Educational resources and opportunities for teachers, faculty, and artists. 

For years, Wild Basin has served as a valuable resource to area schools for site-based environmental education. As the pandemic increased the need for virtual learning, the Wild Basin Creative Research Center has supported area schools with STEM-based webcasts for 4th - 8th graders, and a reading series for pre-K - 3rd graders.

We offer resources for St. Edward’s faculty to teach at Wild Basin, as well as resources to support their student researchers. 

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program at Wild Basin supports professional artists in the Austin area and an inspirational environment in which to work.

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Virtual programs for science learning.

Science Live! at Wild Basin is an hour-long live webcast series showcasing real field science happening at Wild Basin and other Balcones Canyonlands Preserve lands. We explore natural science themes and make real science accessible to middle grade students with a live Q&A over-the-air with scientists. Recommended for 4th-8th grade.

Episode 1: High Flying Science  (aired November 2020)
Can robots help save birds? What does a field biologist do? Join Wild Basin staff for a live synchronous virtual program about Austin birds and some ways that biologists are going "high tech". Special live Q&A with field biologist and Wild Basin Research Director Dr. Darren Proppe.

Part 1 - "Banding Birds", with City of Austin Biologist Dr. Laurel Moulton, 7 min.
Part 2 - "Mapping the Soundscape", 8 min.
Part 3 - "Spy in the Sky", 5 min.
Full program - Science Live! at Wild Basin, High Flying Science, 55 min.
Full Science Live! playlist on YouTube  - all episodes and videos

Episode 2: Biodiversity Detectives (aired April 2021)
Which animals roam Wild Basin? What is it like to work at a nature preserve? Join us for a free live virtual program featuring three field science projects that help gauge biodiversity on the preserve. We’ll connect wildfire prevention, invasive species removal, and wildlife camera studies in a packed hour-long program. Special live Q&A with field biologists Dr. Barbara Dugelby and Dr. Amy Concilio and Preserve Manager Niki Lake. 

Part 1 - "Unexpected Consequences", with St. Edward's University professor Dr. Amy Concilio, 7 min.
Part 2 - "Chasing Invasives", with Preserve Manager Niki Lake, 8 min.
Part 3 - "Spy in the Wild", with Director Dr. Barbara Dugelby, 8 min.
Full Science Live! playlist on YouTube  - all episodes and videos

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Reading in the Wild series for pre-K to 3rd grade.

Reading in the Wild is a science and literacy series of early elementary "read alouds" recorded at Wild Basin in collaboration with Austin ISD and elementary school librarian Amanda Braziel. Each selection connects the time-honored instructional strategy of reading aloud with the natural world at Wild Basin. Many thanks to publishers HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and more for permission to make these links available for educators for a time. Recommended for PK-3rd grades. Available via direct link to unlisted YouTube here:

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson    
A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry        
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak    
Not A Stick by Antoinette Portis    
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd
Blue Sky, White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus
The Lorax by Dr. Suess

Curriculum and lessons for self-guided visits to Wild Basin.

New curriculum guides for educators serve as an introduction and guide to exploring Wild Basin with students. Each guide offers information about the preserve, suggested questions and critical thinking strategies, a vocabulary list, TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) correlations, sample activities, literature connections, and links to outdoor learning resources.

Curriculum Guides

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CURRICULUM GUIDE TO WILD BASIN

Grades K-2: Insects, Seeds, and Patterns, .pdf, 4 MB.

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CURRICULUM GUIDE TO WILD BASIN

Grades 3-5: Food Chains, Animal Evidence, and Fossils, .pdf, 9 MB.

Animal Environments, Seasons, and Aquifers

CURRICULUM GUIDE TO WILD BASIN

Grades 3-5: Animal Environments, Seasons, and Aquifers, .pdf, 2.6 MB.

Animal Traits, Watersheds, and Rocks

CURRICULUM GUIDE TO WILD BASIN

Grades 6 - 8: Animal Traits, Watersheds, and Rocks, .pdf, 1 MB

Lessons

Supplement your school visit to Wild Basin with these natural science lessons for the classroom. Each lesson includes: lesson objectives, TEKS correlations, materials, procedures, and extension suggestions.

Elementary School
Middle School
High School
Programs for Schools

Preserve programs for schools.

We’re sorry, but no guided tours or in-person programs are offered at this time. Updates on future programs at the preserve will be posted on this page. Schools and community groups will be eligible for free tours and programs when these resume.

We would like to thank our 2020-2021 funding partners:

EFT
AMF