Every major cultural group throughout history that has inhabited south Texas has left evidence of their existence on this piece of property.   The City of San Antonio has entrusted this land to a diverse coalition of “permanent member organizations”—grassroots organizations working together to develop, maintain and interpret these remarkable 1,200 acres of open space as a living “land museum” to preserve its natural and cultural resources for the benefit of the people of the State of Texas and its visitors.

 “It’s a very unique kind of thing,” said Mark Oppelt, President of LHI. “The Land Heritage Institute as a historical, educational, natural and archaeological entity has no precedent in the United States.”   

San Antonio area students of all ages will be able here to learn first-hand the land’s history and heritage though the outdoor classroom the land provides—by observing wildlife, working hands-on nature, and learning experientially at archeological sites.  The Medina River Greenway Hike and Bike Trail meanders almost seven miles from the Medina River Natural Area to the end of the LHI property.  It will ultimately stretch a full eleven miles, all the way to the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.  Horseback riding, hiking, biking and camping among the other activities available to LHI visitors. 

On June 20, 2008, Elaine Ayala of the San Antonio Express-News wrote, “Some day, people will go there to listen to archaeologists explain the site’s primordial past, visit a South Texas pioneer farmhouse, attend events at an American Indian center, see a Spanish colonial ranch or ride a horse at a planned equestrian center. All this while enjoying the land’s natural flora and fauna.”  

This property has a story to tell about the peoples of Texas, the Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico--past, present and future.  In fact, There’s only one place in Texas that tells its whole 10,000 year long human history, and that place is Land Heritage Institute.