Located in Weslaco, TX, the Valley Nature Center is the oldest nature center in the Rio Grande Valley, and the only non-profit center fully dedicated to environmental education south of San Antonio and east of Eagle Pass.
A Secret Garden in the Heart of the Rio Grande Valley, Valley Nature Center has been in operation as a non-profit organization dedicated to its mission since 1984. The Valley Nature Center's park is home to a wide variety of the LRGV's native plants and animals. Many plants were transplanted during the past fifteen years to this protected area from sites which were slated for development. There is an on-going effort to enhance the plant diversity of the park. This aim is for protection of local plant species diversity as well as to make diverse food and habitat available for resident and migratory wildlife. By strolling the ¾ miles of trails of the Nature Park, one may examine plant species native to such diverse areas as the Sabal Palm Grove, Arroyo Colorado Brush, the Barretal, Coastal Lomas, and the Chihuahuan Thorn Forest.
The Lower Rio Grande Valley is one of the top birding and butterfly destinations in the United States. Wander around our trails and you'll know why Malachite and Pixie Butterflies, Plain Chachalacas, Great Kiskadees, Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, Texas Tortoises, Cottontail Rabbits, and several lizard and amphibian species can all be seen here. Our park is a wonderful natural oasis in the middle of the city and includes:
- 3 Cactus Gardens
- Large Butterfly Gardens
- Several Small Ponds
- Walking Trails
- Wide diversity of native plants
- Native Plant Nursery open to the public
- Native Plant Rescue
Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Major Holidays Closed
Children (Age 12 and under): $1.00
Adults (Age 13 and up): $3.00
Seniors (Age 55 and up): $2.50
VNC Members Free Entrance
Located in the back of Gibson City Park. One (1) block south of Business 83 on Border Avenue in Weslaco. Weslaco is located in the mid-valley, west of Harlingen and east of McAllen. If arriving on US HWY 83 from the West take the exit for Milano St/ Westgate / 6Mi W. Stay on frontage road until Border Avenue and turn right (south) on Border. Travel south to Business 83, and cross Business. Travel south 1 ½ more blocks and then turn into Gibson City Park on the left. Go through the parking lot to the back and look for the tan colored nature center building.
If arriving on US HWY 83 from the East take the exit for Airport Dr / Texas Blvd. Stay on frontage road until Texas Boulevard and turn left (south) under the over pass on Texas. Travel south to Business 83, and turn right (west) on Business. Travel west to Border Avenue, and turn left (south) on Border Avenue. Travel south 1 ½ blocks and then turn into Gibson City Park on the left. Go through the parking lot to the back and look for the tan colored nature center building.