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Environmental Education on Aransas

EE2_512x219Bring your group or classroom to Aransas National Wildlife Refuge for a fun-filled, hands-on environmental education field experience.

Beginning Birding Nature Trek
Experience the significance of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge as a major birding site located along the Central Flyway. Participants will learn how to use a field guide, binoculars, and range maps while birding. While touring the refuge participants will gain basic knowledge of bird identification techniques. Through field experiences, participants will gain experience at interpreting anatomical and behavioral adaptations of birds.
Recommended age: 10 years to adult
Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to complete all of the requirements for the Boy Scouts Bird Study Merit Badge.

Fish and Wildlife Management
Be a biologist for a day. Experience the Aransas Refuge by conducting field investigations using biological equipment. Participants will learn the importance of fish and wildlife management to ensure the future existence of many wildlife species and their habitats. Gain an understanding of conservation efforts and current practices at the refuge. Come prepared to get wet while seining and gathering biological data. Through field experiences participants will develop an integral understanding of the environment and our role in it.
Recommended age: 10 years to adult
Boy Scouts will have the opportunity to complete all the requirements for the Boy Scout Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge.

What’s Eating You
Get a first-hand look at a food chain. Participants will experience the vital role of green plants as the basic building blocks in food chain relationships while touring the refuge. Through discussions and observation, participants will gain an understanding of human and animal dependence on green plants for survival. Through field experiences participants will develop an understanding of how everything in the environment is connected directly or indirectly. Be ready to look at the world around you in a different way.
Recommended age: kindergarten through sixth grade

Who Goes There?
Tracks serve as evidence that someone or something has been here! They also give insight into the number of species that inhabit an area. Participants will learn how to identify tracks of some common mammals, reptiles, birds, and insects that call Aransas Refuge home. Through biological field investigations, participants will learn how to make a mold of a track. Look for clues as you venture through the refuge, maybe you’ll spot the animal that left that track behind!
Recommended age: kindergarten through sixth grade

Bio-Discovery
A biologist can monitor biodiversity to measure the health of an environment. What does biodiversity mean? Participants will gain an understanding of how biodiversity includes all life forms and their interactions with one another to form the basic building blocks of an ecosystem. Through hands-on field investigations participants will develop an understanding of the many organisms at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. Wow! Do you know what that was in the water? Come and find out!
Recommended age: kindergarten through sixth grade

What’s in the Seine!
Seine the bay! Conduct a biological field investigation to determine the biodiversity of the bay. Participants will gain knowledge of the aquatic habitat as a unique environment teaming with an astounding diversity of organisms. Participants will catch and release aquatic organisms while developing an awareness for the need of conservation of aquatic habitats. How many did we catch? I have never seen that before! Go aquatic at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
Recommended age: kindergarten through sixth grade

Contact the refuge to learn more or call 361-286-3559 to reserve a spot for your classroom. A three week advance notice is recommended for all classes.
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2013
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