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Education Partners

The Burdine Johnson Foundation

Motivated by the desire to enhance the quality of life for those in Hays County and Central Texas, The Burdine Johnson Foundation awards grants to local charitable organizations involving the arts, education, health and human services, the environment and historic preservation. Learn more.

Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin

The mission of the Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) is to ignite and fan the flames of the regional movement to reconnect kids to the wonder and joy of the natural world and to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Learn more.

City of San Marcos Commission on Children and Youth

This commission represents the voices of the youth in the community and advise elected officials and other policy makers about issues affecting and of interest to youth, offer policy-making recommendations on issues affecting youth, and perform tasks and work on projects of the San Marcos Commission on Children and Youth. Learn more.

Community Impact Newspaper

Community Impact Newspaper is vested in the communities we serve and has dedicated reporters in each community. We are among the first to report on local business, transportation, education and health care. Learn more.

Community Impact Newspaper

Do512 Family is all about what to do in Austin with kids. We love to be out and about in Austin and are always looking for fun things to do with the family. Learn more.

Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center

Visit the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center at Texas State University and spend the day studying the biological, geological and hydrological wonders of the Edwards Aquifer and the San Marcos River, both located in the beautiful Central Texas Hill Country. Learn more.


For more than 100 years, H-E-B's commitment and involvement in the community have been an important part of how they do business. It supports initiatives like the Spirit of H‑E‑B trailer, which provides on‑site relief in areas devastated by natural disasters. Learn more.

Kids out and

Kids out and provides parents with all of the information they need to help them and their kids get "out and about" to fantastic opportunities for fun, education, and cultural enrichment in our area. Learn more.

Mermaid Society SMTX

Mermaid Society SMTX is a grassroots community organization committed to strengthening connectivity among like-spirited community partners in support of river guardianship, the arts, historic preservation and local entrepreneurship. Learn more.

Our Kids Magazine San Antonio

Our Kids Magazine is the premier monthly publication dedicated to serving and empowering San Antonio area families. When it comes to concerns that matters most, Our Kids Magazine is there to offer our readers authoritative features with national scope and local relevance, as well as local connections, resources and listings. Learn more.

Texas Aquatic Science

 Aquatic Science is a comprehensive aquatic science curriculum, from molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean, for middle school and high school students. The Meadows Center was the first informal education center to be named a Texas Aquatic Science Certified Site in 2016. Learn more.

Texas Children in Nature

TCiN is a grassroots network of over 375 partner organizations and individuals who are working together to connect children and families with nature in Texas. Each partner brings their unique perspective and solutions to the network. Learn more.

Texas Nature Challenge

The Texas Nature Challenge is a friendly competition designed to get families and groups outside and exploring their local green spaces.  Learn more.

REI Outdoor School

At REI, we inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Learn more.

San Marcos Convention & Visitors Bureau

The San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau promotes tourism of San Marcos both nationally and internationally. Learn more.

Spring Lake Outdoor Education Program

SLOEP is a grant-funded partnership between Texas State University, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and San Marcos Parks and Recreation. Through this program, Texas State students gain experience facilitating outdoor, experiential, education programs for middle school and high school students in San Marcos CISD. Learn more.