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  • School Visits - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    Rick Perry with the Texas Environmental Excellence Award in Education The ranch has on site Cretaceous period dinosaur tracks marine fossil beds for collection fresh water creeks and lakes for aquatic studies a nature trail system with a wide range of biodiversity a herd of endangered species of African antelope the Scimitar Horned Oryx a man made bat cave the Chiroptorium heritage conservation at Hes Country Store livestock and ranching demonstrations Topics specific to state testing requirements can be addressed All activities at the ranch support requirements for all age groups regarding safe practices choosing wisely the disposal or recycling method of materials resources and developing scientific inquiry and constructing hypotheses Below is a brief sample of qualifications for a variety of lessons BRP offers Earth Sciences are supported with hands on activities and lessons on soils geology astronomy and change over time with dinosaur tracks fossil collections and star gazing Lessons with watersheds water cycles and aquatic collections used to analyze a body of water s biotic health Life Sciences are strongly supported at the ranch with lessons on beekeeping pollinators bird watching native plant identifications bats and much more The ranch has a corps of talented volunteers including Texas Master Naturalists astronomers wildlife rehabilitators plant experts amphibian and reptile experts birders The educational staff of four have academic credentials in wildlife management biology native plants environmental studies The length of stay and the depth of interpretation can also be custom designed Day trips of the ranch can be as short as 3 hours or as long as 8 hours depending on the school s requirements School field trips have a maximum capacity of 70 students at one time Pricing for all programs is based on the amount of staff and time required as well as the school s

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  • Donate - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    public support The goal is to fund a 10 million endowment and use the earned interest to cover shortfalls Half of that goal has already been pledged through Mr Bamberger s estate Passion alone is not sufficient for any worthy cause The reality is that financial support is critical All donations are tax deductible up to the fullest extent of the law If you would like to help us fund a school group or help us with our bigger endowment task and need more information please contact us by phone at 830 868 2630 or by email Thank you Planned Giving Leave a Legacy to Nurture Nature You love what s happening at the Bamberger Ranch Preserve You love how it s helping landowners transform their land You love how it s teaching school children about natural science and the miracles of Mother Nature You re glad somebody is nurturing nature and leaving a legacy Maybe you d like to join in leaving a legacy for your children and those who come after you A number of friends already have by including the Bamberger Ranch Preserve in their estate planning Their planned gifts are going into our endowment fund so that future ranch managers will have the resources for capital expenditures such as road maintenance building renovation and purchase of ranch vehicles none of which can be covered by current income from operations Interested It s as easy as adding a paragraph to your will or trust or updating the beneficiaries of your retirement plans insurance policies or bank accounts You can specify a dollar amount or a percentage You can give real estate art or other assets It s possible that such a gift can mean a tax saving or other financial benefits It doesn t matter how old

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  • Volunteer - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    Contact volunteer coordinator Ann Cook to learn more Trail Work Work is at all levels some heavy lifting and for those just wanting a day out in the elements cedar always needs to be cut During most months we have a regular Fourth Monday where volunteers can come put in a few hours on our trails Days begin at 8 a m and usually end around lunch Trail Guides and Naturalists Help with school groups You do not need to have vast scientific knowledge just enthusiasm to share with children Nature trail training is provided by Bamberger Ranch staff Have a Specialty Are you an astronomer There are times we could use help providing star gazing programs for school groups that spend the night Wildlife rehabilitators are welcome to release rehabilitated critters and share their knowledge with tour groups and school groups Bird Surveys Three times a year birders from all over Texas gather to count birds at Selah The purpose for these counts is to document the variety of birds found on this scenic central Texas ranch We gather the evening before the count at the ranch s Center for a potluck meal and lively conversation Often we go out in search of night birds At sunrise on the day of the count we assemble in teams and head out to different sections of the ranch and count all of the birds that we see and hear By noon we reconvene at the center and run a tally of the day s birds Counts are held during the fall winter and spring The highest diversity occurs usually in the spring which also is highlighted by the arrival of two special Central Texas birds the Golden cheeked Warbler and the Black capped Vireo Organized by Marsha May a Texas Parks

