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RR: Reservations Required

Please make reservations at least two days in advance, unless otherwise noted, by calling us at (956) 381-9922.


And, as an added bonus, being a member with us gives you access and/or discounts at other nature centers & parks across the US.! Click here to see the full list of nature centers & other places that are part of the ANCA reciprocal membership program! You can also click here to see an interactive map of all the centers that are part of the program.

Photography Pass Available!

Photographers that enjoy having photo sessions along the EWBC gardens and trails will now have the opportunity to purchase a photography pass Beginning August 1st! For only $75, pass perks include:

- Access to our grounds for photography sessions, anytime during the membership year (12 months), during regular business hours
-Free entry for the photographer and up to 15 clients per photo session*
-No limit on photo shoots
-After hours photo shoot, Tues. - Sat., for up to 2 hours at $50 an hour**

The EWBC grounds offer many scenic vistas, including our ponds, water features, trails, native plantings, and outdoor structures. For more detailed information, click here to view and print our photograph pass brochure. Call us at 956-381-9922 for any questions and/or to purchase your pass!

*Please note: Children 5 and under will also be included in the 15-person limit amount. Additional guests will pay regular admission
**A two week reservation is required for after-hour photo shoots. Last minute requests will NOT be accommodated

Become an EWBC Volunteer!

 Interested in making a difference in your community? The EWBC is always in need of volunteer help! If you like working to help wildlife and want to share your talents with others, we have many opportunities designed to get you involved! Click here to visit our volunteers page and learn more!

 Volunteer Training Days!

Native Plant Nursery

Enjoy working with plants and you're interested in becoming an EWBC Native Plant Nursery Volunteer? Join us as we go through the steps of the methods used to maintain the plants in the native plant nursery! We will discuss soil mixtures used to increase plant survival, maintaining the waterlines/sprinkler system, the steps to rescuing plants and maintaining them in the nursery, as well as transplanting plants from one area to another. FREE! Snacks will be provided.

Saturday,  Sept. 20th
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Trail Guiding

Interested in helping the EWBC out in engaging visitors with the wildlife around them? Join the naturalist staff and learn about the birds/butterflies as well as native flora found along our gardens and how we interpret them to visitors to help them make a connection with nature. 

There will be a presentation on the EWBC and guiding our trails, followed by a nature walk in which we will go out and observe the flora and fauna of our gardens. Then, another presentation will follow, focusing on Bird/Plant/Butterfly ID to get participants started on learning our wildlife. Finally, participants will be informed of upcoming volunteer opportunities at our site, including bird/butterfly surveys, Alien Survival Series event, and many more! FREE!  Snacks provided.

Saturday, Oct. 18th
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Native Plant Care

Would you like to help the EWBC in caring for our native plants? Join us for our Native Plant Care training and learn all about the techniques we use to conserve our native flora to keep our gardens beautiful and the plants in our nursery healthy. Learn proper planting techniques, preparing good soil mixtures for planting as well as potting up plants, adequate digging techniques, how to safely rescue plants from unwanted areas, how to effectively take care of root bound problems, the right seasons to plant, and even learn about installing waterlines! FREE! Snacks will be provided. Necessary tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own gloves or other tools if you like.

Saturday, Nov. 15th
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In the coming months... 

Look below for our upcoming programs and events. To receive news and events by email click here. In the left column you will find the year-long calendars for EWBC and Valley-wide Events. Our Kingfisher Newsletter can also be downloaded or viewed below.

Family & Youth Programs:

Spectacular Saturdays!

On the last Saturday of the month, EWBC will open its doors for FREE to the general public. Perhaps you have been on our grounds but not inside the center. Come on in and see what great opportunities and nature adventures await your discovery! Throughout the day, there will be activities, short games, and scheduled nature hikes. Binoculars are available free of charge. Free entry does not include fee for concurring programs and activities.

Dates: Saturdays: Nov. 29th, Dec. 27th, Jan. 31st

Time: Center - 8 am to 5 pm; Grounds - 7 am - 6 pm


Raiders of the Colorful Rocks

Have you ever wondered how rocks are made? The EWBC staff is here to answer. Join us for a family friendly presentation on the basics of geology and the formation of the different types of rock. Participants will also have the opportunity to make their own rocks made out of used crayons. It's vivid fun for the whole family! Registration is required.

DatesSaturday, December 6th, 2014

Time: 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Fee: Regular Admission, Members Free

Bird Walks

Join our Naturalist for an engaging bird walk through our extensive gardens and shoreline habitat.  During this 1.5 hour tour, seek out Green Kingfishers, Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons, Great Kiskadees, Least Grebes and so much more. This quiet urban oasis offers a plethora of easy birding sightings of some of South Texas' coolest critters.  To reserve a space, please call the Center at (956) 381-9922 at least one day prior to the scheduled walk. Walks are free with paid admission or Membership.

