The Rangelands: A Conservation Education Guide provides hands-on, active learning with many outdoor activities to help educators convey the importance of rangeland conservation while establishing real world connections to science. The curriculum contains 27 lessons that are aligned to the core Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and other conservation-based education standards which focus on science while integrating social studies, language arts, and math.
Lessons emphasize experiential learning through hands-on, real world science-based investigations of plants, wildlife, livestock, soil, water, ecology, ecosystem services, and stewardship.
A variety of teaching methods are incorporated into the lessons in order to meet the needs of all students and activate higher-order thinking and synthesis in creative products and presentations. Teaching methods include field and lab activities, science investigations and inquiry, games, songs, role play, computer and Internet lessons, citizen science, and community resources.
The curriculum is available through our Home on the Range teacher workshops.
Our popular Home on the Range teacher workshops are offered at Texas Education Service Centers, nature centers, and conferences around the state each year. During this fun and interactive workshop, participants will experience many of the curriculum activities while discovering techniques to engage their students in science and nature-based learning. Virtual trainings are now available.
Workshop participants will receive a DIGITAL copy of the Rangelands: A Conservation Education Guide, 6 hours CPE credit, and valuable resources to bring back to the classroom!
A Tisket, a Tasket, What Plants are in my Basket?
Students will learn about plant structures by working together as a class to identify, collect, and press local native plants found in the schoolyard or nearby natural areas.
Grow, Grass, Grow
Students role-play parts of a plant to model structures and functions of the parts of a grass plant and demonstrate how re-growth occurs after grazing.
Training Dates Coming summer 2023
“This workshop will affect my teaching for years to come.”
“Well Done! Well organized. Differentiated for different ages and Gifted and Talented. Lots of resources and extensions.”
“I love the Rangelands Educational Guide and will be using it a lot!”
“I like that the curriculum uses field activities on the school grounds. Field trips off school grounds are difficult.”
“The lessons in the guide are very organized and descriptive. I can take this and use it right away in the classroom.”
“Thanks for a useful tool! Fairly simple activities with few supplies, but promoted deeper thinking in students.”
“The most fun I have had at a workshop in years!”
“Our students will love these activities!”