Environmental Education Center
1600 Bowers Rd.
Seagoville, Texas 75159
Phone: (972) 749-6900
Fax: (972) 749-6901IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Dallas ISD PK-12 science teachers who are interested in scheduling a FREE field trip to the Environmental Education Center (EEC) along with FREE transportation using the EEC bus should call the center beginning at 8:00 am on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Information on student programs at the EEC is linked below. Please remember, schools can reserve only one grade level per call so that everyone has a fair chance to use our free bus. Please call 972-749-6900 to schedule your trip!The Environmental Education Center (EEC) is a 500-acre academic facility located in Seagoville, TX. The 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 alligned to the Science TEKS 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. The center offers urban students and teachers the opportunity to connect with nature while learning important science content and skills. Its goal is to provide quality outdoor educational experiences to improve student achievement in science while helping them develop an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the natural world.
Mission of the Environmental Education CenterThe 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.
Teacher's Guide to Student Programs at the EEC
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.
- 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