Aquifer Beaker

Edwards Aquifer

Aquifer Level 635.1'
7/28/14 - 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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Last Digit of Address Watering Day
0 or 1 Monday
2 or 3 Tuesday
4 or 5 Wednesday
6 or 7 Thursday
8 or 9 Friday
No Watering on Weekends

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Watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is allowed only once a week from 7-11 a.m. and 7-11 p.m. on your designated watering day as determined by your address.

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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.

Wild Wednesdays! Super Experiences in Nature - Bug Ink and Juice

July 30, 2014 (Wed) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Friedrich Wilderness Park - 21395 Milsa
Youth, ages 7 to 12, are invited to learn how some insect houses can be used to make ink. Help us make some ink and then write with a quill pen. You can even try some "bug juice!" Suggested donation of $5 per person with a maximum of $10 per family. Please call (210) 564-6402 or email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov for more information or reservations.

Wild Wednesdays at Phil Hardberger Park - Fishing Fun

July 30, 2014 (Wed) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Phil Hardberger Park - 8400 NW Military Hwy (Basketball Courts)
Children, ages 5 to 10, are invited to learn about Texas fishing regulations and the fish they might catch in this area. They will practice basic knot tying, baiting a hook and casting techniques without water. This is recommended for younger children who have not gone fishing before or want to develop their basic skills safely. Register by calling 210-207-3280 or email susan.campbell@sanantonio.gov. Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family.

Starting Out Wild! Toddler Program for ages 1 - 3 - Water, Water Everywhere

August 1, 2014 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friedrich Wilderness Park - 21395 Milsa
Join us for this high energy, engaging program that include stories, music, games, finger play, crafts and snacks all based on sound ecological principles. This is a perfect way to begin or foster your young child’s enjoyment of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking and a parent or adult must attend with each child. Siblings are allowed if they do not distract. Suggested donation: $3/child/session. Please dress for the weather. During most of the classes, we will be outside some! Email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov or call 210-564-6402 for information and reservations.

Friedrich Park Nature Walk - Animal Signs

August 2, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friedrich Wilderness Park - 21395 Milsa
You're invited to join us on a nature walk as we look for signs of wildlife. When people come to the park they always ask, “Where are the animals?” Well, the animals are hiding and are nocturnal and can be unnoticeably small, but we can see signs of their presence even if we don’t see them. Come have a look! Reservations are suggested; walks occasionally change. Call 210-207-5320 or email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov. A donation of $2 per person, max $6/family is suggested.

Phil Hardberger Park First Saturday Program - Leave No Trace

August 2, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Phil Hardberger Park - 8400 NW Military Hwy (Urban Ecology Center)
You're invited to learn all about the Leave No Trace principles with hands-on activities. Great program for all scout organizations and outdoor enthusiasts! This program is limited to 30 children. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.Registration is requested by calling 210-207-3280 or by email at Susan.Campbell@sanantonio.gov.

Wild Wednesdays! Super Experiences in Nature - Things that Fly

August 6, 2014 (Wed) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Friedrich Wilderness Park - 21395 Milsa
Youth, ages 7 to 12, are invited to learn how some creatures glide on the wind and some make their own power for flight. We will look at some feathers and wings and take home a glider. Suggested donation of $5 per person with a maximum of $10 per family. Please call (210) 564-6402 or email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov for more information or reservations.

New Volunteer Training

August 8, 2014 (Fri) 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
Community members will learn about Mitchell Lake and how they can contribute to Center operations as docents in education, outreach, interpretation, citizen science, and more. Curriculum includes an introduction to South Central Texas wildlife and environmental conservation. For more information email mlac@audubon.org or call 210-628-1639.

Starting Out Wild! Toddler Program for ages 1 - 3 - Water, Water Everywhere

August 8, 2014 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friedrich Wilderness Park - 21395 Milsa
Join us for this high energy, engaging program that include stories, music, games, finger play, crafts and snacks all based on sound ecological principles. This is a perfect way to begin or foster your young child’s enjoyment of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking and a parent or adult must attend with each child. Siblings are allowed if they do not distract. Suggested donation: $3/child/session. Please dress for the weather. During most of the classes, we will be outside some! Email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov or call 210-564-6402 for information and reservations.

