Student Virtual Field Trips

These virtual field trips opportunities are opened to any district that is a member of ESC7NET or Video Conferencing Bridging Co-op. Please note all the sessions listed on here do not require a registration fee. However, once you visit one of the outside providers sites they do have sessions that do require a registration fee. Please make sure to double check so you don't get a surprise bill at a later date. If you have any questions please call me at 903-988-6925.

Region 7 ESC Events

Virtual College Days

Virtual College Days is a new student event program to the service center for the 2017-2018 school year. Working with colleges and universities in the Region 7 ESC area, we are connecting high school students to admissions officials through video conferencing. During the 45 minute program students will be able to hear about degrees offered, campus life, the admission process, and more from university/college officials. The sessions are FREE for members of Video Conference Bridging and ESC7NET. Non-members can access all sessions with recordings for $150. Please contact Texas Reardon at 903-988-6925 with any questions.


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Region 4 ESC Events

Cyber Safety/ Cyberbullying (Teens)

Technology has become an integral part of student life. This Cyber Safety presentation will help students learn how to stay safe, deter delinquency and ask for help. Topics include: sharing too much, social media, apps, gaming, cyberbullying, laws, consequences, privacy, inappropriate content, unsolicited contact and the law.

Provider: Crime Stoppers of Houston

Date: October 12, 2017

Time: 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM

Cost: Free

Grade Levels: 7th -12th

Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/6uVX6f90gkzesqGJ3


Cyber Safety/ Cyberbullying (Tweens)

Technology has become an integral part of student life. This Cyber Safety presentation will help students learn how to stay safe, deter delinquency and ask for help. Topics include: sharing too much, social media, apps, gaming, cyberbullying, laws, consequences, privacy, inappropriate content, unsolicited contact and the law.

Provider: Crime Stoppers of Houston

Date: October 12, 2017

Time: 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

Cost: Free

Grade Levels: 4th -6th

Registration Link: https://goo.gl/forms/6uVX6f90gkzesqGJ3

If you are registering for an event through Connect2Texas you will first need to create an account. Once you have created your account and you sign up for an event make sure you list your ESC as Region 7 - Kilgore and select "Connect thru my ESC" on how you want to connect.
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October 2017 Events

Animal Encounters: Owl Adaptations

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.


Date: October 3, 2017


Times: 9:00 a.m.,10:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.


Registration Deadline: September 26, 2017

Animal Encounters: Fox Facts

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.


Date: October 10, 2017


Times: 9:00 a.m.,10:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.


Registration Deadline: October 3, 2017

The Magic of Monarch

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.


Date: October 24, 2017


Times: 9:00 a.m.,10:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.


Registration Deadline: October 17, 2017

Animal Encounters: Creepy Critters

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.


Date: October 27, 2017


Times: 9:00 a.m.,10:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.


Registration Deadline: October 20, 2017

Animal Encounters: Bats-A-Billion

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.


Date: October 31, 2017


Times: 9:00 a.m.,10:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.


Registration Deadline: October 24, 2017

First Encounters: When the Conquistadors Met the Karankawa

How did early American Indians encounter their environment, other tribes, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas? A Museum educator will lead students as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings to explore stories that reveal the many meanings of "Encounters on the Land".


Dates: October 3, 13, 18, 27, 31


Times: 10:00 a.m, 11:00 a.m.



Registration Deadlines: September 27, October 9, 12, 23, 25

La Belle: The Ship that Changed History

Who was the 17th Century French explorer La Salle? How did the sinking of his ship, La Belle, change the history of Texas? What technological innovations were used to excavate and conserve this 300 year old ship and its artifacts? Discover the answers to these questions by examining the artifacts found on the ship with a Museum Educator.


Dates: October 10, 20, 24


Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


Registration Deadlines: October 4, 16, 18

Myths and Unsolved Mysteries of the Texas Revolution

What were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Students will sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure, and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history.


