Fall 2021 Schedule
Wednesday, October 13 - Owl Adaptations: 9:00, 10:15, 12:30, 2:00
Thursday, October 28 - Creepy Critters: 9:00, 10:15, 12:30, 2:00
Friday, October 29 - Bats-A-Billion: 9:00, 10:15, 12:30, 2:00
Wednesday, November 3 - All About Alligators: 9:00, 10:15, 12:30, 2:00
Wednesday, November 17 - Let's Talk Turkey: 9:00, 10:15, 12:30, 2:00
Designed for Grades 1-6, Science TEKS-aligned K-8
Animal Encounters: All About Alligators
This program features the largest reptile in Texas and North America, the American Alligator. We will discuss the wetland habitats they call home, their adaptations including their role in the food chain as an apex predator, and the differences between alligators and crocodiles. Students will also get to see a real alligator egg and skull, as well as our guest star, a real live alligator.
Animal Encounters: Owl Adaptations
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.
Animal Encounters: Creepy Critters
Unfortunately for our guests, their creepy appearance strikes fear in most people even though in some cases have never encountered them. Our visitors are quite an eclectic bunch, from those with no limbs, to others with four, 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 adaptations, and the structures that bring fear to many. TEKS-aligned for Grades K-5
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: Striped Skunks
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.
Let’s Talk Turkey
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.
Animal Encounters: Awesome Opossums
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
The Magic of Monarchs
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: Reptile Lifestyle
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
Animal Encounters: Peregrine Falcons
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 210-826-2904 ext 114