Old Hidalgo Pumphouse
South Padre Island Nature and Birding Center

Welcome to Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

A 40-acre wetlands oasis in the midst of a lively urban landscape, the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands offers watchable wildlife year-round in a setting friendly to birds, butterflies and other water-loving creatures.
The Land
Colorful native plants and overlooked water resources combine to recreate an endangered wetlands environment at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands. Shallow ponds attract water-loving creatures, sheltered by fringes of native growth. Around the interpretive center, butterflies vie for nectar from six acres of colorful flowering beds, grown according to nature’s original native design.
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Our Birds

Waterfowl and shorebirds like the Green Kingfisher, Least Grebe and American Avocet have a new home here, and can be easily viewed from platforms overlooking peaceful freshwater lagoons. At least 13 species of ducks flock here in winter months. Other “Valley specialties,” found no place else but farthest South Texas, also make their way to this urban greenspot.
Learn and Discover
There’s plenty for nature lovers to see and do at the World Birding Center’s Edinburg Scenic Wetlands. Bird and dragonfly walks, wildflower tours, and nighttime excursions featuring “nature’s night shift” are only a few. In addition, amateur naturalists can learn to create simple backyard wildlife sanctuaries. Consult “Calendar of Events” for a complete calendar.
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What's Here:
Winding paths and waterside observation platforms allow visitors access to our entire 40 acres. Our Interpretive Center features educational exhibits on fish and aquatic life, and state-of-the-art interactive computer programs highlight birds and butterflies. Telescopes and interpretive audio stations allow for close-up inspection of our various inhabitants, while floor-to-ceiling windows ensure “watchable wildlife” in every season.

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Physical Address
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
714 S. Raul Longoria
Edinburg, Texas 78539

Mailing Address
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
P.O. Box 1079
Edinburg, Texas 78540
Website: www.EdinburgWBC.org

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Phone: 956-381-9922
Fax: 956-381-0715



Mon.-Thur: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri. & Sat.: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sat. (summer) : 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sun.: Closed
Grounds open daily, sunrise to sunset.


Adults - $3.00
Seniors(55 & up) and Children(5 & up) $2.00
Please call ahead for group rates.

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Calendar of Events

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☞ Events & Programs

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More About Our Facility
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands is currently offering:
  • Walking Trails
  • Nature Tours (birds, dragonfly and damselfly, butterfly)
  • Backyard Habitat Tours (flowers, native plants)
  • Organized Classes


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