National Parks / Natural World
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Alamo
Where is it at?
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
3325 Green Jay Road
Tel: 956 784 7500
Parking is $3
Where are we going today?
The Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge lets you step into a rare tropical world, where moss drips from trees and butterflies flitter all around you! Kids you can get lost in the magic of the Rio Grande, which the refuge sits along the southern stretch of.
Try and spot those noisy chachalacas, or the fast green jay - the refuge is one of the top birding destinations in the world so bird lovers you will be in for a treat!
The refuge is also a great way to kids to learn about the ecosystem and the importance of a natural balance in the world. The refuge is a living example of that for them - in spring and fall hundreds of thousands of migrating raptors fly over head, with over 35 species of warblers visiting in spring.
In the summertime, lizards, snakes and tortoise enjoy the hot summer heat, and as the sun goes down you can try and spot the Mexican free-tailed bats making their way across the sky!
If you are lucky you might even see a coyote or bobcat! Can you see any track marks left by them?
Butterfly lovers you will love the hundreds of species of butterfly found there, and mainly tropical ones too.
If you want to really get out an immerse yourself in nature, you can hike more than 12 miles of trails! There is even a fun open-air tram ride, as well as guided nature walks for you to join.
And specially for kids, make sure you pick up the "Let's Go Outside" book which has everything you will need for a fun visit, including animal tracks to match up with ones you see, and scavenger hunts!
How many animal tracks do you think you can spot?
How much does it cost?
When can we go?
Visitor centre 8am to 4pm daily.
For free, refuge staff and volunteers are available to schedule educational programs developed according to the State of Texas Academic Achievement Records. Bring your class to the refuge for a short video followed by an exciting nature walk that introduces your students to the amazing wildlife and habitat in their community. .
Any Top Tips?
During fall and winter, the staff and volunteers give free tours and talks! The Visitors Center also loan out free books and binoculars so don't forget to ask about those. .
Need a little extra help?
Wheelchairs and and electric scooter are available for you from the visitor center staff. Restrooms are wheelchair accessible, and the Chachalaca Trail and tour loop are ADA comliant. .
The first Sunday of every month is free! Otherwise everyone has to pay the entrance "parking" fee whether you're walking or driving. .
What people are saying?
by Tom Schmitz
by Pablo Carrillo
Its a nice place for a walk with a family n a picnic but never go alone always be accompanied by some one its safe but just saying there's wild animals there
by Jowse hig
5 Star is good
by Antonio Cruz
by Emmanuel Razo T
by Tom Schmitz
The Refuge is a delight, unless you follow the google directions in getting there. Here's how: Go to Alamo Rd/FM 907 and Hwy 281/ Military Road intersection. Turn left at the intersection and go approximately one block east to Green Jay Road (you will see a brown sign which says Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge) Turn right and you are there. If you follow the google directions you will wind up on a levee road at a dead-end, locked gate. Save yourself some time and a load of frustration and you'll have more time to enjoy the great outdoors.