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.

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Southern Exposures at SPI Birding, Nature & Alligator Sanctuary

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue: SPI Birding, Nature & Alligator Sanctuary
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 inter-tidal flats are all represented here, along with thickets of native shrubs and trees that are irresistible to migrating birds in their season.


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.