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  • Family Day and Picnic - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    Ranch tours Zip lines for children Fishing lessons for children Silent auction Nature walks Fajita buffet 11 30 to 1 30 Fossil digs Dinosaur tracks Native plant sale Wildlife presentations Nature arts and crafts Proceeds go directly to children s educational programs Last year more than 2 000 school children and teachers participated in hands on learning activities at the ranch that fostered appreciation and respect for the wonders of

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  • Selah Dispatch Newsletter - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    Library Blog Archive Contact Us Donate Selah Dispatch Newsletter The Selah Dispatch newsletter presents information about activities at the ranch Every issue focuses on conservation research education giving and volunteer opportunities and a personal message from our executive director Colleen Gardner Subscribe The newsletter is published three times a year in the spring summer and fall We respect your privacy and will never share your information or send you spam

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  • Announcements - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    Bamberger Research and Education Center There have been a couple of early 2015 announcements about the exciting new addition to Selah which for a lack of a better word and always considered temporary we have called the Science Building But as of now it will forever be known as The Margaret Bamberger Research and Education Center The new building will be located directly across the driveway of the Center our

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  • Press - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    focused on different triumphs the revival of naturally flowing springs the world s first man made bat cave the Chiroptorium the recovery of the flowering Texas snowbell tree But in every case it was the Selah story and the challenge to pause and reflect that got the journalists attention We invite you to read what others have said about us in the articles and news reports presented here NPR Texas Rancher An Unlikely Environmentalist March 2 2010 By Wade Goodwynn Ranchers in central Texas aren t known for their fondness for government regulation or the Endangered Species Act But one rancher a former vacuum cleaner salesman turned fried chicken tycoon has become a champion of land stewardship and habitat restoration And it s rubbing off on his fellow ranchers Listen to the broadcast or read the article From NPR s more Austin American Statesman Ranchland In Recovery June 7 2009 By Pamela LeBlanc Johnson City Standing on a hilltop on his Blanco County ranch J David Bamberger throws his arms into the air like a tent revival preacher Hallelujah he shouts to a group of visitors mainly Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees who are touring the property and inspecting

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  • Video Library - Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve
    habitat restoration conservation and sharing these skills with the public The following video was filmed and edited by Tyler B Barstow Water from the Hills Part 1 Mr Bamberger imparts his wisdom knowledge and inspiration with neighboring Pedernales River watershed landowners on the importance of good sound land stewardship and how it affects our ground water supplies Water from the Hills Part 2 2009 Leopold Conservation Award Texas Bamberger Ranch Preserve J David Bemberger describes his ranch and the conservation practices he utilizes at his Selah Bamberger Ranch Preserve The Texas Leopold Conservation Award is presented by Sand County Foundation Lee and Ramona Bass Foundation and the Silver Eagle Distributors www leopoldconservationaward org Science Selah Style Thanks to the 2010 grants from Powell Foundation Still Water Foundation and Johanna Favrot Foundation the Bamberger Ranch is able to host 5th graders from inner city schools to enhance their education in the natural sciences This video is a snippet of a typical week in October Victor Emanuel Conservation Award 2013 J David Bamberger Tribute Film J David Bamberger received the Victor Emanuel Conservation Award from the Travis Audubon Society in October 2013 for his long term commitment to land stewardship at Selah Before being presented with the award by Victor Emanuel Travis Audubon broadcast a video of congratulatory words from respected local environmentalists past Selah campers and our friend Dr Jane Goodall Afterwards J David spoke to a large crowd of friends activists and community leaders about his philosophies of conservation and the vital role volunteers play within organizations such as their local Audubon chapter It was a truly inspiring day Tribute film created by Carolyn Hunt Bat Emergence at Bamberger Ranch Preserve Filmed on July 5 2009 tens of thousands of Mexican Freetailed bats emerge from the world s only man

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