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What To Do At The Cibolo Nature Center BESIDES Hike

Yes, the Cibolo Nature Center is a fabulous park facility that is worthy of a full day of exploration. If you play your cards right and plan ahead, you can schedule your visit around hundreds of different educational, recreational and musical events and programs that are designed to enhance the experience for an explorer of any age. Below, you will find a broad sweeping introduction to these activities. We highly recommend that you take a gander at their calendar of events for a full list of programs, their details and how to get involved in them.

Thirst for Nature

The third Thursday of each month means it’s time for a sip of something yummy with a bit of nature education! Each event has a different theme with a correlating adult beverage to enjoy while you learn. Children are welcome to join, and there will be a non-alcoholic option available for them to partake in as well. Registration is available via the CNC’s calendar, or at the door on the day of the event.

March 15 (Bats), April 19 (Stargazing), May 17 (Snakes), June 21 (Backyard Wildlife), July 19 (Birds of Prey), August 19 (Weather), September 16 (Weather), October 18 (Creepy Crawlies) and November 15 (Owl Prowl)

Moondance Concerts

Monthly concerts during the spring and summer months. Guests gather under the canopy of the oak trees and a wide-open sky filled with twinkling stars on the Cibolo Nature Center’s lawn. BYOB and lawn chairs, and prepare to kick off your shoes and dance! As of now, the dates have been picked, but the talent hasn’t been announced. We’re on pins and needles and can’t wait to see who will be playing on April 28th, May 26th, June 30th, July 28th, August 25th and September 22th!

Painting with Pizazz

Gather your crew and bring a bottle of wine (or whatever you prefer to sip on while the creative juices flow) for this event that takes place every second Thursday of the month at the Herff Farm. All skill levels are welcome, and all of the art materials are provided for this activity. There is limited seating at these events, so pre-registration is required. Check the CNC calendar of events for registration and examples of the masterpiece “dujour”.

March 8th (Bluebonnets), April 12th (Charming Chickadees), May 10th (Cactus in Bloom), June 14th, July 12th, August 9th, September 13th, October 11th, November 8th and December 13th.

Little Explorers

The Little Explorers program nurtures a sense of wonder for the natural world.  Children listen to nature stories, learn about the world around them, enjoy hands-on activities and games, and make a craft to take home. Each month has a different theme to explore. This program is open to preschool-aged children and their care-givers every Tuesday from 10-11:00am for a suggested donation of $5 per family.

Mother Nature joins the Little Explorer program every third Tuesday for “Mother Nature Story Time” to bring thematically consistent books and reading to the hands-on activities and games.

Volunteer Days

Looking to give back? The Cibolo Nature Center offers scheduled days for groups to come out and get their hands dirty in the garden, clean up the creek/park or to help out with bird and wildlife surveys. Keep an eye on the calendar for volunteer events out at the Center and on the Farm.

Gather in the Garden

Every third Tuesday, the Inspiration Garden is opened up for a free Q&A session while touring the garden. This is a great way to get ideas, tips and tricks to take home and apply in your own garden.  This program is free, but they do request that you RSVP in advance by phone or e-mail.

Educational Workshops and Programs

Several educational opportunities are held throughout the year. Keep an eye on the CNC calendar for specifics and details. Spring 2018 workshops include: Attracting Birds (March 3rd), Landscape for Life (March 6th, 20th and 27th), Organic Gardening 101 (March 17th), Birding by Ear (April 28th). Online registration is available and prices vary by program.

Cibolo W.I.S.E Series

Tuesday and Thursday activities include the following programs: Rug Hooking (March 22nd), Audubon and Birding (April 26th), Homestead Tour (April 3rd), Regional History (May 24th), Garden Tour and Planting Herbs (June 5th), Back Porch Birds (August 14th), Creek Walk (October 9th) and Holiday Crafts (December 4th). Check out the calendar of events for specifics and online registration for these programs.

Herff Farm/Farmers Market Activities

  • Farmers Market at the Cibolo is open every Saturday (STARTING MARCH 3RD!) from 9:00am- 1:00pm. Enjoy fresh air, delicious local produce, baked goods, live music and more at the only Farmers Market on the grounds of a historic 1850s pioneer farm. Sample fresh foods, and enjoy annual festivals and fun workshops for kids and grown-ups. Friendly pets on leashes are welcome.
  • The Inspiration Garden at the Herff Farm is designed to inspire others to get out their trowels and garden! Created with the help of Texas Master Gardeners, local plant experts, and dedicated volunteers, the Inspiration Garden shows others what plants are possible to grow and thrive in this area of Texas using only organic methods. It is open to the public every Saturday as a part of the Farmers Market and is fully staffed by volunteers to answer your questions about gardening with sustainable, pesticide-free methods.  
  • Adult Education Workshops occur as part of the Farmers Market at the Cibolo, from 8:30am-12:30pm on Saturdays from March through September.  These workshops are free to attend! Check their calendar for weekly program topics and details. 
  • Cibolo Nature Center Inspiration GardenChildren’s Education take place each Saturday, and feature an activity to engage children in creative outdoor play. A themed make-and-take activity helps keep kids engaged with the assistance of their parents, so that everyone can shop happy at the Farmers Market!     
  • Tours of the Historic Herff Homestead are available during the Farmers Market on Saturdays. 

Written by:  Tori Bellos, Boerne Convention and Visitors Bureau Marketing Specialist