Serving San Antonio Schools

The H. E. Butt Foundation Outdoor School partners with San Antonio Schools, their teachers, students, and communities to get outdoors and connect with their natural spaces. Our partnerships culminate in a  3-day, 2-night retreats set within the rugged beauty of the Texas Hill Country.

Beneath steep canyon bluffs carved by the beautiful Frio River, we make a variety of retreat campsites available to qualified groups at no cost. Each self-contained camping site affords discovery, adventure, hospitality, and renewal for Texas communities.

In 1954, the H. E. Butt Foundation acquired 1,900 acres north of Leakey, Texas, to fulfill a long-cherished dream of Howard Butt, Sr., to provide a place where boys and girls, men and women could further their knowledge of God and his creation while enjoying the freedom of camp life that had so appealed to him during his youth. Mary Holdsworth Butt joined her husband in this dream. Along with subsequent generations of the Butt family, they progressively developed retreat facilities along the beautiful Frio River.

Today, H. E. Butt Foundation Outdoor School and H. E. Butt Foundation Camp partner with hundreds of qualifying schools and nonprofit groups each year to provide exceptional retreat facilities, free of charge, in the stunning Frio River Canyon.

The program especially targets youth in Texas who would not otherwise be able to afford this life-changing outdoor experience, averaging 25,000 campers each year.

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