L.A.N.D.S. Outreach - March 2016 Reaching Across Texas Report
TWA’s L.A.N.D.S. Outreach programs continued their success during the month of March. 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 (7,694 students to date in 2016)
Distance Learning – Youth Videoconferencing (6,035 students to date in 2016)
- 1,972 – March 21 – 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 (24,548 students to date in 2016)
3,822 - Tarrant & Surrounding Counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Wise Counties)
- 2,546 - Harris & Surrounding Counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties)
- 2,032 - Rio Grande Valley (Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy Counties)
Discovery Trunks (53,520 students to date in 2016)
- 6,192 - Tarrant & Surrounding Counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Wise Counties)
- 9,001 - Harris & Surrounding Counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties)
- 3,150 - Rio Grande Valley (Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy Counties)
- 4,581 - Statewide Counties
Statewide Community Events
- March 5, Nature Fest at Jesse Jones Nature Center in Humble, TX. Annual family event that brings awareness to the community about ways to be involved in nature discovery and wildlife exploration. This year’s event brought over 1,500 visitors to the park
- March 5, Ocelot Conservation Festival, Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville, TX. Approximately 1,500 adults
and children attended this annual event which included a 5K/1mi. run for participants. There were exhibits a live ocelot presentation. TWA and the East Foundation had a booth to educate the public about how private land stewardship contributes to ocelot conservation and over 300 people visited the booth.
- March 31, Home School Day, Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth, TX. An event for home school families and the community to explore native Texas wildlife and conservation principles, held in the Texas Wild area of the zoo.
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