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

Coming Spring 2018

Traveling El Camino Real de los Tejas

Caddo Mounds

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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December 2017 Events

Bass Performance Hall

The Nutcracker

Act I of The Nutcracker by Peter Tchaikovsky, danced by Texas Ballet Theater, at Bass Performance Hall.


Dates: December 8, 12, 13


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


Grades: 2nd, 3rd


Registration Deadlines: December 1, 5, 6

Bullock Texas State History Museum

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: December 13


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


Registration Deadlines: December 7

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: December 1, 15


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


Registration Deadlines: November 27, December 11

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Dinosaur Track Talk

Park Ranger Jenn Menge from Dinosaur Valley State Park will bring the past to life as we discuss Texas during the time of the dinosaurs. We will learn about dinosaurs that once roamed Texas by studying the tracks they left behind. We will all become paleontologists as we use these tracks to retell a story millions of years old.


Dates: December 9


Times: 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.


Grades: PK-12, Adults


Registration Deadlines: December 1

Cowboy Christmas: Music & Poetry

Bring your whole grade level and experience Christmas cowboy style. Join park ranger and cowboy poet, David Owens, and cowboy singer, Steve Schick, ‘round the campfire for cowboy culture through music, stories and poems. During this program we encourage students to sing along!



Dates: December 13


Times: 10:00 a.m.


Grades: PK-12, Adults


Registration Deadlines: December 6

Critter Roundup: Squirrel School

Park Ranger Katelyn Juenger from Cooper Lake State Park will be teaching squirrel school! Learn more about our East Texas squirrels and the not so carefree lives they live. We will also talk about the adaptations they have to help them compete with the other wildlife in the park and discover the important role they play in our environment.


Dates: December 14


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


Grades: PK-12, Adults


Registration Deadlines: December 7

Texas Wildlife Association

ASI: Animal Skull Investigation

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.


Dates: December 13


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


Grades: PK-8


Registration Deadlines: December 6

January 2018

Bullock Texas State History Museum

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: January 11, 25


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


Registration Deadline: January 5, 19

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: January 12, 16, 26, 30


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


Registration Deadlines: January 8, 10, 22, 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: January 5, 9, 23,


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


Registration Deadlines: January 1, 3, 17

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: January 3, 10, 17, 24


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


Registration Deadlines: December 28, January 4,

Texas Parks and Wildlife Deparment

Wetland Wonderment

VISTA member Kay Jenkins from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will present the wonders that can be found in freshwater wetlands. We will go on a virtual field trip to see a bog, marsh, and swamp and explore some of the plants and animals found in these habitats. We will learn about the values of wetlands for reducing pollution, flooding, and erosion and as habitat for aquatic wildlife.

Dates: January 11


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


Grades: PK-12, Adults


Registration Deadlines: January 4

Bird in Hand

Park Ranger Craig Hensley from Guadalupe River State Park will present a live introduction to birds through a bird-banding demonstration with Q & A during the event. Students will see live songbirds as well as witness and learn about the science of bird banding.

Dates: January 18


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


Grades: PK-12, Adults


Registration Deadlines: January 11

Wringing-Wet Plants

VISTA member Kay Jenkins from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will introduce us to some of the common plants found in freshwater wetlands. We will go on a virtual field trip to discover the different ways that plants live in wetlands (submerged, floating, emergent). We will learn about some of the adaptations that help aquatic plants thrive in wetlands and explore how some of these plants got their names.

Dates: January 25


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


Grades: PK-12, Adults


Registration Deadlines: January 18