Region 4 Education Service Center partners with Virtually Wild! Texas partners to provide students with engaging and interactive virtual field trips.
Save Texas Wildlife with Your Phone - Join the City Nature Challenge and Become a Citizen Scientist!
The City Nature Challenge
is a global event (from April 24-27 and April 28-May 3, 2020) which engages ‘citizen scientists’
from across the planet to observe and record animals and plants in their local communities. Cities compete with each other to see who can (1) observe the greatest number of species, (2) have the most observers, and (3) or have the greatest number of observations. Texas has done well in this event the last two years because of its amazing biodiversity and we need your help this year!
Learn about the City Nature Challenge, the iNaturalist app/webpage (used to make and list observations during the City Nature Challenge), how your students and you can become safely involved even in this time of social distancing, and how scientists are using data from iNaturalist to restore wildlife habitat!
Location: Live from the field
Provider: The Nature Conservancy in Texas and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Houston Community Partnerships and Engagement Program
Date: April 22, 2020
Length: 40 minutes
Session 1 - 9:00 am – 9:40 am
Session 2 - 10:00 am – 10:40 am
Grade Levels: This program is planned at a 3rd - 5th grade level, but students of all ages will gain useful vocabulary and an understanding of how technology is used to help manage lands for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Science: Grade 3 - 9A,C, Grade 4 - 10A, Grade 5 - 9A,C
Social Studies: Grade 4 - 9C
Guest Presenters: Jaime González (The Nature Conservancy in Texas) and Nancy Brown (US Fish & Wildlife Service)
Prairies for the People: Nash Prairie and Restoring Prairies to Texas Cities
Join scientists and volunteers from The Nature Conservancy in Texas to about ancient prairies are helping to make cities more resilient and healthy for both people and wildlife! We’ll explore the famous Nash Prairie, the largest intact native prairie in the Greater Houston region. This prairie is buzzing and hopping with life and its seeds are being used to restore dozens of prairies, including city prairies, in the area. We’ll discuss the benefits that prairies provide in rural environments and cities and how they help connect Texans to their iconic culture and history. We’ll even show students and schools how they can bring a pocket prairie to their school!
Location: Nash Prairie Preserve in Brazoria County, TX
Provider: The Nature Conservancy-Texas, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Houston Community Partnerships and Engagement Program, Student Conservation Association, Texas A&M Forest Service
Date: May 6, 2020
Length: 45 minutes
Session 1 - 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Session 2 - 10:00 am – 10:45 am
Grade Levels: This program is planned at a 3rd - 5th grade level, but students of all ages will gain useful vocabulary and an understanding of prairie habitat and the important role it has in both rural and urban environments.
Science: Grade 3 - 9A, 9B, 9C, 10A, Grade 4 - 9A, 9B, 10A, Grade 5 - 9A, 10A
Social Studies: Grade 3 - 2A, 4A, Grade 4 - 1B, 2A, 7B, 9A, 9B, 9C, 12A, Grade 5 - 9C
Guest Presenters: Jaime Gonzalez, The Nature Conservancy - Texas