Get To Know The Rio Grande

Whether you are new to the RGV or have lived here for generations, you may be surprised to find out about the wealth of resources we have to offer, especially to the homeschool family. The Rio Grande Valley has museums and libraries, community events, special programs just for homeschoolers, and a wealth of unique culture. Here we have gathered contacts and websites for a variety of local activities, organizations and businesses that offer opportunities for homeschoolng families. Please note that these groups are separate from HOPE and therefore in no way officially endorsed by our leadership. However, we desire that you have the most information possible as you plan your homeschool year. Always check out all resources for yourself, and we hope you enjoy all the things the RGV has to offer!

Sports and Extra Curricular Opportunities:

All Star Basketball: All Star Basketball is an academy for boys and girls of any skill level. They provide a year-round League, Tournaments, Private Training, Summer Camps, and Open Gym all in one location. For information contact Coach Joseph Beltran and 956-627-0390 or at

AXIOS Ninja Warrior Gym: AXIOS is offers training programs for all ages starting as young as six. They also have regualr summer camps and often host special homeschool hours. The gym is run by 4-time Ninja Warrior National Finalist, Abel Gonzalez.

The Player's Studio Drama Club: Player's is a local drama club that offers theater classes and performance opportunities. Currently divided into two groups, the company has spaces for ages 8 to 18. For more information contact Director Karen Culbertson at 864-321-2510 or at


The Museum of South Texas History: The Museum of South Texas History is located in Edinburg, Texas. It features exhibits on the history of the Rio Grande Valley, as well as the rest of South Texas and Northern Mexico. The museum now owns more than a city block, located on the square in Edinburg.

International Museum of Arts and Science: The International Museum of Art & Science is a museum located in McAllen, Texas. It is dedicated to exhibiting Latin American art, as well as educating visitors about science.

Natural History:

Sea Turtle INC: The mission of Sea Turtle Inc, located on South Padre Island, is to rescue, rehabilitate and release injured sea turtles as well as educate the public about these amazing animals and efforts in their conservation.

Quinta Mazatlan: Quinta Mazatlan is the McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center under the stewardship of the City of McAllen. Its mission is to preserve the 1930s adobe estate and the native plants and animals of the Rio Grande Valley, by providing a sanctuary for environmental education, eco-tourism and inspiration to people of all ages.

Gladys Porter Zoo: Located in Brownsville, Texas, the zoo officially opened on September 3, 1971, and currently averages 375,000 visitors annually. Situated on 31 acres, the zoo houses about 400 animal species and over 250 tropical and neo-tropical species and subspecies.

Local Colleges and Universities:

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley: UTRGV is a public research university with multiple campuses throughout the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas and is a member of the University of Texas System. UTRGV was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas after the consolidation of the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and the University of Texas–Pan American

South Texas College: STC is a public community college in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor of Applied Technology, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Science degrees.