Land Heritage Institute

What is Land Heritage Institute?

Land Heritage Institute is a 1,200 acre living land museum dedicated to training the next generation of conservationists. Future conservationists who will be dedicated to:

- Conservation of our natural resources
- Conservation of our histories and cultures
- Conservation of the built environment

Land Heritage Institute promotes environmental literacy and sustainable practices by providing a resource for lifelong learners to pursue the passions of life such as art, hiking, riding and all forms of wildlife watching. Conservation can be fun!

Open to the public on the second Saturday of every month or by appointment.


Watch for Second Saturday programming. Unique presentations and workshops about a diverse group of subjects such as birdwatching, land management, art, photography, all using our natural and built assets to promote conservation.

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Have Fun

Explore Los Caminos Naturales, a 20 mile trail system; visit the historic Presnall-Watson Farmstead (under restoration). Feed our herd of CTLR Texas Longhorns. Climb aboard an authentic Chuckwagon. Participate in unique cultural activities.

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Become a member of the Land Heritage Institute TrailMasters. Help maintain our trail system, enjoy economical access year round, become part of a like minded group of life long learners. Teach environmental literacy to our youth.

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Presnall-Watson Historic Farmstead

This historic farm and ranch complex is currently under restoration and the centerpiece of a 180 acre Historic District registered in the National Register of Historic Places. This portion of property has a long and storied past illustrating and interpreting every important historic era of Texas.

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Los Caminos Naturales
Trail System

Come explore our 20 mile natural trail system that winds its way through woodlands and pristine Medina River bottomland. Trails are available for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Observe over 100 species of birds and unique art displays along the Museo Paseo outdoor gallery.

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Special Projects

Visit interpretive art pieces; The Corn Crib by Anson Seale, One Land, Many Hands by Nancy Cavender-Garcia or see a historic and authentic 1850's Ox Cart, the original Texas Freighter. Nature photographers, bird watchers and artists in all media are welcome to use LHI resource of for inspiration to create and inform. Available by appointment or on 2nd Saturday.

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Recreation with a Purpose

Walk among the majestic Texas Longhorn, feel the spartan functionality of a hard pine chuckwagon seat, bicycle past historic ruins of European settlers, remains of the Spanish Colonial era Rancho de la Purisma and the internationally recognized Richard Beene Archaeological site where evidence of 10,000 years of continuous human habitation was uncovered.

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Facility Rental

Rent the bunkhouse. Can accommodate 10-15 in three rooms with full kitchen, laundry, showers & toilet rooms. Large group rentals only, $250 per night minimum. Facilities available for day use also.


Hike the 20 mile Los Caminos Naturales Trail System and the Medina River Greenway, 2nd Saturday $3 per person adminission.


Mountain Bike the 20 mile Los Caminos Nautrales (unpaved) and the Medina River Greenway (paved). 2nd  Saturday #3 per person admission.


Primitive camping available., 2nd Saturday or by appointment. $10 per campsite per night plus $3 per person admission. Group camping only, $50 minimum.

RV Site Rental

10 RV hook ups with water and electrical connection, dump station available. By Reservation Only. $25 per night plus $3 per person per day admission.


Bring your horse, ride the 20 mile Los Caminos Naturales (unpaved), no rocks, plenty of room for trailers, $10 per rider per day. RV site $25 per night. 2nd Saturday only, group rates available. Coggings Test required for every horse.


Reservations are required for any overnight facility use or an activity planned on any day or weekend besides our regular open day which is the 2nd Saturday of every month. Release of Liability for all participants required. Group minimums apply.

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Support Us

Get Involved. Become A Trail Master.

Through volunteering or donations, we are always looking for more help. Every dollar and hand goes a long way in our organization. Help us preserve our history!

Biennial Art Sci Symposium
Land Heritage Institute Art Projects
The Corn Crib by Ansen Seale
One Land - Many Hands by Nancy Cavender-Garcia