STEM Environmental Education Center
1600 Bowers Rd.
Seagoville, Texas 75159
Phone: (972) 749-6900
Fax: (972) 749-6901
Twitter: @disdeecThe STEM Environmental Education Center (EEC) is a 500-acre academic facility located in Seagoville, TX. The center offers urban teachers and students the opportunity to connect with nature while learning important science content and skills. The STEM EEC is a free field trip destination for all schools in the Dallas ISD. The center's instructional programs, led by experienced teachers and naturalists, are fully aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Science and designed to help teachers at all grade levels meet the Texas Education Agency’s requirement that students plan and implement both laboratory and field investigations during science instruction.
Mission of the STEM Environmental Education CenterThe mission of the STEM 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.
Teacher's Guide to Student Programs at the STEM EEC
Astronomy Programs at the STEM EEC
The STEM Environmental Education Center has a 6-meter Go-Dome Planetarium with a FullDome Reality projection system available to assist Astronomy teachers in providing exciting opportunities for their Astronomy students. In addition to the planetarium, the center is home to an astronomical observatory that allows students to observe and explore the night sky first hand with state-of-the-art, research-grade telescopes and other equipment. All Astronomy programs at the center are aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Astronomy. Programs consist of a classroom lab investigation, a planetarium program, and a trip to the observatory where students will be able to view the Moon, objects in our solar system, and a variety of deep space objects.
- Astronomy programs can be scheduled during three evenings each month beginning in September. Check the STEM EEC Calendar to see available dates for this school year.
- Visiting teachers may select from a list of TEKS-aligned Astronomy programs taught by the center staff.
- Programs begin when the group arrives (usually around 6:00 pm) and normally last until 9:00 or 9:30 pm.
- Each classroom lab investigation last about 1 hour.
- The planetarium program lasts about 1 hour.
- The observatory program lasts about 1 hour.
- Only students enrolled in the visiting teacher's Astronomy class may participate in the program.
- 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.
- 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 STEM Environmental Education Center is on the district's list of pre-approved field trips, therefore only the principal's permission is required for a trip.
- The center's 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 STEM Environmental Education Center, please call 972-749-6900.
Special Features and Resources at the STEM EEC
- Experienced STEM EEC teachers, naturalists, and volunteers who work with visiting teachers and students
- Bilingual instruction
- More than 500 acres of Texas landscape to explore through guided field investigations
- 3 nature trails: The Post Oak Preserve Trails - The Old Field Trail - The Big Ponds Trail
- 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
- 4 science laboratories with special equipment for environmental field studies
- 70 seat ecology theater
- 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
- Vegetable, flower, and herb gardens
- Astronomical observatory with several telescopes, binoculars, and other Astronomy equipment
- FullDome Reality Planetarium