| 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
She Walked the Walk
The Natural Area Parks of San Antonio Parks & Recreation has a mighty Education Department, reaching thousands of children and adults. An amazing thing about this is it is a department of one person with her scores of volunteers. Now, after a long career of connecting people with nature, Peggy Spring retires. Peggy's legacy will continue into the future through those she taught to feel, understand and love nature. Thank you, Peggy.
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 guides. Topics include the windmill, mammals, geology and plants. Check for dates and topics!
February 9, 10, 12 and 17
Picture Your World
Green Spaces’ program instructor, Carra Garza, along with a professional photographer and a naturalist will lead these workshops to teach students the basics of photography and build their appreciation for the natural world. In May, the program culminates with a nature photography contest that awards cash prizes. Green Spaces exhibits the winning and honorable mention photographs and honors participating student at an annual photo exhibit and awards ceremony. For more info, see
February 14, 2015
9 - 11 am
Medina River Natural Area
March 14, 2015
The Trail Mix
Come join us at beautiful Medina River Natural Area for a hands-on exploration of part of the Howard Peak Greenway Trail for a short hike, trail safety information and fun activities. Perfect for families with children ages 7-12 years of age. For more information, email: HERE or call 207-8603. No registration required. A donation of $3.00 per individual or $5.00 per family is suggested.
|FLORA & FAUNA
San Antonio Natural Areas