L.A.N.D.S. Outreach - April 2016 Reaching Across Texas Report
TWA’s L.A.N.D.S. Outreach programs continued their success during the month of April. Many thanks to the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation for its support of the current and future endeavors as we educate the youth of Texas on natural resource literacy and private land stewardship. As the numbers show, TWA is making a difference!
Distance Learning – Youth On-demand Webinars (12,192 students to date in 2016)
Distance Learning – Youth Videoconferencing (22,113 students to date in 2016)
2,504 – April 5th – Animal Encounters: Prickly Porcupines
- 6,430 – April 16th – The Magic of Monarchs
- 4,514 – April 21st –Animal Encounters: Reptile Lifestyle
- 2,630 – April 26th – Animal Encounters: Prairie Dog Discovery
- May 5 - Animal Encounters: Bats-A-Billion
- May 17 - Animal Encounters: Awesome Opossums
Wildlife by Design Classroom Presentations (36,113 students to date in 2016)
- 5,600 - Tarrant & Surrounding Counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Wise Counties)
- 4,176- Harris & Surrounding Counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties)
- 1,446 - Rio Grande Valley (Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy Counties)
Discovery Trunks (75,431 students to date in 2016)
- 7,627 - Tarrant & Surrounding Counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Wise Counties)
- 5,631 - Harris & Surrounding Counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties)
- 2,570 - Rio Grande Valley (Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy Counties)
- 5,599 - Statewide Counties
Statewide Community Events
- April 2, Presentation to 200 at Forest Festival in Huntsville State Park for HISD’s Travis Elementary as part of a joint effort to teach children and their families about trees, fish, wildlife, birds, flowers, canoeing, forest conservation, water conservation, etc.
- April 2, Texas Wildlife & Woodlands Expo and Spring Fling at the Lone Star College in Conroe will be a day of fun and festivities that focus on Texas conservation of wildlife and forests. Families will be able to see booths from many local and state-wide organizations that promote natural resource education and healthy living.
- April 3, Fort Worth Earth Party, Fort Worth, TX. TWA will host an educational booth at this free annual community festival that celebrates nature, conservation and all things sustainable.
- April 7, STEM Night, Keller ISD, Fort Worth, TX. An expo type event showcasing the importance of STEM. Students have the opportunity to interact with and explore science based careers and activities of various STEM-based organizations.
- April 9, Nurture Nature Festival, Baytown, TX. 6th annual free family event hosted 4,200 folks on San Jacinto Point, a beautiful peninsula of over 100 acres of high quality restored salt marsh surrounded by Crystal and Burnet Bays. TWA interacted with 400 attendees to promote our connection to and responsibility for wildlife in Texas.
- April 16, Scout Fair at NRG Arena in Houston, TX will host Scouts from 16 counties around the Houston area. The scouts will come to showcase their Scouting skills and see exhibitors from a variety of local, state, and federal agencies that display information and hands-on activities related to environmental issues, animal science, and conservation.
- April 16, EarthFest 2016, Brownsville, TX. Annual Earth Day celebration focuses on green living and natural resource conservation. TWA and the East Foundation will host a booth at the event to educate the public about land stewardship and native Texas wildlife.
- April 20, All Systems Earth Week, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, TX. All Systems Earth Week is an annual event to celebrate Earth Day. School field trip groups have the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and interactive programs that are centered on Earth’s natural systems/cycles, and conservation.
- April 22, Science Night, Eagle Mountain Elementary, Fort Worth, TX. Annual event for students and their families to explore hands-on science-based activities facilitated by educators, parents and community partners.
- April 23, Denton Redbud Festival, Denton Civic Center. TWA outreach staff will have an educational booth at this family-friendly community festival in the Redbud Capital of Texas.
- April 23, Earth Day Celebration, Children’s Museum of Houston, where a booth allow about 200 attendees to get a hands-on experience with the skins and skulls of native Texas mammals.
- April 23, Party for the Planet, Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, TX. It is the Zoo’s celebration of Earth Day where eco-conscious members of the community come together to help share the message of conservation. TWA and the East Foundation will bring a booth with a mini-CSI activity to the event to educate the public about land stewardship and native Texas wildlife.
- The week of April 25th, Water Week at the WaterWorks Education Center in Humble will focus on the conservation of water in the Houston area. Schools from Harris and surrounding counties are invited to attend and visit booths featuring companies committed to conserving water for wildlife and people in Texas.
Give the Gift of Education – Discovery Trunks
Share your passion for Texas wildlife and private land stewardship and ‘Give the Gift of Education’. Your donation will fund TWA’s Discovery Trunks. Discovery Trunks are shipped to Texas schools and organizations, free of charge, allowing educators to easily incorporate the TEKS-aligned wildlife conservation and natural resources lessons and materials into their teachings. Discovery Trunks are in high demand (each trunk reaches approximately 1,600 students a year) and are completely funded by grants and donations – take this opportunity to pay it forward!
L.A.N.D.S. Outreach Educators
Tarrant & Surrounding Counties – Toni Purnell, Julia Farmer, Kimberly Shaw
Harris & Surrounding Counties – Adrienne Paquette & Jo Picken
Rio Grande Valley – Elisa Velador
Statewide Programs – Elanor Dean
Curriculum Writer – Marla Wolf
Director of Education – Outreach Programs – Kassi Scheffer