Growing Up Wild in Phil Hardberger Park - Weather

August 8, 2014 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Phil Hardberger Park - 13203 Blanco Rd (Salado Creek Outdoor Classroom)
Children, ages 3 to 7, are invited to explore different weather patterns and clouds in this area. A kid-friendly craft is included. Limit 20 children. Call 210-207-3280 to register. Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family.

New Volunteer Training

August 9, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
Community members will learn about Mitchell Lake and how they can contribute to Center operations as docents in education, outreach, interpretation, citizen science, and more. Curriculum includes an introduction to South Central Texas wildlife and environmental conservation. For more information email mlac@audubon.org or call 210-628-1639.

Medina River Natural Area Second Saturday Program - Fishing Fun

August 9, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Medina River Natural Area - 15890 Hwy 16 S
Join us as Josef Kaul, San Antonio River Authority Education Specialist, discusses the laws and regulations of fishing in Texas. Learn what types of fish are located in our freshwater lakes and rivers. Practice casting and learn how to hold fish when you catch them. Door prizes are part of the fun. Fishing will be allowed in designated fishing locations on the Medina River after the program. Bring your own bait. Cane poles are available. Suggested for families with elementary aged children. Limited to 25 participants. Registration is requested at 210-207-3280 or email Susan.Campbell@sanantonio.gov.

Wild Wednesdays! Super Experiences in Nature - Chompers and Clompers

August 13, 2014 (Wed) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Friedrich Wilderness Park - 21395 Milsa
Youth, ages 7 to 12, are invited to learn how animals have different kinds of feet and teeth that help them get around in different places and catch different food. We will make a plaster cast of a foot! Suggested donation of $5 per person with a maximum of $10 per family. Please call (210) 564-6402 or email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov for more information or reservations.

Wild Wednesdays at Phil Hardberger Park - Rocks and Fossils

August 13, 2014 (Wed) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Phil Hardberger Park - 8400 NW Military Hwy (Basketball Courts)
Children, ages 5 to 10, are invited to discover the rocks and fossils of Texas and learn the various characteristics of rocks. A nature walk and a kid-friendly rock craft are part of the fun. Register by calling 210-207-3280 or email susan.campbell@sanantonio.gov. Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family.

Starting Out Wild! Toddler Program for ages 1 - 3 - Water, Water Everywhere

August 15, 2014 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friedrich Wilderness Park - 21395 Milsa
Join us for this high energy, engaging program that include stories, music, games, finger play, crafts and snacks all based on sound ecological principles. This is a perfect way to begin or foster your young child’s enjoyment of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking and a parent or adult must attend with each child. Siblings are allowed if they do not distract. Suggested donation: $3/child/session. Please dress for the weather. During most of the classes, we will be outside some! Email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov or call 210-564-6402 for information and reservations.

Wild Wednesdays at Phil Hardberger Park - Ramblin Reptiles

August 20, 2014 (Wed) 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Phil Hardberger Park - 8400 NW Military Hwy (Basketball Courts)
Children, ages 5 to 10, are invited to explore the characteristics of reptiles and how they have adapted in drought conditions. An investigative nature walk and kid-friendly craft are included. Register by calling 210-207-3280 or email susan.campbell@sanantonio.gov. Suggested donation of $3 per person or $5 per family.

Starting Out Wild! Toddler Program for ages 1 - 3 - We Love Leaves

September 5, 2014 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friedrich Wilderness Park - 21395 Milsa
Join us for this high energy, engaging program that include stories, music, games, finger play, crafts and snacks all based on sound ecological principles. This is a perfect way to begin or foster your young child’s enjoyment of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking and a parent or adult must attend with each child. Siblings are allowed if they do not distract. Suggested donation: $3/child/session. Please dress for the weather. During most of the classes, we will be outside some! Email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov or call 210-564-6402 for information and reservations.

Phil Hardberger Park First Saturday Program - Earth Science - Rocks and Fossils of Texas

September 6, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Phil Hardberger Park - 13203 Blanco Rd (Salado Creek Outdoor Classroom)
Join Professor David Turner of St. Mary’s University as he discusses rock and fossil formations of Texas with hands-on kid-friendly activities. Learn how to identify various forms of rocks and fossil types. A kid-friendly craft is included. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested. Registration is requested by calling 210-207-3106 or by email at Susan.Campbell@sanantonio.gov.

