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What’s included in phase 2?

While the Headwaters staff and partners consistently offer a variety of programs across our areas of focus, 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.

Main Building Restoration

The main building will be restored in the next development phase to allow for a variety of programs, events, field trips and meetings. As a goal and way to put forward our belief in a regional ethic of valuing cultural and ecological resources, this restored building will use innovative technologies to create a nature-oriented meeting space.  Specially designed natural lighting and ventilation will allow us to conserve resources, innovative technologies will reduce water consumption and solar roof panels will allow the site to achieve net-zero energy use.

Picnic Area Entrance

The Headwaters main entrance provides a welcoming green space where visitors are drawn into the story of the site, which begins back in prehistoric times.  It’s their first step into the inclusive, interpretive concept of this premier education center which will inspire hearts and minds on the importance of conservation. This shady gathering place will be enhanced by creative archaeological features, currently in design, remind everyone of the importance of the Comal Springs to people since the beginning of human existence in the region.

Future Phases

The last pods that make up the restoration of the main building focus on a screened fresh-air exhibit and classroom providing additional space for field trips and possibly archaeological exhibits. Administrative offices and an additional large meeting space accommodate a variety of programs, community groups and gatherings including flex space for field trips or meetings. Looking out over the community gathering lawn and further into the native prairie restoration this space is certain to be in high demand throughout the year.

Current Headwater Heroes

Board Leadership Team

Atanacio Campos
Board 1st Vice-President

Leonard Dougal
Board Secretary

Dr. Judith Dykes-Hoffmann
Board President

Melissa Krause
Board Advisory Member

Richard McDonald
Board Member At Large

Dawn Schriewer
Board Treasurer

Ian Taylor
Board 2nd Vice-President


Nancy Pappas
Executive Director

Lauren Strack
Program Manager

Ways to Donate

Opportunities to support the Headwaters extend beyond Membership. We rely on support from individuals, foundations, and corporations in order to restore and sustain the ecosystem here at the Headwaters.

Direct Gift

The easiest way to make an impact is by giving directly to the Headwaters project.

You can donate online here or mail a check to:

Headwaters At The Comal
333 E. Klingemann St.
New Braunfels, Texas


The Headwaters at the Comal offers many unique ways to show appreciation for a friend or colleague; purchase a membership for them, memorialize a loved one with a donation in their name; or honor an accomplishment. It is a gift that will be cherished and remembered not only by your special person, but by the entire New Braunfels community for generations to come.

For more information about different tribute gift opportunities, please contact please contact Nancy Pappas at or 830-608-8828.

Corporate Sponsorship

Corporate sponsorship demonstrates your company’s commitment to preserving the environment and the culture of New Braunfels and the surrounding region. Corporate sponsorship can fund a wide variety of projects ranging from educational programming to building restoration, creation of unique, natural community gathering spaces showcasing environmentally friendly, pollinator attracting habitats. Corporate sponsorship provides a great way to give back to and stay involved with the community.

For more information about the corporate sponsorship program, please contact Nancy Pappas at or 830-608-8828.


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