Behind the Gates

Our education program is multifaceted and takes place in the classroom, on the land, and in partnership with many organizations that are helping to lead the way in natural resource conservation education. We deliver programming, knowledge, and leadership skills to students in south Texas, including undeserved communities, benefiting the region now and in the future.

Behind the Gates is an unique opportunity for the East Foundation’s education staff to bring students from a select group of schools out for a day-long learning experiences on one of the East Foundation ranches. The interactive, Science TEKS-aligned lessons presented at Behind the Gates encourage students to connect with the natural world while participating in first-hand, outdoor learning experiences.

For our February Behind the Gates event, we invite over 2,000 eighth and ninth grade students and teachers from Brooks, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Starr, Webb, and Zapata counties to the East Foundation’s San Antonio Viejo Ranch in Hebbronville, Texas. In October, we invite over 1,500 fifth grade students and their teachers from IDEA Public Schools in Cameron and Hidalgo counties to the East Foundation’s El Sauz Ranch in Port Mansfield, Texas.

Throughout the day, students to rotate through stations that include topics in native wildlife of Texas, endangered species conservation, proper land management and its impact on water quality, cattle management, the settlement history of South Texas lands, and various technologies used in ranching.

Behind the Gates at El Sauz is proudly sponsored by Las Huellas.

For more information contact our education staff at education@eastfoundation.net.

Click the links for a sample agenda and information packet or a sample learning booklet for Behind the Gates at San Antonio Viejo.

Click the links for a sample agenda and information packet or a sample learning booklet for Behind the Gates at El Sauz.

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