The science TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) recommend that students spend 60-80% of their time in lab and field activities. Our programs utilize the natural world to supply these first-hand experiences for students. Our field trips vary in length from a half-day to two days. Groups participating in two-day field trips have the option of staying overnight in our bunkhouse. Our educators work closely with teachers to specifically design each educational program to meet the needs of the group. If you would like more information on our K-12 program, or to set up a visit, fill out the form at the bottom of the page!
If coming out to the refuge for a field trip is not an option, we can come to you! For more information on our Outreach program, go to our Outreach page here.
Our programs utilize hands-on, field-based activities focused on
South Texas ecology . management and natural history of native plants and animals . contemporary conservation issues
We incorporate activities that stress as many TEKS as possible and work with teachers to design specific programs to reinforce and address selected topics from classroom curricula. Our educators have B.S. or M.Sc. degrees; and are well-versed in contemporary issues related to wildlife biology, wildlife and range management, and natural resource conservation. As part of our mission, these programs demonstrate that wildlife and other land uses can coexist if managed in a sustainable manner.
Our K-12 educational programs and field trips are free, as are our classroom visits. There is an $8 per person/per night fee for K-12 groups utilizing our facilities for overnight trips. For more information on facilities, policies, guidelines, and more review our Group Packet below. To schedule a group visit, contact our Education Manager, Angie Arredondo.