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...
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.
What emerges is a portrait of an artist who is continually searching for new possibilities and innovative ways in which his art can respond to natural spaces and how glass can be used to move, provoke, and inspire
“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
“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
“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
Monumental: David Brower’s Fight for Wild America - Film Series: Environmental Conservationists and Activists
“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
This workshop will cover the Invaders of Texas Citizen Science Program and focus on training citizen scientists to identify and report invasive plants..
Ric Burns' film biography of Adams is an intimate portrait of a man for whom life and art were inextricably connected with photography and wilderness.
Come visit the Headwaters Sanctuary at Incarnate Word—the last 53 undeveloped acres of the original homestead—and learn about the Sisters’ legacy and relationship with the Headwaters of the San Antonio River.
Anyone fascinated by the sights and sounds of birds is welcome.
Protecting America's Sacred Lands
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
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.
This leisurely walk will cover tree identification, both native and invasive, and no prior experience is needed. Located in central San Antonio, the Headwaters Sanctuary demonstrates thoughtful land stewardship that secures the future of an urban forest.
The Battle for a Living Planet
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.