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. Take a virtual tour of Headwaters.
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.
Learn the basics of interpretation principles and best practices. This presentation is perfect for anyone giving lectures, offering guided walks, or working with audiences of all ages.
We will be attending the natural world as it reminds us of who we are in the eyes of the Sacred. This walk will provide practice, space and time to develop discernment and trust as we build new connections to nature’s hidden capacities for soul care and spiritual direction.
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To commemorate the life of St Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, Headwaters offers a birding walk on the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Alan and Patsy Kuentz will be our expert guides.
Native plants and special features can create a beautiful landscape that invites wildlife to neighborhoods and campuses. You can make a big difference on your small urban lot to benefit wildlife, add to the beauty of your yard, and create a positive effect on our environment.
This walk will remind us of the joy and the calling of this sacred space within our city and to renew our kinship with creation.
The culmination of our week long celebration of native wildlife and habitat will be a family-oriented, gathering on the grounds of the historic Brackenridge Villa. Learn about bees, bats, birds, snakes, native plants, invasive plants, rain gardens, and the importance of milkweed.
Join us for an educator workshop. Project WILD's curriculum, Science and Civics: Sustaining Wildlife, is designed to serve as a guide for involving students in grades 9-12 in environmental action projects that benefit local wildlife.