Join us for a reel-y good time and become an Angler Education Instructor! You’ll learn fishing skills, and how to teach those skills to youth and adults in your community. All equipment and materials are provided for the workshop. And after you are certified, you will receive the curriculum and materials necessary to introduce your community to fishing! This program is great for youth group leaders, scout leaders, camp staff, teachers and after school staff, fishing clubs, and community volunteers. Come get schooled with us!
Botany in a Day
Looking for a faster, easier way to identify plants? We’ll introduce you to eight of the world’s most common plant families that include more that 45,000 species. But rather than learning new plants individually, we’ll show you how to group plants by the hundreds, based on family patterns. You’ll learn characteristics and patterns of each family, and in some cases which ones are edible or have medicinal properties. We’ll also spend time using a classification key to identify new plants and additional family patterns.
Energy & Society
Energy . . . Can you see it? Can you hear it? Can you taste it? Our Energy & Society Program Kit will provide you with the tools and activities to help students in grades PK-8 learn about their personal relationship with energy. The kit also includes activities to examine the role energy plays in society. Materials are appropriate for both formal and informal education settings.
Energy & Society encourages students to think critically and make decisions about their personal energy use. In addition to more traditional hands-on activities, this fun, interactive curriculum integrates music and dance to enhance the study of energy issues. Join us as we teach you to integrate this fun, activity-filled kit into your classroom.
Introduction to Field Sketching
Frederick Franck said, “I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle.” So, let’s start seeing extraordinary things in nature. Bring your pencil and learn some secrets to basic field sketching. We will strengthen your powers of observation and fire our inner art critic as we begin our journey to better field sketches. The journal you will use has 10 activities to begin your journey. Participants also receive curriculums that explore maps, create field sketches, write descriptive passages use math to draw to scale, and label like a scientist.
Leopold Education Project
“When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect,” said Aldo Leopold. The man was all about land ethic. If you are looking for an environmental education curriculum that embodies Leopold’s land ethic and legacy, this is it! The curriculum aligns with the essays in A Sand County Almanac as a springboard for observing the natural world. Students are also encouraged to love and respect the land and all its inhabitants, as well as to protect the earth’s natural resources.
Educators everywhere have just been “raven” about the Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds! The program is designed to teach students about bird biology, their migration, and how we can help bird populations and their habitats. While the activities specifically target the middle school audience, they are readily adaptable to any age.
The purpose of Flying WILD is to use practical hands-on classroom and outdoor activities to foster stewardship among youth. Learn how you, along with students and volunteers in your community, can implement a local bird festival.
In & Out Workshop
You will learn to use systems education, place-based activities, reflection through journaling, as well as modeling. And at the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with all the activities, curriculum, and equipment you used.
Inspiring Students through Outdoor Education
Are you getting so bogged down in pedagogy that you are struggling to engage your students in any sort of meaningful way? This workshop will help you not only demystify terminology, but it will also help you step up your game by teaching you to successfully bring the excitement of the outdoors into your classroom! Come visit three outdoor locations with us and learn to bring the things you see and experience back to your classroom using field-based science. Your knowledge of local ecology and insight into Coastal Bend environmental issues will help you create successful outdoor science experiences for your students, and even use your schoolyard as a field trip destination!
Project Learning Tree
If you are looking for ways to encourage your city-dwelling students to take an interest in the environment, Project Learning Tree may be just what you need. It offers lesson plans and activities that can easily be incorporated into existing curriculum or used informally to develop students’ awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the environment. Your students will build skills and the ability to make informed decisions. They will also be encouraged to take a personal responsibility for sustaining the environment as they learn how our quality of life depends upon it.
We drink it, we bathe in it, and face it, we waste it. Water is the most precious resource on the planet. But how do we convey that to students and our communities? Project WET has a wealth of hands-on activities that help you first, educate your students about the importance of clean, safe water, then empower them with their knowledge, and finally, teach them to ways to proactively make a difference in their community. This program is great for teachers; scout leaders; museum, zoo, and park staff.
WET in the City
When your students live in the city, they just turn the faucet, and the water is there. But this expansive curriculum will involve your students in hands-on activities that creatively explore the science of water. Students will gain an understanding of water quality issues, and their relationship to personal, public, and environmental health. After completing this workshop, you will be able to help your students acquire a better understanding of the complex issues surrounding water management and its stewardship.
Project WILD is tops when it comes to an environmental education program that has it all! It is an interdisciplinary conservation curriculum that focuses on wildlife and habitat. The hands-on activities have STEM activity extensions and WILD Work Career Connections. You will lead your students in developing environmental awareness, knowledge, skills, and a commitment resulting from informed decisions. The activities included in the resource guide can be added to your existing curriculum, or they make great stand-alone activities, and will encourage your students toward more responsible behavior and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment.
Project WILD Aquatic
Add to your Project WILD repertoire with Project WILD Aquatic. The Aquatic WILD K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide is available to both formal and informal educators who attend this 6-hour training with us, or another Project WILD state partner. This program uses the familiar hands-on and interactive formats of Project WILD activities to introduce your students to aquatic wildlife and ecology. Resources include STEM applications, field investigations, and career connections. Come get wet with us!
Growing Up WILD
Do your preschoolers have endless questions about the things they find outdoors? Growing Up WILD, written especially for children ages 3-7, builds on that sense of wonder about nature, and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. You will be able to guide your students through outdoor explorations, scientific inquiry, art projects, music and movement, conservation activities, reading and math connections, and “Healthy Me” extensions. All activities are correlated to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards and the Head Start Domains. Help those early questions become the beginning of a lifelong quest for learning about and preserving the natural world.
Wild About Science – The WILD Suite
PK – 12
Fill your WILD toolbox with this 15-hour combo program that offers training in Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, and Flying WILD. After three days of fun-filled activities, you will walk away with a plethora of resources to pack onto your existing curriculum or create your own to help your students begin to see and appreciate nature around every corner, no matter where you live. Project WILD activities are packed with language arts, social science, and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service-learning applications. Resources also include STEM applications and career information as well. This is a great way to take your classroom or program over to the WILD-side!
Reflecting on Practice – ROP
Reflecting on Practice is a professional learning program that lets informal educators dive into the latest science on learning — together. Your team of RoP Facilitators implement the program to put research ideas into practice, transform practice, and promote a culture of learning that reaches millions of people every year at out-of-school settings like botanical gardens, museums, national parks, nature centers, and zoos.