Long Acres Ranch welcomes hundreds for FFA Career Development Event

 By Scott Lightle In late February, some of the brightest high school minds and future natural resource professionals from all across Texas converged on Long Acres Ranch to compete in an invitational, Future Farmers of America, or FFA, Career Development Event. Opportunities for future leaders and professionals The National FFA Organization is an intracurricular student organization … Read More

Monarch Butterflies and OE

Image by 272447 from Pixabay One of the most recognized butterflies is the monarch. They are easily identifiable by their orange and black laced wings, bordered with tiny white dots.  They are also well-known for their migratory habits from the United States and Canada south to Mexico for the winter.

Mini Mad Scientists

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon from Pexels Who has those kids at home who always want to take things apart OR put things together? Who is always finding “experiments” or “concoctions” under their kids beds or in closets? At the Ranch, we love to see kids exploring and learning so we are sharing a few of our favorite, quick … Read More

Scent Stations 101

If you live in a place that has wild animals, you may often wonder which animals live near you. Often, the animals around us are nocturnal so it is difficult to actually see any of them during the day, but you may find evidence of them and this keeps you curious.  A scent station is … Read More

Hide and Seek

Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay Camouflage is the use of any combinations of materials or coloration in order to be concealed from the naked eye.  Humans use camouflage in order to “hide” when they are hunting and also to be concealed in military operations.  Animals use camouflage in order to hide whether they are prey or … Read More

WHOOOO is important? Owls!

Image by Capri23auto from Pixabay Most people have seen at least one or two owls in their lifetime. They may be regarded as simple, beautiful creatures but they are actually a very important part of the ecosystem too.  They play a large role in the balance of the food chain in many forests across the country.  They help … Read More

This Doesn’t Stink – Animal Scat

Image by christels from Pixabay Scat is what scientists call animal droppings.  All animals leave droppings because they must rid their body of waste.  But what can we learn from scat? What are some different kinds we may find?  Where do we look if we want to find scat?  All this, and more, if you read on.

Mimicking Mother Nature

Biomimicry is defined as imitation of the living. Science uses it to take what nature has perfected over millions of years and uses the same processes to solve human problems and meet human needs.  It allows humans to be more efficient, resilient and sustainable. Living organisms have evolved over time and created well-adapted structures through … Read More

Do Animals Sweat?

Photo by Charles from Pexels We live in Texas and anytime you go outside in the summer around here, most people want to turn right around and go back into the air conditioner!  As humans, we have the option of staying inside to stay cool.  But what do animals do when they are hot?  Do … Read More

Making Hypertufa

For any gardener, beginner or experienced, one of the joys of planting is finding the perfect pot in which to display your plants. For some this can become a rather frustrating hunt – or you can simply create your own pot from hypertufa. Hypertufa is a lightweight, porous material made using Portland cement. Follow along … Read More