News of the WILD-March, 2016

A TPWD newsletter of Conservation Education for educators, interpreters, trainers, and outdoor enthusiasts.

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News of the WILD

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Program Spotlight: Texas Aquatic Science

Texas Aquatic Science logo

Teaching Science in grades 5-12? You need to know about this fantastic and free curricular resource! Texas Aquatic Science is a comprehensive aquatic science curriculum, from molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean, for middle school and high school students. It is a cooperative education project sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife, The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. The curriculum consists of an online student textbook, a teacher guide, specially produced videos, and supplementary materials.

It's aligned to the Texas Standards and is a great supplemental source for your general science instruction.

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Teacher Resources

Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Site logo

I know you're preparing for the upcoming STAAR administration(s) and after that, thinking about end of year.  But it's not too late to plan a quality field trip for your students! Now is an even better time to plan field trips for next year!  Look for this logo at the site or on the web.

Texas Aquatic Science (TAS) has its roots in hands-on experiential learning.  To that end, there are eight field based activities in the curriculum that lend themselves specifically to field based instruction and activity.  Any site providing informal science learning (Zoos, Aquariums, Nature Centers, and Parks) can be designated as “Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Sites” with these goals in mind:

  • expand school group visitation and field investigations
  • create and grow connections between formal and informal educators
  • increase project based learning opportunities and the real world relevancy they bring to learning

Make the most of your Texas Aquatic Science curriculum by partnering with a local Informal Science site.  Field experiences make learning come alive and give students an emotional event to which they can  connect their learning. Research shows that this greatly enhances retention.

In each of the areas below, you'll find Informal Science providers that facilitate Texas Aquatic Science activities. Feel free to contact them and schedule a visit!

Contact with any questions.

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Upcoming Events

View all upcoming events on the Events Calendar.

  • Mar 18-Project WILD Workshop-El Paso, TX - TecH2O Water Resource Center, WILD about the STAAR - Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with children
  • Mar 19-Dutch Oven Cooking Class-Inks Lake State Park, Learn the basics of cooking in a Dutch oven at our amphitheater, and get a free taste!
  • Mar 26-Kid’s Wilderness Survival-Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway, A great program for your child’s outdoor safety and parents learn as much as the kids.
  • Apr 9-Growing Up WILD Workshop-Dallas, TX - Cedar Ridge Preserve, Learn to share conservation: Professional Development for anyone who works with young children

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Program Links

Angler Education | Boater Education | Buffalo Soldiers | Coastal EXPO
Hunter Education | Recreation Grants | Save Water for Wildlife | Teacher Toolkit
Texas Archery in the Schools | Texas Children in Nature | Nature Rocks Texas
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center | Texas Master Naturalist
Texas Nature Trackers | Texas Project WILD | Texas State Parks

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