Historically managed as a working cattle ranch since the mid-1800s, privately-owned Long Acres Ranch is now a 768-acre facility that includes three miles of frontage on the Brazos River. It is owned by the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation which has partnered with the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute to provide an opportunity for youth and adults to experience the benefits of nature through outdoor education and recreation. The property remains an important piece of history for Texas and Richmond. 

Today, NRI staff works on the ranch and collaborates to build and optimize access for active outdoor learning. Because of this strategic educational framework, the ranch is becoming a venue for natural resource activities and nature education for surrounding communities and offers programing assistance to meet the specific interests of community groups. Long Acres also partners with Texas 4-H to focus on youth development by offering enrichment opportunities for county extension programs.

School activities, scouts and camping and homeschooling are pillars for reinforcing concepts taught in the classroom, providing a real-world application through first-hand experiences for the students and safely granting accessibility to the natural environment, providing space for teaching critical skills and personal development.



Jim Cathey

Dr. Jim Cathey is an associate director for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute. Jim is a regional and national expert in wildlife management, Extension outreach and programming, feral hog management and conservatio…

James Page

As a project coordinator for the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, James plans and facilitates educational outreach efforts at Long Acres Ranch, a privately-owned venue spanning 768 acres and three miles of undevelop…

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