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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Mom Hashtags

Has technology taken over our lives? It seems I can’t turn on the radio without hearing the word “HASHTAG” or “SOCIAL MEDIA” or “FOLLOW ME!” I mean, of course, I do the same. When the baby naps, I pull out my phone and check my Facebook notifications. But do you ever wonder what it was […]

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Monarch Celebration!

Monarchs make one of the most epic migrations in the animal kingdom. Join Quinta Mazatlán on Saturday, March 18th from 9 am to 2 pm to celebrate the first annual family festival to raise awareness about butterflies through activities, art, music, nature walks, talks, and culture on Saturday, March 18th from 9 am to 2 pm

All ages will enjoy walking into the butterfly tent, with butterflies and local flowering plants.

At the celebration, children will have fun learning about the amazing 2,000 mile migration and the life cycle of the butterfly with opportunities to accomplish badge requirements. Children will travel on the Migration Path, create art, enjoy stories, costume characters and face painting. During our musical performances we will be having a special Monarch March! All ages are invited to come in butterfly themed costumes to participate in our Monarch March!

Butterfly experts will be on hand to answer questions from all ages. Children and adults will have an opportunity to learn much about the habitat of butterflies and their influence on our eco system at the festival.

The Story of the “Monarch Migration” will be told by Tony Henehan at 10 am followed by the “Journey South” at 11 am by Sue Sill. At noon Carol Goolsby presents “Plant Native Milkweed for Monarchs” and John Brush at 1 pm on “Designing a Butterfly Garden”.

Artists will be exhibiting and selling art throughout the celebration with a special Butterfly Quilt Show. Musicians of all ages will perform including the Colibri Music Studio & Children’s Choir.

Journey over to Quinta Mazatlan on Saturday, March 18th between 9 and 2, $5 per person at the gate entrance. For more information please visitwww.quintamazatlan.com or call 956-681-3370.

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Earth Kids!

Join us for a one-hour adventure each week!

This program is designed to build upon all of the previous sessions, so join us each week or whenever you can! Come dressed for the weather and for physical activity. Targeted towards ages 5-12 but all ages are welcome.

Parents are required to remain with their children throughout the duration of the program.

This program is free of charge. A donation box is available. All donations are used to purchase native plants for the site.

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Camp Native: Family Camping 101


Families will visit the National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX to participate in Camping 101. Camping 101 is a beginner course for families who’d like to learn how and what to pack for a trip, campsite selection, tent set up, campfire safety, basic first aid and best practices. At the end of the day participants will be provided with S’mores!

Parents are encouraged to participate. A certificate of participation will be provided at the end of the course. Each student will be provided with FREE transportation, park entry, breakfast, lunch, and ranger pack. Ranger pack will include a t-shirt, water bottle, ranger journal, and other fun outdoor items. Items can be picked up the day of the event.

LINK TO REGISTER CHILD: sanjuan.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/Programs/tabid/8145/Default.aspx

The City of San Juan presents Camp NATIVE a FREE monthly nature based specialty camp for PSJA ISD students enrolled in 3rd-5th grade for the August 2016 – May 2017 school year. PSJA students from the City of Pharr, City of San Juan, City of Alamo are invited to attend.

Each month, students will be introduced to a new outdoor activity, they include: camping, geocaching, fishing, archery, and so much more….

Each student will be provided with FREE transportation, park entry, breakfast, lunch, and ranger pack. Ranger pack will include a t-shirt, water bottle, ranger journal, and other fun outdoor items.
Ranger packs can only be picked up the day of the event. If you do not attend, you do not receive a pack.
Call for more information: (956) 223-2350
Note: Only one ranger pack per child. Your child must bring their pack with them on every trip.
Breakfast/Drop Off¬ 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Bus Travels to Park 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Camp Hours 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Bus Travels back to City Hall 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Lunch/Pick-UP 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Please drop off¬ and pick up your child on time. The bus will not wait for late children.
LINK TO REGISTER CHILD: sanjuan.recdesk.com/recdeskportal/Programs/tabid/8145/Default.aspx
LINK TO VOLUNTEER FORMS: Parents are encourgaged to join their child
* Each trip is limited to first 45 “new” registrations.
* Dress your child appropriately for outdoor activities (hat, Camp Native t-shirt, shorts/jeans, and close toed shoes)
* Staff will provide sunblock, mosquito repellent, and a group first aid kit.
* By enrolling, you are giving permission for photography of your child
* By enrolling, you and your child are agreeing to participate in online Camp NATIVE surveys.
* ONLY PSJA students and teachers are allowed to ride the bus. NO EXCEPTIONS
* Parents interested in joining their child will need to register as a volunteer, pass a background check, and provide their own transportation to the park. Call 956-223- 2350 to volunteer. Your paperwork must be submitted in person to San Juan Parks and Recreation Department by Friday, November 4 in order to attend. Call (956) 223-2350
for more information.
Camp NATIVE is funded through a grant from Community Outdoor Outreach Program Grants – Texas Parks and Wildlife

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Big Red’s Ranch Family Day

***We are sad to announce that we are going to have to cancel family day!! We will reschedule it for Saturday, April 8 from 3 to 5. Please help us to spread the word! ***

Come join Big Red’s Ranch for their family day: a day for families to connect with one another and enjoy nature! At Big Red, you can go canoeing, enjoy petting and brushing horses, play human foosball and Gaga ball, feed chickens, and simply walk around to enjoy the 60 acres of lush land. Other animals include peacocks, Koi fish, bunnies, baby quail, goats, pigs, donkies and dogs.

The ranch simply asks for a donation in exchange for a visit to support their future camps and events.


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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! at IMAS

Dive into the imaginative World of Dr. Seuss as we celebrate his birthday!

Join us at #imasmuseum
– Special Seuss story times
– Make your own Cat in the Hat mask
– Meet our very own Cat in the Hat
– Mix Seussian Oobleeck and much more!

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