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Summer Program Schedule at Bentsen-RGV State Park

Life is better outside this summer when you are having fun at beautiful Bentsen–Rio Grande Valley State Park. The entire family is invited to participate in a variety of fun and informative nature based programs such as bird walks and nature tours or explore after dark to seek out Creatures of the Night!

You can also beat the afternoon heat this summer and cool off indoors! Join our Park Naturalists for fact-filled presentations followed by kid-friendly crafts that focus on different Birdy topics each month during our Beak the Heat programs.

Be sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming special family event – the 7th Annual Perseid Party! Saturday, August 10, 2013, 8:00 pm-12:00 midnight. This annual event features live animals, nature-themed family activities, stargazing, food vendors & live entertainment during the week of the Perseid Meteor Shower.

Binoculars and bicycles are available for rent at our Park Store or bring your own. Plus, you can enjoy Fishing at Bentsen State Park. Once you’ve paid the park entrance fees, no one needs a fishing license, as long as they are inside the state park. However, bag limits and other regulations will still apply, and be enforced.

Learn more about our native habitats and animals by joining our experienced roving Naturalists as they explore the park. All you need is your hat, drinking water, sunscreen, camera and a thirst for adventure. Check out why you can’t stay indoors this summer at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park!

Summer 2013 Interpretive Programs: June, July, August

Thursdays: Bentsen Experience Tour – 9:00–11:00a

Fridays: Fridays on Foot! – 6:30–8:00p

Saturdays: Creatures of the Night 8:00–10:00p

Sundays: Bird Walk 8:30-10:30a

NEW Special Programs! “Beak the Heat”

Bird Watching 101: Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 2-4 pm

Feathers & Flight – Form & Function: Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 2-4 pm

Wonders of Bird Migration: Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 2-4 pm

7th Annual Perseid Party: Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 8:00 pm-12:00 midnight

Doors open at 7:00 pm. Admission is only $5! FREE for children 12 and under!

Regularly scheduled programs are free with paid admission. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is located on 2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive in Mission, TX. For more information, please call (956) 584-9156. www.theworldbirdingcenter.com

Park Open 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. seven days a week

Park Store open 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday

Tram Service 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday

A local family enjoys the park tram while visiting Bentsen-RGV State Park. credit: Andrea Donio WBC/courtesy


With fishing opportunities close to home, Rogelio Rodriguez of Pharr scores a nice alligator gar in the park Resaca. credit: Bentsen JDL/courtesy


Visit our park store to find unique nature themed gifts for everyone. Credit: courtesy photo

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