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.
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!
Conservation Careers Camp
Our Conservation Careers Camp is open to students age 14 to 17 who are interested in exploring career opportunities in natural resource management through engaging, hands-on experiences led by SFA professors and industry professionals. Through hands-on learning programs, campers gain knowledge about environmental stewardship, land ethics and forest health, all while using high-end technology to experience the world in a new way.
The cost for the Conservation Careers Camp, including housing, field trips and dining, is $375.
The 2021 camp will take place June 20 – 24. Registration deadline is May 20, 2021.
Students who register by April 20th will receive a $100 scholarship towards the total cost of the camp!
For more information, contact Chanelle Svehla at Chanelle.Svehla@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2351.
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.
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, scheduled from October 8 - November 30, 2021 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:
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.
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: