News of the WILD - July 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: Conservation Education

Kids learning in Nature

Texas Parks and Wildlife's Conservation Education section consists of Texas Project WILD, Texas Children in Nature, and the department's Water Education as well. We're here to provide you with resources, training, and connections!

Chances are, you already have experience with Project WILD, but whether you're super experienced or newly acquainted, there are resources and training opportunities available for you! An environmental and conservation education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources; Project WILD can be used by classroom teachers, environmental educators, park and nature center personnel, and youth group leaders. Contact Kiki Corry for more information.

Here are Texas Children in Nature's Top Ten reasons why kids who play and learn outside are Healthier, Happier and Smarter.The links below connect you to research and information.

Contact Jennifer Bristol for more information.

Our Water Education efforts center around this central truth: Our economy, our natural ecosystems and our very way of life in Texas is reliant on fishable, swimmable, drinkable water. To that end, and to help educate our public, we offer Texas Aquatic Science, a comprehensive  aquatic science curriculum, from molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean, for middle school and high school students. In addition, we offer our award winning DVD series Texas:The State of Water for anyone who will host a screening for their students, family, friends, or neighbors.  Contact Johnnie Smith for more information.


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    Teacher Resources

    Wild in the City trunk

    Want some extra resources for your classroom this coming year? Educator Loaner Trunks are available for loan free of charge to formal and informal educators, and youth leaders. Each trunk contains activities and materials appropriate for multiple age level groups. 

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    Upcoming Events

    View all upcoming events on the Events Calendar.

    July 13

    Texas Aquatic Science Teacher Workshop-San Antonio

    San Antonio, TX - San Antonio River Authority

    Earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit attending a Texas Aquatic Science Teacher workshop. Texas Aquatic Science is a comprehensive aquatic science curriculum, from molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean, for middle school and high school students. RSVP to Johnnie Smith to attend.

    July 15

    Project WILD Facilitator Training

    Seagoville, TX - John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

    Training to conduct the Suite of WILD workshops - prerequisite required.

    July 16

    Project WILD Workshop

    Temple, TX - Blackland Research Center

    Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with children.

    July 24

    Angler Education Instructor Training Workshop

    Corpus Christi, TX - TPWD - CCA Marine Development Center (hatchery)

    Become a TPWD certified Angler Education Instructor

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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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