About VNC

about valley nature center weslacoOur 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."

Six-Acre Urban Paradise

The Valley Nature Center's 6 acre park is home to a wide variety of the LRGV's native plants and animals. Many plants were transplanted during the past 25 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 1 mile 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, Eastern 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:

  • Cactus Gardens

  • Butterfly Gardens

  • Bird Feeding Stations

  • 1/4 Acre Wetland

  • Board Walk

  • Small Ponds

  • Walking Trails

  • Wide Diversity of Native Plants

  • Native Plant Nursery

  • Interpretive Signage

  • Native Wildlife

water feature valley nature center weslacoEnvironmental Education

We offer a wide variety of exceptional educational programs and events throughout the year including:

  • School Field Trips

  • Live Animal Presentations

  • South Texas Natural History classes

  • Nature Camps for Children (summer)

Please see our “Resources” page for more information on our classroom friendly science and biology curriculums, Richard Moore's nature DVDs and so much more!

Platinum Sponsors

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Cabernet Sponsors


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Pharmacy Services 

Chardonay Sponsors

Texas Regional Bank

Shanon Fine Jewelry


Rio Bank


Valley Grande Manor

Jeff Everett & Associates

Whistling Duck



Hours & Admissions

Monday: Closed 
Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 8am-5pm 
Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Closed all Major Holidays.

Children(12 and under): $2.00
Adults (13 and over): $5.00
Seniors (55 and over): $3.00
VNC Members: Free!

Special Hotel Rates

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What Clients Say About Us

I couldn't believe the wonderful sites and sounds I found at the Valley Nature Center. It was like stepping into nature in the middle of the city, so convenient to get to...  I will be back a lot more...   N. Wright 

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.