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Great American Clean-Up


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Help us clean our community!

This Spring, your group can make a visible difference in our community by joining us for the Keep Texas Beautiful Great American Cleanup! We will clean various areas of our community.  Online registration now available @

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Meeting location: McAllen Municipal Park (1921 N. Bicentennial) 7:30am-12pm

For more volunteer infomation call 956-681-4562 (groups & individuals welcomed)

Register online at

Nature Speaker Series at Quinta Mazatlan presents Mark Conway

BirdBanding resized 600Have you ever wondered how scientists gather information on bird population and migration patterns.  Come out to Quinta Mazatlan and enjoy an evening in nature with one of the Rio Grande Valley's own birders.

Learn all about the process of bird banding, and the information gathered through it with Mark Conway at Quinta Mazatlan from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27th, as he takes you on a journey through a day in the life of a bird bander.

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Quinta Mazatlan presents Moon Over Mazatlan Rio Carnaval 2014!

We are planning a fabulous night in RIO--March 20th--inspired by Rio de Janeiro--

featuring a Samba Dance in the Woods, South Texas Capoeira Brazilian Dance, Bombrasil Band from Houston with Samba Dancers--and a delicious Brazilian Feast.  All designed to raise funds for native trees and the creation of a wildlife pond.


Thursday, March 20, 2014
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Join us for an evening of fun, fantasy and mystique!

Advance Reservation Required- individual tickets $100

Guest are encouraged to wear WHITE- Rio style!

South Texas Capoeira will be entertaining you under the stars!!!


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McAllen: Ocelot Conservation Day at Gladys Porter Zoo- March 8

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Join us in celebrating the beautiful ocelot of the Rio Grande Valley at Ocelot Conservation Day! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and the Gladys Porter Zoo are hosting a special day to highlight ocelots, the small, wild cats native to South Texas. There will be a variety of fun ocelot related activities for families to enjoy.

On the main stage we will have performances by Lucas Miller, the Singing Zoologist, followed by an ocelot from the Cincinnati Zoo’s Cat Ambassador Program. Plus, mention ocelot at the admission gate and get a 20% discount off an adult or child admission. The event is free with regular paid admission or Zoo membership.

What:  Ocelot Consercation Day

When:  Satruday, March 8, 2014

Where:  Gladys Porter Zoo-500 Ringgold Street Brownsville, TX 78520

Time:  10:00am to 4:00pm

Ocelot Soiree at Gladys Porter Zoo-Friday, March 7th

OcelotThe Friends of the Laguna Wildlife Refuge and Gladys Porter Zoo invite you to join them at the Ocelot Soiree, an intimate evening with an ocelot, on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Gladys Porter Zoo. Soiree attendees will enjoy fine wine and hor d’ oevres fit for an ocelot’s pallet, world music by Adrian Foncerrada and a private show by Sihil, Cincinnati Zoo’s ocelot. As well as, an ocelot inspired auction, amazing photographs of five wild cats in Tamaulipas and ocelot update by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist.

Proceeds from the Ocelot Soiree will help the Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, raise money for education and conservation efforts to ensure the long-term survival of ocelots in the Rio Grande Valley. For ticket information, call Paul Cardile, Friends of the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge at (956) 748-3607 or (956) 832-3905, credit card payments only.

McAllen: El Nopal- Y tu firma

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Te gustaria ser parte de la historia de McAllen?  Esta es tu oportunidad! Folletos, Posters, Camisetas….. Y tu firma en todos ellos. Date prisa porque el tiempo se acaba!




Buckets of Fun! Make LOVE HEARTS, with Nature! In McAllen only!

Buckets of Fun! Make LOVE HEARTS, with Nature!


Thursday February 13, 2014 
9:30 AM to 10:30 AM


Quinta Mazatlan
600 Sunset Dr.
McAllen  Texas  USA

(956) 681-3370

A different animal "host" will introduce a new element of nature each week, using a simple bucket, a song, and a forest full of wonders!

Ages: Born in the last 5 years

Dates: Thursdays (January- April)

Time: 9:30 am- 10:30am

Fee: $2 per child, $3 per adult No reservation required.

McAllen- Prickly Pear: Put Your Signature on It!

Would you like to be a part of McAllen History?  Here's your chance!  Flyers, Posters, T-Shirts...OH MY!  And your signature will be all over them.  Hurry because time is running out!

Click the link for Registration Form:

Registration Form

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McAllen: Quinta Mazatlan Presents: Dr. Alex Racelis

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 How often have you heard someone say “I remember when this was just fields and now it’s another hotel or strip mall?” New and ongoing construction is a good indicator of a healthy economy, but what does urbanization truly mean for our environment? What has it eliminated or how has it altered the natural world?

Merriam – Webster Dictionary defines ecology as a science that deals with the relationships between groups of living things and their environments. So how well do you know what urbanization has done to our neck of the woods? Would it surprise you that only 5% of the natural vegetation exists in the Rio Grande Valley. Much attention has been focused to these remaining areas for conversation of our region’s rich biodiversity.

On January 30th, Dr. Alex Racelis will visit Quinta Mazatlan to present his most recent research, entitled “Ecological Restoration in 95% of the RGV.” Dr. Racelis is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Texas at Pan American. His areas of interest are agroecology, urban ecology and natural resources management. His research was conducted in his Urban and Agroecology laboratory at the University of Texas at Pan American. He will be speaking on how agriculture, urban development, invasive species, and resource management affect certain ecological processes in light of pressing social and environment issues in south Texas (i.e. climate change, food and water security, sustainable development, and social justice).

While new construction and developments are good signs of growth, let us learn about the consequences of growth on our natural world. Take the first step towards sustainable growth for as the Lorax says, “We speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.”

Thursday January 30th, 2014 6:00-7:00 PM at Quinta Mazatlan

$3.00 Adults,$2.00 Seniors (65+)
FREE with Membership


Dia del Arbol 2014 en McAllen

Únete a la Ciudad de McAllen para celebrar el ¨Día del Árbol¨,  el 25 de enero de 2014, de las 07 a.m. a las 10 a.m. en el Parque Municipal de McAllen, ubicado en el 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd.

Este evento contará con una mañana llena de actividades para la familia, como la Carrera de Diversion para la Familia y la Caminata Educativa del Arbol. Les damos la bienvenida a los ciclistas que deseen participar en un tour en bicicleta en una carrera competitiva o no competitiva durante las primeras horas del evento.

Caminar. Correr. Competir. Tour. Vamos a mostrar su ayuda para el medio ambiente
e inspirar a otros residentes locales para plantar, cultivar y celebrar árboles.

Los horarios del evento son:

  • Tour en Bicicleta      7:15 am

  • Carrera 5 K.            7:30 am

  • Carrera 10 K.-         7:30 am

  • Carrera de Ciclistas: 8:30 am

  • Carrera de Diversion Familiar.- 10:00 am


Los primeros 300 participantes que se registrem recibirán una camiseta gratis.  

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