Dates: October 11, 25


Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


Registration Deadlines: October 5, 18

Gone to Texas! Part of the Nation's Immigration Story

Why did people move to Texas from other countries? Were they always welcomed when they arrived? A Museum Educator will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924, the history behind the movement of people to Texas then and now, interesting stories from immigrants, and show artifacts that people brought with them on the journey. Many of the stories of immigration to Texas can also be compared to the characteristics of immigration to the United States.


Dates: October 12, 26


Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


Registration Deadline: October 6, 20

Van Cliburn: An American Hero

Students will learn more about the classical pianist who made history in 1958 as the winner of the First Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition and went on to a major international career.


Dates: October 10, 11, 12


Times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.


Registration Deadlines: October 3, 4, 5

Texas Christian University Percussion Ensemble in Concert

Hear students from TCU's well-known Percussion Ensemble in concert.



Date: October 24


Times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.


Registration Deadlines: October 17

Romeo and Juliet--Abbreviated!

Students will see this abbreviated, updated version of Shakespeare's first great tragedy.


Date: October 31


Times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.


Registration Deadlines: October

November 2017 Events

Myths and Unsolved Mysteries of the Texas Revolution

What were the causes of the Texas Revolution? What key players and events helped a small group of revolutionaries achieve independence from Mexico? There are some mysteries to the story we may never solve. Students will sort through the fact and fiction of this epic moment in Texas history through an artifact adventure, and discover why the Texas Revolution is crucial to understanding American history.


Dates: November 1, 29


Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


Registration Deadlines: October 26, November 23

Gone to Texas! Part of the Nation's Immigration Story

Why did people move to Texas from other countries? Were they always welcomed when they arrived? A Museum Educator will discuss the four primary waves of immigration to the United States through Texas from 1845-1924, the history behind the movement of people to Texas then and now, interesting stories from immigrants, and show artifacts that people brought with them on the journey. Many of the stories of immigration to Texas can also be compared to the characteristics of immigration to the United States.


Dates: November 30


Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


Registration Deadline: November 24

La Belle: The Ship that Changed History

Who was the 17th Century French explorer La Salle? How did the sinking of his ship, La Belle, change the history of Texas? What technological innovations were used to excavate and conserve this 300 year old ship and its artifacts? Discover the answers to these questions by examining the artifacts found on the ship with a Museum Educator.


Dates: November 3, 7, 15


Times: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


Registration Deadlines: October 30, November 1, 9

First Encounters: When the Conquistadors Met the Karankawa

How did early American Indians encounter their environment, other tribes, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas? A Museum educator will lead students as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings to explore stories that reveal the many meanings of "Encounters on the Land".


Dates: November 10, 14, 17, 28


Times: 10:00 a.m, 11:00 a.m.


Registration Deadlines: November 6, 8, 13, 22

Romeo and Juliet--Abbreviated!

Students will see this abbreviated, updated version of Shakespeare's first great tragedy.


Date: November 1


Times: 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.


Registration Deadlines: October 25

Humorous Poetry By Col. Wayne Edwards

Colonel Wayne Edwards is a comic poet who brings his humorous poetry to life! Laugh and learn why using the three R’s of rhyming verse - rhyme, rhythm, and repetition - helps inspire writing one’s poetry and reading it. His humorous illustrations of poems engage and delight all ages. Join us for laughter and enjoyment of poetry! It is inspiring! (www.familypoet.com)


Date: November 2


Time: 12:30 p.m.


Registration Deadline: October 30

Aesop Storytelling Fables By Barbara Hailey

Join Barbara Hailey, author, playwright, and Master Storyteller. She shares the story of an underdog who sought to bring joy to the lives of all. The stories of Aesop are inspirational. Aesop is a stirring storytelling experience that is sure to spread wisdom and inspire hearts and minds! This is a perfect time to reflect on the joy of storytelling. Aesop’s stories give the gifts of understanding and happiness to all!


Date: November 16


Time: 12:30 p.m.


Registration Deadline: November 13

Animal Encounters: Prickly Porcupines

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!



Date: November 7


Time: 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.


Registration Deadline: October 31

Let's Talk Turkey

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.


Date: November 16


Time: 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.


Registration Deadline: November 9

More Than a Drop

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.


Date: November 29


Time: 9:00 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.


Registration Deadline: November 22