EduScape - UGRA's educational landscape  Located at 125 Lehmann Drive in Kerrville

As you stroll along the landscape pathway you will see numerous examples of water conservation and stormwater detention practices that help stretch scarce water supply and protect all our water resources including the Guadalupe River. You can implement these same practices in your home or business landscape. We invite you to take a self guided tour of the EduScape at any time.  If you would like to schedule a guided tour, please contact UGRA through the form at the bottom of this page.

EduScape Talk & Tour 2021 dates announced!

Join us for this lecture series followed by a tour of the EduScape.  Click HERE for more information and to register.  Upcoming dates and topics below:

  • September 7th 1:00 PM: Waterwise Garden: explore the many benefits of planting a native garden.
  • September 14th 10:30 AM: Save Our Sabinal! Presented by Merry Langlinas of the Bandera Canyonland Alliance.
  • September 21st 1:00 PM: Texas Runs on Water. Virtual talk and tour presented by the Texas Water Foundation.
  • September 28th 1:00 PM:  Living on Rainwater presented by Brenda & Gary Fest.
  • Click HERE to view recordings of past presentations.

Topics Featured in the EduScape

UGRA recognizes the innovative stewardship of the Hill Country Master Gardeners in the design and construction of the EduScape.  For additional photos and information about the Hill Country Master Gardeners, visit their webpage.

Pictured L to R: UGRA Board Director and Master Gardener Diane McMahon, Master Gardeners Melayne Arnold, Debra Foley, Pam Umstead, and Meg Scott-Johnson


The UGRA Eduscape hold the following certifications:

Monarch Waystation #22438

Certified Wildlife Habitat


Additional Landscape Resources:

Many of the plants featured in the EduScape are highlighted in the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service "Native and Adapted Landscape Plants" resource - pdf  Check it out!

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The Guadalupe River

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Rainwater Harvesting

Additional Rainwater Harvesting Resources:

Rainwater Harvesting Manuals - TAMU pdf and TWDB pdf
Rainwater Harvesting with Rain Barrels - pdf
Rainwater Harvesting Information from Texas AgriLife Extension Service - website and publications
Texas AgriLife Extension How to Build a Rain Barrel  - link or video 
ARCSA (originally the Texas Rainwater Catchment Association) - website

Reasons Your Plants Will Love Rainwater!

  • It is free of salts, minerals, and chlorine
  • It has a neutral pH
  • Plants will be healthier and require fewer added nutrients and pest controls

Cross Connection Control and Backflow Prevention:
If you plan to integrate the collected rainwater into a distribution system, make sure to comply with building and plumbing codes to prevent cross contamination (i.e. use of valve to prevent backflow or air gap to separate potable and non potable water).  Contact your water provider for guidance to prevent contamination of the community water system.
Additional information from TCEQ

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Texas Wildflowers

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Pervious Surfaces

Pavers used in UGRA EduScape: 

Grasstone by Pavestone - Learn More 
Perm Pavers by Pavestone - Learn More

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Dry Creek Bed

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Additional Resources for Lawns:

Managing Lawn Problems - pdf
Landscape Irrigation - pdf
A Watering Guide for Texas Landscapes - link

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Condensate Collection

Additional Resources for Condensate Collection:

Did you know Peterson Regional Medical Center is a leader in condensate collection in Kerrville?  The facility generates an estimated 400,000 gallons of condensate water each year just from the air conditioning system.  The 90,000 gallon storage tanks convey water to their landscape irrigation system and provides a constant supply - even during drought. The stored water also serves as an emergency non potable water supply. Read more here - pdf

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Rain Gardens

Additional Resources for Rain Gardens:

Stormwater Management: Rain Gardens - pdf
Rain Gardens Fact Sheet - pdf
How to Create a Rain Garden - pdf
How to Create an Effective Rain Garden - link
Rain Garden Maintenance - pdf

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Additional Resources for Landscape Maintenance:

Yard Care - pdf
Managing 10 Common Texas Yard Pests - pdf
Mulching and Composting - pdf

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