Kids Programming

As an informal education facility, CNC&F offers ongoing education programs for families, children and youth. For more detailed information on any of the programs listed below please contact our Director of Children's Education, Stephanie Colvard.

Farm Classroom
•    What: Farm Classroom promotes agricultural opportunities and learning experiences for children; to explain how we affect the land and how it affects us and engages and involves local youth in food production. Topics Include: Chickens, Plants, Gardening, Composting with Worms, Soil, and Pioneer History.
•    Who: 1st -5th Grades.
•    When: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. September through November and February through May. 
•    Cost: $5.00 per student and chaperone; teachers are free. 

Growing Up WILD
•    What: Growing Up WILD encourages curiosity and discovery in the natural environment, introduces basic natural science concepts through hands on activities, and has preschoolers spend time outside connecting with nature. Topics Include: Soil, Plants, Birds, and nature hiking. 
•    Who: Preschool-1st grade 
•    When: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. September through November and February through May. 
•    Cost: $5.00 per student and chaperone; teachers are free. 

Outdoor Classroom
•    What: The Award-winning Outdoor Classroom program with Texas Education Knowledge Standards aligned curriculum offers field trips that encourage students to self-discover the principles of science and nature through guided hands on activities here at the Cibolo Nature Center & Farm. Topics include: Lifecycles, earth science,  adaptations, scientific investigation, biodiversity, habitats, birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, water cycle, water quality, team building, invertebrates, watersheds, pollution, soil, and compassing.
•    Who: 1st Grade-12th Grade.
•    When: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m.– 12:00 p.m. September through November and February through May. 
•    Cost: $6.00 per student and chaperone; teachers are free. Scholarships are available for Title 1 schools.

Nature Boxes (Goes into the schools and classrooms)
•    What: Nature Boxes is an outreach program that brings science and nature based education directly to the classroom for study and exploration. Boxes are filled with fun nature and science themes that are designed to enhance current school curriculum and are aligned with the TEKS. Topics include: Rocks, watersheds, habitats, frogs, plants, soil, clouds, and many more.
•    Who: Grades K-5th in the Boerne Public School system.
•    When: Presentations can be scheduled by request throughout the school year. 
•    Cost: Donations are always appreciated.

Nature School
•    What: Cibolo Nature School is a state licensed preschool that is based on child centered education. It is a combination of Waldorf, Emila Reggio and Montessori teaching philosophies with learning in nature and self-exploration at its core.
•    Who: 3-5 year olds.
•    When: Monday through Friday from 9a-2p starting in September and ending in June.
•    Cost: $25 per day. Scholarships are available.

Little Explorers
•    What:  The Little Explorers program nurtures a sense of wonder for the natural world.  Children listen to nature stories, learn about the world around them, enjoy hands on activities and games, and make a craft to take home. Themes Include: Science Lab, Nature Art, Seeds, Seasons, and Dragonflies
•    Who: Preschool aged children and their care-givers join a volunteer in the Visitor Center.
•    When: Every Wednesday throughout the year from 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. 
•    Cost: A suggested $5.00 donation per family.

Mother Nature Story Time 
•    What:  Mother Nature joins the Little Explorer program to bring books and reading to the hands on activities and games. Themes Include: Snow, groundhogs, birds, rain, and flowers.
•    Who: Preschool aged children and their care-givers join a volunteer in the Visitor Center. 
•    When: 3rd Wednesday of the month throughout the year from 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. 
•    Cost: A suggested $5.00 donation per family.

Kid’s Club
•    What: A time for kids and grown-ups to get outside and play together as a family. Each month families learn about something fun in nature and then head to the trails to explore, play games, or make crafts. All activities are designed for parents to take home and continue with the fun. Activities include: Nature art, photo scavenger hunt, fairy houses, earth day birthday, nature hike, fishing, birding, creeking, and insect collecting. 
•    Who: Family with children of all ages.
•    When: 2nd Saturday of each month throughout the year from 10:00 a.m.— 11:00 a.m. 
•    Cost: 5.00 per family. 

Family Hiking 
•    What: Bring your family and friends on a guided hike around the Cibolo Nature Center. Learn how to track animals, see the unique ecosystems, and explore nature using your senses. 
•    Who: Families with children of all ages.
•    When: 1st Saturday of the month 2:30p-3:30p
•    Cost: $5.00 per family

Family Nature Crafts
•    What: Bring your family and friends and use your imagination to create works of art using items found in nature! 
•    Who: Families with children of all ages.
•    When: 3rd Saturday of the month 2:30p-3:30p
•    Cost: $5.00 per family

Spring Break Camp
•    What:  Nature and art themed day camp with goals to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the environment and personal expression and creativity.
•    Who: Camp is for children ages 5-12.
•    When: Week of spring break in March. Monday through Wednesday from 9 :00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
•    Cost: $65.00 per day.

Art Camp
•    What: Creative art based day camp that emphasizes exploring new techniques and capturing nature by encouraging personal expression and creativity. Sample Themes: Fantastic Fabric Art, Mini Monets, Primitive Prints, Spectacular Sculptures, Lavish Landscapes, Dynamic Drawing, and Clever Collages. 
•    Who: Camp is for children ages 5-12.
•    When: Seven weeks in June, July and August. Monday through Friday from 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
•    Cost: $175.00 per camper (weekly) early bird registration through June 1st. Scholarships are available.