Every Tuesday from 8:30-10:00 am starting Sept. 2nd and continuing through the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons.

Bird diversity changes as the seasons pass, making every walk a unique and interesting experience. You'll never know what we'll find on the trails!

Can't make the tour this time?  Call Monica at (956) 381-9922 to schedule a tour, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.  One to two hour tours are available upon request, depending on availability of the Naturalist.  Tours are free with paid admission or Membership.

Walks with a Naturalist

Join the Naturalist staff on a walk around the park and discover the amazing nature that the Wetlands has to offer. Learn about native plants, insects, birds, reptiles, and whatever else we might run into on the trails. To reserve a space, please call the Center at (956) 381-9922 at least one day prior to the scheduled walk. Walks are free with paid admission or Membership.

Every Thursday from 10:00-11:30 am starting Sept. 4th and running through the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons.

Can't make the tour this time?  Call Monica at (956) 381-9922 to schedule a tour, Tuesday through Saturday, 8:30 am to 4 pm.  One to two hour tours are available upon request, depending on availability of the Naturalist.  Tours are free with paid admission or Membership.

Friday Night with a Naturalist

Join us and some of the best naturalists and nature enthusiasts in the valley for wonderful family programs this summer!  The third Friday of each month, EWBC invites different speakers to share their knowledge of birds, butterflies, plants and more!  Program and admission are FREE!  

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and presentations are from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. RR.  

Sept. 19th:  Hummingbirds w/ Juanita Gibson, watercolor artist and t-shirt designer for                      National Butterfly Center
Oct. 17th:   RGV Butterflies w/ Mike Rickard, local butterfly and moth expert
Nov. 21st:   Kissing Bugs w/ Dr. Teresa Feria, Assistant Professor, Univ. of Texas - Pan                        American
Dec. 19th:  How to be a Citizen Scientist w/ Javier De Leon, Assistant Park  Superintendent for Bentsen-RGV State Park
Jan. 16th:  "Birding Texas Style" Luciano Guerra, journalist and professional photographer 

Adult Programs:

 Campfire Naturalist

Join us as we sit by the fire and learn about the fascinating critters that come out at when the Sun goes down! We’ll make some campfire snacks as we explore the incredible world of night critters such as birds, bats, moths, even the stars in the sky! Learn about local night-dwelling critters and share your stories of the ones you’ve encountered. Reservations required at least TWO days before the program..

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm


Wednesday, Nov. 5th-  Nocturnal Birds

Wednesday, Nov. 12th-  Bats

Wednesday, Nov. 19th-  Spiders

Wednesday, Nov. 26th-  Moths

Wednesday, Dec. 3rd-  Nocturnal Mammals

Wednesday, Dec. 10th-  Stars in the Sky


Fee: $3 members, $5 non-members

 Adult Birding Series

Useful techniques, tips, and identification skills are the focus of this birding series for adults. Led by area experts, the individual sessions will offer something new and interesting for bird-watchers of all skill levels. Whether you attend one session, or all of them, your knowledge of the avian world is sure to improve! RR.


Saturday, Dec. 13th - Beginning Birder w/ EWBC Naturalist Team
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, Dec. 27th -  Wintering Songbirds w/ Javi Gonzalez
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 10th - Raptors of the RGV w/ Roy Rodriguez
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24th - Winter Shorebirds
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Fee: $2 members, $4 Non-members; Winter Shorebirds: $3 members, $5 Non-members

Handcrafting Ceramics

Have you ever though of trying a hand at something new? What about pottery? We invite you to broaden your horizons through this amazing art form. Local enthusiast, Adrian Rodriguez, will be instructing the series. Knowledgeable on the art of ceramics, he is a recent UTPA graduate and spends his spare time volunteering for the Art Department. In this four Par, hands-on course participants will learn the basics of pottery, different techniques to help produce a good product, and finally the firing process of your very own ceramic art pieces. Participants will be creating a mug and whistle using clay soil collected from the EWBC grounds. Tools are included in the price and are yours to keep. Come join us and let your creative juices flow. Fee covers all 4 session and there will be no partial refunds for any missed. Registration is required.

December 18th               Introduction & Basics

                                       2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

December 19th-20th      Technique

                                       2 p.m - 4 p.m.

January 3rd                    Firing

                                      1 p.m - 4 p.m.

Fee: $35 members, $38 non-members

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands  |  714 Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg, TX 78542 |  Phone: (956) 381-9922  Fax: (956) 381-0715 

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