Program Areas

L.A.N.D.S. Outreach - Distance Learning

Distance Learning programs are offered as On-demand Webinars and via Videoconferencing.

  • Interactive, curriculum-enhancing, natural resource programs

  • Geared for Grades 1-6, TEKS-aligned K-8

  • 20-45 minute programs (includes student Q&A)

  • Available pre and/or post materials: TEKS aligned worksheet(s) and four (4) issues of of TWA’s mini-magazine Critter Connections!

  • AVAILABLE AT NO COST

 

On-demand Webinars - Available 24/7

Fall 2014 Videoconference Schedule*

Program descriptions below.

Program descriptions below.

Click here to view previews of On-demand Webinars

Registration closes one week prior to program date. 

Program times (CST): 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.

Bats-A-Billion

Bats-A-Billion Student Worksheets

The Magic of Monarchs

Monarch Student Worksheets

ASI: Animal Skull Investigation!

ASI Student Worksheets

Let's Talk Turkey

Turkey Student Worksheets

 

September 23 - Urban Animal Encounters: Prickly Porcupines!

October 7 - Urban Animal Encounters: Awesome Opossums!

October 15 - The Magic of Monarchs

October 30 - Animal Encounters: Creepy Critters!

October 31 - Animal Encounters: Bats-A-Billion

November 5 - More Than A Drop

November 13 - Animal Encounters: Hawk Talk

November 18 - Let's Talk Turkey

December 4 - Animal Skull Investigation!

December 16 - Urban Animal Encounters: Skunks and Armadillos!

 

*Additional programs may be added throughout the semester.

To view On-demand Webinars, select your desired program, complete the registration form, quickly download the free WebEx program, and download the student worksheets before starting & ENJOY!

To view Videoconferencing programs, visit connect2texas.net, click Calendar of Programs and Register, select Texas Wildlife Association as the Provider, select a program date and time and register.

 

Sign into the program about 15 minutes before the start time.  Be on the lookout for post-materials and offers from the presenter!

 

Program Descriptions:

Urban Animal Encounters - Prickly Porcupines! Videoconference

Prickly PorcupinesJoin us and our prickly guest as we clear up some common misconceptions and discuss the porcupines amazing adaptations.  These rodents are unique in so many ways, from being nocturnal to covered in quills, our program will be packed with fun facts.  We will also study the different structures, functions, and habitats between new world and old world porcupines.  Don't miss this great opportunity to see this rarely seen critter!  TEKS-aligned for Grades K-8

 

Urban Animal Encounters - Awesome Opossums Videoconference

The perception of opossums is (hopefully) changing with their animated counterparts becoming more popular, especially in movies! Virginia opossums may be the most unique North American mammal, but perception tends to overshadow their awesome traits. Opossums are awesome because of... their adaptations, which allow them to live in a nocturnal environment, their unique marsupial structures, and their ability to play dead, just to name a few. We will also clear up any myths and misconceptions that you and your students have about this awesome animal. Please join us and our critter guest star!  TEKS-aligned for Grades K-8

 

The Magic of Monarchs On-Demand Webinar & Videoconference

The Magic of MonarchsFor such a delicate insect, the Monarch butterfly leads an adventurous life! During spring and fall, millions of Monarchs will travel through Texas on their way to or from their overwintering sites in Mexico. Live caterpillars and adult Monarchs will be on hand during the program, allowing your students to see them as they’ve never seen them before. Join us as we discuss the basic needs, life cycle, adaptations, and migration patterns of the Monarch butterfly and learn how you can help conserve this unique creature.  TEKS-aligned for Grades K-7

 

Animal Encounters: Creepy Critters Videoconference

Unfortunately for our guests, their creepy appearance strikes fear in most people, even though they know little about them, and in some cases have never encountered them.  Our visitors are quite an eclectic bunch, from those with no limbs, to others with four, six, or even eight!  Join us as we take an up-close look at these critters and discuss how they fit into the food chain, as well as their habitats, adaptations, and the structures that bring fear to many.  TEKS-aligned for Grades K-5

 

Animal Encounters: Bats-A-Billion On-demand Webinar & Videoconference

Bats: Live on the Big ScreenThis interactive presentation provides students the opportunity to investigate the relationship between the anatomy and the ecology, including the dietary habits, of different species of bats.  An experience you will not want to miss.  LIVE bats take part in this (videoconference) program!  We will look at the unique structures and functions that allow them to fly, identify other special adaptations, as well discuss as their basic needs and diverse habitats. We will also discuss ways you can help conserve these beneficial creatures.  TEKS-aligned for Grades K-7

 

More Than a Drop Videoconference

More Than a DropThis interactive presentation opens students’ eyes to the various facets of water in the environment, from raindrops to aquifers.  Students will be challenged to think about where water comes from, how it got there, where it ends up, and how it is being used.  Students will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on, comparative demonstration along with the presenter, to help them better understand water usage and to learn how to conserve this natural resource.  TEKS-aligned for Grades K-8

 

Animal Encounters: Hawk Talk

Birds of prey, also known as raptors, are a common presence in the skies.   During the program, we will take an up-close look at a live Red-Tailed Hawk to discuss the various structures and functions of birds of prey (or hawks).  We will investigate hawks’ diet, their role in the food web,  their habitats, and the characteristics and traits that allow them to be such powerful predators.  TEKS-aligned for Grades 1-6

 

Let’s Talk Turkey! On-demand Webinar & Videoconference

Let's Talk TurkeyThis interactive presentation introduces students to fun facts about one of our state's most fabulous birds: THE WILD TURKEY!  We will discuss turkey anatomy, habitat, adaptations, and basic needs, as well as the various "calls" or vocalizations that turkeys use to communicate in their environment.  Students will listen to an assortment of calls and have the opportunity to take an up-close look at a real Wild Turkey.  TEKS-aligned for Grades 2-7

 

ASI: Animal Skull Investigation! On-demand Webinar & Videoconference

ASIThis interactive presentation allows students the opportunity to investigate skulls of native Texas animals.  Unique adaptations will be discussed and students will be asked to observe structures and functions to determine the identity and feeding habits of our mystery specimens.  TEKS-aligned for Grades 2-6

 

Urban Animal Encounters: Skunks and Armadillos! Videoconference

Meet the nine-banded armadillo and the striped skunk. Although their defense behaviors and adaptations are beneficial to them in their wild environment, these same behaviors do not fare well in urban habitats. Most people cannot help but turn up their noses when they think about these two animals, but after our class, we hope your feelings change. Join us as we clear up some common untruths and add clarity to their unique structures and functions with the help of our friendly guest stars!  TEKS-aligned for Grades K-8

 

Reptile Lifestyle Videoconference

Reptiles are a diverse group of animals, displaying great variety between species; think about turtles versus snakes!  During the program, we will take an up-close look at our live critters and compare their various structures and functions.  We will investigate and explore how they eat, how they survive in their environment/habitat, and how they protect themselves from predators.

 

 

Questions? Contact Elanor Dean, edean@texas-wildlife.org, 210-826-2904

 

For more information about any of the Outreach Programs please contact Kassi Scheffer at kscheffer@texas-wildlife.org or 210-826-2904.


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