News of the WILD-May 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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In This Issue: 

Program Spotlight: Angler Education

Instructor helps middle school student identify sunfish caught during after school fishing trip

Summer is for Fishing!       Caleb Harris

June is a great time to be a part of Texas Parks and Wildlife Angler Education programs.  School is out, kids are in day camps and week camps and city programs are ramped up.  All of those and other programs often utilize TPWD fishing curriculum to introduce families to the enjoyment of the outdoors through an understanding of aquatic resources.  Here are some ways to be involved:

  1. The first Saturday in June is always free fishing day, one Saturday day a year when the license requirement to fish in public waters is suspended.  This is a great time to get your community out fishing or your family or participate in one of the numerous events happening that day all across the state.
  2. If you want to host and lead a fishing event, consider attending an upcoming Angler Education Instructor Training workshop – listed on our calendar of events too.
  3. In several locations TPWD hosts Go Fish – Learn To Fish programs.  These family friendly learn to fish programs are a great way to introduce youth and families to fishing in a easy and fun way.
  4. Participate or volunteer in one of the many fishing programs coming up in June all across the state.  Programs that partner with TPWD will be listed on our event calendar or our volunteer website.

If you don’t catch us in June keep looking for future angler education training workshops and events or contact your regional training specialist.

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Teacher Resources

June 2011 Keep Texas Wild cover

Turtle Hurdles

On the land, in the sea, in the...well, not in the air...but turtles are all around us. Kids love turtles and will enjoy this issue of Keep Texas Wild which looks at some fun facts about sea, freshwater and terrestrail turtles and some of the challenges they face.
Print "Turtle Hurdles  You may print and distribute this PDF of the article for classroom use.
Student Page This web page is for your students, with links to activities, video clips and related web sites to guide students' research.
Background for Teachers Learn more about this topic.
Vocabulary - definitions and context These definitions include a context sentence to aid understanding.
Activities and Lesson Plans From discussion questions to fun activities, try these supplements to your curriculum to engage students.
Project WILD ActivitiesActivities suited for this topic.

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Upcoming Events

View all upcoming events on the Events Calendar.

Angler Education Instructor Classes
May 28, 2016, 10:00 AM –2:30 PM,
Bass Pro Shops, Pearland, TX 77047,

July 24, 2016, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM,
Corpus Christ, TX 78418, Caleb Harris,

Angler Education June Events
June 4 – Kyle – Lake Kyle
June 4 – San Antonio – South Side Lions Park
June 4 – Live Oak – Live Oak Park
June 11 – Buda – Bradfield Village Park
June 11 – Denison – Eisenhower State Park
June 11 – Smithville – Buescher State Park
For more information about any event see the TPWD calendar of events or email

Texas Aquatic Science Teacher Workshops 
June 23 – Houston, Location TBD
June 28 – Austin, Location TBD
June 14 – Fort Worth/Dallas, Location TBD

For more information on these Texas Aquatic Science workshops or to reserve your spot, email 

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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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