Long Acres Ranch near Richmond recently hosted four groups of fourth- and fifth-grade students from Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, providing first hand instruction on soil erosion and its effect on the environment.
“We were not even officially open before these final groups of 2017 came and to date we’ve already had more than 2,000 elementary school students participate in educational programs at the ranch,” said Jim Kidda, program coordinator.
What was once a working cattle ranch since the mid 1800s, Long Acres Ranch is now a 768-acre facility that includes 3 miles of frontage on the Brazos River. It is owned by a local foundation that has partnered with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to provide an opportunity for children and adults to experience the benefits of nature through outdoor education and recreation.
Kidda said more than 320 Lamar Consolidated ISD students visited the facility over a four-day period in late December to participate in educational programming related to the impact of erosion.
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