An Eco-Kit is a traveling environmental education program that RBNC brings directly to your classroom. It includes hands-on activities and one-on-one learning with an experienced field guide. The cost for an Eco-Kit is $50.00. There are numerous topics from which to choose, such as:
By observing and handling live earthworms students will learn worm structure, behavior, life cycles, and how worms compost waste into topsoil, a process called vermiculture. From simple worm experiments to detailed dissection (4th – 6th), learn the secrets of soil recyclers.
Learn about the characteristics and habits of birds from North Texas. This Eco-Kit includes nine real bird’s nests from the local area, a variety of eggs, feathers to inspect, and full-color photos of the nest’s inhabitants.
Wild Side of the City
Discover where and how animals live in our urban environment. Students will learn about the behaviors, adaptations, habitat requirements, and characteristics of urban wildlife.
Learn about the planets in the solar system and their relation to the sun and to each other through a variety of hands-on activities. Students will also learn the phases of the moon and the difference between a lunar month and a calendar month.
Wetlands and Wildlife
Students will learn the formal definition of wetland, but also why swamps, bogs, and marshes are habitats we must protect. Filtration and percolation activities emphasize wetland components and functions.
Explore nature’s nightlife. Discover the adaptations animals develop for nocturnal living. Students will explore the varied senses used by nocturnal animals and insects to live, hunt, and defend themselves.
Introduction to Butterflies
Explore the amazing world of butterflies in your classroom. Investigate a butterflies five senses through hands-on activities. Learn about the butterfly life cycle and their natural defenses. See preserved life cycles of the butterfly from egg to adult.
Using microscopes and live specimens, students will observe the anatomy, life cycle, senses, and defenses of a variety of insects along with amazing facts of the animal world’s hidden majority.
Explore the building blocks of our earth! Students will learn the difference between igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. They will also gain an understanding of the factors that affect them including temperature, erosion, and acid rain.
Students will look at plant structure, examine plant parts with digital scope, view pollen and discuss pollination, plant a seed, consider seed diversity and methods of dispersal, and play a game to learn the equation for photosynthesis.
We All Need Trees
Students will view and analyze tree slice, learn to identify native trees, make a bracelet with tree slices and beads to represent different layers of a tree, sing a tree chant, measure the diameter of a tree, make clinometers to measure the height and make bark rubbings.
Students will use tools to measure the temperature of the air, soil, and water, humidity, rainfall, wind direction, and speed. They will also look for weather signs outdoors, view weather maps, and will make a mini weather station.
Students will evaluate personal choice with regard to consumption, example: plastic vs. paper vs. reusable. They will make paper, play the Bennie the Turtle and Recycle Sorting games, and make a craft out of recycled materials.
Students will learn the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy. They will discuss the Law of the Conservation of Energy, look at and model the process of coal and oil formation, create a model of a windmill, and look at and reconfigure various renewable energy models.
Dig Into the Past
Students will view a fossil exhibit that represents fossils in North Texas. They will learn about the geological time scale, look for fossils, make a cast and mold replica of a fossil, and view and make a model of petrified wood.
How long are the presentations?
Do you go to schools outside of Wichita Falls?
Eco-Kits can be given to any school within a 25-mile radius of Wichita Falls. If outside this radius, there will be a travel cost added to your bill. Please call for more information 940-767-0843.
What age groups are Eco-Kits appropriate for?
All programs and their activities can be adapted for any age group.
What do we need to provide for an Eco-Kit?
Each presentation will need a desk or table area and floor space. The RBNC instructor will arrive with materials 15 minutes prior to the requested time to prepare for the presentation. The classroom teacher should remain in the classroom during the presentation and provide assistance as needed.
How much does it cost?
The cost for an Eco-Kit program is $50.00 per classroom presentation. Schools over 25 miles outside Wichita Falls will be assessed travel costs.
Do Eco-Kits align with TEKS?
Yes, all Eco-Kits align with TEKS state standards.
How many students can participate in an Eco-Kit?
The max amount of students is 22. If you have a larger classroom, call us at 940-767-0843.