This class is designed for mature 12-16 year-olds who are interested in hands-on learning both in a lab and outdoor setting. Students should be good readers, capable of taking field notes, and familiar with graphing data. Topics will include ecoregions of Texas, aquatic ecosystems, water quality and conservation, terrestrial ecosystems, land management and wildlife conservation, and Texas plants, fish, amphibians, birds, mammals, and invertebrates. At least once/month we will meet in the field, so parents will need to be able to provide transportation to and from field sites within 10 miles of campus.
Suggested Age: 12-16
- Middle School Math
- English 1
- A Naturalist’s Guide to the Texas Hill Country by Mark Gustafson
- Texas Aquatic Science by Rudolph A. Rosen (also available for free at https://texasaquaticscience.org/)
- Journal for observations and data collected
- Digital camera or phone with good camera