PAWS on the TRAILS
Feb
18
1:00 PM13:00

PAWS on the TRAILS

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.
Directions: www.headwaters-iw.org/visit.
More info:210-828-2224 x280
Let us know you are coming by emailing us at pamela.ball@headwaters-iw.org providing your email address and phone number.

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Butterfly Gardening Workshop
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Butterfly Gardening Workshop

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).

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A Guided Celtic Walk to Thin Places in the Headwaters
Mar
17
1:00 PM13:00

A Guided Celtic Walk to Thin Places in the Headwaters

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.

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Walking with Aldo Leopold
Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

Walking with Aldo Leopold

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.

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Yanaguana, Lower Pecos Rock Art, and Indigenous History of San Antonio [Lecture]
Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Yanaguana, Lower Pecos Rock Art, and Indigenous History of San Antonio [Lecture]

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.

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DAVID HOCKNEY: A BIGGER PICTURE - Film Series: Nature as Creative Inspiration
May
7
3:30 PM15:30

DAVID HOCKNEY: A BIGGER PICTURE - Film Series: Nature as Creative Inspiration

  • CHRISTUS Heritage Hall, The Village at Incarnate Word (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“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

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Bat City USA - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists
Jun
4
3:30 PM15:30

Bat City USA - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists

  • CHRISTUS Heritage Hall, The Village at Incarnate Word (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“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

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JENS JENSEN: THE LIVING GREEN - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists
Aug
6
3:30 PM15:30

JENS JENSEN: THE LIVING GREEN - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists

  • CHRISTUS Heritage Hall, The Village at Incarnate Word (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“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

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RACHEL CARSON’S Silent Spring - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists
Sep
4
3:30 PM15:30

RACHEL CARSON’S Silent Spring - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists

  • CHRISTUS Heritage Hall, The Village at Incarnate Word (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“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

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Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists
Oct
1
3:30 PM15:30

Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists

  • CHRISTUS Heritage Hall, The Village at Incarnate Word (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“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

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JOHN MUIR: In The New World - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists
Nov
5
3:30 PM15:30

JOHN MUIR: In The New World - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists

  • CHRISTUS Heritage Hall, The Village at Incarnate Word (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

“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

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Headwaters and the Brackenridge Era - Headwaters History Series - FULL
Dec
2
2:00 PM14:00

Headwaters and the Brackenridge Era - Headwaters History Series - FULL

From the San Antonio Water Works to the park bearing his name, George Washington Brackenridge and his 280 acres of fertile land along the San Antonio River laid a strong foundation for our city. Come enjoy a history walk around a portion of his former property at the Headwaters at Incarnate Word

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The Great Hush
Nov
29
9:30 AM09:30

The Great Hush

We will practice Pranayama - breath refinement, Asana - gentle stretching, and centering techniques to release tension and quiet the mind outdoors in the beautiful natural environment of the Lourdes Grotto.

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The Great Hush
Nov
22
9:30 AM09:30

The Great Hush

We will practice Pranayama - breath refinement, Asana - gentle stretching, and centering techniques to release tension and quiet the mind outdoors in the beautiful natural environment of the Lourdes Grotto. 

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The Medicine Wheel: An Indigenous Presence
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

The Medicine Wheel: An Indigenous Presence

  • Mabee Library Auditorium, University of the Incarnate Word (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Medicine Wheels are stone structures with cosmological and geographical significance, built by Native Americans across North America over the past 10,000 years. This presentation is on the history and purpose of these structures and how Headwaters plans to incorporate one into our landscape as a way to educate the general public.

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The Great Hush
Nov
15
9:30 AM09:30

The Great Hush

We will practice Pranayama - breath refinement, Asana - gentle stretching, and centering techniques to release tension and quiet the mind outdoors in the beautiful natural environment of the Lourdes Grotto. 

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Plants Misbehaving
Nov
11
9:00 AM09:00

Plants Misbehaving

Invasive plants are wreaking havoc on native habitats worldwide.  This workshop include the reasons why invasive plants are a problem and the identification of the Top 20 Invasive Species in Greater San Antonio.  

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3rd Friday Birding: With Christine Turnbull - FULL
Oct
20
8:30 AM08:30

3rd Friday Birding: With Christine Turnbull - FULL

This walk is FULL. Names will be taken for a wait list.

Come take a leisurely walk through the Sanctuary with Christine Turnbull, one of our birding specialists.

Upcoming Dates: Nov 17 Tom & Patsy Inglet – Dec 15 Patty Leslie Pasztor

Anyone fascinated by the sights and sounds of birds is welcome. This is a great opportunity for beginning or intermediate birders to develop and improve their identification skills. Please wear close-toed shoes, long pants, and bring water. Binoculars will be available. Each walk is limited to 12.

Register Here

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