This program features focused birding trips lead by professional guide Bryan Calk and educational presentations by AgriLife Extension faculty. Learn to Bird is hosted on the McKenna Ranch in northern Val Verde County where the Hill Country meets West Texas, home to a wide variety of birds!
- Space is limited! Learn to Bird is capped at 11 participants. At least 6 participants must register for the program to be held.
- Texas Master Naturalists: program may be eligible for AT hours. Click here for more information.
Date: October 23-25, 2020
Registration fee: $330, includes lodging, meals (dinner Friday through lunch Sunday), field trip transportation, and guide fees.
Lodging: Participants will be “glamping!” Cabins sleep 3-4 (twin beds, bottom bunks only) and have 1 bathroom. You can choose your roommates if you’re coming with friends! If you prefer to have your own cabin you may rent directly from McKenna Ranch, and you will receive a $50 discount. Contact McKenna Ranch to reserve a cabin or click here for more information.
Before Sept. 1, 2020: Full refund minus $50 service fee
On or after Sept. 1, 2020: No refunds given
If we must cancel due to circumstances out of our control, such as local or agency health mandates, participants will receive a full refund.
About McKenna Ranch
In 1880, Patrick McKenna of New Haven, Connecticut purchased 10 sections of land in far west Texas for just 19 cents an acre. His son, Eugene, and daughter-in-law, Lavinia, homesteaded in 1906 and ran their sheep and goat operation on the property. Their “Yellow House” built along the Dry River was washed away during a flood, but the original Ernest Quigg 1910 home still stands and has been restored for use by guests.
Each summer, the ranch hosts Youth Camp as a ministry outreach to young adults. Elders and members of Northside Baptist Church provide teaching and instruction to campers, with the goal of helping them “be still” and experience the wonders of God’s creation. Campers are trained in natural horsemanship techniques and enjoy riding the many trails and canyons on the ranch. They also get to swim in the cool, fresh waters of the stock tank in Upper Steer Canyon and experience the challenge of numerous outdoor activities.