THE NATURAL AREAS
Attention Birders! Friedrich Park's new entry pavilion and kiosk are now open. The maps and bird brochures will be located in the new kiosk. We ask that birders begin reporting all their Natural Area sightings at www.ebird.org.
CrownRidge Canyon Natural Area is a well kept secret of the Natural Areas. For a virtual hike and an invitation to visit this special place, see AN INVITATION.
Please visit , our growing selection of activities to enjoy along the trail and in the classroom or at home. Some of these activities are designed to happen in one of our Natural Areas, some can happen in any outdoor location and some can be wherever you want them to happen! Anyone can be an outdoor educator and we are here to help you!
Pass it On
The most precious treasure we possess is the lifetime of knowledge stored in our memory bank. The most precious treasure the world possesses is the potential in the life of a child. The greatest resource to sustain the environmental movement is the knowledge gained from lives lived close to the land. The most effective tool for growing a child with a consuming desire to nurture the environment is the passing of that knowledge to them.
At a recent Explore program in the Natural Areas, an Education Volunteer guided the hands of a young class participant in the grinding of a batch of cochineal insects. The ground insects would be dissolved in water to produce a dye for yarn that would be wound into a model of a coral snake. The insects ground by someone else colored the strawberry banana juice we drank that day. The students will not soon forget ?bug juice?. They will remember that the white fuzzy stuff on cactus is the protection around those cochineal insects.
One connection to the natural world that will help grow a child who will enjoy, appreciate and care for that world. One volunteer who shared his knowledge and ?passed it on?.
Yes we do! Our Natural Area Parks & the Hill Country have very interesting geology with an important relationship with our water source, the Edwards Aquifer. Dr. George Veni provides information on our geology in the series,
EVENTS & EDUCATION
Wild Classes for Kids
Foster your child's enjoyment of nature with energetic, engaging programs with stories, music, games, crafts & snacks based on sound ecological principles. Children who learn and play outside are smarter, happier and healthier.
The Medina classes are geared for slightly older children ages 3 to 7 years old.
New Nature Talks
Friedrich Wilderness Park
Before or after most Saturday walks at Friedrich Park, stop by the pavilion for a nature talk from our interpretive guide Bruce Pylant. Topics include the windmill, mammals, geology and plants. Check for dates and topics!
April 5, 2014
10 am - Noon
Friedrich Wilderness Park
In the days of no Wal-mart or HEB, people made what they needed from the plants and animals around them. Take a walk with Master Naturalist Denise Schneider to explore the uses of native plants for food, fiber, shelter and more.
For more info, see
April 12, 2014
Not So Creepy
Hardberger Park's diversitys of flora and fauna is being threatened by exotic invasive weeds. WE NEED YOUR HELP to combat these weeds by joining us for Weed Wednesdays at from 8:30 to 10:30 am. See for more info.
FLORA & FAUNA
San Antonio Natural Areas