Each year the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge hosts one of the most important environmental events in the region, its annual Rio Reforestation. This popular event draws volunteers from across the Lower Rio Grande Valley who spend a half day helping plant native trees and shrubs on the refuge. To date, volunteers have planted nearly 200,000 seedlings on nearly 620 acres of the refuge. On November 2, 2014 850 volunteers planted 30 acres of Refuge-owned cropland in Cameron County with 14,000 native tree and shrub seedlings. The Friends of the Wildlife Corridor supported this event by helping to organize it and by providing volunteers.
Rio Grande Valley Coastal Expo
Winter Texan Appreciation Day
On February 16, 2014 the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge hosted a Winter Texan Appreciation Day, featuring free refuge entrance, refreshments, door prizes, and $2 tram rides for seniors. 400 Winter Texans showed up.
The Friends of the Wildlife Corridor supported this event with a cash donation and with staffing assistance.
Refuge Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
On March 15, 2014 the Santa Ana and Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuges hosted a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner to thank the 30+ volunteers who have been working at the Refuges for the past six months. The Friends of the Wildlife Corridor supported this event by providing barbecue and by helping to organize the event.