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“A gem in the middle of town.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Valley Nature Center

Valley Nature Center
301 South Border Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596
956 969-2475
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Ranked #2 of 5 Attractions in Weslaco
Houston, TX
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“A gem in the middle of town.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

This was a pleasant surprise as it is housed in a very dated building. Nothing special out front, but behind it was well done with clearly marked trails and seating. The good news is that they are currently building a new, state of the art building next to the old one. It should be a great improvement.

Visited May 2013
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Green Valley, Arizona
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

This is just a great place especially for kids and people who cannot walk too far. Trails are generally easy (except by the wetlands), and wheelchair and stroller accessible. While I was there I saw a pie-toed chachalaca that is so rare I could not find it in bird guides by Sibley, Peterson, Crossley or Kaufman. Many butterflies were fluttering around and, many wildflowers and shrubs were in bloom. Feeding stations and butterfly logs are scattered throughout the area. Although only a six acre park with about a mile of trails, there is lots to see. Kids would enjoy the turtles and bunny rabbits as well and the whiptails that are everywhere as well as the visitor center. I thoroughly enoyed my visit, but someone with a lot of birding experience might want to spend their time at one of the larger World birding sites in the area (this is not World Birding site). I felt the admission fee was very reasonable ($3 for adults, $2.50 for seniors and $1 for children).

Visited April 2013
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Hutchinson, Minnesota
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“Small forested nature area”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

I enjoyed the nature center bldg. It is a bit old but they are in the process of building a new one just next door. The forested area is quite small compared to many of the others in the area. The nature center itself is quite interesting with a number of turtles, snakes etc. A lot of interesting nature artifacts to view. The staff are very helpful

Visited January 2013
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Columbia, Missouri
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“Delightful, small, new things coming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Tucked away in the corner of a city park are 3 acres (or so) operated by Weslaco parks & rec. as a natural history educational center with a good trail system. Birds here are easy to view along the trails or at feeders.

New (still under construction in Jan. 201) are a photography blind and a beautiful nature center. Buff-bellied Hummingbirds are regularly seen.

Red-crowned Parrots may be seen flying to roost in the late afternoon-early evening. Watch and listen for them in the parking lot in the park.

The only drawback to the site is its pocket size. it's always worth a visit. Note the schedule:
Monday: Closed 

Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: 8am-5pm 
Sunday: 1pm-5pm
Closed all Major Holidays.

Visited January 2013
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