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Groundbreaking ceremony for the Caminos Naturales Trail System took place Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 10 am at the Land Heritage Institute at 1349 Neal Road.  Dr. Maria Ferrier, President of Texas A&M University - San Antonio, will be the keynote speaker.  Caminos Naturales will be a 30 mile system of hike, bike and equestrian trails connecting major natural, cultural and historical features on the 1,200 acre Land Heritage Institute property with the City of San Antonio's Medina River Greenway Hike and Bike Trail. A team of 9 AmeriCorps volunteers will work 2 months to layout and clear the first phase of the trail system.


The Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association co - sponsored a Heritage Day on April 16,  2011 for children of the St. Judes Childrens Home.  Hayrides, Cowboy Games, Nature Hikes, Longhorn Lectures and fun all around highlighted this 2nd event for St. Judes at the Land Heritage Institute. 

a living land museum on 1200 acres of open space along the banks of the Medina River on the far south side of San Antonio preserving, maintaining and interpreting 10,000 years of continual human habitation


The San Antonio Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas and Land Heritage Institute are hosted the second annual Native San Antonio! on Saturday, March 26, 2010, 10 AM – 2 PM, at Land Heritage Institute.  Native San Antonio! provides an excellent opportunity to experience and appreciate all things native to San Antonio.  The keynote presentation was entitled “Curanderismo:  Herbs for Healing” and presented by Dr. Elizabeth de la Portilla, author of They All Want Magic:  Curanderas and Folk Healing, and Westside herbalist Don Jacinto Madrigal who together have foraged forgotten places in San Antonio for healing herbs.  Other scheduled speakers included Lee Marlowe talking about the plants along the Mission Reach of the San Antonio River Improvements project, an activist environmental sciences middle school educator from Austin, an authority on feral hog control and a butterfly garden expert.  Native San Antonio! also featured a native tree give-away; a native plant sale; interpretive nature walks for adults and children; hands-on family fun activities including nature scavenger hunts, plant propagation lessons, and baby farm animal petting and observation; live local music; demonstrations of Native American hot rocks cooking techniques, a glimpse into local ranching history with chuck wagon demonstrations, hayrides, native Texas longhorns; native ways with plants; a solar cooking demonstration; and a display of arts and crafts by local artists.

LHI in the News  
5/26/2011       Land Heritage Institute Creates Phoenix From Applewhite Debacle (Texas Public Radio News)
5/21/2011       Independence Trail opens at Land Heritage Institute (mySA.com)
5/5/2011         Land Heritage Institute completes new nature trail (San Antonio Business Journal)
2/11/2009       Land Heritage Institute Site Contains New Hike and Bike Trail, Pioneer and Native American History (Enhanced Online News)
9/21/2009       Ansen Seale at Land Heritage Institute (Glasstire)
6/20/2008       Ancient Lands (San Antonio Express-News)

1/9/2008         Applewhite bears more fruit: Council set to transfer historic Southside site to the Land Heritage Institute (San Antonio Current)
12/26/2007     San Antonio Current - NEWS + FEATURES:  Year in Review: News


LHI: The biggest art lab in town (all 1,200 acres of it)


