•  STEM EEC  

    1600 Bowers Rd.

    Seagoville, Texas 75159

    Phone: 972-749-6900

    Email: eec@dallasisd.org

    Twitter: @disdeec

  • The 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 Center

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

     

    2021-2022 Guide to Virtual Field Trips at the STEM Environmental Education Center

    The Dallas ISD STEM Environmental Education Center will provide FREE, live, virtual field trip experiences for PK-12 students during the 2021-2022 school year! Each virtual field trip will be 45 minutes in length and align to the Dallas ISD scope and sequence for science standards taught during the current grading period. Virtual field trips will connect science with Social and Emotional Learning as well as mental and physical wellness. For more information about virtual field trips at the STEM EEC, please email eec@dallasisd.org.

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    The overarching goal of science education is to ensure that by the end of 12th grade, all students

    • have some appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science,
    • possess sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on related issues,
    • are careful consumers of scientific and technological information related to their everyday lives, and
    • are able to continue to learn about science outside of school.

    Learning Science in informal settings such as outdoor classrooms and school gardens is crucial to assisting students with the development of not only reasoning skills such as understanding correlations between the flow of energy and feedback mechanisms, but also in the development of global citizenship and understanding how humans directly impact the environment around them. School gardens in the Dallas ISD are maintained by campus personnel and utilized to provide instruction over science and health standards through field investigations. The types of gardens currently found on campuses in the district include vegetable, pollinator, hydroponic, and aquaponic gardens.

    Special Features and Resources at the STEM Environmental Education Center

    • 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
    • Nature play area for early childhood students
    • Working barn with a variety of livestock for students to observe, learn about, and feed
    • Live mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish 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