L.A.N.D.S. Outreach - February 2016 Reaching Across Texas Report
TWA’s L.A.N.D.S. Outreach programs continued their success during the month of February. 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 (4,460 students to date in 2016)
Distance Learning – Youth Videoconferencing (4,063 students to date in 2016)
- 1,928 - February 17 - ASI: Animal Skull Investigation
- 2,135 - February 25 - Animal Encounters: Creepy Critters
- March 21 - Animal Encounters: Hawk Talk
- April 5 - Animal Encounters: Prickly Porcupines
- April 13 - The Magic of Monarchs
- April 21 - Animal Encounters: Reptile Lifestyle
- April 26 - Animal Encounters: Prairie Dog Discovery
- May 5 - Animal Encounters: Bats-A-Billion
- May 17 - Animal Encounters: Awesome Opossums
Wildlife by Design Classroom Presentations (16,007 students to date in 2016)
- 4,633 - Tarrant & Surrounding Counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Wise Counties)
- 3,276 - Harris & Surrounding Counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties)
- 1,753 - Rio Grande Valley (Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy Counties)
Discovery Trunks (31,380 students to date in 2016)
- 4,499 - Tarrant & Surrounding Counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Wise Counties)
- 5,485 - Harris & Surrounding Counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties)
- 2,478 - Rio Grande Valley (Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy Counties)
- 6,878 - Statewide Counties
Statewide Community Events
- February 6, Presentation to Region 4 Science Conference and Booth. Dedicated to K–12 instructional strategies, assessment, and technology applications in science. 45 teachers attended presentation and 150 visited the booth.
- February 12, Coastal Expo, Municipal Park, Edinburg, TX. Event taught students and families about coastal ecosystems, South Texas Wildlife, and outdoor adventures. Approximately 3,000 students attended along with their teachers. TWA/East Foundation hosted a booth with a 10 minute presentation/identification activity.
- February 24, Texas Children in Nature San Antonio Area meeting to discuss ongoing efforts to incorporate nature into education
- February 27, Fort Bend ISD STEAM Festival. An estimated 2,500 attendees from the community were on hand to explore various areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as well as a taste of the Fine Arts. TWA was there to ensure our state’s natural resources are represented and a part of the learning experience.
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