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COVID-19 UPDATE

Nueces County is designated a
“high community transmission area.”

Following CDC 7/27/21 guidelines, we’re requiring everyone age 3 & older, regardless of vaccination status, to WEAR FACE MASKS INDOORS at the South Texas Botanical Gardens.

We continue to social-distance, & observe posted capacity limits.

Thank you for protecting yourself, other guests, staff & volunteers!

EVENTS ON TAP

BIRDIEST FESTIVAL in AMERICA

April 20-24, 2022, Corpus Christi’s BIRDIEST FESTIVAL IN AMERICA turns five, with renowned keynote speaker David Allen Sibley; both pre-trip and first post-trip! In “Covid 2021,” 289 different bird species were sighted by 163 registrants from 19 states breaking its previous 262-species record; raising its fouryear sighting history to 311!

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HAY MAZE

Ocean Drive Garden Club sponsors our new fall HAY BALE MAZE, opening Saturday, October 16!
Geared to kids, more than 110 bales of hay built a maze challenging young sense of direction. This “hay-mazing adventure”, located near
Monkey Mansion, is open 9 am-6 pm, celebrating fall!

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HOLLY DAYS AT THE GARDENS

Four weekends of lights, trees, petting zoo, hay rides, s’mores & cocoa & SANTA await families beginning the day after Thanksgiving. A huge, live lighted fir tree, photos with parrots, photo cut-outs, a “Hay Maze,” smaller trees, and decked out tortoises –all full of Holiday spirit. Friday evenings, 5:30-7:30 pm. Saturdays, 9 am-7:30 pm. Nov. 26/27, Dec. 3/4, Dec. 10/11, Dec. 17/18.

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MEMBERS’ HOLIDAY GIFT SHOP SALE

Nature’s Boutique gift shop Holiday Sale for Members of the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center begins Saturday, November 13, through December 31, with a 20% member discount on all non-sale merchandise, books and available plants. That’s DOUBLE your normal member discount! The shop was one of three Boutique finalists in recent Best of the Best competition. JOIN if you’re not, shop till you drop!

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MOONLIGHT Returns to the GARDENS

HUGE success, Friday, October 29, 6:30-9:30 pm, the magical evening OUTDOORS, delighted all we spoke to with simplicity of event, beautiful custom lighting, multiple music, food & drink stations; custom botanical craft beer; fantastic silent auction; perfect weather, and of course casual attire! Definitely an evening to remember, with both sponsor/ticket sales and auction topping budget expectations! Look who sponsored this fabulous evening, committee who put it together, and a fun slideshow!

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SCHOOL INTERSESSION & HOLIDAY CAMPS

Campers will explore the world of parrots, reptiles, butterflies & other nature topics led by Education & Animal Care staff & volunteers. Daily Science investigations, crafts, journaling, more . . .16 campers maximum divide into small groups rotating through different daily adventures!

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WEEKEND ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS

Guests visiting Saturdays or Sundays are treated to REP-TALES,10:30 am, on the Rose Garden Lawn; and PARROT TALK, 1:30 pm, wind & weather permitting.

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EXPLORE...

…bloom-filled conservatories,  majestic rose pavilion,
butterfly house, architecturally-unique garden design, tropical plumeria grove—plus mesquite-lined nature trail, rustic Palapa Grande and wetland boardwalk. You’ll love the beauty-versus-beast contrasts at this 182-acre botanical and nature domain, like our parrots and reptiles.

LEARN...

…through field trips, nature camps, birdwatching, animal interactions, horticulture classes and workshops, winter lectures, plant and landscape displays, family visits! Environmental education through nature tourism explains benefits of learning to better share our ecosystem with plant and wildlife. 

CONSERVE...

…our urban oasis of native habitat and natural wetlands on Oso Creek.  Our conservation programs involving plants, wildlife and water, include: Endangered Slender Rush Pea, Black-Laced Cactus colonies, Pockets of Wildlife Habitat along Oso Creek, Native Grasses: Highly Structured, Managed & Natural.

HOST YOUR EVENT AT THE GARDENS

Both scenic floral, or more casual outdoor venues—
as well as comfortable indoor spaces are available for MEMBERS to rent throughout the year.
Rental occasions have included weddings, bridal and baby showers, birthdays, grad parties,
corporate or club meetings, team-building functions, local events, lectures or classes, memorial services . . .
during or after regular hours! In spring and summer months, we celebrate weddings almost every weekend!
Prices are reasonable and surroundings memorable for your special occasion!

Support Your Gardens
It Pays to Join

A botanical garden cannot thrive or grow, without members!

Personal and corporate memberships
supply substantial annual operating funds.
In return, members get valuable benefits
which outweigh yearly dues contribution—
like RECIPROCAL FREE ADMISSION to 340 other gardens,
14 of them in Texas! 

for Categories and amazing benefits!

Needed Now, Grants, Donations, Planned Giving

There are many ways to donate and support your Botanical Gardens—
from Unrestricted Gifts, Current Needs, sponsoring an event,
funding an exhibit, a water feature—or even a building!
Most donations are given in the present; while some are planned
as a legacy gift, or “Planned Giving.”
No matter the size or timing, every contribution improves visitor experience, brings more visitors, more donors, and GROWS your Gardens!

for easy ways to give; or donor suggestions to discuss
with your tax consultant, financial advisor or estate attorney.