FRIENDS OF CIBOLO WILDERNESS

Rating: 4.86 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: PO Box 9 Boerne TX 78006 USA

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.       

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my lifestyle in our town of Boerne, Texas

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

collaborate more with the City of Boerne and the surrounding communities

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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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

our community's environmental awareness and actions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue the pursuit of its mission throughout the Cibolo Corridor.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching it grow and nurture the community through its 100s of programs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

heart-felt and caring. They are excellent examples of conservation-minded persons and they value education above all.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Establish an endowment for sustainability and acquire additional properties in the Cibolo Corridor.

Ways to make it better...

more of our community was engaged in conservation and children's education.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

sustainable funding and volunteers to provide the ever-growing programs.

One thing I'd also say is that...

You should come visit the Cibolo Nature Center. I'll give you a tour!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life in Boerne. We take our kids there to swim, hike or for camp.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The beautiful center and bright real people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Protect even more land for future generations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the joy of my wife's inner city students in spending a day in nature.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

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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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how they have continued to grow and prosper in the last few years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be crazy! Carolyn Evans is the perfect organization "runner!"

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their graciousness with their visitors. They are very proud to teach you about the Cibolo Creek and it's environment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, informed, well educated on their subject matter, and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Wow - i would like ask them what they would like to do...

Ways to make it better...

I could have spent at least two days there. I was sad to leave the tranquility and peacefulness of the place. It even smelled like fall...

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

helping people understand how precious this resource is. It is a gorgeous Texas asset.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I look forward to visiting again very soon.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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