Academics

Eco Investigations

Our signature four-hour program for school groups.

Students in grades 1-3 use their senses to discover the world around them, meet an animal up close, and learn about pond life. Grades 4–5 use the scientific method to determine water quality based on macro-invertebrates found in our pond and study animal adaptations unique to North Texas wildlife. Grades 6-8 focus on the topic of community ecology by conducting on-site field experiments of bird behavior and plant community diversity.  Grades 9-12 dive deeper into the community ecology experiments by expanding on community ecology science and developing related conservation actions.  All programs are engaging, hands-on, and most include both indoor and outdoor components.

Eco Investigations at Big Spring Preserve

For small groups of high school students (no more than 30 per group), the Trinity River Audubon Center is excited to partner with the City of Dallas and Big Spring Preserve in offering the option to host our Eco Investigations program at Big Spring Preserve. This unique and special ecosystem has one of the last remaining natural springs in Dallas. City environmental education staff will give students an overview of the geologic history of the area and Audubon staff will lead aquatic and bird investigations at the site.

Time & Seasonality

10am–2pm Monday–Friday during the school year. Includes 30 minutes for lunch.  

What to Bring

Bagged lunch and reusable water bottle. Snacks are available in our Nature Store.  Dress for condititions.  Closed-toed, comfortable shoes are highly reccommended. Each student will need a signed Photo and Liability Release Form to participate.

Group Limit

200 student maximum, groups of less than 20 pay a base rate of $160.

Price 

$8.00 per student, 1 adult free for every 7 students, $6 per additional adult

Program cancellations, rescheduling, and change in attendance numbers policy: Due to material production expense and staff scheduling, programs are invoiced according to reservation numbers. All notices of cancellation, reschedule requests, and changes in number of students attending must be reported to Trinity River Audubon Center two weeks in advance of the scheduled visit. Institutions will be charged the full program fee if they fail to provide adequate notification of cancellation or rescheduling. 

For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact Claire Howell, Education Administrator, at chowell@audubon.org or 214-309-5815.

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