Special Events


The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge participates in many events throughout the year which are fun, educational and help wildlife.

One of the most important events the refuge hosts every year is Rio Reforestation.  This popular event draws volunteers from across the Lower Rio Grande Valley who spend a half day helping plant native trees and shrubs on the refuge.  Because 95% of the habitat in the Valley has been cleared, this is especially important work!  To date, volunteers have planted nearly 200,000 seedlings on nearly 620 acres of the refuge. 

Rio Reforestation 2019 - October 19, 2019

To: Teachers, students, parents, scouting organizations and the general public.

What: 500 volunteers are needed to plant seedlings at the La Sal Del Rey tract of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge near Linn/San Manuel/HW 186 exit . Please bring your own shovel, work clothes, gloves and sun screen. Food and refreshments will be provided.

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019 8am-12pm.  

Why: Volunteers will plant 32 species of trees and shrubs on 17 acres of refuge land on the La Sal Del Rey tract. 

Location: Linn/San Manuel,Texas. Contact the refuge for further directions.

Contact: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at (956)784-7500. Maps can be emailed of the tract along with directions.

Forms for pre-registering for the event.  

 Rio Reforestation OF301A VSARio Reforestation Of301b VSA Group FormRio Reforestation Sign up sheets for participants 18 yrs old and overRio Reforestation Student (under 18 yrs old) Sign up Sheet  Group leaders must fill out form Of301a and the students will need to sign their name on the sign up sheet for students under 18 years old.  Turn in all forms at the registration table. If participants are over 18 and signing up as a group OF301b form will need to be filled out by group leader and the accompanying over 18 signup sheet with listed participants and handed in at registration table. Note:  any minors (under 18 years old will need a OF301a form filled out.

Please check back to this site for more details or visit the Friends of the Wildlife Corridor.

The following are some of the national events the refuge supports ever year: 

National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration: Celebrate 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. Check back to this page or the Events Calendar for details.

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 Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Call to find out details, dates and volunteer opportunities. 

International Migratory Bird Day: On the second Saturday of May Santa Ana 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.

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 Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.