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Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 669.6'
4/26/16 - Official

The Edwards aquifer and its catchment area in the San Antonio region is about 8,000 square miles and includes all or part of 13 counties in south-central Texas.

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Year-Round Watering Hours

Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed any day of the week before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m.

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Aquifer Level 669.6 | Year-Round Watering Hours

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Conservation

Conservation Outreach Calendar

Explore our online calendar and find out more about SAWS Conservation events scheduled in the San Antonio area. Events include workshops, seminars, lectures and other functions promoting conservation.

Native Plant Walk

April 29, 2016 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Explore our 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a Master Naturalist. No registration required.

Monarch Butterfly Workshop

April 30, 2016 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Come learn about monarch butterflies and their spring migration from Mexico. Topics include: spring migration, measuring monarchs, and monitoring for the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project. Fee: $20 ($18 members) Instructors: Mary Kennedy and Mobi Warren

Choosing and Caring for Trees

May 7, 2016 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Not sure what tree to get for your landscape project? Unsure of soil and structural conditions? High temperatures and low rainfall? Certified City Arborist, Armando Cortez will help you plan for trees and understand the services they offer. This class offers help with tree selection, planting and proper maintenance. Fee: $20 ($18 members) Instructor: Armando Cortez

Spring Trees

May 14, 2016 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Shrubs and small trees are excellent backbone plants for gardens, and in San Antonio, they can be a great source of seasonal color and texture. Join Roger Anderson on a Garden tour and identification of drought tolerant small trees and shrubs that might make perfect understory plants for you. Fee: $20 ($18 members) Instructor: Roger Anderson

Bird Walk

May 21, 2016 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Enjoy birds in native habitats on a morning bird walk led by anexperienced guide. Meet at Carriage House. Ages 10+. Free for Botanical Garden members. No registration required.

Nativer Plant Walk

May 28, 2016 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Explore our 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a Master Naturalist. No registration required.

Butterfly Babies

June 4, 2016 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Butterfly babies—aka caterpillars—abound in the Garden if you know where to look! Discover what host plants are, and why they are needed in your butterfly garden. Join Dr. Cindy Klemmer in an indoor presentation followed by a walk to discover butterfly babies in action throughout the Garden. Leave with a host plant—and a butterfly baby of your own!—to take home. Suitable for adults, or for adult-child pairs with children 8 or older. Fee: $30 ($27 members) includes $10 materials fee Instructor: Dr. Cindy Klemmer

Native Plant Walk

June 10, 2016 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Explore our 11-acre Texas Native Trail with a Master Naturalist. No registration required.

Texas Tough Roundtable Discussion: Xero Turf

June 11, 2016 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 11:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
There are varieties of turf grass that work best in San Antonio, with low-water requirements. Learn drought-tolerant turf grass options and which is best for your landscape. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members)

Monarch Butterfly: Pollinator Poster Child

June 25, 2016 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Monarch butterflies have become symbols for pollinator advocacy and climate change throughout the continent in recent years. Why are we all so smitten with this magical creature? Join us for an overview of the amazing Monarch butterfly migration and life cycle, an update on their population status, President Obama's National Pollinator Strategy and its impact on San Antonio, the country's only Monarch Champion City. We'll also touch on how to create a successful pollinator garden and answer your questions on raising Monarchs and other butterflies. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members) Instructor: Monika Maeckle

Bats 101

August 6, 2016 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Description: Join Master Naturalist and San Antonio Botanical Garden staff, Tim Roan, to uncover the intricacies of bats. This class will explore the natural history and ecology involving these winged wonders. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members) Instructor: Tim Roan

Texas Tough Roundtable Discussion: Pruning, Pests and Proper Care

August 13, 2016 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Meet with gardening experts to discuss seasonal checklists, proper pruning, watering, pesticides, soil treatment, and overall care of your Texas Tough Landscape. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members)

Beyond Feeders: How to Attract Hummingbirds!

August 20, 2016 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
Description: Beyond filling multiple feeders with nectar, learn the simple guidelines to creating a beautiful, low-maintenance garden for hummingbirds using the nectar and beauty of native plants. This class will provide a step-by-step instruction of the components needed for a successful hummingbird garden. Fee: $30 ($27 members) Instructor: Rachel Cywinski

Wildscaping: Landscaping for Wildlife and Conserving Water

August 27, 2016 (Sat) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
As of 2016, San Antonio is the first Monarch Champion City in the nation! Join us today to help fulfill this pledge by turning your garden into a space that encourages a variety of wildlife to visit—especially birds, butterflies and pollinators! Fall gardening is a great time to get started! By adding drought hardy native plants that provide food and refuge to your flying visitors, you will also help our declining Monarch populations during their migration through the area. You will be enjoying singing birds and fluttering butterflies in no time while using less water and no chemicals! Fee: $20 ($18 members) Instructor: Judit Green