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Environmental Education Center 

1600 Bowers Rd.

Seagoville, Texas 75159

Phone: (972) 749-6900

Fax: (972) 749-6901

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Science teachers who are interested in ordering fertile chicken eggs for their science classrooms must submit their orders to the Living Materials Center by Friday, February 24, 2017, to ensure the eggs are delivered shortly after Spring Break. You may access the Living Materials Center Request Form at http://tiny.cc/lmc-request-form.


Science teachers who are interested in checking out chicken egg incubators for their science classrooms must submit their requests to the Science Resource Center by Friday, February 24, 2017.  You may access the Science Resource Center Request Form at  http://tiny.cc/src-request-form.    


If you have questions or concerns regarding fertile chicken eggs or incubators, please contact Mark Broughton, Manager,  STEM Environmental Education Center, at mbroughton@dallasisd.org or (972) 749-6900.  

 
 
The Environmental Education Center (EEC) is an academic facility with programs designed to instruct students and teachers at all grade levels in science in an outdoor setting. The EEC helps district science teachers meet the Texas Education Agency’s requirement that students plan and implement both laboratory and field investigations during science instruction. Its goal is to provide quality outdoor educational experiences to improve student achievement in science and develop an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the natural world. The EEC is a free field trip destination for all schools in the Dallas ISD. The EEC "classroom" is 500 acres of north Texas field, forest, and pond habitats and more than four miles of nature trails. The center offers urban students and teachers the opportunity to connect with nature and learn important science content and skills. The instructional programs, led by experienced teachers and naturalists, are fully aligned with the TEKS, local science curriculum, and STAAR assessments. The EEC is always free for all district students, teachers, and staff, making hands-on science instruction and outdoor educational experiences accessible to all students in the Dallas ISD.
 

Mission of the Environmental Education Center

The mission of the Environmental Education Center is to help diverse learners develop an awareness, appreciation, and concern for the environment, and as citizens use 21st century knowledge and skills to make informed, responsible decisions, solve current environmental problems, and prevent new ones.

 

Astronomy Programs at the EEC

With the completion of the new astronomical observatory, the EEC is gearing up in several ways to assist Astronomy teachers in providing exciting opportunities for our astronomy students. The new observatory will allow students to observe and explore the night sky first hand with state of the art telescopes and other equipment. A FullDome Reality planetarium will be used in the event of clouds/inclement weather.

2016-2017 Astronomy Dates

  • Astronomy programs can be scheduled during three evenings each month beginning in August. Check the EEC Calendar to see available dates for this school year.
  • Visiting teachers may select from a list of TEKS-aligned programs taught by the EEC staff.
  • Each program lasts about 1 hour.
  • Programs begin when the group arrives and normally last until 10:00 or 10:30 pm.
  • Only students enrolled in the visiting teacher's Astronomy class may participate in the programs.
  • For safety reasons, the maximum group size for Astronomy programs is 25 students.
  • Per district policy, 1 adult chaperone is required for every 10 students.
  • If weather conditions are too poor for observing with telescopes, students will be able to use the FullDome Reality planetarium.
  • Teachers desiring to bring students for night-time Astronomy programs are advised to check with their principal to make sure the proper procedures for completing a field trip (outside the regular school day) are followed. The EEC is on the district's list of pre-approved field trips, therefore only the principal's permission is required for a trip.
  • The EEC bus is not available for night-time Astronomy field trips.
 

There is never an admission charge for any DISD students, teachers, parents, or staff! 

To schedule a visit to the EEC, please call 972-749-6900. 

 

Special Features and Resources at the EEC

  • Experienced teachers, naturalists, and volunteers who work with students and teachers
  • Bilingual instruction
  • More than 500 acres of Texas landscape to explore through guided field investigations
  • 26,000 sq ft facility with interactive exhibits featuring world ecosystems, plant and animal facts, prairie, forest, creek and pond habitats, and a fossil study area
  • 70 seat ecology theater
  • 3 nature trails: The Post Oak Preserve Trails - The Old Field Trail - The Big Ponds Trail
  • Working barn with a variety of livestock for students to observe, learn about, and feed
  • Live amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds for observation and study
  • Fossil collection for observation and study
  • Outdoor classroom/pavilion
  • 4 science laboratories with special equipment for environmental field studies
  • Vegetable, flower, and herb gardens
  • Astronomical observatory with several telescopes, binoculars, and other astronomy equipment
  • FullDome Reality planetarium

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