Golden sunlight flared across the natural spring bubbling up. Music and laughter lilted. Soon, the luminarias would be lit as a faithful group of members and donors gathered to celebrate the progress of reinvigorating the natural landscape at the Headwaters of the Comal River. What began two years prior in urgency to protect and preserve ecological resources grew into a community effort. The grateful leadership includes Nancy Pappas, who spoke, reflecting on grants given, 30 public programs, 416 donors, 91 members—whose names are marked on boundary fencing—55 volunteers with more than 1,000 hours of service and more. The Headwaters at the Comal is a conservation legacy with aims to educate the public on the resource, protect the riparian ecosystem and its endangered species, plus partner in research opportunities that connect New Braunfels with regional science issues. The next phase will expand to upgrade buildings on the property for community use. Be a part of this beautiful conservation project by donating, volunteering or becoming a member. Visit or call 830-608-8937.