We want to connect you with resources in your region that will help you and your family Play, Explore and Learn in nature. This page has useful links to things like curriculum, training opportunities, and tangible resources like gear or equipment. These resources come from our partners and are not an endorsement by TCiN or Nature Rocks Texas, but simply meant to be helpful to families.

The Texas Youth Hunting Program (TYHP), in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife, Land Owners and Volunteers takes youth 9-17 years of age on hunts throughout the state.  We educate youth on ethical, safe hunting, wildlife conservation and wildlife management.  We have over 1400 volunteer Huntmasters in 8 areas and over 150 Landowners statewide. Huntmasters are trained and certified volunteers who run all aspects of a hunt.  TYHP provides all training and background checks for our volunteers and we insure each hunt to protect our land owners.  Youth must complete Hunter Education before they can participate and must register online for membership and hunts.  Priority goes to hunters who have not hunted in the program.  Go to WWW.TYHP.ORG for more information and to create a youth account.

https://www.tyhp.org/youth-hunters/

Have you ever wanted to take your entire class on a campout, but lacked the time or budget to do so? The Texas Children in Nature network and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have put together a step-by-step guide to help you plan and execute a campus campout.

Texas Wildlife Association offers on-demand webinars about wildlife and conservation.  You can view these as an individual or use them in the classroom or in a home school setting. 

Texas Parks and Wildlife offers tackle for fishing at multiple sites around the state.  You simply check out the tackle like you would a library book and return it when you are done.  Also when you are fishing in a state park, you do not need a fishing license, but you do need to follow the fishing guidelines for size and limits. Find out which state parks have the tackle loaner program near you.  

Project WILD is "Wildlife in Learning Design," a Kindergarten - 12th grade environmental and conservation education program emphasizing awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources.  It can be used by classroom teachers, environmental educators, park and nature center personnel, and youth group leaders. It is interdisciplinary and supplementary and can be used to teach basic skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and physical education. More information at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

There are tons of Educational Loaner Trunks availble all around the state from Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife, National Parks, and other non-profits. These trunks are available for loan to formal and informal educators, and youth leaders. Each trunk contains activities and materials appropriate for multiple age level groups. Contact information for obtaining each trunk is listed on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

Looking for science lessons that are focused on aquatic life and ecosystems in Texas instead of some far away place? Texas Aquatic Science is designed for students to learn about the ponds, lakes, marshes, streams, rivers, oceans and wildlife that are in our own communities.  It also has lessons about what types of careers are availble to young people in the aquatic science field. This curriculum is free and open to the public to use.