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Friedrich Wilderness Park

In an urbanized area like San Antonio and Bexar County where do you go to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of nature? How can remaining unspoiled natural areas with their living plants and animals be preserved and protected and how can such areas be made available for the enjoyment of people? These must have been thoughts that stirred Mrs. Norma Friedrich Ward, who in memory of her parents, bequeathed 180 acres of virgin Texas Hill Country property now known as EMILIE AND ALBERT FRIEDRICH PARK for public use. Mr. W.L. Mathews and Associates contributed an additional 52 adjacent acres to compliment Mrs. Ward's bequest.
 
As you wander the trails of EMILIE AND ALBERT FRIEDRICH PARK,envision the land from the perspective of the plants, animals and other organisms that live here. To them, the park is home and community. It is a neighborhood where all living things are interdependent, with the condition of one influencing all. Think about the generations of animals which have fed on the buckeye, the oak acorns and the prickly-pear cactus. Sit under one of the ancient cedar trees. For two or three hundred years, they have witnessed the history of this community. They have witnessed the last settlements of Native Americans and the birth of a new state. Birds and insects have carried their seed to far away places. Earthworms have tilled the soil around their roots. Storms and insects have caused these trees injury, but they survive. Someday they will die and fall to the earth. Even in death they will continue to contribute to their community. Look for dead and fallen trees along the trails. Observe how they continue to serve a purpose.
Friedrich Wilderness Park