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Get Involved

"Be the change you want to see in the world.” -- Mahatma Gandhi

Support Headwaters at Incarnate Word

The nonprofit Headwaters at Incarnate Word works to create a community of conservation in San Antonio.  Your support as a volunteer or as a donor helps us restore the sanctuary, build trails, and teach people the value of caring for the earth. 

Be a Volunteer

Volunteer work days offer you the opportunity to get involved and learn more about the Headwaters at Incarnate Word. Get in touch with our fantastic to learn more about volunteering at Headwaters. You can also sign up as a Volunteer Online to receive notice of all upcoming events.

All Sanctuary Work Day events meet at the main trailhead into the Sanctuary (behind the baseball fields), unless otherwise notified.

Come and invite your friends and family to help us maintain trails, clear brush, pick up trash, teach students about water, ecology, environmental ethics and history, and help us plan wisely our stewardship of this historic land and its sacred waters. We need you!


Your donations are very much appreciated and are tax deductible.
See sidebar for details about making your contribution.

Go a Little Greener

Caring for the Earth“Going green” is going smart: for the Earth, for your health, for your children’s and grandchildren’s health, and for the health and well-being of all your neighbors all around the world. Pretty compelling, isn’t it? So what’s keeping us from changing our sorry ways? Lots of things, no doubt. Knowing how to change might be one of them. Keep reading for some good pointers. Then start wherever you are and keep going.

Mind Your Own Garbage

Don't be a litter bug. The average American produces 4.5 pounds of trash a day. If all this trash ends up in a landfill, it takes up an enormous amount of space, it leaches toxics into the ground(water), it sticks around for hundreds of years (plastics, metal), it produces methane, a greenhouse gas considered to be even worse than carbon dioxide in heating up the planet, and if you live nearby, it stinks. So let’s be mindful of our trash. Let’s go on a diet and drop a few of those 4.5 pounds. Let’s Reduce our personal trash, Reuse what we can’t eliminate, and Recycle the rest. And while we’re at it, let’s:

  • Ditch the disposables -- plastic water bottles, plastic cups, plastic plates and Collageutensils, all designed for one time use. What a waste.

  • Punt on packaging: decline big slick bags at stores and use your own instead; eschew highly packaged foods that are probably not as healthy as fresh food anyway.

  • Jettison junk mail: 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are used to send junk mail every year in America.
    Go to Mail Preference Service (https://www.dmachoice.org/register.php) to stop the avalanche of junk mail to your home.

  • Stop idling: your car’s engine left idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than is needed for startup. Americans idle away 2.9 billion gallons of gas per year, worth roughly $78.2 billion.

  • Print both sides: Americans alone use 4 million tons of copy paper each year. That’s about 27 pounds per person. Print two-sided, and use the blank side of scrap paper for drafts (if needed).

Go Native

Turk's cap with butterflyLawn watering  accounts for roughly 40% of the city’s total water use. That’s an amazing figure.  So plant your yard with native plants and you will be accomplishing several bright green goals:

  • - Saving precious water because our natives are typically drought tolerant and need little water;
    - Reducing the threat of invasive species, which outcompete natives, reduce biodiversity, and result in ecosystems that are less resilient and more vulnerable to disease and devastation;
    - Increasing native biodiversity which makes for healthier and more interesting ecosystems.

Here are a couple of recommended mostly native plant lists for our area, one from the San Antonio Botanical Center and one from San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS):


Tips for Living Green

Place a bucket in the shower to capture water usually wasted as the shower "warms up." Use this water for your plants.

Green Living Links

How Green Are You Now?
Calculate your Carbon Footprint


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We welcome your donations.

Your donations are very much appreciated and are tax deductible.

Donate Online


Donate by Mail
Use this Donation form (pdf).

Thank you for your support!

Headwaters Volunteers

Summer 2017 schedule
June - August

Volunteers make all that we do possible! We hope the gifts our volunteers receive for all their hard work are the simple joys of being in community and in nature, working together to take care of the land, and making this Sanctuary more beautiful, healthy, accessible and inviting to others.

Volunteer List 2014 - 2015

Thank you to ALL of our enthusiastic volunteers. A special thanks to our most active 2014-2015 volunteers who joined us for 3 or more volunteer work days:


House finch I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.
~Henry David Thoreau


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