Program Areas

Youth Videoconferencing

Spring 2019 Videoconference Schedule coming soom!

 

Program descriptions below.

 

To register, click the links above or visit connect2texas.net, click Events, select Texas Wildlife Association as the Provider, choose a program date and time and click register.

Registration closes one week prior to program date.

Viewable with videoconferencing equipment, or online with a computer using Zoom

Designed for Grades 1-6, Science TEKS-aligned K-8

 

Program Descriptions:

 

Aquatic Insect Investigation

Follow-along worksheet

Aquatic insects, also known as macroinvertebrates, a word which breaks down into two parts, macro, meaning big or big enough to see without a microscope, and invertebrate, which means an animal without a backbone.  During this program we will investigate different species or types of aquatic macroinvertebrates collected from a freshwater habitat.  We will discuss their lifecycle, the adaptations which allow them to live in an aquatic environment, and even how you can determine the level of pollution in the water based on the types of macroinvertebrates that are present.

 

 

Animal Encounters: Owl Adaptations

Follow-along worksheet, Post coloring page, Post worksheet

The owl: nature’s nocturnal bird of prey.  Accompanied by our live Eastern Screech Owl in the studio, we will learn about these interesting animals found around the globe and all across Texas.  This program will examine the special adaptations which allow them to fly, hunt for prey, and survive in their environment.  We will also play the calls of some common Texas owls that your students may hear in their own backyard.

 

 

The Magic of Monarchs

Follow-along worksheet, Post coloring page, Post worksheet, On-demand Webinar

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.

 

 

Animal Encounters: Bats-A-Billion

Follow-along worksheet, Post worksheet, On-demand Webinar

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.  Also available as an On-demand Webinar. TEKS-aligned for Grades K-8

 

Animal Encounters: Creepy Critters

Follow-along worksheet, Post worksheet

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 DropMore Than a Drop

Follow-along worksheet

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: Striped Skunks

Follow-along worksheet, Post worksheet, Post coloring page

Meet 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 skunks, but after our class you will understand their ecological benefit.

 

 

 

 

Animal Encounters: Reptile Lifestyle

Follow-along worksheet

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

 

Let’s Talk Turkey

Follow-along worksheet, Post coloring page, Post worksheet, On-demand Webinar

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.

 

Animal Encounters: Awesome Opossums

Follow-along worksheet, Post coloring page, Post worksheet

The Virginia Opossum is the only Marsupial, or mammal with a pouch, in the United States. Many people fear or dislike opossums due to some common misconceptions and their adaptability to urban environments, but they are actually very interesting animals.  You will meet a live Virginia Opossum and explore the unique adaptations that have helped it adapt in its wild habitat and to an urban environment.  We will also clear up some public misconceptions and introduce many awesome traits about this animal.  TEKS-aligned for Grades K-8

 

Animal Encounters: Peregrine Falcons

Follow-along worksheet, Post coloring page, Post worksheet

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 Peregrine Falcon to discuss the important body structures and their functions.  We will investigate the falcon’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 and fast fliers.

 

 

Questions? Contact Elanor Dean, edean@texas-wildlife.org, 210-826-2904 ext 114

 

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