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    • Public education branch of the University of North Texas’s Environmental Programs
  • Environmental Education Science & Technology Building
    • Founding Partners
    • University of North Texas
    • Denton ISD
    • Lewisville ISD
    • RSVP
    • EPA
    • Ft. Worth Museum of Science History
    • “ The mission of the Elm Fork Education Center is to develop and implement premiere environmental education programs. These programs will provide investigative encounters that engage students of all ages in field activities and discovery experiences.
    • These opportunities are designed to encourage sound environmental decision making and responsible environmental citizenship.”
    • Identified partners with common goals
    • Established an inclusive culture
    • Invited creative “buy in” from all levels
    • Cooperatively developed a mission statement and vision for the partnership
    • Program development limiting factors
      • time 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
      • transportation
      • $
    Creating the Center
  • Environmental Discovery and Adventure (EDA) Program
    • The EDA Program is a 4-hour, hands-on, inquiry based integrated adventure. It is unique in that it offers opportunities for students, teachers, and chaperones to participate in both formal and informal experiences within the same thematic adventure.
    • Environment as an Integrated Context (EIC) for learning .
    • Archaeology 45 minutes
    • Aquatic Studies 45 minutes
    • SkyTheater Show 45 minutes
    • Crow Creek Quest 30 minutes
    • Exhibit Hall 30 minutes
    • Lunch 20 minutes
    Environmental Discovery and Adventure (EDA) Program consists of
  • indirect direct informal formal Crow Creek Quest Exhibit Hall Archaeology Aquatic Studies Traditional Classroom Sky Theater EDA in the Educational Continuum Traditional Science Center
    • Formal curriculum, including Pre-Visit and Post-Visit lessons for teachers, is used for teaching the lessons in archaeology and aquatic studies. This curriculum is differentiated and spiraled K-8 and is aligned with the state mandated Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
    • TAAS and TAKS aligned .
    Environmental Discovery and Adventure (EDA) Program
    • Archaeology and Aquatics were the most convenient tools for us to use to teach science process skills.
    • They are locally relevant issues that can be linked to learning objectives at every grade level.
    • As thematic tools they allow us to teach social studies, language arts, math, and science.
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    • Family Fun Science Saturdays
    • Environmental Crime Scene Investigators
    • The Forces with You
    • Artifact Rock and Fossil Show
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    • Elm Fork Explorers Summer Camp
    • Circle of Life
    • Neighborhood Naturalist
    • Just Beneath the Surface
    • Ex-Stream Adventure
    • Extreme Sports
    • Journey to the Center of the Earth
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  • Community Resources
    • Municipal or Private Utilities can be a great resource:
    • Drinking Water
    • Storm Water
    • Waste Water
    • Watershed Protection
    • Electricity
    • Recycling
    • Solid Waste
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  • Dallas Museum of Art
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  • For More Information Contact Brian Wheeler , Assistant Director 940-565-4912 [email_address] P.O. Box 310559 Denton, TX 76203-0559 940-565-2694 fax 940-565-4297