Educational Outreach


Quinta Mazatlan provides education programs that support the development of our young leaders…inspiring youth to enjoy and appreciate the environment. Children who care about birds and wildlife will learn to be more environmentally savvy in order to protect native habitat. Our lesson plans include both indoor classroom activities and outdoor thorn forest walks.


Water is a precious resource that keeps communities safe, healthy, and running. Explore how McAllen Public Utility treats water from the Rio Grande River so it is safe, clean and ready for McAllen residents to drink and use daily and learn how we return it back into the environment.  We offer free tours and presentations to the public and school students. 

After 60 years in the downtown McAllen location at 601 N. Main St., the Old Main Library closed its doors on November 23, 2011. Ready for a new home, new look, and new direction, McAllen Public Library relocated to its current location at 4001 N. 23rd St. on December 10, 2011. 

Now an award-winning public library, the new McAllen Public Library is 123,000 square feet and may very well be the largest single floor public library in the nation. The next largest is the Johnson County Central Resource Library in Overland Park, Kansas, at 90,547 square feet.


The City of McAllen Recycling center was founded on the idea of a cleaner environment through proper recycling and waste reducing practices. With various recycling programs through our city including commercial recycling, residential recycling and school recycling the City of McAllen continues to lead the way for recycling practices in the Rio Grande Valley. Our Center offers tours and presentations so that everyone can learn more about our program.

The Fire Prevention and Education Division is in charge of covering topics such as: fire safety, fire code requirements, building escape planning, how to use a fire extinguisher, and other fire code concerns.  Our target audience includes: children, adults, and senior citizens.  We accomplish this community outreach by visiting schools, homes, and businesses.  Additionally, the Fire Prevention and Public Education Division assists at community events, meetings, and more. 


In the fall of 1976, KMB became an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, a national public education organization dedicated to improving waste handling practices throughout America. In 1983, KMB became an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful, a nonprofit public service organization working with support from the state’s governor to provide a cleaner and more beautiful state. In the spring of 1991, KMB officially became a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation. Consequently, it was decided that KMB and the McAllen Beautification Committee would merge to become one educational, nonprofit organization.


The City of McAllen Parks and Recreation Department strives to: Improve the quality of life through the provision of well-balanced, high- quality recreation programs for the residents of McAllen to enjoy during their leisure time. Facilitate wholesome and constructive programs with a measurable value to the community. Provide attractive and well-maintained major parks and recreation facilities in each sector of the city. These facilities should be within a reasonable distance of every surrounding neighborhood and offer safe opportunities for athletic competition, facility gatherings, and other passive and active recreation activities. Promote environmental conservation, eco and cultural tourism and socially oriented special events.