Welcome to Estero Llano Grande
At the geographic center of the World Birding Center network, Estero Llano Grande in Weslaco attracts a spectacular array of South Texas wildlife with its varied landscape of shallow lake, woodlands and thorn forest. Even beginning birders and nature lovers will enjoy exploring this 230 plus-acre refuge, which is convenient to all the Rio Grande Valley has to offer.
Water is the magic ingredient for attracting wildlife, and Estero Llano Grande State Park offers something special as the largest wetlands environment in the World Birding Center network. A shallow lake, fringed with marsh cane, is actually part of the Arroyo Colorado. Classic Rio Grande woodlands add variety to a park that already boasts a well-deserved birding reputation. As part of extensive restoration plans, a former agricultural field has been transformed into wetlands, with an island just right for a secure nesting site.
Estero Llano Grande has a well-deserved reputation as a can’t-miss birding destination. In late summer, when water is at a premium, hundreds of waders & shorebirds flock here, including the endangered Wood Stork, along with colorful coastal species like the Roseate Spoonbill and Ibis. Migrating waterfowl also make a beeline for the park’s narrow, shallow lake. Elsewhere, woodland & thorn scrub harbor all the must-see Valley specialties such as the Groove-billed Ani & Altamira Oriole. Adding spice to this mix, visitors may even spot rare Red-crowned Parrots and Green Parakeets.
Learn and Discover
Check with the Visitor Center for guided tours of the park.
Upcoming Events and Programs:
Texas Outdoor Family-February 9th -10th
This camping adventure with all the supplies is one that you don't want to miss. Learn many outdoor skills and spend some great time with family and friends. Please act soon as this special program has limited space available and only visits Estero Llano Grande once a year.
For more information please visit http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/outdoor-learning/texas-outdoor-family/ or call (512) 389-8903 or email email@example.com
Breakfast with the Birds- Select Saturdays 8:00am-11:00am
February 9th and 23rd Join us for a continental breakfast and educational and entertaining presentation, then a guided nature walk through the park looking at the amazing array birds that call South Texas home in the winter. Please call ahead to register as seating is limited.
Full Moon Hikes 8:00-10:00pm -February 25th
Join our guides on a night time adventure prowling for owls, searching for scorpions, and trekking for tarantulas. This general nature hike will take you to the moon and stars as we look at the night sky and then back to the park in search of the night creatures of the park.
New Moon Program - February 10th, March 11th, April 10th
Search the stars and planets on the darkest night of the month. Learn about telescopes and stargazing technology. Act out a some of the stories of the sky. With endless possibilities looking in to the vast universe, this new astronomy based program is one not to miss.
If you're not an early riser, that's ok. Check in at the visitor's center between 8:00am and 5:00pm to find out his location at any given time. You don't even have to be a birdwatcher, you can join in just to go for a nice long walk and learn a lot about nature during this half day adventure. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and pack your lunch.
If you don't have binoculars for this adventure that ok too. Just bring a valid driver's licenses and an extra $3 and you can rent some from the park for the day.
Bird Walks Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30am-10:30am. Join us for an unforgettable avian adventure. Contact us for more information.
Fee: Program is free with park entrance.
Butterfly Walks – Fridays 1:30pm-3:30pm
Join a park naturalist and observe the vast amounts of colorful butterflies that are attracted to the gardens in the park.
Fee: Program is free with park entrance.
Dragonfly Walks –Fridays 3:30pm-4:30pm
Be prepared for an expedition for flying predators.
Electric Tram Nature Tours –Sundays 2-4pm Call Ahead. Embark on a voyage taking you to places limited mobility may have kept you from experiencing. Book your own tour on another day by calling the park to schedule.
School Programs –Contact info here.
Information about School Group Programs
Information about joint field trip opportunities with the Valley Nature Center
Looking for somewhere different and exciting to have your next meeting, training, retreat or get together?
Below you will find a list of our unique facilities avaiable
for rent. Please contact the park for facility rental information.
Ibis Room – Classroom (Trainings, Meetings, Social Events)
Pauraque Hall – Recreation Hall and Full Kitchen (Trainings, Meetings, Social Events)
Camp Thicket – Large Group Facilities (Trainings, Meetings, Retreats, Social Events)Overnight Accommodations
South Complex – Indoor Kitchen, Meeting Room, 6 Bedrooms with Bathrooms and Showers