Take Care of Texas: Educator Quarterly Newsletter

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New Air Quality Lesson Plan and Webpage

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Teachers and parents now have a way to introduce the idea of air quality to their students with our new TEKS-aligned air quality lesson plan designed for 3rd - 5th graders. Students will be introduced to the basics of air quality and learn how to discover the current air quality in their area. There is an accompanying handout and a new air quality web page for additional reference material.

Air Quality Lesson Plan and More

Teach Flood Safety Using Our Flood Safety Poster 

Flood Poster

Hurricane Laura made landfall last week and caused damage and flooding for some Texans in Beaumont, Port Arthur and surrounding areas. Still, hurricane season isn’t over just yet. We want to share this free resource so you can teach your students or children about flood safety.

Order free copies of our "How to Stay Safe in A Flood" poster. It illustrates the various hazards that floods pose and includes fill-in-the-blank and matching activities.

Visit Free Publications Page

2020 Take Care of Texas Art Contest Winners

Grand Prize Winning Entry


Second-grader Aaria Arora is the youngest grand prize winner in contest history. We were amazed at the artistic talent of the entries this year. You will be too!

Stay tuned for 2020/21 contest information

2020 Art Contest Winners

Your Backyard is a Park

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If you're educating students in these times of social distancing, you've probably considered holding class outside somewhere. The good news is that you don't have to go far to learn about the wonders of the outdoors.

We've put together an article that will guide you can use with your students to learn about native species, invasive plants, and using a new tool for naturalists.

Discover the Park in Your Yard 

2020 Video Contest Winners

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Our Take Care of Texas Video Contest ended very successfully with so many clever, moving, and informative videos of students showing how they take care of our state.  Take some time to watch all of our winning entries. You'll be floored by their talent and creativity. 

We're already planning our next video contest which is scheduled to start this fall. Check back on our page soon for updates about the video contest

Check Out Our Video Contest Winners

Educator Survey Contest

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We're conducting a survey to better understand your needs as an environmentally aware educator and how we can help meet those needs. We'll randomly award one survey respondent a $100 H-E-B gift card provided by H-E-B. Take our survey by September 15 to be eligible for the prize. Read our full contest rules.

Take Our Survey for a Chance to Win

Conservation Bingo for Your Students

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Looking for a fun way to engage your students with conservation activities? We’ve created these “conservation bingo boards” you can use as a teaching resource. Download and use them in your classroom.

Download the Bingo Boards

More Resources Online!


Take Care of Texas webpage

We also offer other resources online for teachers such as:

Check out our educator webpage for additional information! 

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