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Educational Resources for K-12 Students

On-site Field Trip

Self-Guided Field Trips

  • Self-guided trips are led by an instructor, parent or school volunteer, not by GCSNA staff.
  • These trips are generally scheduled for Mondays or Fridays.
  • We can provide curriculum for your trip with advanced notice. Otherwise, you must arrange your own.
  • The Urban Wildlife Division loans educational trunks or materials for school groups.
  • GCSNA has three group sites. The open-air, roofed Picnic Pavilion and the semi-enclosed Gallery are in the Visitor’s Center area. The open-air amphitheater is in Parking Lot C (near the Playscape and Front Country trailhead). You can rent one of these facilities for your visit; in some cases they may be available at no cost. With prior arrangement, the Amphitheater facility is free for school group use. Please note that our facilities are not air conditioned. To reserve one of our facilities, call TPWD’s group reservations desk at (512) 389-8920. Two months’ notice is the best practice.

To schedule a self-guided, on-site field trip, contact Assistant Office Manager Veronica Arguello by email or at (210) 688-9055, x2007.

Ranger-led Field Trips

  • These trips are led by rangers or volunteers and can be customized for your curriculum. Programs can include hiking, presentations and/or themed interactive, station-style activities (aquifer, birds, mammals, food webs, ecosystems, etc.).
  • We generally schedule these trips on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays when the Natural Area is closed to the public.
  • Two months’ notice is required to schedule a ranger-led field trip. Ranger-led trips are arranged on a first-come, first-served basis, depending on staff availability.

To schedule a ranger-led on-site field trip, email Resource Specialist Theresa Edwards.

Off-site Ranger Presentations

  • School Event Booth
    • A ranger or Natural Area volunteer will provide educational material with a theme (i.e. aquifer, mammals, or bats) based on your event and presented in a one-on-one, booth station setting.
    • Two months’ notice is usually required to schedule an event booth and depends on staff or volunteer availability.
  • Classroom
    • A ranger or Natural Area volunteer will provide educational material with a theme (i.e. aquifer, mammals, or bats) based on your curriculum in a classroom.
    • Two months’ notice is usually required to schedule a classroom presentation and depends on staff or volunteer availability.

To schedule an off-site ranger presentation, please email Resource Specialist Theresa Edwards.

Educational Trunks and Materials

Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Urban Wildlife Division has wildlife-themed educational trunks and materials for you to check out, free of charge. Included in each trunk or tub are hands-on activities, presentations, and instructions.

Request these resources by calling (210) 688-6444 or emailing Judit Green or emailing Jessica Alderson. These materials are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so coordinate early!

The following are just a few of the available trunks/materials you can borrow:

  • Wild in the City Mammal Trunk: This trunk offers an array of manipulatives, such as mammal furs, mammal skulls and bones, rubber track and scat replicas, and deer and squirrel calls. In additional, there is a mammal slide show along with various resource books, lessons, and activities.
  • Bat Trunk: This trunk offers one taxidermy Mexican free-tailed bat, Microbat detector, Bat Chat tape, bat posters, bat slide show, three different videos, and various resource books and activities.
  • Rare and WILD Trunk: This trunk offers an array of videos and games to teach students about our Texas threatened and endangered species. In addition, there are resource books, lessons, and activities.
  • Mammal Tubs: This trunk offers a hands-on opportunity to study ten local mammals (coyote, fox, bobcat, raccoon, opossum, skink, ringtail cat, rabbit, deer, and beaver). The tubs offer the skins, skulls, scat and tracks of these 10 species of wildlife.
  • Mammal Track Molds Tub: This activity offers 18 track molds (front and hind) of local urban mammals.