You don’t have to be a member to register for an event. However, membership does entitle you to first notice of upcoming events and the ability to register up to a week in advance of the general public. With COVID restrictions, we’ve had to limit the number of participants so the events fill up quickly.
We follow all Federal, State and local restrictions regarding the wearing of masks and social distancing. An event may be cancelled depending on the mandate of local COVID restriction levels. Weather cancellations are sent to registered participants by 7:00am on the morning of the event.
To register for an event, just select the event and click on register.
Note: With the heat of a Texas summer upon us, we're focusing more on webinars and activities such as Birding by Ear to help us beat the heat but still get our dose of Vitamin N. Hikes will start back up in the fall.
In partnership with the Refuge, we also host three major events each year.
Typically scheduled in February, this event celebrates the little brown birds that flock to our feeders in the winter. More than 20 species spend their winters here. Guided by experienced birding guides, local bird lovers flock to the Refuge to see how many different sparrows they can spot and celebrate the diversity of the little bird.
Typically scheduled in April, we celebrate the return of many neotropical songbirds who come to nest in the Canyonlands. The Balcones Songbird Festival is a celebration of nature through a collection of interpretive events designed to help you experience both bird species and their habitat. Experienced guides host bird walks on closed portions of the Refuge and help birds from around the world add to their life list.
A free event, it is typically scheduled in October. The Refuge and the Friends group host a myriad of activities celebrating the wildlife, the habitat and the people that make up the Canyonlands. It’s timed with the migration of hawks, many of whom head to South America for the winter. Lots of activities for both children and adults, including being part of the fire crew or working as a game warden, hiking ancient seabeds, nature photography, archery, native plants, habitat restoration, birds of prey, reptiles, and more.
Here’s some examples from previous events.
Keep an eye on the calendar as many of these previous events and activities were so popular that we will be scheduling them again!
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Inquiring minds want to know… We’d love your input on topics you’d like to see, hear, and experience at the Refuge. Do you have an interesting speaker that you think our visitors would enjoy? Do you have a topic you’d be willing to share? Let us know what you think.