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About the Botanical Gardens & Nature Center

Mission Statement

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center adds Reptiles in Residence, exotic parrot collection, new education facility, expanded Nature Boutique . . . new Orchid Conservatory opening in 2014! Flora, Fauna, Fun!

CORPUS CHRISTI-- As the 182-acre South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Corpus Christi begins its 17th year, this young and rather outside-the-box botanical garden offers visitors yet another surprising round of innovative new experiences. In addition to its landmark Orchid House, Rose Garden and seasonal Plumeria Garden, this multiple-venue facility also features a Hummingbird Garden, Arid Garden, Sensory Garden with sculpture, and EarthKind Demonstration Trial Gardens.

With vast expanses of natural wetlands and trails through native vegetation, this delightful nature tourism venue is definitely more than just flowers—not your grandmother’s botanical garden!

Butterflies, Reptiles & Parrots—Oh My! In 2010, the interactive 2600 square-foot Butterfly House and expansive 800-plant Anderson Bromeliad Conservatory opened—roughly $175,000 in construction bringing record admissions.

Visitors now may venture into the fascinating new Resident Reptiles exhibit inside the Visitors Center where they’ll meet Ivan (the terrible) Iguana, El Jefe the African Spurside Tortoise, Randy the Rat Snake, Tony the Red-foot Tortoise, Sammy the Spiny Lizard (etc)—who have been rescued on site or donated to the Botanical Gardens, and often travel to Corpus Christi schools for outreach environmental education.

Another new exhibit is the beautiful 40-plus collection of exotic parrots and other colorful birds recently donated by the Coastal Bend Companion Bird and Rescue Mission. The collection—including large brilliantly-colored parrots, conures, cockatiels, cockatoos, macaws and love birds—brings tropical hues and exciting ‘chatter’ to the Anderson Bromeliad Conservatory and Thompson Arbor.

In 2012, two beautiful Kent Ullberg bronze wildlife sculptures were installed on the Mary Hope Brennecke Nature Trail. In 2013, $375,000 in new construction and renovations were dedicated including the new modular Education Station and Brennecke Administration Buildings, Visitors Center remodel, Nature’s Boutique expansion and Monkey Mansion Tree House. With funding in hand, plans are underway for the new Sam Jones Orchid Conservatory and new Support Greenhouse to be completed in 2014.

One of the Coastal Bend’s major visitor destinations and leading nature tourism facilities, the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is strategically situated along Oso Creek on Corpus Christi’s upscale south side. This unlikely blend of beauty in the wild nearly touches the northern reaches of the world-famous King Ranch, in an intriguing wildlife corridor. A ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ with Gator Lake, shaded nature trail, birding tower, Palapa Grande, wetlands boardwalk and Oso Loop Trail make this a key site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. This unique botanical destination has been featured in media across Texas, including Texas Highways, Texas Monthly, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Austin American Statesman and Dallas Morning News.

The Botanical Gardens & Nature Center hosts hundreds of school children on docent-guided tours. It also offers environmental educational classes and workshops for adults, Kids Summer Nature Camps, and picturesque sites to rent for weddings and other celebrations. Nature’s Boutique is known for its variety of unique merchandise at reasonable prices. For more information, please go to www.stxbot.org, or call 361/852-2100.

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Fun Facts about STXBOT

The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center will advance the knowledge and appreciation of plants and the environment, in relation to personal and community education, well-being, and scientific understanding. It will conserve, preserve, display and interpret native and adapted flora and fauna of South Texas, for area residents and visitors alike.

(Amended & approved May 21, 2002)

Operating Statement

Our facility strives to: Offer an ever-growing source of beauty, information, environmental learning and entertainment; Provide a positive and satisfying visitor experience; Enhance local quality of life and economic development through nature tourism.

Funding the Garden & Nature Center

The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center offers personal, corporate and gift membership, honorariums and memorials, planned giving, foundation and corporate grant opportunities. Donations also may be made to the Endowment Fund, directed by the Coastal Bend Community Foundation, or the Operations & Maintenance Fund. The Botanical Nature Institute of South Texas, Inc., which operates the Gardens, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, governed by a local Board of Directors.

Hours of Operation & Admission

Open Daily
9am to 6pm
(Except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day)
Adults Ages (13-59)- $7
60+Seniors/Active Military/College- $6
Middle/High School- $7***
Children Ages (12 &Under)- $3***
Children Under 3- Free with Paid Adult

Group/Tour Rates***
Payments Accepted: Cash/Check/MC/Visa
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8545 South Staples
Corpus Christi TX. 78413