Texas Aquatic Science Curriculum

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Texas Aquatic Science is a comprehensiveTexas Aquatic Science Teacher Guide aquatic science curriculum, from molecules to ecosystems, and headwaters to ocean, for middle school and high school students.

The curriculum consists of an online student textbook, a teacher guide, specially produced videos, and supplementary materials.


TAS Textbook Scholarship

The Summer 2021 TAS Textbook Scholarship is now open and accepting applications through July 30, 2021.

All educators are encouraged to apply, with first preference given to schools meeting the following:

  1. The school/center serves a predominantly high need student population with greater than 75% of students representing a low socioeconomic scale.
  2. The school/center aims to actively use the TAS curriculum.
  3. The school/center aims to participate in TAS field activities at a Certified Field Site or on the school grounds.

Apply here!

Teacher Guide

To ensure the protection of answers throughout the Texas Aquatic Science Teacher Guide and its sub-parts, they are password protected. Click the Access Request Form (hyperlinked to the current form) to verify your email and receive the password.

Teacher Guide and Answer Key Access (password protected)

Access Request Form

Additional Materials


Each workshop will meet the following goals:

  • Introduce educators to the materials and philosophy of TAS.
  • Provide a sampling of field activities for coastal and inland aquatic habitats.
  • Make connections to local water and wildlife issues to help individuals become aware of their place in the environment and their actions to protect it.
  • Demonstrate field interpretive techniques used in TAS field activities and TAS trunk equipment inventory.

Cost: FREE

Dates (only need to attend one, two-day training):

June 1 & 2 @ 9:30 - 11:30 am Central - Past

June 9 & 10 @ 1:00 - 3:00 pm Central - Past

July 14 & 15 @ 9:30 - 11:30 am Central - Past

July 27 & 28 @ 1:00 - 3:00 pm Central - FULL

Location: Virtual (link will be sent to participants after they register)


  • Must attend both days
  • Maximum 30 participants per training
  • Complete registration form at corresponding date

June 1 & 2 - Past

June 9 & 10 - Past

July 14 & 15 - Past

July 27 & 28 - FULL

Prior to workshop:

  • Download the Texas Aquatic Science Teacher Guide
    • To receive the password to access the TAS Teacher Guide, please enter your information on the Access Request Form (TMN put your Chapter name for Educational Facility).


If you have questions about the Texas Aquatic Science curriculum, Texas Aquatic Science Certified Field Sites, or about a workshop, please contact Melissa Felty at Melissa.Alderson@tpwd.texas.gov.


Student Materials

Student Portal

TAS Website
TAS Web Portal

Student Textbooks available from Texas A&M University Press
and Kindle version available from Amazon.com.


  • Written for middle school and high school students.
  • Designed to help teachers make students aware of the importance of water to life, aquatic ecosystems, and what we must do to conserve water and aquatic life.
  • Hands-on classroom and field activities
  • Short (around 2 minutes each) videos
  • Students learn and demonstrate their new knowledge in creative products and performances.
  • Science investigations, games, models, Internet projects,
  • Field based assessments of water quality and environmental conditions in a variety of field trips
  • Lessons embed higher order thinking skills, provide depth and complexity of learning, and engage students in many contexts and methods.

TEKS aligned

All activities are aligned with the state curriculum standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for sixth through eighth grade and for Aquatic Science and Environmental Science courses for high school.

TEKS in Texas Aquatic Science


Texas Aquatic Science Brochure

Texas Aquatic Science is a cooperative education project sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife, The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. Texas Aquatic Science was modeled after the Missouri Department of Conservation‘s (MDC) curriculum, Conserving Missouri’s Aquatic Ecosystems. Support was provided by the Ewing Halsell Foundation, San Antonio and the Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.