SPJST Education & Nature Center at Cooper Farm Ledbetter, Texas

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Things to Do:
Attractions:
  • Stay in climate controlled cabins
  • Meet/dine in Dining Hall
  • Swim in pool
  • Slides
  • Water Volleyball
  • Play at pavilion
  • 9-Square-In-The-Air
  • Gaga Pit
  • Walk the nature trails
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Blob Pond
  • Fishing
  • High Ropes Course
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Horseshoes
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Water sports
  • Hayride
  • BBs/Archery
Interesting things to see:

Visitors can enjoy close observation of the extensive Texas Wildscape Demonstration Site, the busy Purple Martin gourd housing complex, the Chimney Swift Tower, and the portable Brown-headed Cowbird control structure. Along the trail, a wide variety of well established native plant communities and wildlife enhancement features attract a healthy wildlife population.

Also along the trail, look for bluebird nest boxes, Painted Buntings singing from the tops of Post Oak trees, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers picking insects from the air, and Red-tailed Hawks hunting the grasslands. Numerous butterflies and dragonflies skip across blooming wildflowers, including coneflower, lantana, passionvine, prairie larkspur and meadowpink.

Follow the trail through several wooded areas of post oak and eastern redcedar. Barred Owls, Tufted Titmice, White-eyed Vireos, Yellow-billed Cuckoos and Northern Cardinals can be seen and heard calling from the dense understory. Recent documented sightings of Northern Flicker, as well as Pileated, Golden-fronted, Red-bellied, Ladder-backed and Downy Woodpeckers attest to the health and viability of these woodlands.

Two ponds, one a fishing pond and the second a wildlife viewing area, host bat boxes, Wood Duck nesting boxes, waterlilies in bloom, and cattail stands. A variety of wetland plants embrace the ponds and the constructed connecting wetland. Look for Raccoon, Fox, White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey and Coyote tracks as well as Green and Great Blue Herons and Cattle and Great Egrets.

In the winter months, look for Ring-necked Duck, American Kestrel, Sandhill Crane, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Savannah Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing, Pine Warbler, Palm Warbler, and American Goldfinch.

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