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K-5 Art Contest   |   2021 Drought Season   |   MLEIP Intern Program   |   Plastic New Year's Infographic   |   Sticker Day   |   Free Publications

Now Open: K-5 Art Contest Season

k-5 Art Contest

The Take Care of Texas Kids Art Contest is now open for K-5 students! Teachers and parents can use this contest to educate students on how to protect the environment, while letting them artistically express their ideas for a chance to win a prize.

The contest is open Jan. 4 - March 5, 2021. Mail-in entries must be postmarked on or before March 5, 2021. Entries can also be submitted electronically. The students that submit the best art can win a tablet or laptop computer! Contest prizes will now be awarded per grade level this year, and are made possible by the Texas Chemical Council

NEW contest evaluation process and digital art submission option for this season!

Learn more on the Art Contest Webpage

Prepare for Texas Droughts

Texas Drought Map

As we leave 2020 and enter 2021, nearly the entire state is experiencing drought conditions.

There have been several harsh droughts in Texas’ history; notably, the seven-year drought of the 1950s, and the major drought beginning in 2010 and lasting through 2015. Learn more on TCEQ's Drought Response webpage.

Click for Drought Response Information

Now Accepting Internship Applications

Mickey Leland Internship Program

The Mickey Leland Environmental Internship Program is a one-of-a-kind experience that offers college students an unparalleled glimpse into the future of environmental science and conservation, helping them launch their careers. 

Undergraduate and Graduate college students learn about environmental issues and gain professional work experience through a paid, full-time summer internship, either at the TCEQ, other state agencies, or in the private sector in Texas.

Applications for summer 2021 MLEIP internship assignments will be accepted through February 28, 2021.

Learn more about the Internship

A Resolution: New Year, Less Plastic

New Years Plastic Resolution Infographic

This is the season for committing to positive change. How about including a resolution to reduce plastic use?

Think about the products you use every day. Do many of them contain plastic? Each stage of plastic's life cycle—from raw materials to manufacturing to disposal—requires resources like energy and water. By purchasing less plastic, you'll help save these precious materials.

Check out our New Year's Infographic

National Sticker Day – Free Stickers!

Take Care of Texas Stickers

Celebrate National Sticker Day on January 13th by adding a FREE sticker to your collection!

Not only do we have standard stickers, we also have sleek new Take Care of Texas Bumper Stickers. These are great on cars, trailers, boats, clipboards, water bottles, bags, laptops, or on whatever else that can remind you to Take Care of Texas!

Get your Free Sticker(s) Here

Order Free Kid's Booklet & Bookmark

Assorted Take Care of Texas Publications

Did you know that we have free activity books and bookmarks for kids?

Whether you’re a teacher instructing in a classroom, a parent turned Zoom education facilitator, or you’re homeschooling children full-time, these free publications could be just what you need.

Head over to our publications library and look for:

  • Six Ways to Take Care of Texas Bookmark (GI-324) [Bilingual - PDF
  • River and Sky's Lone Star Activity Book (GI-380) [English - PDF]
  • Río y Cielo: Un Libro Texano de Actividades (GI-380esp) [Spanish - PDF]

These are completely FREE resources. We also offer other booklets, posters, stickers, and educational materials. You can also access them digitally via PDF.

Limited stock, order while supplies last.

Order Free Educational Publications