Students

Check out some of our amazing opportunities for high school students!

Junior Master Naturalist

Calling all teens 13-17 who want to learn more about the flora, fauna, and everything else that makes the ecosystem of Texas so unique! Our 9-month Junior Texas Master Naturalist program includes monthly Saturday classes, field trips, & volunteer experience. Students completing the program will receive a certificate in May!

Our program includes 16 hours of class time, 6 hours of field experience, & 20 hrs of volunteer work.

The program costs $150. There are a limited number of scholarships awarded to candidates that complete the program and exemplify the best stewardship during the program.

2022-2023 Schedule

Sep10 Orientation & Texas Ecoregions 10am-12pm

Oct 8 Texas Geology 10am-12pm PLUS Field Trip 1: Cedar Ridge Preserve ; van back at JBSWC by 2:30pm

Nov 19 Texas Ornithology 10am-12pm PLUS Field Trip 2: TRAC; van back at JBSWC by 2:30pm

Dec 10 Wetland Ecology: Water Assessment 10am-12pm

Jan 14 Forest Ecology 10am-12pm PLUS Field Trip 3: Post Oak Preserve; van back at JBSW by 2:30pm

Feb 11 Texas Furbearers 10am-12pm

March 11 Texas Watersheds 10am-12pm

Apr 8 Texas Botany 10am-12pm PLUS Field 4: Spring Creek Forest Preserve; van back at JBSWC by 2:30pm

May 13 Graduation ceremony 10am-12pm

Register Here

summer science camps

Our environmental academic summer camps are full of discovery and fun with an academic twist.

ASI: Aquatic Science Investigation

ASI 2023 Application open January 2023

ASI 2023 Dates
Session 1- June 5-9
Session 2: July 17-21

ASI promotes scholarship and student success for high school students interested in environmental systems and natural resources. A major goal is for students to become aware of water as an important Texas natural resource and the need to conserve it. With a focus on STEM activities and an individual project to be done during the camp, students leave with knowledge and experiences that benefit them in the classroom environment. Students spend the week at the Wetland Center, participating in day trips to other wetland venues.  Below is more information. Take a look to see what to expect at ASI:

asi brochure

Environmental Sustainability Summit (ESS!)

ESS 2023 Application opens January 2023

ESS 2023: June 26-30

ESS! promotes sustainable energy and conservation of natural resources. The goal of this week long program is for participants to become familiar with natural resources and their impact on them and to learn how they can support sustainable practices in their own lives. Students will spend the week at the Wetland Center, traveling to sites that use sustainable practices such as wind or solar farms, farm-to-table businesses and a sustainable dairy farm. Students will determine the next best solution for sustainable practices as they experience different venues and share their insights with their peers. Below is more information.

ess brochure

Eagle Scouts

If you are an Eagle Scout looking for a project contact Linda Dunn, Education Manager (ldunn@wetlandcenter.com| (972)474-9100) to learn more about Eagle Scout Project opportunities at the Wetland!

Volunteer With Us!

Need volunteer hours for school, a club, or a scholarship? Want to get involved with the center? Click here to learn more about volunteering with the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center!