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    At Sterling Ranch, we are committed to honoring the precious land on which we build. We believe that by leaving the smallest footprint possible, we can preserve the beauty of this place for future generations to enjoy. In our efforts, we’ve partnered with some great organizations to make this mission a reality. Lamb Spring Archeological Preserve is one such organization and we are lucky to call it a neighbor and a friend.

    Mammoths, sloths and camels . . . oh my!

    Located just down the street from Sterling Ranch, the Lamb Spring Archeological Preserve dates back to the 1960s when Dr. Glenn Scott of the U.S. Geological Survey and Dr. Waldo Wedel of the Smithsonian Institution began their first excavations of the area. Together, they uncovered remains of extinct Ice Age animals such as mammoths, sloths and camels. The researchers also discovered that ancient people hunted animals at this site for thousands of years.

    Lamb Spring was preserved as the important archeological and paleontological site we know and love today. Because of Sterling Ranch’s proximity to the site, we work closely with the organization and our award-winning builders to responsibly manage any artifacts we may unearth — and to protect the animal migration patterns of today’s animals.

    Sterling Ranch residents delight in Lamb Spring

    On Saturday, July 25, a number of Sterling Ranch residents toured Lamb Spring and learned about its rich history and the exciting plans for its future. We walked the beautiful land and heard stories of the area’s interesting past. The kids played with mammoth bones and marveled at a giant animal skull. “It was so cool to see animals that no longer exist. I LOVE history!” one child exclaimed.

    Lamb Spring Archeological Preserve has plans to erect a museum and educational facility that will offer the public opportunities to participate in excavation — which excites many Sterling Ranch parents. “It will be great to have something like that so close by for our kids to do and learn about,” said one resident. This facility will also serve as a research and cultural center. We are excited for what the future holds!

    Lamb Spring tours happening now through October 2020

    Miss the July tour? You’re in luck! Lamb Spring is hosting free public tours one Saturday each month through October (registration required). Alternatively, you can request a private group tour to attend with family and friends. This is an outdoor activity that can easily be done safely with new COVID-19 regulations in place and is a great opportunity for families and individuals to spend a morning learning about the history of our precious land. For more information about private tours, contact Lamb Spring directly at lambspringap@gmail.com.

    At Sterling Ranch, we value our beautiful land, nature and family. Visit us today and tour our stunning model homes and see for yourself what makes our community so special. We look forward to meeting you.