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Take Care of Texas: Resources for Teachers and Educators

A compilation of resources for environmental education.

In addition to publications, the TCEQ offers educators this compilation of resources. Most of the links on this Web page take you off of the TCEQ website (Exit the TCEQ). If you encounter an incorrect or broken link, please notify us by calling 512-239-3143 or sending e-mail to educate@tceq.texas.gov.

Teaching Materials and Activities

 

  • Outdoor Learning - Texas Parks and Wildlife Department-links to activities, Web pages for children, publications, and other resources for parents and teachers.

  • Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority-Educational Services - Materials, activities, and links for children and educators related to water conservation.

  • Texas Stream Team, River Systems Institute (Texas State University-San Marcos) - A statewide program in which volunteers conduct basic water quality tests and submit the data. Many science teachers form groups to provide elementary and secondary school students hands-on lessons in biology, chemistry, and ecology; it also offers environmental education tools and activities.

  • Renewable Energy Lesson Plans - Lesson plans and teacher guides suitable for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Also, links on renewable energy from the Texas State Energy Conservation Office and InfinitePower.org.

  • Information for Educators and Students - Links to classroom activities, learning tools, publications, and more about conservation of land, soil, and water. Provided by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (Texas website) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

  • Soil and Water Conservation Districts Information and Education - Links and information from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board about teacher workshops and student contests.
  • State Energy Conservation Office Teacher Programs - Energy-education curriculum and outreach information, including Watt Watchers, a free, state-sponsored program to help schools save energy and money by getting students involved.

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Professional Development

 

  • Project Learning Tree - A statewide program for teachers and educators of students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade; its trained facilitators provide workshops (with hands-on activities) across Texas; its website has guides, an Environmental Exchange Box, and other resources.

  • Teacher Development Workshops at the Lower Colorado River Authority's Natural Science Centers - These workshops help educators expand their curriculum or integrate outdoor experiences with classroom studies; some workshops offer accreditation or continuing education credit.

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