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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission:

The Cibolo Nature Center strives to be a leader in conservation in the Texas Hill Country, as well as a model for nature center development nationwide. Its mission is to promote conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship.

More than 20 years after its founding, the Cibolo Nature Center has grown to 162 acres of natural land, now including the Herff Farm land and homestead. The greatest challenge of the Cibolo Nature Center is to ensure a natural area in the midst of the growing city of Boerne for years – and generations – to come. Working with conservation partners, the Cibolo Nature Center protects four miles along the fragile watershed of the Upper Cibolo Creek.

As founder Carolyn Chipman Evans says, “What’s coming to light is the value of the Cibolo as a recharge for the Edwards and Trinity aquifers. We are trying to collaborate on projects that benefit everybody. “

A system of trails that would connect Boerne’s existing Old No. 9 walking trail south to the Nature Center’s Cibolo Canyon area, is one of the goals.

In addition to its conservation and stewardship efforts, the Cibolo Nature Center is committed to providing science-based, relevant environmental education to people of all ages. From its early childhood programs, to its Outdoor Classroom for schoolchildren, to the sustainable living and land management workshops for adults, the Nature Center strives to provide the highest quality programs available. This effort was recognized by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History in Jamestown, N.Y, which bestowed its highest award for nature education to the Cibolo Nature Center in 2009. 

Programs:

Programs

                Name: Outdoor Classroom

                Description: For the past eight years, Cibolo Nature Center has provided a rare opportunity for thousands of school children to have an enriching educational experience in a natural setting.  The Outdoor Classroom program offers more than 4,700 school children a life-enhancing experience -- the opportunity to complete science and math requirements while enjoying themselves in a natural setting.

Outdoor Classroom is an environmental education program with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)-aligned curriculum for kindergarten through eighth-grade school children from public, private and home-school groups. During the 2008-2009 school year, 4,714 children from Boerne, San Antonio and the surrounding area attended Outdoor Classroom. The program is so popular with children and teachers that classes are booked solid.

Children participating in the Outdoor Classroom learn about the environment while enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of nature in a 100-acre natural preserve with four accessible ecosystems: cypress-lined creek, tall grass prairie, spring-fed marsh and evergreen savannah. The experience of hands-on study of real life along the creek enhances what has been learned in the classroom.

 

                Population Served: More than 4,700 school children from grades kindergarten through eighth grade in Boerne, San Antonio, and surrounding towns in the Hill Country. At least 50% of the students are from Title I schools in disadvantaged areas of San Antonio, and their fees and bus transportation are paid by grants from the community.

      

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was enchanted from the first moment! The facility is beautiful and thoughtfully planned. They use it for all the many programs offered to children and the community. The land is expertly managed: invasive species of foliage and wildlife have been re-located so that native species can flourish in a restored habitat. The newly acquired Herff Farm is an incredible addition! The Farm is located on the other side of the creek. The public can shop for fresh veggies, eggs and other homemade items at the Saturday morning Farmer's Market. Eventually, the historic Herff farm house that dates back to the American Civil War will be open for tours. And I can't say enough about the beautiful Cibolo Creek! The stands of Bald Cypress trees that flank the riverbank on each side are stunning! And the cool creek water trickles by with it's vast treasure of fish, turtles, leaves and other hordes of beauty. I encourage everyone to come discover and play! It's such a hidden nugget tucked away in the middle of Boerne, TX! I love it!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a part of their annual Volunteer appreciation day, I was asked to come and give a fly fishing seminar to a group of adults who regularly volunteer at Cibolo Nature Center. I enjoyed getting to share fly fishing and fly tying with these wonderful people, but I really enjoyed hearing about the many groups of children that they had introduced to nature and life in a small stream at the center. I could sense the committment to the mission of the center that permiated through the staff and these volunteers. Cibolo Nature Center would be an amazing place anywhere, but it is truly amazing to think it has been created in Boerne, TX and is serving the children and adults of this region with an ability to connect to nature and learn of its wonders.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Cibolo Nature Center provides outdoor classroom education to over 5,000 inner city students every year. Additionally, the organization works to protect over 1,000 acres of habitat for ecological diversity and land management. Finally, the CNC provides over 100 Adult Education and Research programs throughout the year.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Friends of the Cibolo Wilderness are doing an exemplar job in delivering on their mission - Conservation of Natural Resources through Education and Stewardship. They have proven to be great stewards of their resources and thankful for each and every contribution.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CNC is a Wonderful place with wonderful people doing great things for nature and for peoples' appreciation of nature. Our kids have grown up swimming, hiking and experiencing nature at the CNC.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

There is nothing like the summer concert series, calls Songs and Stories, held about every other week during the summer. An evening under the oaks and stars with friends, refreshment and music is exsquisite.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The place where everything seems perfect - the Cibolo Nature Center Jacqueline Beretta November, 2009 Rarely do I leave the side of my trusty Dell notebook, which is my life, my precious mode of communication, my voice, my constant companion that helps me create stories for TexasNonprofits. But this morning, I was compelled to bond with nature. Having grown up with access to all the peace and beauty that the Texas hill country has to offer thanks to my father's ranch, I find myself trying to re-create the tranquil beauty I remember in every house I acquire.I tend to plant huge privacy hedges, add gravel driveways, roaring fireplaces, and bird feeders, everything to simulate the wonderful shabby chic feeling of living in the country. But sometimes, my home is not enough, and I must have access to the country, to feel the peacefulness of it all, smell the fresh air, and touch the flowers to be sane. To read more of this go to http://www.txnp.org/Article/?ArticleID=11101

Review from Guidestar