Join us for the 2018-2019 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. All workshops are from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm on the dates listed. Please register online to ensure your space is reserved.

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

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Southern Exposures at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 1 – 4:30 PM
Venue: Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center
Address: 714 Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg, TX 78542

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. The center sits on 40 acres within a city park, near the heart of the City of Edinburg.

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Southern Exposures at Resaca De La Palma State Park

Date: Sunday, April 07, 2019 from 1 – 4:30 PM
Venue: Resaca De La Palma State Park
Address: 1000 New Carmen Ave. (off Hwy. 281 or FM 1732) Brownsville, TX 78521

Resaca de la Palma boasts the largest tract of native habitat in the World Birding Center network. Etched by ancient curves of the Rio Grande, its 1,200 semi-tropical acres provide a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of an international urban center only a few miles away. Through the cooperation of local and federal land management agencies, a wilderness preserved from days gone by is open to nature adventurers for the first time.

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Southern Exposures at South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 1 – 4:30 PM
Venue: SPI Birding & Nature Center
Address: 6801 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas 78597

On its 50 acres near the convention center, the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center presents a microcosm of the rich habitats that contribute to this very special place. Dune meadows, salt marsh and intertidal flats are all represented here, along with thickets of native shrubs and trees that are irresistible to migrating birds in their season.

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