News of the WILD, May 2017

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

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In This Issue:

Program Spotlight: Project WILD


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsors a suite of Project WILD programs, each offering a special iteration of this outstanding, hands-on approach to learning. Project WILD is a Kindergarten through 12th grade environmental and conservation education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. It is interdisciplinary and supplementary and can be used to teach basic skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and physical education. TPWD offers Project WILD through hands-on workshops for educators.

With an unbiased approach to basic wildlife management practices, Project WILD:

  • teaches young people how to think about wildlife, not what to think...
  • provides a set of fun, hands-on, easy to use educational activities...
  • trains teachers and youth group leaders in an outstanding six-hour, hands on workshop ..
  • includes helpful, scientific background information with all activities...
  • incorporates powerful techniques and methods for teaching problem solving and decision-making skills, and
  • is a program that is kid-tested and teacher-approved!

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Teacher Resources

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Texas Aquatic Science is a comprehensive aquatic science curriculum, from molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean, for middle school and high school students.

The curriculum consists of an online student textbook, a teacher guide, specially produced videos, and supplementary materials.

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Upcoming Events

Texas Aquatic Science

Receive TEA approved Continuing Professional Education hours while you learn about Texas Aquatic Science and how you can use this free curricular resource in your classroom or setting to improve your learners' understanding of aquatic resources in Texas. Bring a web enabled device, tablet, or laptop, dress in comfortable clothing, and wear closed toes shoes you don't mind getting wet!

June 15, Austin area, Texas Aquatic Science Educator Workshop
Austin, TX - TPWD HQ

June 16, San Antonio Area, Texas Aquatic Science Educator WorkshopGuadalupe River State Park

June 22, Dallas area, Texas Aquatic Science Educator WorkshopJohn Bunker Sands Wetland Center

June 30, Houston area, Texas Aquatic Science Educator WorkshopTPWD Region IV HQ Training Room

July 18, Rio Grande Valley, Texas Aquatic Science Educator WorkshopMcAllen High School

Project WILD

Jun 3, Project WILD Workshop, Dallas, TX - Dallas Zoo

Jun 10, Growing Up WILD Workshop, San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Botanical Garden, Education Building

Jun 10, Project WILD Workshop, Dallas, TX - North Haven Gardens

Jun 16, Project WILD Workshop, Edinburg, TX - Edinburg Scenic Wetlands

Jun 17, Aquatic WILD Workshop, China Spring, TX - Lake Waco Wetlands

Jul 10, Project WILD Workshop, Wichita Falls, TX - Region 9 ESC

Jul 15, Project WILD Workshop, Glen Rose, TX - Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Jul 18, Project WILD Workshop, Resaca de la Palma State Park

Jul 22, Growing Up WILD Workshop, Glen Rose, TX - Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

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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