In October, Fred C. Bryant, Ph.D. was honored as the 2016 Texas Outdoorsman of the Year. Bryant is the Director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute and serves as a Professional Advisor to the East Foundation. He is regarded as a giant in the conservation world and is a personal hero to countless outdoorsmen.
On October 26, IDEA Public Schools hosted a press conference and tour of their Camp Rio facilities located on approximately 85 acres of wildlife preserve on the north end of Brownsville, Texas. Each summer, Camp Rio provides a summer camp experience for IDEA students in the Rio Grande Valley. Tina Buford, the East Foundation Education Project Manager, was a featured speaker at the event.