Las Piedras Environmental Education Center lies at the
center of Fundación La Puerta's Environmental Education
Program and its commitment to creating a magical place
where children fall in love with the earth. Here, children
discover the interdependent relationship between humankind
and nature, and learn to treasure and protect their natural
“We could never have
loved the earth so well, if we had had no childhood in
• Educate and inspire the people of Tecate to
respect and celebrate their immediate natural environment–the
chaparral plant community.
• Foster a sense of place among the citizenry of
• Offer the community a cultural and recreational
center that is set in a natural environment.
• Organize and promote events that celebrate human
interdependence with nature.
• Enrich the school system's environmental curricula
by offering educational materials, activities and training.
Set in the midst of 28 acres of chaparral near the foot
of Mount Kuchumaa in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico,
Las Piedras ("the rocks") is a vital part of
Parque del Profesor, a city park and recreational center
built and maintained by Fundación La Puerta for
the community of Tecate.
A visit to Las Piedras is all encompassing. Its boulder-like
architecture inspires awe and wonder while providing a
unique learning environment for thousands of children
and their families. Children in the buildings feel like
they are part of the earth. One building is an open workshop/shelter
where they can work with larger materials like clay and
reeds. The other is the audio visual room—it's like an ancient cave site, with earth-formed benches shaped like rattlesnakes.
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