bend Region. The gift shop has a variety of T-shirts, post cards, and souvenirs. A self-guided 2 -acre botanical garden allows visitors to walk among the characteristic plants of the Chihuahuan Desert.
The Barton Warnock Center is located on FM 170, one mile east of Lajitas.