30th Annual Rio Reforestation

We invite the community to join the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and its many conservation partners at the 30th Annual Rio Reforestation Event, a community habitat restoration event. Rio Reforestation will take place on Saturday, October 19, 2024 at the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge's Milagro Tract. Together, we will plant 15,000 native seedlings on 15 acres of farmland.  This event will also include educational information on native habitats, promotional items, and food/drinks, and interaction with our conservation partners in the Rio Grande Valley will be included. This is not just an event; it's a shared mission to preserve and restore our natural environment.
We welcome everyone who is passionate about nature and wants to contribute to preserve our planet.  This is a great way to get volunteer hours and network with conservation agencies and it's also a fulfilling experience that will leave you with a sense of pride. Imagine the satisfaction of seeing the seedlings you planted grow into a thriving forest, knowing that you've made a tangible difference. So, mark your calendars and invite your friends, schools, and family to participate in this meaningful day. Let's make a difference together at Rio Reforestation and feel the satisfaction of contributing to a noble cause!  Please direct any questions to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at (956) 784-7500 

  • When: October 19, 2024
  • Time: 8 AM – 12 PM
  • Location: Milagro Tract, Pharr, Texas. To find the designated tract, use the following address: 904 W Doffin Rd, San Juan, TX 78589.

Rio Reforestation Volunteer Sign-up 2024

Rio Reforestation Sign up Packet
The Rio Reforestation Sign up packet includes: The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Volunteer Service Agreement- Natural & Cultural Resources The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Agreement for Use of Likeness in Audio/ Visual Products...

Rio Reforestation History

The United States Fish & Wildlife Service’s Annual Rio Reforestation event, the largest on-the-ground community conservation effort of the Rio Grande Valley for three decades, is a testament to the power of individual action. This engaging, educational event empowers each community member to actively shape the conservation future of the Rio Grande Valley by planting native thorn scrub seedlings to restore native forest. The community's past contributions, which have led to planting over 300,000 seedlings at the Annual Rio Reforestation Events, are a source of great pride and inspiration. 

Conservation partners making this event possible:

Thank you for your Generous Support at the 29th Annual Rio Reforestation event!