Join us for the 2019-2020 season of Southern Exposures hosted by the Valley Land Fund. Open to youth ages 8-18, our Southern Exposures weekend workshops teach photographic composition and technique through hands-on demonstration, and constructive critique. Participants will produce a visual memory of their day and begin a creative portfolio while experiencing the wonders of the natural environment. Workshops for students are led by award-winning wildlife photographers and Texas Master Naturalist, Ruth Hoyt.

Photography lesson includes hike through natural area, picture taking, feedback and critique. Participants may bring their own digital camera or we will provide one for you.

The cost per workshop is $10.00 per student. Please register online to ensure your space is reserved.

 If you need assistance with registration, please call (956) 686-6429.


Southern Exposures at Valley Nature Center

Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: Valley Nature Center
Address: 301 S. Border Ave., Texas 78596

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 35 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.

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Southern Exposures at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
Address: 714 Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg, Texas 78542

The center sits on 40 acres within a city park, near the heart of the City of Edinburg.  Built on re-claimed farm-fields and next to the city’s effluent & floodwater ponds, the Center is a showcase for wildlife and a native habitat site set amidst an urban setting.


Southern Exposures at Sabal Palm Sanctuary

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: Sabal Palm Sanctuary
Address: 8435 Sabal Palm Grove Rd, Brownsville, TX 78521

Cradled in a bend of the Rio Grande, this 527-acre preserve is a home to one of the last stands of old-growth Sabal Palm forest in the U.S. as well as one of the few remaining historic river plantations in the region.

Over 4 miles of hiking trails lead visitors through the palm forest, wetland board walks, river observations deck, and multiple bird blinds. Green Jays, and Chachalacas frequent the feeders, Armadillos rummage the trails, Least Gre bes and Green Kingfishers hunt the wetlands, and Great Horned Owl calls haunt the forest.