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NEWS UPDATE!

Our Parrot Ambassadors Temporarily Have Been Removed From Public Exhibit to protect them from current threat of Avian Flu. ALL private parrot interactions and Parrot Talk programs temporarily have been suspended until further notice!  (Click here for more detail.)

COVID-19 PROTOCOL

Following CDC’s 2/26/22 advisory, effective Friday, March 4, facemasks are strongly encouraged in the Visitors Center, due to small indoor spaces. Facemasks will be required until further notice in Education Station classes.

We continue to social distance indoors and observe posted capacity limits. 

Thank you for safeguarding the health of all guests, staff and volunteers.

EVENTS ON TAP

KIDS SUMMER NATURE CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

60 NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS available for 7 sessions of KIDS SUMMER NATURE CAMP, for ages 6-14, in June & July, sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department! Only NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP openings are now available.

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MOONLIGHT Returns to the GARDENS

Friday, October 29, was a magical evening OUTDOORS! Event’s simplicity delighted all we spoke to with beautiful custom lighting, multiple music, food & drink stations; custom botanical craft beer; fantastic silent auction; perfect weather, and of course casual attire! Definitely an evening to remember, with results topping budget expectations! SEE MORE for Sponsors, Committee, and Slideshow!

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ORCHID-OLOGY IS BACK!

Monthly “Orchid-ology” discussion sessions—on Covid-19 hiatus since early 2020–are returning to South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center beginning at 7 pm, Thursday, January 6! The popular FREE orchid-growing classes, for any level of orchid lover, meet at 7 pm, the first Thursday of each month, in Education Station, 8545 S. Staples St. Each month, call 361-852-2100 to reserve a seat for in-person class, masks required; or to get the ZOOM link. Face masks are required in all Botanical Gardens indoor facilities.

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WEEKEND ANIMAL EVENTS

Guests visiting Saturdays or Sundays are treated to REP-TALES,10:30 am, on the Rose Garden Lawn; and PARROT TALK, 1:30 pm, wind & weather permitting.

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EXPLORE...

…bloom-filled conservatories,  majestic rose pavilion,
butterfly house, architecturally-unique garden design, tropical plumeria grove—plus mesquite-lined nature trail, rustic Palapa Grande and wetland boardwalk. You’ll love the beauty-versus-beast contrasts at this 182-acre botanical and nature domain, like our parrots and reptiles.

LEARN...

…through field trips, nature camps, birdwatching, animal interactions, horticulture classes and workshops, winter lectures, “Blooming in the Gardens,” plant and landscape displays, family visits! Environmental education through nature tourism explains benefits of learning to better share our ecosystem with plant and wildlife. 

CONSERVE...

…our urban oasis of native habitat and natural wetlands on Oso Creek.  Our conservation programs involving plants, wildlife and water, include: Endangered Slender Rush Pea, Black-Laced Cactus colonies, Pockets of Wildlife Habitat along Oso Creek, Native Grasses: Highly Structured, Managed & Natural.

HOST YOUR EVENT AT THE GARDENS

Both scenic floral, or more casual outdoor venues—
as well as comfortable indoor spaces are available for MEMBERS to rent throughout the year.
Rental occasions have included weddings, bridal and baby showers, birthdays, grad parties,
corporate or club meetings, team-building functions, local events, lectures or classes, memorial services . . .
during or after regular hours! In spring and summer months, we celebrate weddings almost every weekend!
Prices are reasonable and surroundings memorable for your special occasion!

Support Your Gardens
It Pays to Join

A botanical garden cannot thrive or grow, without members!

Personal and corporate memberships
supply substantial annual operating funds.
In return, members get valuable benefits
which outweigh yearly dues contribution—
like RECIPROCAL FREE ADMISSION to 340 other gardens,
14 of them in Texas! 

for Categories and amazing benefits!

Needed Now, Grants, Donations, Planned Giving

There are many ways to donate and support your Botanical Gardens—
from Unrestricted Gifts, Current Needs, sponsoring an event,
funding an exhibit, a water feature—or even a building!
Most donations are given in the present; while some are planned
as a legacy gift, or “Planned Giving.”
No matter the size or timing, every contribution improves visitor experience, brings more visitors, more donors, and GROWS your Gardens!

for easy ways to give; or donor suggestions to discuss
with your tax consultant, financial advisor or estate attorney.