With over 85% of our population in urban areas, there are shrinking opportunities for first-hand experience on working farms and ranches. As a consequence, public education systems are now noticeably lacking in those learning opportunities that engage students in a way that leads to a better understanding of private lands stewardship, wildlife conservation and ranching.
The Foundation’s education program is based on the idea that an educated public understands the real value of wildlife conservation, along with the other public benefits of ranching and private land stewardship.
Our approach is to deliberately engage in partnerships that allow us to expand education opportunities in South Texas. Our partners provide access to well-developed curricula and exposure to students and teachers, while we provide hands-on lessons in wildlife conservation, ranching, and land stewardship. This combination is already producing success within the public schools of South Texas.
As our education program develops, these early successes will open a wide range of future opportunity for further expanding education opportunities in South Texas. Our challenge is to make sure our education program translates into measurable outcomes.