PUBLISHED: AUGUST 31, 2011      “The words aren’t there yet, this is hard to talk about,” said Penelope Boyer, director of the Land Heritage Institute. We’re talking about a new art practice that happens in wild areas, away from cities. Rooted in the land art movement that began with projects like Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, constructed in 1970 on the shore of the Great Salt Lake, and continuing with James Turrell’s Roden Crater project in northern Arizona, land art has created massive earthworks in the wilderness. The new art is exploratory, rather than monumental; a tool to learn how to coexist in a changing ecosystem. This is a good weekend to learn more. On Friday the Land Heritage Institute will host an open bar fundraiser with music by Buttercup, and Land as Lab, this year’s LHI Art-Sci Symposium, will take place Saturday on the 1,200-acre LHI preserve south of SA on the Medina River. Land as Lab brings visual and performing artists, scientists, and activists engaged in interdisciplinary experiments to discuss what will become the topic of the century: water scarcity and the desertification of the world. Let’s just say that here South Texas is for once ahead of global trends. Hadley and Peter Arnold of the Arid Lands Institute will give a road map to possible futures, sure to be dystopian if we don’t pay attention soon. Also presenting is Nancy Zastudil of Tres Piedras, N.M., whose project PLAND, Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation, is an off-the-grid residency program that supports the development of experimental and research-based projects in the Taos mesa. Also presenting are Jennifer Monson of iLAND, the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance, Kirsten and Peter Stoltz, scientists whose M12 project creates site-specific art works, and too many others to mention here. Local artists Chris Sauter, Buster Graybill, Ariel Evans, and arts writer Anjali Gupta (past-editor of Art Lies) will run commentary throughout what will no doubt go down as the hottest environmental art conference for ages. And it’s happening here, go figure.

What’s LHI? One day in the early 1980s, an engineering inspector named Richard Beene discovered signs of ancient habitation while doing routine archeological salvage work ahead of the proposed Applewhite Reservoir, just south of SA. Lab testing of the day’s finds, and evidence from Texas A&M archaeologists’ study of over a dozen other sites, later attested to over 10,000 years of human habitation in the area. Members of the American Indians in Texas, descendents of the Coahuiltecans and Tonkawa, had believed that for ages, but forensic science clinched it. Fast forward to today — the Land Heritage Institute maintains 1,200 acres of open space on the Medina River as a living land museum, protecting the local ecosystem and archaeological sites, while providing access for hands-on history lessons, hiking, bird watching, and trail riding.

 LHI Benefit: $25, 8:30-10:30pm Fri, Sep 2, open bar + food, music by Buttercup. On the banks of the San Antonio River behind the SA River Authority, 100 E Guenther.

 Land as Lab LHI Art-Sci Symposium: Free, 9am-6:30pm Sat, Sept 3, LHI at 1349 Neal, (210) 829-1737, landheritageinstitute.org. Vegetarian chuckwagon lunch $6.

Medina River showcased today

By Elaine Ayala

Updated 11:00 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2012

Few San Antonians have seen the 1,200 acres of archaeologically sensitive land on the city's South Side now called the Land Heritage Institute.  Today, however, the institute's Native SA event offers a chance to experience land occupied by humans for at least 10,000 years.   At 1349 Neal Road, between Applewhite and Pleasanton roads, the free event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature guided and self-guided hikes, hayrides, presentations on native plants, Native American dancers, native foods, music and artisans. 

“We're trying to showcase all that is native to San Antonio and South Texas,” said Ramon Vasquez, a spokesman for the group, who also heads the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions. 

“You'll get to experience a land museum that showcases every culture that shaped the state of Texas, starting with the first people, the American Indians, the Spanish and Mexican cultures and the first German settlers of the area,” he said.  “At the same time, you'll get to embrace beautiful South Texas terrain and hike along the Medina River.” 

Native plants and crafts will be for sale.  “We'll have a native tree giveaway,” Vasquez said. “We'll be looking at some of the native reptiles of South Texas. We'll also have a curandera talk about native medicinal plants.” 

Though the Land Heritage Institute is open every second Saturday of the month and by appointment, Vasquez called the event “a rare opportunity.”  He said the Applewhite reservoir project, proposed in the early 1990s but defeated by voters twice, could have jeopardized the land and what it can tell archaeologists and others. 

“The fate of this property could have had a totally different outcome if not for the voters of San Antonio,” he said.

eayala@express-news.net  Twitter: @ElaineAyala

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Additionally, Conexion ran mentions of Native San Antonio!  Here's one link. http://www.mysanantonio.com/default/article/calendario-3441143.php

The link to the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau’s mention, is here:



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