L.A.N.D.S. Outreach - October Reaching Across Texas Report
TWA’s L.A.N.D.S. Outreach programs continued their success during the month of October. 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 (11,506 students to date in 2015)
- New webinar launched in October – Prairie Dog Discovery
- “Scientists consider prairie dogs to be a keystone species that affect many aspects of the environment. Join us as we discuss the prairie dog's importance in the ecosystem and their amazing adaptations. Many animals rely on prairie dogs in a variety of ways; their complex underground burrows provide habitat for several species, and they are a food source to many predators. We will also discuss prairie dog structures, their functions, and delve more into their underground habitats.”
- 4,837 students (along with their teachers) participated in one of our six (6) programs in October
Distance Learning – Youth Videoconferencing (53,522 students to date in 2015)
- 2,131 – October 7 – ASI: Animal Skull Investigation
- 3,657 – October 19 – The Magic of Monarchs
- 6,881 – October 29 – Animal Encounter: Creepy Critters
- 8,620 – October 30 – Animal Encounters: Bats-A-Billion
- November 5 – Animal Encounters: Hawk Talk
- November 18 – Let’s Talk Turkey
- December 3 – More Than a Drop
Wildlife by Design Classroom Presentations (50,190 students to date in 2015)
- 3,938 - Tarrant & Surrounding Counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Wise Counties)
- 3,022 - Harris & Surrounding Counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties)
- 1,421 - Rio Grande Valley (Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy Counties)
Discovery Trunks (91, 320 students to date in 2015)
- 3,864 - Tarrant & Surrounding Counties (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Wise Counties)
- 7,057 - Harris & Surrounding Counties (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties)
- 1,628 - Rio Grande Valley (Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Kenedy, Starr, and Willacy Counties)
- 4,919 - Statewide Counties
Statewide Community Events
- October 7, Presentation about TWA and the wildlife industry to 200 students at HISD’s Cesar Chavez High School.
- October 9-10, Texas Association of Environmental Education Conference, Houston, TX – Event for formal and informal educators looking for information on strategies for education programs and classrooms, STEM in Texas, and program development and sustainability.
- October 13-16, East Foundation Behind the Gates Field Lesson, El Sauz Ranch, Port Mansfield, Texas.
- October 17, Heritage Fest, Benbrook, Texas – A family-friendly festival to celebrate our Texas heritage that includes games, activities, arts, crafts, great festival food, exhibits, a pumpkin patch and music.
- October 22, STEM Spooktacular, Jerry Junkins Elementary, Dallas, Texas.
- October 24, ArBOOretum, Houston Arboretum, Houston, Texas – Family-oriented event in the heart of Houston.
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
Education Program Specialist – Kassi Scheffer