Program Areas

Wildlife by Design “Across Texas”

Every Wednesday we're offering Wildlife by Design virtually
to classrooms located outside the regions* of our on-the-ground educators.

*If in the Greater Houston, DFW, or South Texas areas, click here to go back to the main Wildlife by Design page and contact your local educator.

Virtual Presentation Specifics:

 

Registration and Participation Specifics:

  • Registration:
    • Request your presentation time in advance - click the link on the schedule to request presentation time(s) for specifically that date and topic
    • Teachers - Once your request is approved, you'll be sent a Zoom link - you can forward/share that link to your at-home learners
    • Participation is limited to 100 participants/presentation
  • Participation:
    • All presentations include poll questions for student/presenter interaction
      • As presentations are open to anyone, we have disabled audio, video, and chat features to ensure the presentation is not interrupted with external content
    • ​There are optional bilingual questions and a worksheet that align with each presentation.  Students could complete either during or after, if desired.

 

Click the linked date/topic below to request your presentation(s)

If your school is in the Greater Houston, DFW, or South Texas area, find your TWA Educator here to request an in-person or virtual presentation.

 

September
Wednesday, September 29 - Where Is Our Water?

October
Wednesday, October 6 - Investigating Life Cycles
Wednesday, October 13 - Stewarding Soil
Wednesday, October 20 - Where Is Our Water?
Wednesday, October 27 - Skins & Skulls

November
Wednesday, November 3 - Stewarding Soil
Wednesday, November 10 - Where Is Our Water?
Wednesday, November 17 - Birds of a Feather

December
Wednesday, December 1 - Investigating Life Cycles
Wednesday, December 8 - Stewarding Soil
Wednesday, December 15 - Skins & Skulls

 

 

Presentation Descriptions:

 

Skins & Skulls is a prepared discussion of the identification and specialized adaptations of native Texas wildlife using animal skulls and skins.  Students will investigate the skulls of these animals to identify their ‘mystery mammal,’ all while learning about their animal’s habitat, food sources, and adaptations for survival.  The concept and importance of land stewardship, including its wildlife, is introduced and reinforced throughout the presentation.
K.9B | 1.10A | 2.9A  2.10A |  3.9A  3.10A |  4.7C  4.10A |  5. 9A  5.10A |  6.12E  6.12F |  7.10A  7.10B  7.11B  7.12A |  8.11A  8.11B

Where Is Our Water? is an interactive program that covers a variety of water topics, from the water cycle to sources and usage of water to pollution and infiltration of groundwater into our aquifers.  Hands-on activities and demonstrations will allow students to investigate and understand the human impact on water and how it affects our land and wildlife.  The concept and importance of land and water stewardship is introduced and reinforced throughout the presentation.  The main message is conservation!
K.7C | 1.7C | 2.7C 2.8C | 3.5B 3.7C 3.7D 3.8B | 4.5A 4.5B 4.7A 4.7C 4.8B | 5.5A | 5.7B 5.8B | 6.5A 6.5B | 7.8B 7.8C | 8.5D

Birds of a Feather is an overview of bird adaptations.  By investigating skulls and feet of different species of bird, students will discover what makes a bird a bird and how different birds use their adaptations to survive in their environments.  Activities may include exploring bird anatomy, identifying a bird based on its skull and foot, experimenting with different bird beaks and how a bird might use a specific beak to get its food, measuring wingspan, and listening to bird vocalizations.  The concept and importance of land stewardship, including native Texas birds, is introduced and reinforced throughout the presentation.
K.9B K.10B |  1.10A 1.10C |  2.9A  2.10A |  3.9A  3.10A 3.10B  3.10C |  4.7C  4.10A  4.10B  4.10C |  5.9A  5.10A 5.10B | 6.12E  6.12F |  7.10A  7.11B  7.12A  7.13A  7.14A |  8.11A 8.11B

Investigating Life Cycles is an inquiry-based program that allows students to investigate and understand each stage of various life cycles using biofacts, kinesthetic activities, and trivia games, for a better understanding of the cycle as a whole.  Students will learn the characteristics that allow a plant or animal to grow into a mature adult and how each stage affects its habitat and other plant and animal populations.
K.9B  K.10C  K.10D | 1.10A  1.10B  1.10C  1.10D |  2.9A  2.10A 2.10B 2.10C |  3.9A  3.10A 3.10B 3.10C | 4. 10A  4.10B  4.10C |  5.9A  5.10A 5.10B 5.10C |  6.12C  6.12E | 7.10A  7.10B  7.12A |  8.11A 8.11B

Stewarding Soil is a series of hands-on activities that allows students to dig in and investigate!  Students will learn how soil is formed; the characteristics of sand, silt, and clay; how soil health affects living and nonliving things; and what products come from soil.  Throughout the program, students will gain a better understanding of why soil is so important to wildlife and people and how they can be stewards of this natural resource.  The concept and importance of land stewardship, including soils, is introduced and reinforced throughout the presentation.
K.5A K.7C K.9A K.9B | 1.5A 1.7A 1.7C 1.9A | 2.5A 2.7C 2.9A | 3.5B 3.7A 3.7C 3.9A |  4.7A 4.7C | 5 .9A |  6.12E | 7.10A |  8.11B                                                      

        

 

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