Reaching out. Giving back. Having fun.
At SFA, we believe that there’s more to the college experience than textbooks and lectures – and that’s why we encourage our students and faculty in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to get involved with the community through unique educational programs, fun events and service projects.
Check out the list below to learn more about some of our most popular community outreach events:
We partner with the National Association for Interpretation to host an annual BioBlitz in the Pineywoods Native Plant Center. SFA professors and students work with community members to find and identify local plants, animals, fungi and other organisms in the 42-acre Pineywoods Native Plant Center. The family-friendly event also includes fishing, arts and crafts projects and food.
Visit SFA Garden's Family Adventure page for more information.
The Lumberjack Legacy Program allows landowners throughout the region to donate land to be sustainably managed by natural resource professionals for the landowner's desired outcomes while also serving as living laboratories for SFA faculty, staff members, and students. Currently, the college manages more than 3,000 acres of donated forestland for a variety of designated goals including timber production, carbon sequestration, wildlife habitat, and recreation. Revenues generated through timber sales fund scholarships for deserving students within the college. For more information on how your property can be a part of the Lumberjack Legacy, contact Jason Grogan at email@example.com.
An annual event, staff members and students deliver Project WILD programming to students enrolled at the SFA Charter School.
Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program that focuses on expanding student understanding and appreciation of wildlife, conservation and ecological concepts through discussion and engaging activities.
Breakfast on the Farm
This award-winning event features a free pancake breakfast, plus animal displays, interactive educational stations and activities designed to educate families about East Texas agriculture and inspire the next generation of farmers. Admission to the event is free, but seats are limited!
This unique contest encourages students, faculty and community members to explore the SFA campus and the surrounding community in search of competition-worthy trees.
Through this event, we encourage you to explore the over 700 combined acres of SFA campus and City of Nacogdoches parks and share the trees that are special to you. We also invite landowners in the Nacogdoches community to share trees located on their property they believe are worthy of recognition.
The event, open from September 16 to November 18, is open to SFA students, faculty, staff and the surrounding Nacogdoches community. Prizes will be awarded to submissions from each category including an SFA Gardens Plant Sale voucher, t-shirts and more!
Categories include: tallest tree, best shade tree, largest trunk circumference and more.
Entry Form and Maps:
- Entry Form
- SFA Trails and Gardens map
- City of Nacogdoches Parks: Location Map
- City of Nacogdoches Parks: Addresses
- City of Nacogdoches Parks, Trails and Lakes
Tree Identification and Measurement Guides:
Even more to do:
Looking for more fun SFA events? There’s always something happening at the College of Forestry and Agriculture. Check out some of our additional outreach events below: