This program features focused birding trips lead by professional guide Bryan Calk and educational presentations by AgriLife Extension faculty. In 2021, Learn to Bird will be hosted in TWO locations! Learn to Bird West will take place on the McKenna Ranch in northern Val Verde County, and the new Learn to Bird East will be held at Long Acres Ranch in Fort Bend County, just outside Richmond.
- Space is limited! Learn to Bird is capped at 11 participants. At least 6 participants must register for the program to be held.
- Texas Master Naturalists: program may be eligible for AT hours. Click here for more information.
Learn to Bird West: Oct. 8-11, 2021
Learn to Bird East: Oct. 13-15, 2021
Agenda – TBA
Before Sept. 1, 2021: Full refund minus $50 service fee
On or after Sept. 1, 2021: No refunds given
If we must cancel due to circumstances out of our control, such as local or agency health mandates, participants will receive a full refund.
About McKenna Ranch
In 1880, Patrick McKenna of New Haven, Connecticut purchased 10 sections of land in far west Texas for just 19 cents an acre. His son, Eugene, and daughter-in-law, Lavinia, homesteaded in 1906 and ran their sheep and goat operation on the property. Their “Yellow House” built along the Dry River was washed away during a flood, but the original Ernest Quigg 1910 home still stands and has been restored for use by guests.
Each summer, the ranch hosts Youth Camp as a ministry outreach to young adults. Elders and members of Northside Baptist Church provide teaching and instruction to campers, with the goal of helping them “be still” and experience the wonders of God’s creation. Campers are trained in natural horsemanship techniques and enjoy riding the many trails and canyons on the ranch. They also get to swim in the cool, fresh waters of the stock tank in Upper Steer Canyon and experience the challenge of numerous outdoor activities.
About Long Acres Ranch