Our 53-acre nature sanctuary is home to the Blue Hole, the source spring of the San Antonio River. We are a nonprofit Earth care ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Headwaters at Incarnate Word is restoring our urban landscape through the removal of invasive plants and propagation of native species in an effort to increase biodiversity and benefit local wildlife. We offer educational programs for adults and children that focus on nature, local history, and conservation of our shared natural and cultural resources. Finally, we provide a sanctuary where people are encouraged to reflect and find meaning in their connection with the Earth, themselves, and each other.
“From the moment David Brower first witnessed the extraordinary beauty of the Yosemite Valley, his life was tied to the fight to preserve the American wilds for future generations… At the center of the film are the very themes that absorbed Brower throughout his life: the threatened beauty of the American earth, the spiritual connection between humans and the great outdoors, and the moral obligation to preserve what is left of the world's natural wonders… Brower was the first executive director of the Sierra Club…” Bullfrogfilms.com
Come celebrate the animals that make our lives special. Bring your pet, leashed or crated, to the Headwaters Sanctuary entrance for a special blessing on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.
Mobi Warren will guide participants to use awareness of the breath in order to refresh body, mind, and spirit and to connect with the beauty of the natural world.
Anyone fascinated by the sights and sounds of birds is welcome.
With Thoreau’s essay “Walking” as a “guide” we will walk, experience, explore, find a center and a rhythm within the walk itself that has a measure we can keep. Notation, response, some sharing, some solitude, and some conversation with the nature will structure this literary pilgrimage.
Join us for a Sunday afternoon walk with your four-legged friends in the Headwaters Sanctuary! Let’s celebrate Halloween early!
FUN FOR ALL AGES! Located on the grounds of the historic Brackenridge Villa with free admission and parking. Learn about our rivers and creeks, the Blue Hole, our local urban wildlife, native plants, the Headwaters Sanctuary, and endangered species. Discover ways you can protect and preserve our natural world.
“Preservationist, naturalist, author, explorer, activist, scientist, farmer, John Muir (4/21/1838-12/24/1914) was all these things and more. Nearly a century after his death, this Scottish American is remembered and revered as the father of the environmental movement and the founder of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States.” pbs.org
Landscapes of historic places present a number of opportunities and challenges—and native plants can help.