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Exploring Texas' Last Frontier
Thursday, November 07, 2019 to Sunday, November 10, 2019
Category: Quarterly Meetings

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Exploring Texas' Last Frontier
Nov. 7–10 • Lajitas Resort, Big Bend, TX

The Texas Lyceum's meeting, Exploring Texas' Last Frontier, will be hosted at Lajitas Resort and the surrounding Big Bend region to discuss the natural, cultural, economic and historical significance of the Chihuahuan Desert Borderlands. We will venture to the far corner of the state to remind us of the ruggedness, the wide-open spaces, and the diverse landscapes that define us as Texans. We live at a time when the vast majority of Texans—88%—live in cities, and our connection to the natural world and an outdoor way of life has become more distant. The Big Bend region, with its looming mountains, vast open spaces and meandering river, remind us of our rugged, wild and independent selves. As business, political and community leaders, we seek to connect our group with leaders, regional experts and policy makers to facilitate a robust conversation about our natural heritage and the forces of conservation and progress on Texas’ last frontier.


Hotel Information 

Lajitas Golf Resort
HC 70, Lajitas, TX 79852
Room Rate: $199-$599 (vary depending on room/house type - Click here for detailed information room/house types.)
Reservation Deadline: September 18, 2019
NOTE: All reservations must be made by phone, there is no online reservation method.
CLICK HERE to review sleeping room options. 

Schedule & Content

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Lajitas Golf Resort
6:00 - 6:45 pm - Cocktails and Picnic Dinner
6:45 - 8:30 pm- "The River and The Wall" film screening 
8:30 - 9:00 pm - Stargazing | Bill Wren, McDonald Observatory 
9:00 pm - S'mores by the fire and Hospitality Suite  

Friday, November 8, 2019
Lajitas Pavillion Ballroom 
7:00 - 8:00 am - Breakfast buffet available in the Candelilla Cafe
8:00 - 8:30 am - Welcome | Congressman Will Hurd
8:30 - 9:15 am - Archaeology and Biology | Dr Louis Harveson, Borderlands Research Institute, Tim Roberts, TPWD, Bonnie McKinnie, El Carmen Land & Conservation Co.
9:30 - 10:30 am - Economic Drivers, | Bobby McKnight, McKnight Ranches, Greg Henington, Far Flung Outdoors, Stewart Ramser, Viva Big Bend
10:30 am - 12:00 pm - Border Discussions | Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto, The University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs, Ronny Dodson, Brewster County Sheriff 
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lunch and Viewing of Anthony Bourdain's "Part's Unknown- Far West Texas" | Cary Dupuy, National Director for National Parks Conservation Association 
1:00 - 6:00 pm - Free time for outdoor activities (options TBA)
6:30 - 7:00 pm - Cocktails and networking
7:00 - 7:30 pm - Dinner
7:30 - 9:00 pm - Fireside Chat | WelcomeBilly Tarrant, Speaker: Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Moderator: Jenifer Sarver, Sarver Strategies, Class of 2014 

Saturday, November 9, 2019
Chisos Basin
8:00 am - Depart Lajitas for the Chisos Basin (Breakfast provided)
9:00 - 11:00 am - Texas Lyceum Board Meeting 
11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Lunch at Chisos Mountain Lodge Restaurant 
1:00 pm - Optional activities TBA