All program descriptions are listed below the form for reference.
Local Legends: Animals of Southeast Texas (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Video Description: Investigate the animals who call Southeast Texas home. It’s exciting to explore exotic animals, but our Texas animal friends deserve some attention too. Show off your Texas pride by getting to know the animals with whom we share our state. We’ll explore animals that live in the swamp, forest, meadow, and bayou. Can you guess who we might meet on this adventure?!
Classroom Kit Description: Use what you discovered to play Local Legends BINGO! But wait, this is not just a regular bingo game, it’s also an exciting challenge. The student who calls BINGO first even gets a prize!
Animal Abodes (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Video Description: Out in the wilderness the animals roam, out in the wilderness looking for a home! Explore animal habitats as we take an adventure through Shangri La Gardens. We’ll search in trees, under rocks, and in holes to discover the places animals call home.
Classroom Kit Description: Use what you discovered and take on the habitat challenge! Students choose their favorite animal and design a mini habitat for them. Design a habitat that we explored in the video or make one that is completely new! We’ll send along a classroom set of materials.
Pollination Station (Spring)
Video Description: Hop on board the Shangri La Express, our next stop is Pollination Station! Join us as we discover the importance of pollinators in our gardens. Let’s do some exploring to see what all the BUZZ is about!
Classroom Kit Description: Bring the excitement of nature into your classroom with an up-close experience of watching a butterfly’s lifecycle unfold! Each classroom will receive a butterfly kit containing live caterpillars and the materials necessary to create a healthy habitat for your soon-to-be fluttering friends!
Armor and Adaptations (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Video Description: It’s survival of the fittest at Shangri La Gardens and we’re on a mission to uncover how animals adapt to their ever-changing environments. Whether animals have feathers, scales or fur, they each have unique features that help keep them safe! We’ll explore important adaptations and discover interesting ways animals survive.
Classroom Kit Description: Challenge your students to think outside the box to create their very own armor! Each classroom will be provided the supplies to create an “egg drop challenge”. Working in small groups, students will use their creativity to build effective armor around their delicate eggs before putting their project to the test!
Home is Where Your Habitat is (Fall)
Video Description: Experience the best of the Stark Museum of Art and Shangri La Gardens during this virtual program! At Shangri La Gardens, students will explore different habitats found in Southeast Texas. They will discover the three components of a habitat: food, water and shelter. As we explore the swamp, forest, and meadows, we will investigate the plants and animals that call each habitat home. At the Stark Museum of Art, students will explore how artists depict the habitats of animals and people, as well as how they use materials from their natural habitat to create unique works of art. This program includes a virtual visit to the special exhibition The West as Home.
Classroom Kit Description: During the virtual studio art program, students will create a work of art inspired by their own habitat. Studio Art Kits will include supplies for each student to create a three-dimensional nature collage of their own or an imagined habitat. Classroom teachers may supplement with crayons, colored pencils, magic markers, or additional collage materials they have available.
This is a combo lesson in conjunction with the Stark Museum of Art. Click here to reserve.
Birds, Birds, Birds! (Fall/Spring)
Video Description: Join the Shangri La Gardens education team as we search the meadows, swamp, lake, and bayou searching for the birds that call these habitats home. We will observe birds nesting in our heronry and discover what makes each bird species nest type unique. We also investigate and explore the adaptations that allow birds to thrive in their ecological niche.
Classroom Kit Description: Dive into the life of a bird and try out one of their famous skills, nest building. In this activity students take weaving into their own hands to make a mini basket-nest. Then, students can take it one step further by embellishing their unique nests, just like birds do in the wild!
Call 409-670-9113 or email Jamie Massa, firstname.lastname@example.org, to reserve Question Session Programs.
Live Virtual Question Session (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Sign up for a live virtual question conference with our Shangri La Educators. In this 20-minute session your students can ask questions about content from one of our program videos! Schedule the date, time, and video you’d like to discuss. We can’t wait to hear your questions. This is a LIVE scheduled session.
LIVE Virtual Field Trip – Teachers Choice!
Join us for a 20-minute LIVE virtual field trip where we’ll explore the best of the gardens, together. Is there something you especially miss about Shangri La Gardens? We can customize this LIVE virtual experience to explore your favorite place, or a Shangri La Educator will assist you in choosing a feature that looks especially spectacular depending on the season.