Empire Ranch Foundation
Wild about the Grasslands! is the Empire Ranch Foundation’s highly acclaimed ecology and Western heritage education program for youth. The Empire Ranch Foundation, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management – Tucson Field Office, provides customized field classroom programs for schools, Family Fun Day Events, and teen engaged stewardship monitoring projects at the historic Empire Ranch in the heart of Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.
1. Bring youth to Empire Ranch for authentic, meaningful educational experiences that foster real connections to the natural and cultural world;
Nurture an appreciation of the ecological importance of the Las Cienegas
NCA and the
rich cultural heritage of Empire Ranch;
Discover and stimulate personal meaning and connection to the outdoor
environment through art,
poetry, music, and outdoor recreation activities;
3. Promote an understanding of environmental sustainability and stewardship;
Encourage leadership through hands-on mentoring and service learning
youth 21st Century skills in creative and critical thinking,
use of technology tools, collaboration, and communication by working with master
teachers, field scientists, ranchers,
land managers, and local experts.
The WATG! program is a project within the Hands on the Land National
Network of Field Classrooms, organized under public lands agencies of the U.S.
government. Click website links below for more information. Empire
Ranch is a Hands on the Land member site.
WATG! events are centered at historic Empire Ranch Headquarters, located in the heart of the 42,000-acre Las Cienegas National Conservation Area--U.S. Bureau of Land Management. For more information, contact Education Director at (888) 364-2829, or email email@example.com