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 (LSA) program to students in San Antonio and Laredo. The program increases awareness of land stewardship principles, promotes civil engagement in today’s youth, and inspires students to obtain careers that support land stewardship. Through interactive experiences, career exploration, and the study of stewardship students learn how to be a voice for Texas!
Land Stewardship Ambassadors is proudly sponsored by Texas Farm Credit.
We select two groups of 15 high school students from Laredo and San Antonio who have an interest in the environment, the outdoors, and developing personal leadership skills. They complete assignments and participate in two-hour sessions each week that explore topics such as the history of conservation, principals of wildlife management, managing our watersheds, human dimensions of land stewardship, the role politics play in natural resource management, the economic engine of natural resource management, and the importance of gender and ethnic diversity within user groups.
At the end of the semester-long program, students give a presentation about a topic related to land stewardship. Students who successfully complete the 10-session program earn a $400 stipend. 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."