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Our Story

The Headwaters at the Comal is a beautiful place for visitors and locals alike to connect to nature, while also demonstrating water and energy conservation best practices for today and the future, and creating a premier education center inspiring hearts and minds on the importance of conservation to Community.

The Story

The Headwaters at the Comal contains the original water source for the community and a unique riparian habitat. The 16-acre site was used by New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) as a warehouse, fleet and facilities yard, office, and inventory storage from 1940 until 2004.


Environmental Conservation

One of the most important changes made to the Headwaters property was to remove a significant amount of the asphalt paving covering the site and replacing it with native prairie habitat.



The history of the Comal Springs on its’ own is a fascinating story. The site of the headwaters has been underused in past years, despite its historical significance.  Cultural resources found on site date back 8,000 years or more!


What’s Included in Phase Two?

Demand for programs currently exceeds the project’s capacity, primarily due to lack of indoor facilities. The next phase of development, which is dependent of the generous support of the community, will address that lack of indoor space and all abilities access.



Our Vision

A premier education center that inspires people’s hearts & minds about the importance of conservation to community.

“The Headwaters at the Comal is a place that strengthens the relationship between the community and nature by showcasing the significance of the Comal Springs.”

Progress Video Updates


Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved with the Headwaters at the Comal. All of them contribute to the mission of connecting the greater community to nature and history. Opportunities include: volunteering your time and talents, making a financial contribution, supporting the vision through membership, or simply making a visit to the Headwaters.

Stay Informed

Stay up to date with monthly project video updates, events, and programs!


The Headwaters at the Comal have been the heart of New Braunfels for centuries. Your contribution will help preserve this unique ecosystem for generations to come.



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