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Texas Wildlife Association

Join us as we offer students the chance to learn more about native Texas wildlife while enhancing general science concepts through interactive discussions and activities via distance learning! Programs focus on unique animal traits and adaptations, predator-prey relationships, and general wildlife ecology. Post-program companion activities, publications and Discovery Trunks are available.


For additional information on these programs and other offerings from Texas Wildlife Association, please visit their website.


To see our scheduled programs go to Connect2Texas and select Texas Wildlife Association from the program filter.

Animal Encounters: Awesome Opossums

Grades: K-8

Cost: FREE

Length: 45 minutes


The perception of opossums is (hopefully) changing with their animated counterparts becoming more popular, especially in movies! Virginia opossums may be the most unique North American mammal, but perception tends to overshadow their awesome traits. Opossums are awesome because of their adaptations, which allow them to live in a nocturnal environment, their unique marsupial structures, and their ability to play dead, just to name a few. We will also clear up any myths and misconceptions that you and your students have about this awesome animal. Please join us and our critter guest star!

Animal Encounters: Bats-A-Billion

Grades: K-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


This interactive presentation provides students the opportunity to investigate the relationship between the anatomy and the ecology, including the dietary habits, of different species of bats. This is an experience you will not want to miss. LIVE bats take part in the program! We will look at their unique body structures and their functions that allow bats to fly, identify other special adaptations, as well as discuss their basic needs and diverse habitats. We will also discuss ways you can help these beneficial creatures and conserve their habitats.

Animal Encounters: Creepy Critters

Grades: 1-6

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


Unfortunately for our guests, their creepy appearance strikes fear in most people, even though they know little about them, and in some cases have never encountered them. Our visitors are quite an eclectic bunch, from those with no limbs, to others with four, six, or even eight! Join us as we take an up-close look at these critters and discuss how they fit into the food chain, as well as their habitats, adaptations, and the structures that bring fear to many.

Animal Encounters: Fox Facts

Grades: K-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


Foxes are identified in popular culture as mischievous, tricky, and cunning animals. This program will introduce one of Texas' more common species, the gray fox. Students will learn how they came to be the tricksters of the animal world and discuss their role in the ecosystem. We will look at their body structures and their functions, their diet, their habitat, and many other fun facts along the way with the help of our animal guest star.

Animal Encounters: Hawk Talk

Grades: K-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


Birds of prey, also known as raptors, are a common sight in the skies. During the program, we will take an up-close look at a live Red-Tailed Hawk to discuss the important body structures and their functions. We will investigate the hawk's diet, their role in the food web, the habitats in which they are found, and the adaptations that allow them to be such powerful predators.

Animal Encounters: Owl Adaptations

Grades: K-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


The owl: nature’s nocturnal bird of prey. Accompanied by our live Eastern Screech Owl in the studio, we will learn about these interesting animals found around the globe and all across Texas. This program will examine the special adaptations which allow them to fly, hunt for prey, and survive in their environment. We will also play the calls of some common Texas owls that your students may hear in their own backyard.

Animal Encounters: Prickly Porcupines

Grades: K-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


Join us and our prickly guest as we clear up some common misconceptions and discuss porcupines' amazing adaptations. These rodents are unique in so many ways, from being nocturnal to being covered in quills; our program will be packed with fun facts. We will also study porcupine structures, their functions, habitats, and compare new world and old world porcupines. Don't miss this great opportunity to see this rarely seen critter!

Animal Encounters: Reptile Lifestyle

Grades: K-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


Reptiles are a diverse group of animals, displaying great variety between species; think about turtles versus snakes! During the program, we will take an up-close look at our live critters and compare their various body structures and their functions. We will investigate and explore how they eat, how they survive in their environment/habitat, and how they protect themselves from predators.

Animal Encounters: Skunks and Armadillos

Grades: K-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


Meet the nine-banded armadillo and the striped skunk. Although their defense behaviors and adaptations benefit them in their wild environment, these same behaviors do not fare well in urban habitats. Most people cannot help but turn up their noses when they think about these two animals, but after our class you will understand the ecological benefit of these fascinating wildlife species. Join us as we clear up some common untruths and add clarity to their unique body structures and their functions with the help of our friendly guest stars.

Aquatic Insect Investigation

Grades: 3-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes



Aquatic insects, also known as macroinvertebrates, a word which breaks down into two parts, macro, meaning big or big enough to see without a microscope, and invertebrate, which means an animal without a backbone. During this program we will investigate different species or types of aquatic macroinvertebrates collected from a freshwater habitat. We will discuss their lifecycle, the adaptations which allow them to live in an aquatic environment, and even how you can determine the level of pollution in the water based on the types of macroinvertebrates that are present.

ASI: Animal Skull Investigation

Grade: K-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


This interactive presentation allows students the opportunity to investigate skulls of native Texas animals. Unique adaptations will be discussed and students will be asked to identify common structures of animal skulls and then determine their function(s). During the investigations, students will discover the feeding habits, survival adaptations, and finally the identity of our mystery specimens.

Let's Talk Turkey

Grades: K-8

Cost: FREE

Length: 45 minutes


This interactive presentation introduces students to fun facts about one of our state's most fabulous birds: THE WILD TURKEY! We will discuss turkey anatomy, habitat, adaptations, and basic needs, as well as the various "calls" or vocalizations that turkeys use to communicate in their environment. Students will listen to an assortment of calls and have the opportunity to take an up-close look at a real Wild Turkey.

More Than a Drop

Grades: K-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


This interactive presentation opens students’ eyes to the various facets of water in the environment, from raindrops to aquifers. Students will be challenged to think about where water comes from, how it got there, where it ends up, and how it is being used. Students will have the opportunity to take part in a hands-on, comparative demonstration along with the presenter, to help them better understand water usage and to learn how to conserve this natural resource.

The Magic of Monarchs

Grades: K-8

Cost: Free

Length: 45 minutes


For such a delicate insect, the Monarch butterfly leads an adventurous life! During spring and fall, millions of Monarchs will travel through Texas on their way to or from their overwintering sites in Mexico. Live caterpillars and adult Monarchs will be on hand during the program, allowing your students to see them up close and in detail. Join us as we discuss the basic needs, life cycle, adaptations, and migration patterns of the Monarch butterfly and learn how you can help conserve this unique creature.

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