Program Areas

Discovery Trunks

  • All Texas schools, homeschool co-ops, and organizations with the desire to educate the youth of Texas can reserve a Discovery Trunk.
  • Hands-on, natural resource materials and lessons
  • Available statewide
  • Science TEKS aligned for grades K-8
  • Available at no cost
  • 7 different trunk topics available
  • Discovery Trunks Cleaning Procedure - New

Before you make your reservation, please make note of the following requests:


  • Discovery Trunks are a great resource and in high demand - we encourage you to share this resource with your fellow educators.
  • Trunk reservations are handled first-come, first-served - sign up now!
  • Each school/location is allowed to reserve two Discovery Trunks per semester.
  • Trunks are funded through grants, as such we prefer that at least 40 total students use the Discovery Trunk


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Trunk Descriptions:

Animal Adaptations - CD Items

Your students can explore the major vertebrate groups while identifying various adaptations of select native Texas animals by examining their pelts, skulls, tracks, and more.  Students will learn to use field guides, books, and bird calls as tools to further explore animal adaptations.  Throughout the lessons, students are encouraged to research wildlife using not only the materials found in the trunk but through outdoor observation of wildlife as well.


Adaptation Investigations - CD Items

There are over 1,200 species of animals native to Texas and wildlife biologists utilize a variety of methods to identify animals, aside from observing the animal in its habitat.  Our Adaptation Investigations Discovery Trunk allows students to examine the clues animals leave behind and participate in animal identification exercises.  Learn about animal adaptations by investigating skulls from 14 of the most recognizable native Texas animals along with molds of their tracks and replicas of their scat.


Bats-A-Billion - CD Items

Bats-A-BillionThere are over 1,100 species of bats, accounting for one fifth of the mammal species in the world.  Bats are nocturnal, flying mammals that live in a variety of habitats on every continent, except Antarctica. Learn about unique adaptations that allow bats to echolocate, fly, and hang upside down and explore why they hibernate and migrate. Made with contributions from Bat Conservation International (BCI).


Bird Adaptations - CD Items

Bird is the WordTexas is home to over 600 different species of birds and they are quite diverse.  They have a wide variety of adaptations including coloration, beak types, feet and legs, and more.  This trunk will explore bird adaptations and includes items such as foot and skull models, feathers, books, and lessons focused on adaptations.


Butterflies Flutter By - CD Items

Butterflies Flutter By There are between 15,000 and 20,000 species of butterfly in the world and hundreds of species in Texas alone.  This trunk investigates all aspects of these delicate creatures including their life cycle, migration, and their role in the natural world.  Get hands on with real butterfly models and learn about their unique adaptations.


Life of a Bird - CD Items

Let's Talk TurkeyAll birds have the same life cycle from egg, to young bird or chick, to adult, but there are many differences along the way.  This trunk will delve into the life cycle and life of a bird, including behaviors such as migration, songs, and human encounters.  Materials include life cycle posters, egg models, bird calls, migration maps, and aligning books and lessons.


More Than a Drop - CD Items

More Than a DropThis trunk opens students’ eyes to the various facets of water, 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.  CONSERVATION is the main message!



K-8 Science Scope and Sequence Alignment


Visit for specific alignments

Adaptations and Survival, Animal Behavior, Animals Groups, Aquatic Plants, Aquifers, Basic Needs, Camouflage and Mimicry, Classification, Complete and Incomplete Metamorphosis, Conservation of Natural Resources, External Characteristics of Living Things, Feeding Adaptations, Food Chains and Food Webs, Groundwater and Watersheds, Habitats, Environments, and Ecosystems, Heredity, Inherited Traits, Interaction of Living and Nonliving Things, Interdependence, Journaling, Levels of Organisms within an Ecosystem, Life Cycles, Natural Sources of Water, Physical Characteristics of Environments, Physical Characteristics of Living Things, Pollution, Populations and Communities, Predation, Reproduction, Seasons and Adaptations, States of Matter, Structure, Function and Survival, Uses of Water, Water Cycle and its Processes, Water Testing, Weathering, Erosion and Deposition


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