As a relatively undeveloped property, Long Acres Ranch is unique within the urban setting of Fort Bend County. The Ranch will be a venue for organizations with missions that support appreciation of nature and the environment through education and recreation. The following are examples of events and activities going on at the Ranch. This list is not all-inclusive and other events and activities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Texas 4-H is the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service youth development program that focuses on the needs, concerns and interests of youth. The aim of Texas 4-H is to help youth gain a positive self-concept, rational social behavior, knowledge and problem-solving capabilities through planned individual projects, meetings, group activities and participation in different events. Members develop new skills, learn cooperation, develop leadership abilities, improve their citizenship and have fun.

The Ranch as an educational venue offers enrichment opportunities for the County Extension programs, especially the youth programs. The Texas 4-H programs and projects of particular relevance to the Ranch include entomology, gardening and horticulture, photography, and wildlife and outdoor education.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Outdoor Educational Activites

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America are two of our Nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. For over a century, each of these organizations has helped build our future leaders through educational activities, lifelong values, and FUN. These organizations help youth discover their strengths, passions, and talents, and build character, as a foundation for participating in citizenship and developing personal fitness. The Scouts know that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society.

In years past, scouts needed only an hour or two to travel to outdoor natural areas for camping and outdoor activities. Today, as we become increasingly urbanized, these valuable properties require more and more travel, making outdoor activities logistically difficult for scout troops to participate in outdoor activities. The Ranch can continue to safely provide accessibility to the natural environment where many critical skills and personal development take place in scouting programs along with the benefits that are only gained through exposure to nature.

Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America in Fort Bend Texas

School-Based Programs

School-based Programs access the Ranch as a resource to add enrichment to the classroom…truly an outdoor learning laboratory. Field trips are important tools for reinforcing concepts taught in the classroom, bringing a real-world application or first-hand experience to the students. For many students, these field trips provide exposure to aspects of our natural world for the first time.

Five independent school districts (www.fortbendcountytx.gov), along with 22 private schools (texas.privateschoolsreport.com) are currently located in Fort Bend County and base all instruction on TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). To support and reinforce classroom learning at the schools in our area, all programs offered for K-12 education will be approved for meeting TEKS requirements. Several programs can be progressively designed such that fundamental concepts are reinforced and built upon through multiple years across K-12 grade levels.

For example, the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (LCISD) science coordinator conducted teacher workshop activities at the Ranch in June 2016. Both elementary and secondary teachers recognized how the Ranch offers students a unique opportunity to experience many aspects of earth science first-hand and extends textbook learning.

In collaboration with the science coordinator for LCISD, several Ranch activity programs have been identified and targeted to offer students reinforcement of information and concepts presented in the classroom and/or knowledge and skills identified as essential for earth science instruction.

Outdoor activities in Fort Bend for students

Neighborhood and General Community Programming

The two adjacent communities, River Park West and Veranda, have shared interest in opportunities to conduct activities at the Ranch for their residents. The Ranch can prepare itself as a venue for appropriate and relevant activities with these groups of individuals and can offer assistance in providing programming that meets specific interests of community groups.

Local non-profits serving the community may also benefit from convenient access to nature for capacity building and programs serving a similar mission.

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