Nature Camp
•    What:  Nature themed day camp with goals to nurture an awareness and appreciation of the environment. The camp fosters teamwork and mutual respect for others. With traditional camp activities such as crafts, songs, games, and skits, each week has a unique theme and a special guest to encourage learning and exploration of the outdoors. Sample Themes: Survivor Cibolo, Natural Magic, Fishing Fiesta, Hunger Games, Pirates of the 7 C’s, Mad Scientist, and Wet and Wild Crazy Creek Week. 
•    Who: Camp is for children ages 5-12.  Counselors in Training are 13-15. Junior Counselors are 16 & 17. Unit Managers are 18 and up.  As a state licensed camp, all counselors are certified in first aid and child safety. Nature Camp reaches over 500 children a year.
•    When: Seven weeks in June, July and August. Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
•    Cost: $160.00 per camper (weekly) early bird registration through June 1st. Scholarships are available.

Herff Farm Adventure Camp
•    What:  Agriculture and history themed day camp with goals to connect campers with their role in land use and food production in the past, now and the future. Sample Themes: Wild Wild West, Gold Rush, Apache Adventures, & Barnyard Palooza. 
•    Who: Camp is for children ages 5-12. 
•    When: 4 weeks in July and August. Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
•    Cost: $160.00 per camper (weekly) early bird registration through June 1st. Scholarships are available.

Preschooler and Parent Camp 
•    What: Parents bring their young explorer and stay for fun and adventure. Activities are inside and outside and help children discover nature using their 5 senses. They’ll listen to stories, plant seeds, hunt for bugs, sing, dance, and create art to take home. 
•    Who: Preschoolers ages 2-4 and their caregivers.
•    When: 4 weeks in June and July. Monday through Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
•    Cost: $25 a day/$75 a week. Scholarships are available.

Scout Badge Program
•    What: Scout badge workshops are customized activities to work on specific badge objectives. 
•    Who: Boy and Girl Scouts of all ages.
•    When: Scheduled by appointment.
•    Cost: $20.00 per scout.

Birthday Parties Program
•    What: Our Birthday Party provides rental of the pavilion or back porch of the Nature Center for 2 hours and a program host that will facilitate an educational activity and craft for children for an hour. Party themes are: Reptiles, Insects, Skulls and Tracks, and Nature Scavenger Hunt.
•    Who: Children 4-12.  
•    When: Scheduled by appointment.
•    Cost: $150.00 for 2 hours and 15 children.

Spring Family Festival 
•    What: Community wide event to celebrate spring, beginnings, and growth! Participants can watch a live dog and pony show, get their faces painted, play with the animals in the petting zoo, compete in the egg hunts, make spring crafts, and play carnival games for prizes.  
•    Who: Open to all in the community. 
•    When: March 25, 2017.
•    Cost: $5.00 per person/$10 per family.

Art in the Park
•    What: This community festival celebrates both the beauty of nature blooming in the spring and artistic expression. Visual and    performing artists are featured along with many hands on activities for everyone. Art in the Park is collaboration between Cibolo Nature Center and the Cibolo Arts Council. Sample Activities Include: Flower pot painting, fish windsocks, chalk mural, face painting, tie dye paper, puppets, tissue paper flowers, and bead necklaces.
•    Who: Open to all in the community.
•    When: May 6, 2017
•    Cost: Donations are always appreciated

Summer Family Fun Festival
•    What: Community wide event to celebrate summer and good clean fun. Participants take pleasure in winning medals and trophies while competing in traditional field day events including relay races, balloon tosses, and watermelon eating contests. Families also    enjoy making and flying kites.
•    Who: Open to all in the community.
•    When: June 3, 2017.
•    Cost: $5 per person/$10 per family.

Science in Nature
•    What: Science in Nature offers families with children of all ages a day to play and learn about nature through science. This community event kicks off the new school year in September with a celebration of learning in the natural world. It offers a variety of activities for children and families that encourage inquiry and exploration. Sample Activities: Bird beak buffet, insects, mammals, butterflies, Native American tools, slime, bats, & seeds. 
•    Who: Volunteer scientists and nature educators lead outdoor activities appropriate for children of all ages.
•    When: September 23, 2017.
•    Cost: Donations are always appreciated.

Fall Family Festival
•    What: Community wide event to celebrate fall and harvest season. Participants enjoy painting pumpkins, finding their way through a hay bale maze, bobbing for apples, making fall crafts, and playing carnival games.
•    Who: Open to all in the community. 
•    When: Oct 28, 2017.
•    Cost: $5.00 per person/$10 per family.

Pioneer Days Festival
•    What: Community wide event to teach families about the history of our area in a fun and exciting way. Participants will enjoy meeting interpretive characters and playing games and making crafts to take home. 
•    Who: Open to all in the community 
•    When: Nov. 11th, 2017.
•    Cost: $5.00 per person/$10 per family.

Christmas at the Farm 
•    What: Community wide event to celebrate the winter holidays. Families will enjoy Hay/sleigh rides, hot coco, singing carols, meeting Santa, family photos,traditional holiday crafts, and decorating trees for wildlife. 
•    Who: Open to all in the community.
•    When: Dec. 9, 2017.
•    Cost: $10.00 per person/$30 per family