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)
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“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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Walking with Thoreau
Oct
27
1:00 PM13:00

Walking with Thoreau

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.

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Native Wildlife & Habitat Celebration
Nov
4
12:30 PM12:30

Native Wildlife & Habitat Celebration

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.

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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)
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“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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Native Pollinator Plant Workshop
Sep
23
1:00 PM13:00

Native Pollinator Plant Workshop

  • University of the Incarnate Word, Mabee Library Auditorium (map)
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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!

 

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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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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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Bats: Facts and Myths!
Jul
26
6:30 PM18:30

Bats: Facts and Myths!

Historically, bats have had a bad reputation. Coco Brennan will discuss the many benefits bats provide humans and debunk the common myths about them. Threats to bats and how we can help them will be addressed. Along with a general discussion of bats, Ms. Brennan will speak on the Mexican Free-tailed Bats and their role in our region specifically. Information about the Bracken Cave Preserve, owned and managed by Bat Conservation International, will be offered.

Coco Brennan is a Texas Master Naturalist and a volunteer for Bat Conservation International at the Bracken Cave Preserve.

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Lion & Rose Fundraising Dinner
Jul
17
6:00 PM18:00

Lion & Rose Fundraising Dinner

  • Lion & Rose British Restaurant and Pub (map)
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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.

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iNaturalist Workshop
Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

iNaturalist Workshop

Join us for iNaturalist workshop at Headwaters Sanctuary! iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. It's also a crowd-sourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users.

Participants will walk through what iNaturalist is, how to use it in the Texas Nature Trackers program, and how to use both the website and phone apps. The classroom portion will be followed up with a BioBlitz where we will practice using the app in the Sanctuary, collecting and sharing data with the iNaturalist network.

This workshop is led by Texas Parks & Wildlife staff. Three CEU credits are earned.

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Bat City USA - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists
Jul
9
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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Flying WILD Educator Workshop
Jun
28
9:00 AM09:00

Flying WILD Educator Workshop

Flying WILD

This workshop is offered as part of the Headwaters Environmental Education Teacher Training Institute.

Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus.

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Aquatic WILD Educator Workshop
Jun
27
9:00 AM09:00

Aquatic WILD Educator Workshop

Aquatic WILD

This workshop is offered as part of the Headwaters Environmental Education Teacher Training Institute.

Water in all its forms is one of the most dramatic of today's arenas in which informed, responsible, and constructive actions are needed. Aquatic WILD uses the simple, successful format of Project WILD activities and professional training workshops but with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology.

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Project WILD Educator Workshop
Jun
26
9:00 AM09:00

Project WILD Educator Workshop

Project WILD

This workshop is offered as part of the Headwaters Environmental Education Teacher Training Institute.

Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students and is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. A national network of State Wildlife Agency Sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide and is training educators in the many facets of the program. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.

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Andy Goldsworthy RIVERS AND TIDES Working With Time - Film Series: Nature as Creative Inspiration
Jun
5
3:30 PM15:30

Andy Goldsworthy RIVERS AND TIDES Working With Time - Film Series: Nature as Creative Inspiration

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

“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

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Amore Cafe Fundraising Dinner
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Amore Cafe Fundraising Dinner

Please join us for a wonderful fundraising meal at Amore Cafe!
Amore Cafe is a Mediterranean Restaurant and lounge in San Antonio. The lounge offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine, a premier assortment of hookah flavors, and the warmth of true Mediterranean hospitality. Simply sign up at www.groupraise.com/events/62293. Come out for a great meal at Amore Cafe on May 30th from 6 to 8 pm and 20% of your bill will be donated to Headwaters!

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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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Headwaters BioBlitz Contest
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Headwaters BioBlitz Contest

  • Headwaters Sanctuary (GPS coordinates are 29.4697, -98.4709) (map)
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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

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iNaturalist Workshop at Headwaters Sanctuary
Apr
14
1:00 PM13:00

iNaturalist Workshop at Headwaters Sanctuary

Join us for iNaturalist workshop at Headwaters Sanctuary! Participants will walk through what iNaturalist is, how to use it in the Texas Nature Trackers program, and how to use both the website and phone apps. The classroom portion will be followed up with a BioBlitz where we will practice using the app in the Sanctuary, collecting and sharing data with the iNaturalist network.