Kids Birding

September 10, 2014 (Wed) 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
Family fun morning designed to help the young ones learn how to use binoculars, learn bird identification, and see tons of the great birds of southern Texas. $10/family. For more information, email mlac@audubon.org or call 210-628-1639

Starting Out Wild! Toddler Program for ages 1 - 3 - We Love Leaves

September 12, 2014 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friedrich Wilderness Park - 21395 Milsa
Join us for this high energy, engaging program that include stories, music, games, finger play, crafts and snacks all based on sound ecological principles. This is a perfect way to begin or foster your young child’s enjoyment of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking and a parent or adult must attend with each child. Siblings are allowed if they do not distract. Suggested donation: $3/child/session. Please dress for the weather. During most of the classes, we will be outside some! Email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov or call 210-564-6402 for information and reservations.

Medina River Natural Area Second Saturday Program - Water Conservation

September 13, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Medina River Natural Area - 15890 Hwy 16 S
You're invited to join Greg Wukasch, San Antonio Water Systems Education Coordinator, as he presents information on how you can conserve water. Find out how water travels from rain to drain. Suggested for families with elementary aged children. A kid-friendly activity is included. Registration is requested at 210-207-3106 or email Susan.Campbell@sanantonio.gov.

Starting Out Wild! Toddler Program for ages 1 - 3 - We Love Leaves

September 19, 2014 (Fri) 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friedrich Wilderness Park - 21395 Milsa
Join us for this high energy, engaging program that include stories, music, games, finger play, crafts and snacks all based on sound ecological principles. This is a perfect way to begin or foster your young child’s enjoyment of the natural world. It is recommended that a child be walking and a parent or adult must attend with each child. Siblings are allowed if they do not distract. Suggested donation: $3/child/session. Please dress for the weather. During most of the classes, we will be outside some! Email peggy.spring@sanantonio.gov or call 210-564-6402 for information and reservations.

National Public Lands Day

September 27, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
National Public Lands Day is the nation's larget single day volunteer effort for public lands. The morning will focus on trail and native plant garden maintenance, as these paths and displays are essential for educating students and every day visitors about local ecology and conservation. For more information, email mlac@audubon.org or call 210-628-1639

Days of Caring Gardening Day

October 4, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
With expert horticulturalists' guidance, we will trim, prune and mulch to be sure the autumn blooms are in full display for our Fall Festival on October 18th. Volunteers will learn basic wildscaping and water conservation techniques that can be applied in their own backyards. For more information, email mlac@audubon.org or call 210-628-1639

Phil Hardberger Park First Saturday Program - Name that Bird?

October 4, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Phil Hardberger Park - 13203 Blanco Rd (Salado Creek Outdoor Classroom)
You're invited to join Jana and Greg Gibbons, Master Naturalists and avid birders, as they provide various hands-on activities including bird call identification. Great for the whole family! Kid-friendly craft included. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested. Registration is requested by calling 210-207-3280 or by email at Susan.Campbell@sanantonio.gov.

The Big Sit!

October 11, 2014 (Sat) 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
Join the fun and become a citizen scientist for birds. Like a tail-gate party while birding, the Big Sit will count birds, learn about bird habitat and water conservation and enjoy the day in a fun & social setting. For more information e-mail mlac@audubon.org or call 210-628-1639

Medina River Natural 10th Annual Fall Fest

October 11, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Medina River Natural Area - 15890 Hwy 16 S
Nature lovers are invited to join us for the MRNA 10th Annual Fall Fest. Presenters include; South Texas Herpetology Association with live snakes, Texas Rainwater Harvesting, SAWS, SARA, Mitchell Lake, SA Botanical Gardens, the Witte Museum, Bats of Old’ Tunnel and Art in the Park. Free 1 gallon trees to the first 25 families. For more information call 210-207-3280 or email Susan.Campbell@sanantonio.gov.

Hoot 'n' Harvest Fall Festival and Native Plant Sale

October 18, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
Our tenth annual big fall festival, this year's Hoot 'n' Harvest fest will be bigger than ever with live birds, live reptiles, native plant sales, conservation presentations, local art & craft sales, kids activities and more! For more information, e-mail mlac@audubon.org or call 210-628-1639

Medina River Natural Second Saturday Program - Owl Prowl Reservations

October 27, 2014 (Mon) 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Medina River Natural Area - 15890 Hwy 16 S
You're invited to register for the MRNA Owl Prowl to be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. Jessica Alderson, Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Biologist, will discuss information about the owls in Bexar County. Participants will take a half mile hike to the interpretive area along the Medina River where barred owls will be called in with owl calls as they stake out their territory. Registration is required by calling 210-207-3280. Reservations are only accepted starting Monday Oct. 27 through Oct. 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program is limited to the first 40 people. Due to the sensitivity of the owls no one will be permitted into the park after 6:30 p.m. Children and adults must adhere to being quiet for at least an hour. Recommended for children over 7. Bring your own folding chairs or blankets and flashlights.

