South Texas Nature Refuges
Santa Ana & Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuges • 956.784.7500
Directions: the Refuge and Visitor Center are 7 miles south of Alamo, TX on FM 907 about 1/4 mile east on Hwy. 281
Tuesday – Saturday 8:30 AM: Bird walks
Wednesdays 10:00AM: Butterfly walks
Fri & Sat 9:30 AM, Sun 1 PM: Nature Tram tours. Please come to the Santa Ana NWR Visitor Center to purchase your tickets at least 20 minutes before departure.
Roma Bluffs World Birding Center (956-849-4930)
Located at 610 N. Portscheller St, Roma, TX
Junior Ranger Programs: FREE for children ages 12 and under. Activities include animal tracks/molds, pelts, skulls, microscopes, owl pellets, water testing, games and more. Participants need to bring – lunch, snacks, drinks, sunscreen, hat and insect repellent. Registration form to be completed upon arrival. Call to reserve a spot 956-849-4930, or 956-784-7575.
Laguna Atascosa NWR • 956.748.3607
Directions: the Refuge is 18 miles east of Rio Hondo, TX on FM 106
Twilight Tour: Discover the refuge habitats and see which animals become active at night on this 2 ½ hour guided tour on our climate controlled bus. Bring binoculars and jackets. July 13 and 27, 7:00 pm – 9:30pm. Call 956-748-3607 ext. 111 to make your reservation. FREE with $3 entrance fee. The vehicle is wheelchair accessible.
Kayak the Laguna Madre: Enjoy time outside in nature with friends and family. Learn basic kayaking skills while investigating the plants and animals of the laguna. All equipment provided. $30/adult, $25/ ages 8-12. Call 956-748-3607 ext. 111 to make your reservation. July – September; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 8:00AM-1:00PM.
Animal Olympics: Let’s go outside this summer! A challenge course will be set up around the visitor center, in which families can learn about wildlife and get some exercise at the same time. Prizes for all kids completing the course. Free with $3 entrance fee. July 20, 9:00AM-3:00PM.
Nature Storytime: Enjoy a nature story and related activity in the shaded gazebo. Families with kids of all ages are welcome. Free with $3 entrance fee. July 6 & 20, 10:00AM.