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.
East Foundation partners with the Witte Museum to bring the Land Stewardship Ambassadors program to students in San Antonio and Laredo. The Land Stewardship Ambassadors program increases awareness of land stewardship principles, promotes civil engagement in today’s youth, and inspires students to obtain careers that support land stewardship.
The principles of land stewardship are applicable in both urban and rural settings. Students from diverse backgrounds can learn from and inspire one another to think critically about how we care for the land. Through interactive experiences, career exploration and the study of stewardship you will learn how to be a voice for Texas!
Land Stewardship Ambassadors is proudly sponsored by Texas Farm Credit.
2020 Program Dates
January 12 – Mandatory Parent/Student Information Session
January 25 & 26 – Overnight at the Witte
March 8 (Laredo Only)
March 22 (San Antonio Only)
April 25 & 26 – Overnight at the San Antonio Viejo Ranch
Applicants must be high school students. They should have an interest in the environment, the outdoors, and in developing personal leadership skills. Students who successfully complete the 10-session program will earn a $400 stipend.
Two groups of 15 students will be selected from Laredo and San Antonio by a committee of Witte Museum and East Foundation employees. Students will receive a syllabus and have assignments to prepare for each two-hour session. Careers associated with each week’s topic will be explored. At the end of the semester-long program, students will give a presentation about a topic related to land stewardship.
Students must participate in seven out of the eight initial sessions, the last two sessions, and complete all assignments to qualify for the $400 stipend.
I truly believed this program benefited all of us who attended and stuck through with it, I found out information that I never would have even thought of in the first place. The environment and people were so welcoming and inviting and the discussions really opened your eyes on different perspectives you might not have hear of. A truly amazing experience I recommend to all.
As a land steward I gained much knowledge on how to advocate for wildlife conservation, whether it be from land to sea, by animal or by tree. In addition, I received many experiences; amidst the many was when we visited a ranch so vast, then sat by the camp fire at night under stars so bright. To conclude, it was a phenomenal program that brought the best of me by providing the best of education, friends, and field experience.
As a land steward we all hold our own land ethic which we should nurture and in essence help grow. My land ethic is that we share a symbiotic relationship with our environment, therefore we must provide for it and all its organisms the same way they provide for us.