During challenging times, working together as a community is more important than ever. As we all adapt to the evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the health of Valley Land Fund’s community is our top priority.  As a precaution for our staff, volunteers and their families we will be postponing our education and programming through Mid-May of 2020.

As our members are well aware, being outdoors in the fresh air is a great way to boost physical and mental health during any stressful and uncertain time. However, millions of people around the world are limiting their contact and travel for days and weeks ahead, there are still plenty of ways to engage with nature and connect right from home on

Thank you for your understanding and we wish you and your families’ good health.

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 Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

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

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.