Find Yourself in Nature this August

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McAllen Nature Center
McAllen Nature Center
AUGUST SPECIAL PROGRAMS
These special programs are offered either one time or on a very limited basis. All the programs listed below are free of charge.
RUN IN THE WOODS
Join a nature center staff member for a guided, slow-paced jog on our trails. We will run a few loops totaling about 3 miles. Join us for one loop, or all of them! All ability levels welcome. Bring water and proper running attire. 
Date: Mondays, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th  
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
COLOR UNDER THE OAKS
Stop out to visit and de-stress! We’ll have coloring pages (for youth AND adults) and colored pencils and crayons for you to use in the serene picnic area under the big live oaks!  
Date: Thursdays, August 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
LIVE ANIMALS WITH ANIMAL CONTACTO
Join us for a free night in the park, learning about animals from Animal Contacto. Bring your own chairs if you can, or bring a blanket and enjoy the program from the ground. Limited folding chairs will be available. This program will be in English. At the end of the program, photos with the animals will be available for purchase.

You are welcome to bring your own water and snacks. No glass or alcohol is permitted. Raspas will be for sale starting at $3. Water will be available for $1. 
Date: Friday, August 5th                       
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm 
YOGA FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS 
You do not have to be flexible or fit to do yoga! With personalized instruction and custom poses to work for any body type and skill level Yoga for Resilience will support you in your journey to greater calm and joy in all that you do. Bring a yoga or exercise mat, or a small blanket or large towel.
Date: Saturday, August 6th                       
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 am 
YOGA FOR STRENGTH
Strength-focused yoga poses.
Date: Saturday, August 13th                       
Time: 8:30 – 9:30 am 
SONGBIRDS, STORIES AND STROLLERS
Our nature walk can be fun for the little ones! We’ll go along at a pace that is stroller-friendly, and pause mid-program for a short children’s nature story. All ages are welcome. 
Date: Tuesday, August 16th                              
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
MNC YOUTH BIRD & NATURE CLUB
This club meets monthly, and is free of charge. Parents are required to remain onsite during the program, and are encouraged to participate along with the children.
Date: Wednesday, August 17th                              
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
WHEELCHAIRS, WALKERS, AND WILDLIFE 
Our regular Bird & Nature Walk, tailored specifically to those in walkers and wheelchairs! We’ll spend an hour enjoying the nature on our site at a slow pace.
Date: Saturday, August 20th                           
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am 
YOGA FOR CHRONIC PAIN 
We focus on poses which will hopefully help to alleviate participants from any chronic pain they may have been having.
Date: Saturday, August 20th
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am 
Do yoga at the McAllen Nature Center to help with chronic pain
Do yoga at the McAllen Nature Center to help with chronic pain.
MAKE YOUR OWN GARDEN TRELLIS 
Join a staff member to learn how to use invasive species in our favor! We’ll make homemade garden trellises by harvesting non-native arundo. 
Date: Tuesday, August 23rd                                 
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 
DIG YOUR OWN ALOE VERA
Learn about all the great uses for aloe vera, followed by a chance to dig your own plant to take home with you! Bring a plastic bag or a small pot to put your plant in.
Date: Friday, August 26th                                 
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm  
DUDES DO YOGA 
This program will focus on poses which are tailored to the male body, as men hold stress and tension in different parts of their bodies than women.
Date: Saturday, August 27th                  
Time: 8:30 am – 9:30 am
REPTILE RENDEZVOUS! 
Join a staff naturalist for a 1/2 mile walk to explore reptiles and amphibians! We’ll look for lizards to identify, and with any luck we might find a snake or turtle or frog or toad! Bring binoculars if you have them. If not, we have some you can borrow.
Date: Wednesday, August 31st
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 

Summer Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
 Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Public programs are also offered as custom group programs for a small fee.  Groups of 10 or more must schedule a private program.  In the event of steady rain or extreme temperatures, 
programs will be cancelled and the site will be closed. 
We recommend bringing bug spray and water in the summer months.  Water is also available for sale for $1. Cash only.