Lend a Hand: Volunteer for a L.A.N.D.S. Field Day
Excerpt from Texas Wildlife, August 2019.
Article & Photos by Kristin Parma, Membership Coordinator
Photo 1: School buses arrive at the Lazy U Ranch in Seguin, TX
Photo 2: After a lesson on how radio telemetry is used to locate animals, students are broken up into groups to use equipment to track a live receiver.
Photo 3: Insect sweep. Students are encouraged to find and identify insects in the field.
Photo 4: Draw What You Hear. Students sit quietly and listen as they draw the sounds of nature.
With our busy day-to-day lives, we all find ways to volunteer our time. Whether it is helping a neighbor, contributing to a church fundraiser or dropping a family member off at school, the benefits of volunteering for the community can be even greater for you, the volunteer.
Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (L.A.N.D.S.) is a program TWA offers through our Conservation Legacy department. This intensive, yearlong, education program strives to impart teachers and their students with natural resource knowledge, and a connection to nature while fostering values related to wildlife and land stewardship. So what does that mean exactly? Texas Wildlife Association is taking kids, teachers, parents and leaders OUTDOORS.
Volunteering for a L.A.N.D.S. Field Day, often conducted on a local private ranch, allows kids to experience outdoor hands-on learning beyond the classroom. Activities involved range from a lesson on radio telemetry in the field, water quality testing, and quail nest predation to drawing the sights and sounds of nature. None of these activities would be possible to demonstrate without willing volunteers to assist. By helping out at a field day, you will be rewarded with the benefits of knowing you made an impact on the community and its youth to foster a love for the outdoors.
Remember, volunteering does not have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your day. Whether you are a new or longtime TWA member, we thank you for joining Texas Wildlife Association and supporting our mission. We hope that you will consider joining TWA at a L.A.N.D.S. Field Day near you and represent our members as those who love and cherish the Texas outdoors.
For more information on volunteering for a L.A.N.D.S. Field Day please contact Leslie Wittenburg, Director of Education- L.A.N.D.S. Intensive Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org.