Special Programs

Ocelot Conservation day

Laguna Atascosa NWR participates and hosts many events throughout the year.


Listed below are a few of the national efforts the refuge is involved in but check our Facebook page for more programs and events at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/LagunaAtascosaNWR/events/    

 National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration: Celebrate and discover your National Wildlife Refuge System! A week of fun wildlife-related tours talks and walks. This event is typically held the second full week of October. 

Christmas Bird Count: From mid-December into January thousands of volunteers across the country, take part in this popular citizen-science program! Join the effort at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Call to find out details, dates and volunteer opportunities. 

International Migratory Bird Day: On the second Saturday of May Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge participates in this international day of celebrating migratory birds. The education program highlights the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. 

First Catch Center: Laguna Atascosa will be hosting the First Catch Center program from November - March. With 10 classes available, this program takes 20 participants, per class, through a 4 step fishing course that highlights ethics, regulations, habitats, equipment, and destinations. Participants, ages 8 - 16, can register for free with a Texas Parks and Wildlife active fishing license from a parent or guardian. This program also invites novice or experienced parents to participate. 

Classes are available every month on Saturday or Sunday for 4 consecutive Saturdays or Sundays. 
To register please contact Park Range Chris Quezada at 956-245-1101 or at Christopher_Quezada@fws.gov

First Catch Center 2019/2020 <---Click here to see more

 Family Fish Camps: Family Fish Camps are sponsored by the Friends of Laguna Atascosa throughout various refuge units. These camps are open to families with children and are a great way to experience fishing for first time anglers.  

 National Public Lands Day (NPLD): The nation's largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. NPLD is typically held on the last Saturday in September but check back for details. This popular event is a great volunteer opportunity and a fun way you can help Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.   

Ocelot Conservation Day: The refuge hosts its annual Ocelot Conservation Day every March at Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, TX. Discover the plight of these amazing wildcats that share the lower Rio Grande Valley with us, find out what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners are doing for their conservation, and see what role you, as a private concerned citizen, can play to ensure ocelots are here for future generation to enjoy.