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Friona, TX


Friona ISD

Students in Friona ISD will work with TPWD and other partners to analyze and develop the Reeves Lake area as a permanent playa lake educational area with trails and interpretive data to educate students and all visitors about the playa lakes and their role in the water cycle, and as a habitat for plants and animals. This will involve research, using GIS software, conducting comparative field investigations, removing invasive species while introducing native ones and developing publications, videos and presentations for the community.


Coordinator Contact:
Patsy Allen
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Coppell, TX


Coppell High School

Students will evaluate soil composition data and determine whether the site is truly of the Blackland Prairie or actually Cross-Timbers Prairie eco-region in order to make revisions to restoration and maintenance plans. Students will be working closely with GIS software to collect and organize data from the prairie and its surrounding areas through continued soil analysis, analyzing flora and fauna species and determining densities of invasive versus native populations. Students will use hand-held GPS units and probe-ware to organize data to upload to GIS software. By entering data into a GIS map, students will be able to analyze and identify changes. To evaluate our impact on the natural environment, students will look at pollutants in the surrounding industrial parking lots and conduct labs on the impact the found pollutants have on our soil type and on the water quality of the creek.


Coordinator Contact:
Holly Anderson
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Sally Urquhart
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Allen, TX


Curtis Middle School

Students in the Environmental Education Club will work with staff of the Trinity River Audubon Center and the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility to increase biodiversity in a pond near the school, to remove invasive plant species and restore native plants in the Cottonwood Creek watershed and dam areas, and to promote cross grade-level education and awareness of environmental concerns in our area by collaborating with three other campuses in the district.


Coordinator Contact:
George Lee
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Ereckson Middle School

Students in the Environmental Club will take the lead in improving the riparian zone of Rowlett Creek by removing invasive plants and creating new habitats; by establishing a new wetland habitat at the Connemara Meadow Preserve for birds of concern including the Harris's Sparrow, the Painted Bunting, and the Dickcissel; and by sharing data on the project with state and local organizations. Partners include the City of Allen, Connemara Conservancy, and the Foundation for Allen Schools.


Coordinator Contact:
Laurie Merrick
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Allen High School

The Environmental Advocacy Team will partner with the City of Allen, the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystem Research Facility, ERMI Environmental Labs, Connemara Conservancy, and the Ecoliteracy Project at Olson Elementary to improve the water quality of Cottonwood Creek. They plan to accomplish this by engineering and constructing a natural bioretention area in Allen Station Park across from the High School and designing an interactive kiosk on the bioretention zone and its native plants.


Coordinator Contact:
Heidi Reese
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Olson Elementary School

Students at Olson Elementary will continue their work in the Connemara Meadow Preserve along the riparian zone of Rowlett Creek. Using the Conservation Action Plan as their guide, they will create new habitats and directly manage natural resources by removing invasive plants in new areas so that they can restore and establish larger native prairie grass communities to encourage wildlife productivity. These selected areas of the meadow preserve will also enhance the watershed stability of Rowlett Creek.


Coordinator Contact:
Kirk Evans
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Fort Worth Area


Fort Worth Country Day School

Project Prairie is multi-faceted, focusing on: 1) removing invasive species which overpopulate the area and take the nutrients and space needed for native plants to grow. We will host workdays to remove invasive plant species from our prairie; 2) species restoration by planting additional native species to increase biodiversity. During our workdays we will also plant rescued and propagated native species to increase their population. Additionally, we will promote and plant “pocket prairies” (both on- and off-campus) to improve monarch, native bird, and turkey habitat in our community; 3) continuing our community-based research about prairies and green roofs and looking at soil moisture on the prairie versus the green roof.


Coordinator Contact:
Perri Carr
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Coder Elementary School

Students will work with community partners to restore native vegetation to the creek located on school property behind our school. The restoration will include signage informing the public about the benefits of native vegetation, and the wildlife habitats created by the native plantings. The need to educate citizens will be met by students creating interpretative signage, public service announcements, website updates, and presentations. As one of their public service events, students will host a gallery night, with original pieces of art, created by the students.


Coordinator Contact:
Michelle Yates
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Dallas, TX


Bishop Dunne Catholic School

Seventh grade students in the campus environmental club will work with staff of the Trinity River Audubon Center and with the Dallas urban biologist from Texas Parks and Wildlife to restore prairielands in the park and gather data that can help with future restorations.


Coordinator Contact:
Katy Bove
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St. John Episcopal School

Eighth grade students in the required Environmental Science Class will work with a local Master Naturalist, the Dallas urban biologist from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and with staff of the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department, the Nature Conservancy, and For the Love of the Lake, to remove Johnson Grass and Queen Anne’s Lace in targeted remnants of the Blackland Prairie near White Rock Lake and to produce information brochures and surveys to be distributed at the Bath House Cultural Center Museum.


Coordinator Contact:
Toni Herrin
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LeAnne Wyatt
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Coordinator Contact:
Liz Christensen
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Glen Rose, TX


Glen Rose High School

Juniors and Seniors in Environmental Science classes and students from other organizations will work to restore forty-five more acres of their 125 acres of land at Squaw Creek Park with the dual goals of increasing the population of the Eastern Bluebird and repopulating the Bobwhite Quail. In particular, they'll work to decrease undesirable woody plant cover, increase usable loafing and escape cover for Bobwhite Quail, and increase suitable cavity nesting for Eastern Bluebirds with support from staff of Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Luminant Power, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Natural Resources Conservation Services, and the Brazos Valley Soil and Water Conservation District.


Coordinator Contact:
Wendy Thompson
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Pollok, TX


Central Elementary School

Working with regional staff of the Texas Parks and Wildlife and the Texas Forest Service, fifth grade students will reestablish native forest in an area that was cleared to build a new school. In the process, they will also remove invasive species such as Chinese Tallow and Chinese Privet.


Coordinator Contact:
Susan Sanders
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Seguin, TX


Navarro High School

In partnership with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Texas Lutheran University, and the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, students will clean up the Plum Creek watershed from its headwaters to the confluence with the Guadalupe River and then restore natural grasses, forbs, and trees along the banks of the creek to help filter water flow during rain events to help prevent pollution.


Coordinator Contact:
Rissa Springs
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Port Lavaca, TX


Travis Middle School

Eighth grade students in the Water Watchers Club will continue their work to restore sensitive gulf coast habitat for the Fiddler Crab while also conducting testing and data collection on waterways that feed into the bay. With support from the Texas State Game Warden and from local staff of the Agrilife Extension Office, the Department of State Health, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Lavaca Navidad River Authority, students will seek to educate citizens and private landowners on the importance of riparian zones and conservation.


Coordinator Contact:
Sherrie Krause
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Brownsville, TX


Rio Bravo Wildlife Institute/LivingWay Leadership Academy

The Science Club will design and construct a hoop house at RBWI’s Urban Ecology Center located at Lincoln Park to establish a native wetland plants nursery. The students will introduce native plants cultivated in the nursery to a section of the Resaca located at the Park to allow visitors to observe and learn more about restoring Resaca wetland habitat. The students will coordinate several community restoration workdays and engage other interest groups in this effort through work at the Center and by presenting to various interest groups.


Coordinator Contact:
Carol Sebastian
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