In addition to our free publications, please check out these resources available from state and federal agencies.

Texas Resources

Numerous state and local organizations offer programs and information dedicated to environmental education.

General Resources

  • Outdoor Learning (Texas Parks & Wildlife Department) – outdoor activities for children, publications, and other resources for parents and teachers. TPWD has classroom resources including activities and lesson plans and educational loaner trunks available free of charge to formal and informal educators and youth leaders. Explore Project WILD, a hands-on program for K-12 grades.

  • Conservation Education (Texas Water Development Board) – variety of school-based programs, workshops for adults, and a collection of conservation materials, including K-12 curriculum. A Kids portal offers visualizations and interactive games centered on water resources and conservation.

  • Conservation Education (Texas A&M Forest Service) – variety of resources to ensure people of all ages appreciate why trees, water, and animals are important including the Texas Nature Challenge that gets families outdoors by completing activity challenges in participating parks and nature areas.

  • Galveston Bay Estuary Program – read about the Back the Bay campaign. Look for preservation tips, water education materials, and a guide to Galveston Bay’s history and habitats.

  • Texas Aquatic Science – build your knowledge of the aquatic ecosystems of Texas. Online curriculum written for middle school and high school students with 14 online chapters and accompanying teacher guide, including 78 lesson plans. 

  • Texas Stream Team – grow with a statewide program of volunteers trained to conduct water quality tests and collect data. Science teachers are encouraged to form groups that provide students with hands-on lessons in biology, chemistry, and ecology.  

  • Keep Texas Beautiful – Looking for a way to teach about preventing litter? KTB provides workshops and website links, as well as classroom materials and supplemental guides. 

  • Texas Environmental Excellence Awards – join in recognizing deserving organizations and individuals across Texas for their efforts to preserve and protect the environment. The Youth and Education categories highlight the accomplishments of young Texans – and their educators.

  • Walk Across Texas – a free, eight-week program from Texas A&M AgriLife designed to help your students increase their physical activity level and establish a habit of regular exercise.

  • Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Education Services – classroom materials, field trips, and websites about water conservation. Appropriate for children, teachers, and youth leaders.

Professional Development

  • Environmental Science Institute (at The University of Texas at Austin) – offers professional workshops for K-12 teachers. The institute lists links to lecture series, teaching resources, and research opportunities for teachers.

  • Project Learning Tree (Texas Forestry Association and Texas A&M Forest Service) – a statewide, environmental education program for pre-K – 12 grades. The program’s trained facilitators lead workshops with hands-on activities; its website provides teacher guides, an Environmental Exchange Box, and other resources.

  • Project WET Foundation - a not-for-profit organization supporting water education through water resource publications, teacher training workshops, community water events, and a growing network of educators, water resource professionals, and scientists. Publications include lesson plans and kids’ activity booklets.

  • Water Environment Association of Texas - environmental resource professionals engaged in protecting and enhancing Texas’ water resources. Outreach and advocacy efforts include Texas WET magazine and K-12 teaching materials.

  • Texas A&M AgriLife Water Education Network - service dedicated to water conservation, water management, irrigation and water quality. Resources include education curricula and educator materials, events, and classes and training.

Federal Resources

These federal agencies provide a broad collection of resources for environmental educators.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)


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