June, 2010The Cibolo Nature Center has received a $15,000 “Bridge Funding” grant from the San Antonio Area Foundation, officials at the non-profit organization announced today.
“We are excited about this gift, and we’re honored that the San Antonio Area Foundation recognizes the importance of our mission to conserve natural resources through education and stewardship,” said Carolyn Chipman Evans, executive director of the Cibolo Nature Center. “This grant will help us continue to provide high-quality nature education for children and adults and help support our ongoing research programs.”
The San Antonio Area Foundation (www.saafdn.org) notes that its 2010 Community Grant Application process provided Bridge Funding as general operating support for non-profit organizations that, because of the unprecedented downturn in the economy, are now struggling to meet the needs of the local community. The gift to the Cibolo Nature Center is a grant from the William and Fay Sinkin Environmental Fund and the Grace W. Baskin Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation.
Nestled into 162 acres of natural lands, the Cibolo Nature Center protects native Hill Country habitat, including cypress-lined Cibolo Creek, made accessible with trails, a boardwalk, a pavilion and a picnic area, in addition to education facilities and a Visitor’s Center. Dedicated to conserving land and water for people and wildlife, the CNC is widely recognized for its science-based nature-education programs for children and adults.
During the school year, the CNC offers an outdoor classroom program for children in public and private school and home schooling. Curriculum for grades K-8 emphasizes conservation of natural resources, addresses science processes and concepts and is fully aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum.
Summer activities at the Cibolo Nature Center include seven weeks of Nature Camp and Art Camp for children ages 6 through 12. The CNC’s Songs & Stories outdoor concert series brings families together to celebrate music and nature at the center’s outdoor stage between April and September each year.
Throughout the year, the CNC’s Living in the Hill Country series of classes and workshops provides landowners with important information on a wide range of seasonal topics such as water conservation, managing land for wildlife, geology and natural history. The center also sponsors ongoing field research on prairie vegetation, songbirds, insects, aquatic species and other wildlife, with expert researchers aided by volunteer citizen scientists.
About the San Antonio Area Foundation:
For over 45 years, the San Antonio Area Foundation has connected donors of all backgrounds with the causes that matter most to them, for the betterment of San Antonio and the surrounding region. The Area Foundation offers a wide range of giving opportunities and highly personalized service that bring donors and charitable organizations together for the benefit of the community. Through an exemplary managed grant and scholarship program, the San Antonio Area Foundation has distributed more than $170 million since its inception. Our board, volunteers, and staff understand the issues and challenges facing our region and work together with our donors to make a lasting impact on the community.About the Cibolo Nature Center:
The Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne is located on 162 acres of natural lands at Boerne City Park off Highway 46 just west of the Kendall County Fairgrounds. The Cibolo Nature Center’s mission is conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship. Learn more at www.cibolo.org.