SESI Teacher Resources

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Student-led Environmental Stewardship Initiative

This page is dedicated to providing resources for environmental science educators throughout the Border Region of
West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Chihuahua.

Below you will find virtual workshops (TEKs aligned) and field trips that can be used for 9-12 environmental science or earth science classes.

The virtual workshops and field trips are designed to give students a better understanding of their local environment in the Border Region. Workshops and field trips are independent of one another, and can be utilized in any order that meet the needs of the educator and students.
Click on the pictures or titles to access the workshop/field trip.

 

Workshops:

Environmental Stewardship:

This workshop is designed to help students evaluate the effect of human activities, including habitat restoration projects, species preservation efforts, nature conservancy groups, hunting, fishing, and ecotourism on the environment.

 

Chihuahuan Desert Food Web:

This workshop is designed to help students  investigate and identify energy interactions in an ecosystem, and predict how species extinction may alter the food chain and affect existing populations.

 

Desert Plant Adaptations:

This workshop is designed to help students assess the role of native plants within a desert ecosystem and compare them to plants in ecosystems within other biomes.

 

Desert Animal Adaptations:

This workshop is designed to help students assess the role of native animals within a desert ecosystem and compare them to animals in ecosystems within other biomes.

 

Soil and Erosion:

This workshop is designed to help students understand methods of land use and management and recognize its effects on land fertility, including soil erosion and land loss.

 

Water Smart Choices for Agriculture:

This workshop is designed to help students identify sources, use, quality, management, and conservation of water.

 

Environmental Justice:

This workshop is designed to help students understand the impact of research and technology on social ethics and legal practices in situations such as the design of new buildings, recycling, or emission standards.

 

ASARCO – Debate:

This workshop is designed to help students identify causes of air, soil, and water pollution, using a case study of a local smelter. Students will also be able to understand the impact of research and technology on social ethics and legal practices in situations such as the design of new buildings, recycling, or emission standards.

 

Green Infrastructure:

This workshop is designed to help students learn about urban green infrastructure options, particularly in desert environments. Students will also understand the benefits and costs of green infrastructure.

 

Environmental Science Virtual Career Fair:

This virtual career fair serves as a means to show students a variety of careers that exist within the broad environmental science field. 

 

Virtual Field Trips:

Rio Bosque Wetlands Park Virtual Field Trip:

This virtual field trip is designed to introduce students to a unique wetlands habitat here in the Chihuahuan Desert. Students will learn about the restoration efforts that have taken place at the park and gain a better understanding of the environmental challenges the area has faced and continues to face today. 

 

Keystone Heritage Park Virtual Field Trip:

This virtual field trip is designed to highlight the unique archaic wetlands and a botanical garden of Keystone, and will allow students to understand some of the native plant and animal species found in our local desert habitats. 

 

Tiny Tunnels, Big Connections:

This virtual field trip is designed to help students identify and interpret the different types of ecological symbiotic relationships by exploring the virtual UTEP Centennial Museum Exhibit: Tiny Tunnels, Big Connections.

 

Rio Bosque Wetlands Park – Winter Bird Tour Virtual Field Trip:

This virtual field trip is designed to immerse students into an extraordinary landscape found in the middle of the Chihuahuan Desert. Students will learn about the different bird species found at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park.

 

Organic Farm Virtual Field Trip

This virtual field trip is designed to expose students to farming locally in the Chihuahuan Desert. Students will learn the benefits of using local resources, understand the importance of sustainable farming and will be able to describe some of the impacts of food production on the environment.

 


These resources were was produced thanks to funding provided by EPA grant #NE-01F54901-0.


Insights would like to thank the following organizations for their contribution to the development of these resources:

               

 

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