This workshop is led by Texas Parks & Wildlife staff in preparation for the City Nature Challenge, April 27-30, a fun weekend challenge to see which city can document the most species of flora and fauna. Come participate in this training to take part in the City Nature Challenge at Headwaters Sanctuary and other natural areas in San Antonio the weekend of April 27-30.

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Voices of the Waters: Poetry & Prose Readings
Apr
8
4:30 PM16:30

Voices of the Waters: Poetry & Prose Readings

Voices of the Waters brings together songs and stories from indigenous voices and works from environmental artists and activists to honor the Sacred Texas Springs. Readers from Stone in Steam/Roca en el Río and Kalpulli Ameyaltonal Tejaztlan will share their words, including Mobi Warren, Kamala Platt, Darby Riley, Marisol Cortez, Janice Rebecca Campbell, Toni Falls, D. Ellis Phelps, Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Laura Yohualtlahuiz Rios-Ramirez, and others. These readings are organized by Jim LaVilla-Havelin, Poetry Editor for the San Antonio Express-News and Coordinator of National Poetry Month in San Antonio.

Sr. Mary Henry, Director of the Heritage Center for the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, will offer remarks before a lantern procession to the Blue Hole. Epifanio Hernandez of the Tehuan Band of Mission Indians will close the exhibit with a ceremonial blessing at the San Antonio Spring. Voices of the Waters is a National Poetry Month in San Antonio 2018 Event.

Rainout location: J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library Auditorium, University of the Incarnate Word, 4301 Broadway Street, San Antonio, TX 78209

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Sounds of Spring: Recital by pianist Elena Portnaya of Musical Bridges Around the World
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Sounds of Spring: Recital by pianist Elena Portnaya of Musical Bridges Around the World

  • University of the Incarate Word Ingrid Seddon Recital Hall (map)
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ABOUT THE PIANIST

Laureate of international competitions, pianist Elena Portnaya will perform a diverse program of baroque, romantic and 20th century piano masterpieces, including favorites by Bach, Gershwin, Ravel, Chopin and Tchaikovsky.

Seating is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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A Celebration of Nature: Recital by pianists Duo AleAnya of Musical Bridges Around the World
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

A Celebration of Nature: Recital by pianists Duo AleAnya of Musical Bridges Around the World

  • University of the Incarnate Word Ingrid Seddon Recital Hall (map)
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ABOUT THE PIANISTS

Duo AleAnya (Alena Gorina and Anya Grokhovski) will perform a virtuoso program to include compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Samuel Barber and many others. Gorina & Grokhovski are pianists with extensive concert experience as both soloists and chamber musicians who came together to share their love of piano ensemble repertory. Their programing is greatly influenced by their cultural and educational roots. Alena was born, raised, and educated in Belorussia (formerly, the Soviet Union) and Anya in Moscow, Russia. Needless to say, Russian music holds a special place in the hearts of Duo AleAnya. Both Alena and Anya hold doctoral degrees in piano performance; Alena from UT Austin and Anya from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Currently Alena is a lecturer at Texas State University, San Marcos and Anya is the Artistic Director of Musical Bridges Around the World, a non-profit cultural and educational organization based in San Antonio, Texas.

Seating is limited. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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

FULL-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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Botika Restaurant Fundraising Dinner
Mar
20
5:00 PM17:00

Botika Restaurant Fundraising Dinner

Join us for a wonderful meal at Botika! Botika is a Peruvian-Asian restaurant located at the Historic Pearl Brewery in San Antonio, TX. Led by Executive Chef Geronimo Lopez, Botika’s menu features “Chifa” (Chinese-Peruvian) and “Nikkei” (Japanese-Peruvian) cuisines,exploring the crossroads between South Asia and South America. Botika’s bar offers classic cocktails and a wide variety of rums, piscos, and cachaças.

We need 25 people to sign up to confirm the event.

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Walking with Aldo Leopold
Mar
18
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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