Phil Hardberger Park First Saturday Program - Bats of San Antonio and the Hill Country

November 1, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Phil Hardberger Park - 13203 Blanco Rd (Salado Creek Outdoor Classroom)
You're invited to join Nyta Brown, Texas Parks and Wildlife Park Superintendent/Biologist, as she presents an interactive talk about our amazing population of Mexican Free Tail Bats. She will demonstrate how bats find their way in the night. A kid-friendly craft is included. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested. Registration is requested by calling 210-207-3106 or by email at Susan.Campbell@sanantonio.gov.

Medina River Natural Second Saturday Program - Owl Prowl

November 8, 2014 (Sat) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Medina River Natural Area - 15890 Hwy 16 S
You're invited to join Jessica Alderson, Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Biologist, as she discusses the owls in Bexar County. Participants will take a half mile hike to the interpretive area along the Medina River where barred owls will be called in with owl calls as they stake out their territory. Registration is required by calling 210-207-3280. Reservations will be accepted starting Monday Oct. 27 through Oct. 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This program is limited to the first 40 people. Due to the sensitivity of the owls no one will be permitted into the park after 6:30 p.m. Children and adults must adhere to being quiet for at least an hour. Recommended for children over 7. Bring your own folding chairs or blankets and flashlights.

Herbs 101 for the Garden and More

November 9, 2014 (Sun) 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
San Antonio Botanical Garden - 555 Funston
You're invited to savor the joys of an edible and useful landscape! Herbalist, horticulturalist, and designer Diane Lewis will present a Power Point with great herb pictures and discuss the herbs best suited to our area and how to blend them into everyday life. Learn how to cultivate, harvest and store herbs and save money. Have fun learning how to make a relaxing tea blend and bath salts with samples to take home. Enjoy lunch (recipes provided) and a guided tour of the herb gardens. Fee: $43. A $10 supply fee is payable to the instructor and covers materials, herbal tea, bath salts, and herbal-based lunch. Admission to the garden is included in the cost of tuition. To register for any of these classes, please go online to www.communityed.neisd.net.

Birding By Ear

November 15, 2014 (Sat) 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
Wondering what bird you are hearing in your backyard? Looking for a way to add to your birding prowess? Join Jason "the Birdnerd" St. Sauver for tips on how to identify more birds by sound. For more information, e-mail mlac@audubon.org or call 210-628-1639

Phil Hardberger Park First Saturday Program - Dinosaur George

December 6, 2014 (Sat) 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Phil Hardberger Park - 8400 NW Military Hwy (Urban Ecology Center)
Kids of all ages will enjoy this entertaining and educational program. George Blasing, also known as Dinosaur George, will present his world renowned dinosaur program. He will bring some great replicas of dinosaur skulls and teeth to show as he engages his audience. A kid-friendly craft is included. A donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested. For more information call 207-3280.

December Duck Days

December 6, 2014 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
$10/non-members and $5/members. Join us to celebrate the return of the ducks! Mitchell Lake is home to thousands of ducks during the winter. We will have tours to view and learn about them, including a special sunset walk and tour. For more information, e-mail mlac@audubon.org or call 210-628-1639

December Duck Days

December 13, 2014 (Sat) 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center - 10750 Pleasanton Rd
$10/non-members and $5/members. Join us to celebrate the return of the ducks! Mitchell Lake is home to thousands of ducks during the winter. We will have tours to view and learn about them, including a special sunset walk and tour. For more information, e-mail mlac@audubon.org or call 210-628-1639

Medina River Natural Area Second Saturday Program - Star Gazing

December 13, 2014 (Sat) 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Medina River Natural Area - 15890 Hwy 16 S
You're invited to view the stars and planets courtesy of the San Antonio Astronomical Association. They will bring their high tech telescopes for participants to use in the early evening. Weather permitting. Refreshments and a kid-friendly craft are included. For more information call 210-207-3280 or email Susan.Campbell@sanantonio.gov.