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
Designed 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
Tentative Spring 2015 Videoconference Schedule*
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.
February 26 (Th) - ASI: Animal Skull Investigation
March 5 (Th) - Animal Encounters: Reptile Lifestyle
March 24 (Tu) - Animal Encounters: Prickly Porcupines
April 10 (F) - In the News: Urban Bobcats
April 15 (W) - The Magic of Monarchs
April 28 (Tu) - Urban Animal Encounters: Awesome Opossums
May 5 (Tu) - Animal Encounters: Hawk Talk
May 12 (Tu) - Animal Encounters: Prairie Dog Discovery *NEW PROGRAM*
May 19 (Tu) - Bats-A-Billion
May 27 (W) - Animal Encounters: Creepy Critters
*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!
Urban Animal Encounters - Prickly Porcupines! Videoconference
Join us and our prickly guest as we clear up some common misconceptions and discuss porcupines' amazing adaptations. These rodents are unique in so many ways, from being nocturnal to being covered in quills; our program will be packed with fun facts. We will also study porcupine structures, their functions, habitats, and compare 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
For 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 up close and in detail. 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: Bats-A-Billion On-demand Webinar & Videoconference
This 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. This is an experience you will not want to miss. LIVE bats take part in the program! We will look at their unique body structures and their functions that allow bats to fly, identify other special adaptations, as well as discuss their basic needs and diverse habitats. We will also discuss ways you can help these beneficial creatures and conserve their habitats. TEKS-aligned for Grades K-8
Animal Encounters: Prairie Dog Discovery *NEW PROGRAM*
Scientists consider prairie dogs to be a keystone species that affect many aspects of the environment. Join us and our rodent guest star as we discuss the prairie dog's importance in the ecosystem and their amazing adaptations. Many animals rely on prairie dogs in a variety of ways; their complex underground burrows provide habitat for several species, and they are a food source to many predators. We will also discuss prairie dog structures, their functions, and delve more into their underground habitats. Don't miss this great opportunity to see this rarely seen critter! TEKS-aligned for Grades K-5
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
More Than a Drop Videoconference
This 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 sight in the skies. During the program, we will take an up-close look at a live Red-Tailed Hawk to discuss the important body structures and their functions. We will investigate the hawk’s diet, their role in the food web, the habitats in which they are found, and the adaptations that allow them to be such powerful predators. TEKS-aligned for Grades 1-5
Let’s Talk Turkey! On-demand Webinar & Videoconference
This 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
This interactive presentation allows students the opportunity to investigate skulls of native Texas animals. Unique adaptations will be discussed and students will be asked to identify common structures of animal skulls and then determine their function(s). During the investigations, students will discover the feeding habits, survival adaptations, and finally the identity 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 benefit 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 you will understand the ecological benefit of these fascinating wildlife species. Join us as we clear up some common untruths and add clarity to their unique body structures and their 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 body structures and their functions. We will investigate and explore how they eat, how they survive in their environment/habitat, and how they protect themselves from predators. TEKS-aligned for Grades 1-5
Questions? Contact Elanor Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org, 210-826-2904
For more information about any of the Outreach Programs please contact Kassi Scheffer at email@example.com or 210-826-2904.