Alert

Practice social distancing even when outdoors.

Please follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Some Texas state parks, TPWD offices, public recreation facilities and water access points are closed.

See list of temporary closures and operations adjustments.

TPWDiscover Distance Learning:
Increase public awareness of Texas natural and cultural resources.
All interactive and non-interactive programs will be recorded for your convenience.

For more information, you can email us at TPWDistance Learning

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TPWDiscover Distance Learning

At this time, regulary scheduled programs on Connect2Texas may be cancelled. The most up to date information about these programs will be on the Connect2Texas website.

To continue to support our communities, TPWD will be offering a new series of FREE distance learning programs to help connect you to TPWD’s biologists and interpreters LIVE from your home.
All you need is a device with an internet connection. If you plan to use a smartphone or tablet to connect, make sure you download the Cisco WebEx Meetings app before the program begins. Plan to connect 5 - 10 minutes before the start of the program to allow time for troubleshooting.
Please be sure to register in advance using the links provided below. After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with connection details. Teachers, if you want to share the program with your students, each student (or parent) will need to register individually to receive their own unique link.
If the event gets cancelled, you will receive an email saying your registration has been cancelled.

Questions? Email distance.learning@tpwd.texas.gov

Upcoming Events

All programs are FREE and TEKS aligned.
The most up to date information about these programs will be on the Connect2Texas website.

May 19 – Diving into Science, 10am
Come along with Texas Parks and Wildlife as we virtually dive into artificial reefs along the Texas Coast. Learn how we monitor these ecosystems and complete your very own fish survey!
Best suited for students in the 5th-12th grades, but open to all participants.
Register here.

May 20 – Fish Morphology, 10am
Did you know that the shape, forms, and structures of a fish can influence how it eats, hides, and swims? Join Sea Center hatchery technicians on a virtual aquarium tour to learn how a fish’s unique adaptations impact its behavior and lifestyle.
Open to all participants.
Register here.

May 21 – The Ocean Zones
Put on your wet suits and dip into the ocean's zones! From the epipelagic to the deep abyss, we'll learn all about the layers of the ocean and the creatures that live in each environment. 
This program is available through Connect2Texas. Registration to view the program live is closed. Please visit Connect2Texas to register to receive a recording.


What is Distance Learning? 

Through Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's TPWDiscover distance learning programs, students can virtually connect with agency experts to learn about the natural and cultural resources found in Texas.

TPWD staff member in a distance learning session about sharks.

Registration

To register for TPWDiscover distance learning programs, you will need to create a free account with Connect2Texas. To view upcoming events, click the "Events' tab on the Connect2Texas website and search for "Texas Parks and Wildlife Department"."

For live programs, registration closes one week before the program date.

Although Connect2Texas is a network of Texas-base content providers, out-of-state schools are encouraged to register.


TPWD employee with a handful of drum fingerlings before being released into the Laguna Madre.

Program Types

Interactive: Registration for an interactive program means that your students will be able to speak directly to the presenter in real time.

Non-Interactive: Groups who register as non-interactive will be able to view the program as its happening live but will be unable tointeract with presenter.

Recording: Can't join us for a live program? Register to receive a recording to view at your convenience.