Texas Wild School Programs

Creature Features

Grades: K – 2 (Max 30 Students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                     45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Cultivate critical thinking through an investigation of adaptation. Students will explore Texas ecosystems and make observations and hypotheses about animal features. Creature Features is sure to enhance your students’ interest and knowledge of the ecologically diverse state of Texas.

Healthy Land

Grades: K – 2 (Max 30 Students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                     45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Introduce students to the concepts of responsibility, stewardship of land resources and citizenship. Students will learn behaviors that promote healthy land management through hands-on activities and interactive simulations.

Wild Habitats

Grades: 3 – 5 (Max 35 Students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                     45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Explore the distinct ecological regions of Texas and investigate how animals survive and thrive in their unique habitats. Students will examine the food web and determine how living and non-living elements of a habitat are interrelated.

Taking Care of Texas

Grades: 3 – 5 (Max 35 Students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                     45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Texas is home to diverse animal and plant life in 10 unique eco-regions. It should come as no surprise then that being land stewards in Texas will mean using different strategies in different regions. Join us as we explore these strategies in order to plan and create maps of eco-region specific parks that demonstrate our understanding of land stewardship and appreciation of the diversity that can only be found in Texas.

Our Dynamic River

Grades: 3 – 8 (Max 30 Students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                     45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Dive into ecology and the river as a vital local resource. The RiverAlive! touch tank and the WaterWorks exhibit on the banks of the river serve as outdoor classrooms to investigate ecology and engineering. Students will use maps and images from the Witte Collection to explore the history and importance of the dynamic San Antonio River.

The Roots in the River Experience

Grades: 4 – 8 (Max 80 Students)

Cost: $5 per student

Monday-Friday                    2 hrs.

(9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.)

Investigate the Deep Time story of the San Antonio River. Discover how natural and man-made forces shaped the river and why people have called this watershed home for thousands of years. Apply critical thinking skills to examine human impact on the river’s ecology, and how engineering and stewardship can ensure the San Antonio River remains a source of recreation and healthy habitats in the future.

Program rotations include:

  • River Alive Ecology Exploration
  • Waterworks Engineering
  • Riverbank History
  • Healthy Rivers, Healthy You

From River to Sink,

What’s in My Drink?

Grades: 4 – 8 (Max 35 Students)

Cost: $4 per student

Monday-Friday                     90 min.

(9:30 a.m and 11:15 a.m)

Immerse students in understanding the water cycle, the properties of solvents and contaminants and how they affect water use. Students will investigate water issues and concerns through enriching, hands-on activities as they explore this non-renewable precious resource.

Texas Wild Experience

Grades: 5 – 8 (Max 80 Students)

Cost: $5 per student

Monday-Friday                     2 hrs.

(9:30 a.m – 11:30 a.m)

Get more value from your visit with this extended program that brings the Texas Wild Gallery and Land Stewardship Lab together through interactive rotations of the spaces. Create environmental simulations to draw conclusions about natural and human-made impact on the land. Experience the museum’s immersive environment and outdoor habitats to better understand Texas as a unique landscape. Students will focus on the ecological regions of the state and examine natural and re-created habitats to answer questions about human impact on the land.

Eco-Challenge

Grades: 6 – 8 (Max 35 Students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                     45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Connect the reasons why animals compete, survive and thrive in nature. Delve into why carnivores, herbivores and omnivores all have a place in a balanced ecosystem. Students will investigate balanced relationships in nature while examining live animals up close.

Deeper Than Dirt

Grades: 6 – 8 (Max 35 Students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                     45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Examine the geologic formations that make Texas unique. Connect with the geology and geography of Texas and how they affect the way we use land. Working with hands-on activities and student-led simulations, participants will test the effects of different stimuli on the aquifer. Students will explore and discuss the effects of urban encroachment and habitat loss on the changing landscape.

Nature’s Network

Grades: 9 – 12 (Max 35 Students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                     45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Find your place in the food web. Animal relationships are fundamental to the success of ecosystems. This program challenges students to understand how every living and non-living thing is connected on the planet by focusing on symbiotic, taxonomic and trophic systems.

Environmental Ethics

Grades: 9 – 12 (Max 35 Students)

Cost: $3 per student

Monday-Friday                     45 min.

(9:30 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m)

Delve into environmental ethics and land stewardship. What role do environmental ethics play in a building project? Be prepared to debate with your classmates over a complex issue during a “town hall” meeting to determine if a new construction project is right for the different interest groups in your simulated community.