Virtual Field Lessons

East Foundation with our many valued partners has gone virtual to allow students from across Texas access to the land and the life that depends on it. Our Virtual Field Lessons are free and science TEKS aligned for 5th through 8th grades. These lessons will allow classroom educators to scale up to upper grades or down to lower grades. Each lesson is presented using Zoom, about 45 minutes in length, and lessons are offered twice a week.

Virtual Field Lessons Offered

A Look into Our Past: How South Texas Ranchlands Were Settled 

Join us and The Museum of South Texas History as we travel back in time to learn how the Coahuiltecan Indians followed by Spanish and Mexican colonizers settled lands south of the Nueces river. Students will virtually visit both the Museum of South Texas History and the historic San Antonio Viejo Ranch all in one day! 

Who’s Eating Who? Predator and Prey Relationships on the San Antonio Viejo Ranch 

Join our educators along with Dr. Tomeček an Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist with Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Alex Hettena a graduate student at Texas A&M University, as we explore and investigate predator-prey relationships on East Foundation rangelands. We will be discussing food chains, food webs, coyotes, jackrabbits, and feral hogs.  

Elusive Ocelots

Join the East Foundation, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) and the curators from the Texas Zoo uncover the mysteries of the elusive ocelot here in deep South Texas. We will explore and investigate the anatomy of the ocelot which helps them survive in the Wild Horse Desert as well as learn from our partnering scientists the methods they use to study individual ocelot populations on East Foundation’s El Sauz Ranch in Willacy County.

Land to Sea Stewardship

In partnership with the UT-RGV Coastal Studies Lab in South Padre Island, Texas, East Foundation will take students on a journey across our El Sauz Ranch to the coast of the Laguna Madre to learn how the two ecosystems are connected. Through a series of live and prerecorded presentations students will be able to identify both flora and fauna within these two ecosystems and how active management of the grasslands can positively and impact the seagrass ecosystem and beyond.  

Behind the Gates of a Working Cattle Ranch

Go behind the gates of the historic San Antonio Viejo Ranch with East Foundation ranch staff as they show us what being a land steward is all about. For us at the East Foundation, land stewardship is about caring for our land, water and wildlife while also producing quality beef for all Texans to enjoy. Join us to learn how and why we do what we do. Students will get an inside look into a cattle management operation.  

Registration and Participation Information 

Registration is required in advance and limited to the first 100 participants. Click on the linked time and date on the schedule to register. Teachers please register once for your entire class and then forward or share the registration link that will be e-mailed to you.   

Do you have summer program with students who would be interested in participating? Feel free to email us at education@eastfoundation.net so that we can accommodate your students.