March 2018 News of the WILD E-Newsletter

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

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In This Issue:

“Nature itself is the best physician.”

~ Hippocrates

Program Spotlight: Texas Children in Nature - Nature Rocks Texas

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Play, Explore and Connect With Nature Near You

Looking for outdoor adventures this Spring Break! It's easier than ever to get your family exploring outside. Click on Nature Rocks Texas then click a city on the map to find the nature-based activities and events, green spaces, nature centers and parks near you.

When children and families play, explore and connect with nature they are healthier, both mentally and physically, feel happier, and will create memories that can last a lifetime. There is no better place than Texas to be outdoors during March and April. Nature Rocks Texas has thousands of local, state and national parks where you can splash in a creek, climb a tree, walk with a ranger, have a picnic, camp under the stars or just relax with family and friends. 


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Teacher Resources: Keep Texas Wild - Bird Adaptations

KTW Bird Lips

Bird Lips!?

TPW Magazine, November 2009

What's for dinner? For wildlife, that depends on the physical attributes of your species and your habitat. This issue takes a look at examples of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores and how the shape of bills help birds eat. Their roles have a major impact on the health of an ecosystem!

Print "Bird Lips"

You may print and distribute this pdf of the article for classroom use.

Student Research 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 the topics for this month.

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.

Suggested Project WILD Activities

Activities suited for this month's topics.

Upcoming Workshops and Events


  • March 15-17 at Elm Fork Education Center, Denton

***Few spots available for this week’s Texas Project WILD Facilitator Training 

Pre-registration required, contact: Kiki Corry, (512) 389-4369,

For more information:

  • Saturday, April 21 at the Heard Museum, McKinney

Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

For information: Sally Evans at or (972) 246-6283

or click here

For more workshops visit:



Join us on a narrated ranger-driven, two-hour tour of the park in a quiet electric tram. Reservations required.

See the park's magnificent rocky bluffs from the water on a guided kayaking tour. Registration required before end of the day on Thursday.

Join a Texas Master Naturalist on a guided hike to search for tracks and other signs of the animals that live around us. Discover how they eat, sleep, and communicate through the clues they leave behind.

Join us at Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center while we celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day!

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  • State Parks Getaways e-newsletter and State Parks Promotions and Offers, highlighting ideas for your next park visit, news of park events, and fun seasonal activities  
  • The Award winning Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine
  • Specialty Newsletters, such as Eye on Nature and Texas Hummer, including topics on wildlife diversity, conservation and statewide volunteer opportunities

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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