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

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.


To register for TPWDiscover distance learning programs, you will need to create a free account with Connect2Texas. To view upcomingevents, 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.

Upcoming Events

All programs are FREE and TEKS aligned

February 13th - Diamondback terrapins - The Decline of America's Brackishh Water Turtle

Diamondback terrapins, America's only brackish water turtle, faced a severe population decline in the late 1800s. At the time, turtle soup was a popular dish, and the delicious terrapins were nearly hunted to extinction. Join Sea Center Texas to learn how careful conservation planning saved this species from demise. We will learn all about the terrapin's biology, life cycle, and habitat, as well as the current threats to the population. You will even go to meet Sea Center's resident terrapin, Truman! Grades 3-5

February 19th - Texas State Parks: Mustang Island

Join Ranger Eric for a tour around Mustang Island State Park! This state park is located on Mustang Island, one of Texas' barrier islands. During this program, students will learn about terrestrial and marine habitats found here along with some of the critters that inhabit these areas. Grades 4-12

March 18th - Field Day: Bag Seine with TPWD - LIVE from the Laguna Madre

Join Coastal Fisheries biologists live from the field! During this program, students will watch as biologists collect bag seine data, discover different species found in our bays and learn about how and why TPWD manages coastal resources. Grade 4-12

March 24th - Coastal Science Investigation

TPWD's Coastal Fisheries Kills and Spills Team are marine biologists that are trained to determine the probable cause of large-scale fish kills in Texas bays and the Gulf of Mexico. During this program, we'll meet up with members of the Kills and Spills Team to act as fish crime scene investigators at a real fish kill. In this CSI-inspired investigation, we'll use environmental clues like dissolved oxygen, salinity, and water samples, to figure out whodunnit. Grades 4-12

March 26th - Ocean Commotion

Dive into the world of oceanography and explore the chemistry, biology, and conservation of the deep blue sea. Put on your lab coat and join me as we explore pH, salinity, and other aspects of seawater chemistry. Grades 3-4

April 15th - Restore the Reef

For a number of different reasons, many oyster reefs along the TExas coast have become severely damaged. Learn a little about the ecologival importance of oysters while discovering how and why TPWD restores our oysters reefs in Texas. Grade 5-12

May 1st - Seagrass Science (Spotlight Session)

In this program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Coastal Fisheries biologists will take students below the water's surface to learn about marine flowering plants. Students will get the opportunity to view each of the five types of seagrass that live in the shallow Texas bays and learn why seagrass is such an important habitat for marine critters and people who live in coastal areas. Grades 4-6

May 21st - 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. Grades 2-5