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 underserved 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 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 email@example.com.
"I learned so much and actually had a great time! It's good to encourage us all to be aware of our land."
"I really liked this experience. I learned how to take care of the land and animals.
It was an amazing experience. It taught me about all kind of responsibilities the workers do. It also let me know more about the wildlife and its ecosystem."
"I really loved this field trip! It was a really great learning experience. I would really love to go on another field trip like this. I even loved how they let us touch a snake and turtle."
"It was fun! Kids were able to learn about both science and social studies."
"We had an amazing time. My students grew up on a ranches and farms. They learned so much and could relate. SUPER informative and interesting!"
"I appreciated the hands-on experience provided to see firsthand aspects of nature and science. This will be fundamental to their growing background knowledge in other content areas. I’m grateful my students visited Behind the Gates. Many students wouldn’t get such an experience otherwise."