At Friends of Texas Wildlife, we feel one of the most important aspects of serving the community is what we offer through our educational outreach programs. Education is a vitally important part of our mission, and we offer many and varied programs and events.
Our educational outreach programs, under the exceptional direction of Cathie Coudert (our Education Coordinator), have expanded each year. In 2019, these programs reached over 5,000 members of the community through 92 different and unique events. Additionally, three Boy Scout Eagle projects and six Girl Scout Bronze or Silver Award projects were completed. We offer presentations to schools, camps, scouts, churches, and community groups of all ages. Here are just a few of the events our educational team offers:
Our education center is open the second Saturday of every month. Drop by any time between 10 am and 2 pm to visit. There are educational displays and touch tables to investigate, so kids can have some hands-on fun exploring animal pelts, bones, antlers, feathers, etc. It’s also a great opportunity to meet one or more of our live, educational animal ambassadors (owls, hawk, opossum, turtles, and/or snake). Visitors can also browse our small gift shop (special wildlife-themed items!) and make a craft to take home. $5 per person, children 2 and under are free.
Spring Break Discover Days
These are stand-alone “mini-camp” days, with each day offering a different topic. For 2020, the dates will be March 10, 11, 12, 10:00-2:00. Attendees will come and go any time during these hours (drop in, no advance registration required), and can attend one, two, or all three days as desired. Tuesday, 3/10 will be Marvelous Mammals; Wednesday, 3/11 will be Winged Wonders; and Thursday, 3/12 will be Radical Reptiles. Each day will feature different educational animals, crafts, and games. Parents stay with children, $5 per person.
Lots of wildlife fun and games! For 2020, we will be offering three identical sessions of camp: Session 1 June 9 – 11; Session 2 June 16 – 18; Session 3 June 23 – 25. All camps will run 10 am to 2 pm, campers bring sack lunch. Registration will open April 1 on Eventbrite, $125 per camper, geared for ages 7-11.
Wild Summer Fun Days
This will be similar to the Spring Break days, but with longer sessions each day. Dates are Tuesday, 7/14 (Marvelous Mammals); Wednesday, 7/15 (Winged Wonders), and Thursday, 7/16 (Radical Reptiles). Parents drop campers off; each session will be 10 am to 2 pm (bring a sack lunch to picnic with). Come one, two, or all three days. For kids 7-11, $30 per day. Registration will open on Eventbrite on May 1.
Come have a wildlife-themed party at our education center! Different themes and activities depending on age of child. Geared for children ages 4 through 10+.
Educational presentations, either at our facility or yours
Including, but not limited to: schools, libraries, scout groups, homeschool groups, garden clubs, civic and community organizations, senior-citizen groups, or really any group that would like to learn more about wildlife
We are passionate about helping wildlife and sharing our knowledge of the animals around us. We always welcome the opportunity to help others learn a little more too. Our educational visitor’s center is located at 29816 Dobbin Huffsmith Road, Magnolia, so come on out and check us out!
To learn more about what we do and view pictures of many of the animals we assist, please visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SavingTexasWildlife. The next Second Saturday at our education center Saturday, January 11. For more information about any of our events or educational presentations, please visit our website at www.ftwl.org, or email [email protected]. On our website you can also find many helpful links and ways you can help support our efforts too (such as Kroger Community Rewards, Amazon Smile, etc.).
Executive Director - Friends of Texas Wildlife