1 – ABNC Wetlands References
A. Activities and References – The ABNC Wetlands Field Guide can be used with any of the ABNC activities listed here. Copies of the bolded activities are included as examples which can use the ABNC Wetlands Field Guide.
|Name||Description||TEKS* Correlation for Bolded Activities|
|ALPHA Program – Environmental Science||Hands-on classes for gifted high school students.|
|ALPHA Program – Water Ecology||Hands-on classes for gifted high school students.|
|Armand Bayou Habitat||~2 hr class for all ages on habitats, bayou, plants and animals, salinity.|
|Armand Bayou Park and Nature Center||Field Survey and Guidelines for Development, March 1974. Prepared and published by the Houston Audubon Society and Preservation of Armand Bayou Committee. Limited availability.||Reference|
|Bird Bonanza – Characteristics of Birds||3 hour bird classes for K – 1st grades. Characteristics of birds and adaptations.|
|Bird Bonanza – Water Birds||3 hour bird classes for K – 1st grades. Characteristics of water birds and adaptations. Observe water birds on a pontoon ride.|
|Bird Bonanza – Song Birds||3 hour bird classes for K – 1st grades. Listen to and learn to recognize bird songs.|
|Prairie Discovery||3 hour bird classes for 3 – 4th grades. Learn about the prairie, why important, restoration and inhabitants. Take a ride or walk through the prairie to observe birds, plants, animals and other characteristics of the prairie.||4.1A, 4.2B, 4.4A, 4.5A, 4.7B, 5.1A, 5.2B, 5.4A, 5.5A|
|Bird Bonanza – Super Birds||3 hour bird classes for K – 1st grades. Learn about super birds and take a field trip.|
|Bird Observations||~1 hr activity for all ages. Bird observation at the bird blind, use of binoculars, bird identification, habitats.|
|Bundle up on the Bayou – Animals on the Bayou||3 hr class for 4th – 5th grades.
Learn about animals on the bayou, go fishing.
|Bayou Studies||3 hr class for 5t - 6h grades.
Learn about animals on the bayou, water quality and testing, observe bayou life from the Bayou Ranger pontoon.
|5.1A, 5.2B, 5.4A, 5.5A, 61A, 6.2B, 6.4A, 6.5A, 6.7B,|
|Bundle up on the Bayou – Pollution of the Bayou||3 hr class for 4th – 5th grades.
Learn about pollution threats to bayous, how to stop and how recycling helps.
|CPChem Connections Fieldtrip Program – Wetlands “Nature Nursery”||Field trip program for Pasadena 4th graders. Funded by Chevron Phillips.|
|Critter Crossing||3 hour class for 2nd – 3rd grades.
Learn about birds. Characteristics of birds, feathers, bird songs.
|Field Guide||Guide to ABNC and trails.||Reference|
|Food Chain||1 ½ hr class for all ages.
Learn about food chains, photosynthesis, herbivores, carnivores, producers, consumers, etc.
|Insect Explorations||1 ½ hr class for grades 2nd – 5th.
Learn about insects, habitats, food chain, insect collection with sweep nets.
|Pond Pals||1 ½ hr class for 2nd – 3rd grade.
Learn about ponds, pond life, seining.
|Reptiles||1 ½ hr class for grades 2nd – 5th.
Learn about reptiles, characteristics, habitats, live reptile demonstration.
|Shake Down||~1 hr activity for all ages. Sample collection and examination.|
|The Trails I & II– Forest Ecology||2 - 2 hr classes for grades 4th – 12th.
Learn about habitats, forest animals and plants, forest ecology, trail hike.
|The Watering Hole – Bayou Life||3 hr class for 4th – 5th grade.
Observe bayou animals, go crabbing and explore the bayou on the Bayou Ranger.
|The Watering Hole – Water Celebrations||3 hr class for 4th – 5th grade.
Learn how cultures depend on and appreciate water. Make a rain stick.
|Nature Discovery - Using Senses to Explore Nature & the ABNC Forest||1 hr class for K – 1st grade. Learn about habitats, forests plants and animals. Take a forest walk.||K.1A, K.2ABCDE, K.3A, K4AB, K.5A, 1.1A, 1.2ABCDE, 1.3A, 1.4AB,|
|Water, Water Everywhere||~2 hour class for 4th grade.
Learn about wetlands, water testing and quality, seining, water organisms.
|Wetland Bird Observation Blind - Adaptations||~1 hour activity for all ages on birds and their adaptations.|
* Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills descriptions can be found at www.tea.state.tx.us/teks.
B. ABNC Website www.abnc.org —
An improved ABNC website has been created which includes:
Information on ABNC Habitats
Stewardship link provides information on Conservation (wetlands prairie and bayou restoration) and ABNC Habitats.
link offers a virtual tour of ABNC. This will allow teachers to give students a preview of ABNC and its habitats. Alternatively, teachers that are unable to secure field trips to ABNC can use the virtual tour to teach students in their own classrooms.
Armand Bayou link takes you to a virtual tour of Armand Bayou. This tour includes information on the bayou, habitats, bayou plants and animals, ABNC's marsh restoration efforts along the bayou, etc. This paddle trail link can also be used as wetlands training for a teacher or a school class.
- SBEC for Teachers
- Field Trip Planner
- Outreach Programs
- EcoTots Classes
- EcoKids Classes
- Summer EcoCamp
- Winter EcoCamp
- Scouting Programs
- Hazardous Beasties Safety Training
- Wetland Education Resources