Exploring Phytology: The Science of Plants

Long Acres Ranch, located in Richmond, Texas, strives to connect the community to nature and nature back to the community. As part of that goal, each month of the school year an -ology is focused upon. For the month of March, the -ology in focus is Phytology – the study of plants. Phytology is strategically … Read More

Kymatology: What’s in a Wave?

Hello, inquisitive minds! For the month of January at Long Acres Ranch, we’re embarking on a captivating adventure into the world of kymatology – the study of waves. Before we dive in, let’s unravel the origin of the word “kymatology.” It comes from the Greek word “kyma,” meaning wave, and “logos,” meaning study or science. … Read More

Exploring the Wonders of Physiology: How Our Bodies Work

Welcome, curious minds, to the fascinating world of physiology! Ever wondered how bodies function? Well, that’s precisely what we’ll be unraveling at Long Acres Ranch during the month of December as we study another “-ology”. So, let’s embark on a journey to understand the basics of physiology, starting with the difference between physiology and anatomy.

Microbiology: The Tiny World of Mighty Microbes

Hey there, future scientists! Today, let’s dive into the fascinating world of microbiology. Microbiology is the study of tiny living things called microbes. These creatures are so small that you can’t see them with your naked eye, but they play a big role in our world. Microbes are like the superheroes of the microscopic world. … Read More

Fawning Over Fawns

It’s a happy birth month here at Long Acres Ranch for the white-tailed deer! Most does give birth during the month of June after a seven month gestation period, and it’s always a treat to see the young fawns traversing the fields. Aside from being cute, there are plenty of reasons that the birthing season … Read More

Herpetology: The Creeping Animals

When winter is drawing to a close and the temperatures begin to warm up, life begins to happen before your eyes. The grass begins to grow, the spring migratory birds begin to move in, the days get longer, and the trees bring forth buds… and pollen. Here at Long Acres Ranch, anytime we have students … Read More

Arachnology: Halloween’s Favorite Mascot

  With cooler weather beginning to push into Southeast Texas, people begin to contemplate who or what they will be for Halloween. Ghosts and monsters generally come to mind but also creepy crawly things. Spiders fall under the category of creepy crawly and are often used as props to decorate for Halloween. And that is … Read More

Ecology: The Science of Connection

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” – John Muir Kicking off the new year of studies is ecology, the study of the interrelationships between organisms and their environments. In February, the conversation was started with bioecology, and there is still so much … Read More

Lepidopterology: Small Scale Wonders

One of the best parts of spring and summer is watching the butterflies emerge. Their flitting and fluttering and beautifully bright colors signal the beginning of a new season, full of life and adventure. Whatever the species and whatever they’re doing, butterflies always bring a smile to my face – and I know I’m not … Read More

Bioecology: The Science of Connection

Have you ever heard of “six degrees of separation?” It’s an idea that all people on Earth are linked through six or fewer social connections. I don’t know if that is actually the case, but interconnection between people is certainly real. What does this have to do with our science study, you ask? Well, first … Read More