Dedication to Education
The Fennessey Ranch is very committed to programs which utilize our unique habitat to educate young and old alike in the importance of conservation of wetlands and protection of animal species. Some of the projects include:
- We teamed with the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and the University of Houston for “Migration Day” and Monarch tagging.
- We have hosted Copano Bay Soil and Water Conservation District’s “Earth Day” for Refugio County 8th graders for several years.
- The University of Texas has included the Fennessey Ranch in their Elderhostel Program. We provide half-day tours which include Refugio County history and the flora and fauna of the ranch.
- National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR), University of Texas – Fennessey Ranch is an integral part of a site where scientists can conduct long-term studies on ecosystems which have had little impact by people. The NERR project is built on 3 principles – Research, Education, and Stewardship.
- We have offered a wetlands education program for middle schools. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Dr. Liz Smith led studies of wetland ecology and water quality. Outreach funds provided by the University of Houston’s Texas Learning & Computation Center underwrote program costs and provided water quality test kits as well as compasses for students.
Educators are invited to Contact Us for more information on programs offered by the Fennessey Ranch. We can work with you to provide on-site educational opportunities for your students.
I just want to tell everyone thank you for a job well done. Once again
I think we had a very successful Earth Science Field Day. Many of the
teachers and students commented on how interesting and fascinating your
presentations were. I would not want to be a part of this if I did not
feel it was a very productive, educational and fun day. Needless to
say, I am very proud to be a part of this day and confident that we are
teaching these students more in this one day then they may receive all
year in a classroom. You are great educators, and must not ever
underestimate your value to this younger generation.