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LC Environmental Science Center to hold Gator-Aid and Friends Gala



The Laredo College Environmental Science Center is in a festive mood with the various celebrations that will bring the center to the forefront this year.


The most prominent celebration is the center itself. For 20 years, the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center (LBVESC) has welcomed many visitors from our community and surrounding areas, totaling more than 10,000 people a year. As they enjoy our nature trails, butterfly gardens and meet our colorful wildlife, center visitors have been educated on environmental issues, nature and much more.


Another great addition to this event is the 25th anniversary of El Paso del Indio Nature Trail. This trail has been the home of multiple bird species, a guest home for others that travel through the area and other wildlife creatures and nature. It represents part of the ecosystem connecting our college to the Rio Grande.


These are not the only reasons to have a big celebration. We are also having a “Sweet 15” for our energetic bobcat, Lucky. His friends and the community at large will celebrate his birthday with us.


Along with the environmental focus, we will be commemorating Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, which aims to draw attention to the mass extinction of various species in our planet, climate change, our habitat and much more.


To conclude with the many festivities of the day, our very own LBVESC Director Tom Miller will be honored for his 20 years of service to Laredo College and the many more years participating in the community.


Year after year, many Laredoans enjoy the amazing opportunities and activities our center offers. Therefore, we are reaching out to those interested in becoming sponsors for the upcoming Gator-Aid and Friends Gala. Donations will help raise funds to maintain, renovate and repair the center.


LBVESCThe different ways you can support the LBVESC is by purchasing a $75 entrance ticket to participate in the fun event that will include a delicious dinner, happy hour, live music and a silent auction on April 24 at the LC Falcon Bank Executive Conference Room, located inside the Harold R. Yeary Library. We are also seeking support for raffle prizes, silent auction items and table sponsorships.


Those who participate will be recognized in publications, the day of the event and in other areas, but most importantly, will forever hold a special place in our hearts.


For additional information, contact us at (956) 764-5701 or email us at