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.

52 Things to Do Outside Before You Grow Up helps children and families find ideas and inspiration for getting outside!

Explore nature around you using iNaturalist and upload images of what you find.  Identify what you can and watch scientists help identify what you don't know.  This is a great opportunity to help conservationalists learn what species are in your neighborhood.

The DoSeum is a place where interactive fun and hands-on learning come together—a place where minds are always at play.  During your visit, our exhibits, programs, and classes will encourage young minds to explore the joy of learning through connections to STEM, the arts, and literacy, but curiosity and exploration don't have to end when you leave!

Explore our DIY Activities, Storytimes, and Questions from Kids that were created for you to DO at home and stay connected with your family while keeping minds at play in between your visits!

The River Authority has many resources for educational needs regarding topics including the San Antonio River, water quality, watersheds and erosion. The River Authority also works closely with partner organizations to extend resources that can fit any classroom's needs regarding aquatic science topics. All River Authority lessons and resources provided are TEKS-aligned.

Just because the doors are closed doesn’t mean the Witte is not available to experience! What does this mean? We are debuting Witte Where You Are.

 Witte Where You Are provides engaging, interactive virtual experiences that you can do at home with the whole family!

Learn how to become a Backyard Scientist and discover the fun in your own backyard.

Investigate how the past connects to today and learn how to be a History Detective, and digitally explore Witte artifacts, gallery virtual tours and much more!

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.

We’re in this together.

The children and nature movement works to connect kids and families around the world to the benefits of nature. We do this in cities, schools, within families, and through advancing policies and programs that get more kids outside, more often. We’ll need to do this work differently while we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

With each passing day of this crisis, it becomes more clear that too many children lack equitable access to nature. No single organization or expert has all of the answers right now. But together, we can find ways to keep children, especially the most vulnerable, both physically and mentally healthy. We'll need new and creative strategies for connecting to the natural world — even if some of those ways are indoors. 

 

Each week, we’ll be posting new resources from incredible partners, tips, tools, blogs and webinars, along with the best and brightest ideas from the field. Please consider this your virtual gathering place and a platform for sharing and connecting with your peers. 

In the words of our co-founder, Richard Louv: “Onward!”

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.