News of the WILD March 2019

A TPWD newsletter of Conservation Education for formal and informal educators, including youth group leaders, nature centers, parks and recreation departments, zoos, museums, and aquariums. 

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News of the WILD


In This Issue:

  • Program Spotlight: Coastal Fisheries Distance Learning
  • Keep Texas Wild: Beach Tidings
  • Upcoming Workshops: Texas Aquatic Science and Project WILD
  • Resources

Program Spotlight: Coastal Fisheries Distance Learning


Videoconferencing can break down barriers of time, distance, and expense by connecting people around the world in real time. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Costal Fisheries Division is using Connect2Texas to provide Texas-based educational content to classrooms.

This interactive videoconferencing delivers live educational programs and professional development to school children and educators across the country. Bring the scientists, experts, and authors directly to your students without leaving the classroom!

Most programs are focused on middle and high school students but K-12 programs are also available. All programs will be done by Coastal Fisheries biologists at TPWD field stations. To register for TPWD programs, search for “Texas Parks and Wildlife Department” on the Connect2Texas site.

Upcoming programs include:

  • March 20 – From Trash to Treasure: Benefits of Artificial Reefs
  • April 3 – Texas Saltwater Hatcheries
  • April 17 – Coastal Fisheries Trawling: A Day in the Life
  • May 1 – SEA the difference: Saltwater Fish and Invertebrate Identification
  • May 15 – Gobbling the Gulf!

For questions about TPWD Coastal Fisheries Distance Learning opportunities, contact

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Keep Texas Wild: Beach Tidings

Beach Tidings

Print "Beach Tidings" You may print and distribute this PDF of the article for classroom use.

Student Research Pages These Web pages are 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.

Activities and Lesson Plans From discussion questions to fun activities, try these supplements to your curriculum to engage students.

Vocabulary - Definitions and Context These definitions include a context sentence to aid in understanding.

Upcoming Workshops

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Texas Aquatic Science workshop goals:

  • introduce educators to the materials and philosophy of TAS
  • provide a sampling of field activities
  • make a connection to local water and wildlife issues that will help people become aware of their place in the environment and their actions to protect it
  • demonstrate field interpretive techniques used in TAS field activities and TAS trunk equipment inventory

Wednesday, April 17 @ Bonham State Park

Thursday, April 25 @ Meridian State Park

Thursday, May 9 @ Sheldon Lake State Park

Thursday, May 16 @ Lake Corpus Christi State Park

Time for all workshops: 10:00am - 3:00pm CST

Cost: FREE

To register (5 spots available to non-State Park staff): Email Danielle Knapp-Smith at or (512) 389-8497.

To receive the password to access the TAS documents, enter your information on the Access Request Form (TMN put your Chapter for Educational Facility).

If you have questions about a workshop or TAS curriculum visit Texas Aquatic Science, Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Sites, or contact Melissa Alderson at or (512) 389-8060.


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March 2019

Saturday, March 16
Growing Up WILD workshop
San Antonio, TX - San Antonio Botanical Garden

Wednesday, March 27
Project WILD/Aquatic WILD combo workshop
Freeport, TX - Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Discovery Center, Big Slough Recreation Area,

Wednesday, March 27
Project WILD workshop
Pittsburg, TX - Region 8 ESC

Friday- Saturday, March 29 - 30
Texas Project WILD Facilitator Training
Wimberley, TX - Jacob's Well Natural Area
Training to conduct the Suite of Project WILD workshops - prerequisite required


April 2019

Saturday, April 13
Growing Up WILD Workshop - Spanish
San Antonio, TX - University Presbyterian Children's Center


May 2019

Friday-Saturday, May 3 - 4 
Texas Project WILD Facilitator Training
Lubbock, TX - Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark
Training to conduct the Suite of Project WILD workshops - prerequisite required

Saturday, May 18
Project WILD Workshop
Dallas, TX - Dallas Zoo

For more information, click the individual workshop title or contact

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