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. Take a virtual tour.
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Sacred Texas Springs
March 9 - April 8, 2018
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Audubon is the story of a rare man and the wild creatures he loved.
Learn how to start identifying birds by their calls and songs.
A Sunday afternoon walk with your four-legged friends in the Headwaters Sanctuary! San Antonio Humane Society will have adoptable adult dogs on the walk. You might meet a new member of the family! Pet Supplies Plus will be handing out pet waste containers while supplies last.
Dogs must be leashed at all times. Pet waste collection rules apply.
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Learn about butterfly rearing in your home or in a classroom setting! This workshop will offer information about proper butterfly terminology, the benefits of butterflies in your garden, and the most desirable butterfly host plants for your garden spaces. Butterfly rearing cages ($25+tax each) and native milkweed plants ($9+tax each) will be available for purchase.
Founder of The Nectar Bar, Drake White is dedicated to the conservation of our native pollinators. She is a Texas Master Naturalist, Native Landscape Certified, and the project manager and designer of the Phil Hardberger Park Butterfly Learning Center, an outdoor classroom for native plants, butterflies, and other pollinators. Ms. White has spent the last six year raising various butterfly species while creating awareness for their needs. She also educates on proper practices for rearing butterflies in the classroom and in backyard residential gardens. Ms. White's Facebook group, The Nectar Bar: Raising Butterflies, provides a learning space to ask questions and interact with an online community. Additionally, Ms. White posts instructional videos on her YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC138nTrO2Z6Mqhqkfd5UXKw). Visit her business page to learn more about butterflies and The Nectar Bar (www.facebook.com/TheNectarBar).
An impressionistic exploration of the spirit that informed the solitary life of one of Canada’s most celebrated and irrepressible painters. Emily Carr...
Anyone fascinated by the sights and sounds of birds is welcome.
The Celtic tradition has always honored “thin places” as places where heaven and earth are closely connected. This walk will offer quiet meditations that reflect the Celtic vision that enables us to see “thin places” of healing and mystery right before our eyes. Retreat leader and author, Sylvia Maddox, M.T.S., will conduct the walk. She is the co-author of “Praying with Celtic Saints.” The program is limited to 12.
Join us for a short hike through the Headwaters with emphasis on the features that relate to the thoughts and writings of Aldo Leopold. Considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States’ wilderness system, Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. The walk is limited to 12.
'We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us.
When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.' Aldo Leopold
The walk will be led by Tom Kinsey, ecology education consultant and owner of Learn Nature. Kinsey previously acted as a staff naturalist at the Witte Museum for 12 years. During that time, Kinsey wrote and presented most of the wildlife and aquatic programs for groups from all over south and central Texas. Kinsey is also a certified Texas Master Naturalist, a certified native plant landscaper, and a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department facilitator for Project WILD and Aquatic WILD.
In this presentation, Gary Perez of the Native-American Church will share his intimate knowledge of the cultures that continue to trek through the South Texas region, visiting natural springs that connect the dots from the past to the present. Perez will connect the San Antonio Missions to this great mystery of what is known as Yanaguana or Spirit Waters (the Blue Hole) at the Headwaters of the San Antonio River and why the missions’ specific iconography (carvings and paintings) still serve as an astronomical guide into the future for local indigenous peoples.
FULL - This program is full. We are now taking names for the waitlist.
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.