We want to connect you with resources in your region that will help you and your family Play, Explore and Learn in nature. This page has useful links to things like curriculum, training opportunities, and tangible resources like gear or equipment. These resources come from our partners and are not an endorsement by TCiN or Nature Rocks Texas, but simply meant to be helpful to families.

Nature is a great teacher!  Try these fun and easy-to-do activity ideas from Project Learning Tree to connect the children in your life to the outdoors and nature. Suitable for children ages 3 - 15.

The Texas Nature Challenge is designed to connect families with fun nature-based adventures that are in their own communities.  Families register their teams, make a plan to achieve each challenge, record their adventures in a digital or hand crafted journal, and win prizes.  Each region designs their own event with their unique parnters. When children and families spend time in nature they are healthier, happier and smarter. 

 

Looking for science lessons that are focused on aquatic life and ecosystems in Texas instead of some far away place? Texas Aquatic Science is designed for students to learn about the ponds, lakes, marshes, streams, rivers, oceans and wildlife that are in our own communities.  It also has lessons about what types of careers are availble to young people in the aquatic science field. This curriculum is free and open to the public to use.

There are tons of Educational Loaner Trunks availble all around the state from Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife, National Parks, and other non-profits. These trunks are available for loan to formal and informal educators, and youth leaders. Each trunk contains activities and materials appropriate for multiple age level groups. Contact information for obtaining each trunk is listed on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The goal of the TECH Truck is to engage youth in hands-on, maker-based science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) experiences that foster creativity and confidence. The TECH Truck brings hands-on discovery directly to community centers programs, libraries, parks, public events, out of school programs and more — providing free science-based experiences for public.

Texas Parks and Wildlife offers tackle for fishing at multiple sites around the state.  You simply check out the tackle like you would a library book and return it when you are done.  Also when you are fishing in a state park, you do not need a fishing license, but you do need to follow the fishing guidelines for size and limits. Find out which state parks have the tackle loaner program near you.  

The Fort Worth Zoo invites teachers, parents, students and all our Zoo friends to travel alongside Sam as he explores different habitats and provides some lessons on how we can help conserve the planet right from our own backyard. Subscribe to Sam’s blog and check back often for stories of his latest adventures.