texas outdoor education center

Hands-on scientific exploration with customizable TEKS aligned lessons

It’s not just time outside. This isn’t camp and this isn’t a field trip. It’s outdoor school. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.

Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro is an outdoor laboratory where students and teachers can combine their efforts and expertise to learn about and care for the natural environment. Knowledge gained through hands-on outdoor learning activities and applications set the stage for a lifelong commitment to protect our environment and create solutions to the environmental challenges that arise.

Unit lessons support the TEKS and STAAR, define measurable objectives, provide dynamic hands-on activities and support classroom experiences. Students are led through both formal and informal activities to introduce and reinforce scientific concepts and competencies required for their grade level. Everything from archery and campfires are used as real life examples to build dialogue and understanding around scientific content.

Contact Us

The program operates during the school year and offers a choice of one to five-day learning experiences. Contact us today to schedule your custom experience or call 817.831.2111.


Custom Programming

We will work closely with your school to design a custom program that fits the needs of your students, including lodging and meals. Typical Program Length:

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Our Staff

Our trained staff make the difference. Staff receive ongoing training in youth development and the Thrive methodology. This helps each child learn to thrive by allowing them to explore their personal interests, make healthy choices, develop social skills and have fun. Camp Fire programs offer an environment where youth can learn through active exploration and interaction of program staff trained to observe and engage youth to support, extend and clarify learning.

adult teaching archery to child

Location and Facilities

Camp Fire Camp El Tesoro, established in 1934, is a 223-acre camp located in Granbury, Texas, on the bend of the Brazos River at Fall Creek. Prairie grasslands, freshwater river, creek beds and wooded terrain offer a variety of ecosystems to explore.

Students stay in cabins equipped with restrooms and private showers. Meals are served family-style in our dining hall. Multiple indoor facilities are available for instruction.

Camp El Tesoro is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). This assures you that camp practices have been measured up against 300 industry standards. ACA accredited camps voluntarily go through a rigorous risk-management process to provide a supervised, positive environment with controlled boundaries where children can grow.

Have more questions?

Call us at 817.831.2111




“We are creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for a lot of these children. What I value about our experience with Camp Fire’s outdoor education program is my students learn more than just the lessons needed for success in the classroom. They walk away with new, life-long skills that they will carry with them.”

Leslie HarveyLeslie Harvey, 5th Grade Science Teacher
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