One Woman Took Action
In 1988 Carolyn Chipman Evans approached the City of Boerne to urge them to restore disappearing marshland and create nature trails in 100 acres of the existing Boerne City Park. The city's cooperation and Carolyn's enthusiasm brought a rebirth to the land and a renaissance of public concern for conservation of Boerne's natural resources.
Thousands of volunteer hours have made the Cibolo Nature Center a prime example of community caring and an excellent model of a local community's efforts to preserve its natural heritage.
Open to the public since Earth Day 1990, the Cibolo Nature Center provides education, research, entertainment and outdoor activities for more than 100,000 visitors a year, while promoting sound stewardship of land, water and wildlife.
The Friends Who Help
At first a small handful of friends working to make a dream a reality, the Friends of the Cibolo Wilderness is now a grass-roots organization of people and companies that believe in the value of hands-on education and conservation of natural resources. It is a 501c3, non-profit organization supported by generous donors.
Land as a Legacy
The Cibolo Nature Center is located on what was once Herff Ranch, established in 1852 by pioneer surgeon Dr. Ferdinand Herff. Much of the original 10,000 acre ranch has been developed, but the Friends of the Cibolo Wilderness have plans to purchase the original ranch homestead on acreage adjacent to the Cibolo Nature Center.
Buildings: Both Old and New Working Together
The weathered, century-old building that's prominent on the grounds was donated and moved to this location. Our talented volunteers renovated the structure and it served as our office and visitor center for more than 10 years. We still use it as a visitor center and kids are welcome to come inside to learn about nature through hands-on displays.
The Lende Learning Center represents a new era for the Cibolo Nature Center. Generous donations and sweat equity made this building and the activities it hosts a reality in 2004. Designed by award-winning Lake/Flato Architects, the structure combines elements of nature with state-of-the-art technology.