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 could further their knowledge of creation while enjoying the freedom of camp life that had so appealed to him during his youth. For this property, Mary Holdsworth Butt wrote these hopes:
“To open new fields of interests, hobbies, and recreational skills through study, work play and fun in the out- of- doors."
“To develop resourcefulness, self-reliance, initiative, and creativeness through basic experiences."
“To promote good health practices through wholesome environment, supervision, group action, and motivation.”
Today, H. E. Butt Foundation Outdoor School partners with 20+ qualifying Title I schools per year with the hope of continuing the Butt’s vision.