Looking for ways to use your school's outdoor classroom? Check out the resources we've collected for ideas, background knowledge, and curriculum.

  General Resources

Armand Bayou Nature Center — Armand Bayou Nature Center's mission is to provide public environmental education and perpetually preserve the ecosystems it protects. ABNC demonstrates the need to conserve this and other natural areas for the enlightenment and enjoyment of this and future generations.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center — The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center provides education about the natural environment to Houstonians of all ages while acting as an urban wildlife sanctuary for native plants and animals.

Houston Audubon Society — The Houston Audubon Society works for the thoughtful conservation of the earth's natural resources by educating people to the value of the natural world; protecting, preserving, and enhancing wildlife habitat; and encouraging the passage of legislation to protect the environment.

Junior Master Gardener — The Junior Master Gardener curriculum engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that promote a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind.

Nature Discovery Center — A hands-on center where families explore science and nature.

Project Learning Tree (PLT) — All PLT activities found within the Pre-K-12 curriculum guide the learner from awareness and knowledge to action.

Project WET - Water Education for Teachers — An interdisciplinary, supplementary education program for educators

Project WILD — Project WILD is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school.

Texas Forestry Association — Teacher workshops and packets, student scholarships

Teacher Tool Kit (TPWD) — Aquatic science resources for teachers and students

Texas Water Resources Institute — The TWRI serves as a focal point for water related research at Texas universities.

TPWD Outdoor Kids Journal — Create your own Outdoor Kids Journal

  Habitat Programs and Guides

Backyard Conservation (NRCS) — Backyard Conservation shows you how conservation practices that help conserve and improve natural resources on agricultural land across the country can be adapted for use around your home

Creating a School Habitat: A Planning Guide for Habitat Enhancement on School Grounds in Texas (TPWD)

Creating a School Habitat: Appendices for Central Texas (TPWD)

Creating a School Habitat: Appendices for North Central Texas (TPWD)

Creating a School Habitat: Appendices for Southeast Texas (TPWD)

Creating a School Habitat: Appendices for Southwest Texas (TPWD)

Creating a School Habitat: Appendices for the Rio Grande Valley (TPWD)

Creating a School Habitat: Appendices for West Texas (TPWD)

Developing an Outdoor Classroom (Fernbank Science Center)

Monarch Waystation Program + Certification — Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration

NWF Schoolyard Habitats + Certification — Wildlife habitats become places where students not only learn about wildlife species and ecosystems, but also outdoor classrooms where they hone their academic skills and nurture their innate curiosity and creativity

Pollinator Habitat Certification Program (Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia)

School Gardening (Kids Gardening) — School Gardening engages students by providing a dynamic environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture and learn

Schoolyard Habitat Project Guide (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Texas Wildscapes Certification Program — A habitat restoration and conservation plan for rural and urban areas by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Environmental Concern — Includes a journal on wetlands and environmental education (1993-2001)

Office of Wetlands, Oceans, & Watersheds (EPA) — Issues of waterways and their protection

National Wetlands Inventory — Produces information on the characteristics, extent, and status of the Nation's wetlands and deepwater habitats

National Wetlands Research Center — Clearinghouse of science information about wetlands

North American Wetlands Conservation Act — Grant program to increase bird populations and wetland habitat

NRCS Wetlands — Information about America's wetlands and conservation easements

Texas Wetlands — An informative guide to every aspect of wetlands from TPWD


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center — Discover more than 9,000 plants native to North America

Native American Seed — Native wildflowers, grasses, and seed mixes

Native Plant Society of Texas

USDA Plants Database

Wild About Texas Wildflowers

Wildflowers in Bloom


Accepted Texas Species — The official list of bird species accepted for Texas by the Texas Bird Records Committee (TBRC) of the Texas Ornithological Society.

Bug Guide — Identification, images, and information for insects, spiders, and their kin for the United States and Canada

Butterflies and Moths of North America — Create a regional checklist of butterflies and/or moths

eBird: The Great Backyard Bird Count — Citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds

iNaturalist — Explore and share your observations from the natural world

Texas Bird Images — An archive for Texas photo-documented bird records as defined by the Texas Ornithological Society geographical reporting region

Texas Bug Book: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Mammals of Texas (TPWD) — Online edition of The Mammals of Texas

Wildlife Fact Sheets (TPWD) — Fact sheets for amphibians, birds, fish, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles and plants

Bird Checklists for Texas

A Checklist of Texas Birds

Bird Checklists for Texas State Parks, Historic Sites and Wildlife Management Areas

Birds of Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Ecoregional Bird Checklists

  • Environmental Institute of Houston

    Phone: 281-283-3950

    North Office Annex
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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