El Sauz 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 underserved communities, benefiting the region now and in the future.

Behind the Gates is a 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.

Every spring, we invite more than 1,500 fifth grade students and their teachers from IDEA Public Schools in Cameron and Hidalgo counties for Behind the Gates. Students rotate through stations manned by our staff and featured partners including the Texas Zoo, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, the Museum of South Texas History, and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

In 2022 we upgraded our learning facility at El Sauz. Our new Elliff-El Sauz Education Facility now features seven education pavilions, walking trails, and supporting utilities tailor-made for our immersive learning experiences on the ranch.

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 El Sauz.