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.
Based on traditional Native American storytelling and the archaeology of the Olmos Basin, this walk is a time to reflect on and restore our connection to the ancient heritage of the Headwaters Sanctuary.
What species will we find this year at Headwaters Sanctuary? Be a part of a global weekend challenge to see which city can document the most wildlife species. Collect data on your own Fri-Mon, or join us for a special Headwaters BioBlitz Contest on April 29, 2:00-4:00pm. To participate, snap pictures of flora and fauna using the iNaturalist app. Prizes will be awarded for the most trees, small plants, insects, and birds documented!
Can't make the BioBlitz? Make observations and identify species using the iNaturalist app independently all weekend.
View our events calendar to learn more about this event and other FREE programs we offer for adults and children every week. To learn more about Texas Parks & Wildlife City Nature Challenge go to www.tpwd.texas.gov/naturechallenge
“Filmed over three years, this documentary is an unprecedented record of a major artist at work. It captures David Hockney’s return from California to paint his native Yorkshire, outside, through the seasons and in all weathers. It tells the story of a homecoming and gives a revealing portrait of what inspires and motivates today’s greatest living British-born artist.” Firstrunfeatures.com
“Andy Goldsworthy makes sense-luscious sculptures entirely out of things he finds in nature — stones, twigs, leaves, plant stalks, clay, ice, snow. In this meditative 90-minute documentary by Thomas Riedelsheimer, Goldsworthy is seen working on new creations as he explains his philosophy that brings together a Zen-like appreciation of the natural world, a deeply felt connection with the Earth and all its thousand things, a fascination with time and the ephemeral existence of objects, a respect for place and all the marvels discovered within a space that one knows intimately, and a yearning to explore the energy that is running through the landscape.” spiritualityandpractive.com/films/reviews/view/9214
“A giant colony of Mexican Free-tailed bats moved into an Austin, Texas bridge in the 1980’s after a reconstruction project created an ideal roosting habitat…When the city threatened to exterminate the bats, a zealous conservationist named Merlin Tuttle stepped in and fought to save them. Tuttle, a bat researcher at a Milwaukee museum, moved to Austin, which he called the epicenter of “worldwide bad bat publicity”, and founded Bat Conservation International to promote a positive image of bats.” thevideoproject.com
Join us for a traditional pub meal or American fare at Lion & Rose British Restaurant and Pub! The Lion & Rose Restaurant has been known for its authentic pub atmosphere. A true British pub is a place to gather for a great meal, warm conversation, and good music.
We need 25 people to sign up to confirm the event.
“Few know his name today but his ideas about making city life healthy, green and just are right for our times..Jens Jensen made this the point of his life's work when Chicago was considered the worst place on earth to live. The 21st century is seeing the fastest period of urban growth in human history. Today, more than ever, we need an icon like Jens Jensen to inspire citizens, business and civic leaders to make the modern city livable.” jensjensenthelivinggreen.org
“She was a biologist for the federal government when she first noted the effects of the unregulated use of pesticides and herbicides, especially DDT. Magazines, afraid of losing advertising, refused to publish her articles. When Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1963, she was viciously attacked, called "an ignorant and hysterical woman." But her warning sparked a revolution in environmental policy and a new ecological consciousness.” pbs.org
“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
“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