A Secret Garden in the Heart of the Rio Grande Valley


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.

301 South Border Ave / PO Box 8125
Weslaco, TX 78599-8125
(956) 969-2475
(956) 969-9915 - Fax

Our Mission: "To provide educational opportunities and to foster appreciation and understanding of the Lower Rio Grande Valley's unique natural communities of flora and fauna."

Calendar of Events

A complete list of upcoming events, meetings, children's activities and educational programs.

Visitor Guide

We are excited to share a new state of the art green building will feature exhilarating nature exhibits and so much more!

Teacher Resources

Everything from classroom friendly curriculums and resourses, to continuing education and in-service opportunities!

VNC’s New Building Project… Be a Part of Our Future!

Together we are building our children’s natural future.


The VNC, as we call it, has come a long way and in November 2009 we celebrated our 25th Anniversary! Many hard working individuals have brought the VNC to where it is today, and without those before us it would never have succeeded.

Today the VNC serves over 16,000 students each year, hosts 10,000 nature visitors, and reaches a total of some 65,000 people annually through programs and partnerships. The center serves the entire Rio Grande Valley community, and each year brings refined programs and opportunities for visitors to become one with nature.

Recent additions and accomplishments include totally refurbished nature trails, along with new benches, trail signs and location maps, and educational wayside interpretive signage. The native plant nursery has been overhauled with new benches. The center's exhibit hall has seen the addition of $35,000 worth of awesome educational and hands-on displays, as well as live animals, offering fun for all ages.

The VNC continues moving forward and we are excited about a bright future. In the next year the VNC will be building a new Nature Center facility to house a state-of-the-art interpretive exhibit hall, classrooms, meeting facilities, nature store, and operations. It will be a LEED's certified green building. We hope you will take part in our excitement!