To foster an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of nature within the Texas Panhandle and to encourage education in the natural sciences from a current and historical perspective.
To educate and inspire students, teachers, and the public about the natural world through direct discovery and hands-on learning
To promote a sense of personal responsibility for the environment
To manage Wildcat Bluff's acreage as a living museum and outdoor classroom through ecologically appropriate land management
Wildcat Bluff is 640 acres of wide open Texas Panhandle. Formerly a section of the historic Frying Pan Ranch, we have 5 miles of trails, 5 acres of paved and accessible paths, a dig pit for learning about Panhandle prehistory, our Gilvin Science Education Building, a section of the historic Gregg-Marcy Santa Fe Trail and so much more.
Our volunteers range from 9 to nearly 90 and are a vital part of of the daily works of Wildcat Bluff. From grounds to garden and school programs to accounting, our volunteers truly keep things going around here!
The 2016-2017 school year saw over 2,500 students visiting Wildcat Bluff for hands-on activities and hikes. Students from pre-k through high school visit us to learn more about the world they live in and Panhandle history. University students look forward to naturalist-led hikes on topics from soil and air quality to the flora and fauna of the region.