For over 30 years, the Cibolo Center for Conservation has deepened its community’s connection to its land and water and has become a model of conservation education throughout the state and beyond.
At the same time, it strives to make its hometown of Boerne in Kendall County into a model for rural growth in the Texas Hill Country.
The Cibolo’s vision for Boerne is a sustainable, resilient community that prioritizes conservation, community, economic strategy and quality of life. Toward this end, it has engaged in broad civic initiatives that have cultivated strong ties with local municipal and county leaders and forged collaborations with the business community, regional partners, and major universities. As a result, the Cibolo now sits on many major planning committees in the region at a critical time of growth for the community, enabling the Cibolo to infuse decision-making with science-based solutions that provide holistic benefits and enhance community resilience.
The suite of policies and practices that the City of Boerne and Kendall County have put into place speaks to the Cibolo’s initiative and influence. Equally comfortable in the lead or behind the scenes promoting solutions, brokering alliances and acquiring resources to shape policy, the Cibolo is greatly affecting the future of economic development, water and energy use, alongside its efforts to continue to protect and preserve land and associated ecosystem services.
Working in concert with city/county leadership and staff, city council, county commissioners and third-party experts in a collaborative process of transformation, the Cibolo has been instrumental in improving the environment, social and economic health, and the well-being of its community.