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IDEA Public Schools – Mission Campus

IDEA Public Schools prepares students from underserved communities for success in college and citizenship. In fact, 100% of IDEA alumni have been accepted into a four-year college or university. IDEA believes that all students, when given the chance and high expectations to match, will succeed. All IDEA schools are tuition-free public charter schools. There are no requirements, academic or otherwise, to apply for a spot at an IDEA school. If more applicants exist than there are spots, a lottery is held.

IDEA was named the top performing high school (IDEA Donna campus) in the Rio Grande Valley, #13 high school in the nation and #3 charter school in the nation (“Best High Schools 2010, U.S. News & World Report). Three IDEA schools received the top TEA rating for the 2008-09 school year (Exemplary) and IDEA received a Recognized district rating for the same year. IDEA received the coveted H-E-B Excellence in Education Award as the Best Small District in the state of Texas in June of 2009, being the first charter school to receive this award.

Bentsen Palm Development is home to IDEA’s Mission campus. IDEA Mission currently enrolls students in grades PreK-1st and 6th through 9th grades. Next year, in 2010-11, grades 2 and 10 will be added. You may contact a representative of IDEA Mission at 956.583.8315 or a representative of IDEA Public Schools at 956.377.8000 or through IDEA’s website at www.ideapublicschools.org.


Bentsen Palm Community Park

The largest public community park and sports complex in the Rio Grande Valley, the beautiful Bentsen Palm Community Park is now open. The Park provides many recreational facilities including four lighted, tournament-size baseball fields, lighted basketball courts, soccer/football fields, tennis courts, volleyball courts, frisbee golf field, horseshoe pitching fields, playground equipment and shuffleboard coarts. Additionally, there are picnic shelters, a bird/butterfly watching area, walking/jogging trail and water features for all to enjoy.

Bentsen Palm Community Park has something for everyone!


Bentsen-RGV State Park

Right at your doorstep! Serving as headquarters of a unique network of nine sites composing the World Birding Center, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park features more than 325 species of birds and over 250 species of butterflies on 760 acres of riparian woodland. Witness amazing hawk migrations, and enjoy bird walks and natural history tours at this key migratory stopover. The park features nature trails, a hawk tower, birding blinds and viewing stations, primitive camping sites, tram tours and numerous opportunities for bird and wildlife photography. Also on-site are a visitors’ interpretive center, store, coffee bar and state-of-the-art meeting rooms.

2800 S. Bentsen Palm Drive
Mission, TX 78572
Phone: (956) 585-1107

Link: Bentsen-RGV State Park


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Habitat Park & Waterfowl Lake

The Bentsen Palm Development is constructing a protected habitat and waterfowl sanctuary on the eastern boundary of the Master Planned Community. Located at the intersection of Military Parkway and Inspiration Road, the 29 acre park and lake will be a private usage facility for the residents of Bentsen Palm Development. The Habitat Park will encompass 14 acres of native tree area and park land that offers some of the finest birding observation habitat in the Rio Grande Valley. The natural drainage channel flowing through the park winds its way into the 15 acre Waterfowl Lake, complete with a man-made island in the center to foster waterfowl nesting. When completed, the lake will be stocked with fish. Within certain limitations, residents of Bentsen Palm will be invited to fish, picnic and relax by one of the most unique waterfowl sanctuary areas in the area. Hiking trails will connect the lake and park to the miles and miles of hike & bike trails found throughout Bentsen Palm Development.


Hike n’ Bike Trails

Miles and miles of Hike n’ Bike Trails wind through Bentsen Palm. A donation from Bentsen Palm Development and the City of Mission has helped bring this new trail to Mission.
The Trail begins at The World Birding Center Headquarters parking lot at Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park, follows right across the entrance to Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort, and along the front of Retama Village and Tanglewood. The trail then takes you past some beautiful South Texas farmland, over a new bridge across the Mission Main Canal, then trails down between the canal and some very scenic native habitat for a mile and half or so before entering a variety of South Texas brush and prairie country. The trail then finishes up at the Mission Nature Park.


World Birding Center Headquarters at Bentsen-RGV State Park

The World Birding Center Headquarters is a grand addition to Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. Rhodes Enterprises’ donation of 175 acres contributed to the building of the multi-million-dollar World Birding Center Headquarters. This state-of-the-art visitors facility has exhibit halls, internet, and multimedia stations as well as bird art, field guide galleries, interpretation and exhibits.

A gift shop and access to tram service through Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is also available through the World Birding Center Headquarters. The World Birding Headquarters features nature workshops, informative programs, keynote speakers and experts in nature.

Link: World Birding Center Headquarters


NABA Butterfly Park

The North American Buttterfly Park is located on about 85 acres of land donated by Bentsen Palm Development. The NABA International Butterfly Park is designed to be the largest outdoor butterfly park in the world with a wide array of native plants to attract large populations of butterflies. Special attractions are planned to include paths and trailways through the gardens, in addition to a riverwalk along the Rio Grande River.

There have already been recordings of 69 species of butterflies at the Park which include Yellow Angled-Sulphur, Lantana Scrub-Haristreak and Two-barred Flasher, uncommon or rare in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. A beautiful Visitors/Education Center is planned for the area (under construction) and will provide experiences for both the general public and more advanced butterfliers. A special area of concentration is children’s education. The Center will promote interactive exhibits and displays for all to enjoy.


Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery

The Rio Grande Valley State Veterans Cemetery helps to ensure that South Texas veterans and their families have access to burial in a veterans cemetery.

“It is an honor for the Department of Veterans Affairs to partner with the people of Texas to build this shrine for our veterans,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson. “This new state cemetery will stand as a tribute to the men and women of Texas who have honorably served our nation.” Nicholson was represented at the dedication by William F. Tuerk, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The 75-acre site is administered by the Texas Veterans Land Board. Nearly 45,000 veterans live within the service radius of the cemetery. The Department of Veterans Affairs provided an $8.7 million grant to build the new cemetery. A committal shelter, administration building, maintenance building, assembly area and columbarium for cremated remains will be developed in the first phase of construction. The project will provide a total of 2,430 traditional in-ground gravesites, 1,260 in-ground cremation gravesites, 2,000 pre-placed crypts and 500 columbarium niches.

Link: Department of Veteran Affairs

Bentsen Palm Development - 2500 S. Bentsen Palm Drive - Suite 267B - Mission, Texas 78572 - (956) 381-1500 - McAllen Real Estate