Walks

The Garden has seasonal walks throughout the year. Check back often to see what’s currently scheduled. Docents are volunteers and a tour is based on their availability. If an emergency arises and a docent is not available, you are welcome to enjoy a self-guided visit.

Native Plant Walks

Offered in Partnership with San Antonio Water System 

Meet at the Greenwood Breezeway of the Halsell Welcome Breezeway. Tour leaves at 10 am. Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at San Antonio Water System, walk is free to members or with paid admission, but registration is required.

Explore our 11-acre Texas Native Trail with Master Naturalists Nancy & Gary Rogers.  This area has its own distinctive and diverse ecological region of Texas, varying in soil, plant life, topography, and weather. There are more than 250 plant species in collections that represent three ecosystems. In the East Texas Pineywoods, visitors find Pines, Sweetgum, Sassafras, and other acidic soil-loving woodland species. The Hill Country area features Live Oaks, Juniper, Texas Mountain Laurel, Eve’s necklace, Blanco Crabapple, Possum Haw, Hop-tree, Uvalde Maples, and other limestone tolerant plants. In the South Texas region, Dryland trees and thorny brush such as Torchwood, Mexican Olive, mesquite, Texas Ebony, and Huisaache thrive. On this Walk you’ll learn about the medicinal uses of native plants as well as their historical and cultural uses, and which are favored by birds, butterflies and other wildlife.

 WaterSaver Walks

Offered in Partnership with The San Antonio Water System 

Explore our WaterSaver Gardens with Master Naturalist Linda Cace. Learn the characteristics of different drought tolerant landscapes, including Cottage, Hill Country, Manicure Xeriscape, and Spanish style.  Come see what’s in bloom!

Meet at 10 a.m. in the Greenwood Breezeway of the Halsell Welcome Building, third Thursday of the month. Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at San Antonio Water System, walk is free to member or with paid admission, but registration is required.

 

Bird Walks

Offered in Partnership with The San Antonio Water System 

Bird Walks are scheduled every third Saturday, except during the summer months.
Meet at 9:00 am in the Greenwood Breezeway of the Halsell Welcome Building.  Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at San Antonio Water System, walk is free to members or with paid admission, but registration is required.

Click here to register for October 20, with guide Mike Creese
Click here to register for November 17, with guides Alan and Patsy Kuentz 
Click here to register for December 15 with guide Mike Creese

View the Garden’s current Birding Checklist.

Butterfly Walks

Join butterfly enthusiasts for a walk in the Garden. Learn about butterfly habitats and what they need to survive. Find out which butterflies are fluttering around and why they love the Garden. Meet at 10 am at the Breezeway of the Halsell Welcome Building. Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at San Antonio Water System, walk is free to member or with paid admission, but registration is required.

NEW! Butterfly Workshops with Walks!

Butterfly Workshop and Citizen Science

October 11, 9 am to 12 pm

Join naturalist Patty Leslie Pasztor on a walking butterfly workshop in the Garden.  Discover some of the many wonderful butterfly species found in this area and techniques for distinguishing them.  We’ll also identify the native and adapted plants these butterflies rely on for their larval and nectar needs. Participants will learn how to record these observations and will have the opportunity to volunteer for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) butterfly count later in October (optional).   This workshop is sponsored by SAWS.
Fee: Free with admission, but must preregister. Space is limited
Register Here

Butterfly Identification and Landscape Design Workshop

October 23, 9 am to 11 am

Join Jessica Leslie on a walking butterfly workshop in the Old Fashioned Garden and on the Texas Native Trail in the San Antonio Botanical Garden. Participants will learn to identify our resident and migrant butterflies as well as the plants they require for food and reproduction. Jessica will also help participants identify which plants will work in their landscapes to attract and maintain butterfly populations. This workshop is sponsored by SAWS.
Fee: Free with admission, but must preregister. Space is limited
Register Here

Texas Native Plants for Rocky Landscapes: A Walking Workshop

Tuesday, October 30, from 10 am to 11:30 am

Thin soils are found in large parts of San Antonio. If your landscape is in one of these areas, Julie Strepek can help you discover which Texas native plants can thrive in your thin soil creating beauty and visual interest. Sponsored by San Antonio Water System.
Instructor: Julie Strepek, Texas Master Naturalist
Free with admission, but registration is required
Register Here