Educational Programming at TFFC
TFFC provides facilities where teachers can present meaningful aquatic education experiences for school, club and scout groups from Tuesday through Friday. TFFC staff will provide assistance during a four-hour block beginning at mid-morning or at other times by special arrangement.
Teachers and group leaders may choose from among such activities as a wetlands tour, fishing, study of aquatic invertebrates, water quality investigation, fish identification, attending the dive show, tram tour of the production hatchery, self-guided tour of the Visitor Center exhibits and more.
Teachers are encouraged to prepare their classes for field trips by completing pre-visit activities. Resources for appropriate activities can be found under Teacher Resources at the bottom of this page.
Fly fishing instruction for beginner and intermediate levels is available at scheduled times by reservation. All equipment is furnished, but you may bring your own. Classes are held in the Hart-Morris Conservation Center. Recommended minimum age is 12, and a fee is charged. Please check the calendar of events for schedule information.
Hunter education classes are offered at TFFC at various times during the year. The wetlands trail at TFFC also serves as a hunter skills trail for students from the East Texas area. Instructors may bring their classes to TFFC for this purpose. No admission fee is charged for use of the hunter skills trail, but reservations are required.
TFFC is the official host for the Texas State-Fish Art Contest sponsored by Wildlife Forever. Students in grades 4 through 12 are invited to create an illustration of an official state fish and write a composition on its behavior, habitat and conservation. Students in K-3 may also submit a drawing; the written composition is not required for this age group. For entry forms and more information, visit our contest page.
TFFC offers outdoor-related workshops, professional development and special classes on an occasional basis. In the past we have offered workshops in both film and digital photography as well as teacher workshops on aquatic education. Please check the calendar of events for upcoming programs.
- Group Reservation Form
- Teacher Resources
- Smartphone App for Visitors
- Water Science for Schools
- Freshwater Fishes of Texas posters and books are also available by mail order.
- TPWD Angler Education pages
For more information, contact:
- Craig Brooks, (903) 670-2222