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!
A Raptor’s Lunch (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Video Description: Discover raptors and how they survive. Raptors are different than other types of birds and have specialized features to show for it! We’ll take a close up look at feathers, beaks, feet, and anything else we can find. Explore what helps a bird of prey survive and thrive in their habitat.
Classroom Kit Description: Then, explore the food chain of an owl and investigate just exactly what birds of prey eat for lunch. Take a set of owl pellets back to the classroom for dissection. Dissection kits will come with all the materials you need along with bone charts to identify what you find!
Creature Features (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Video Description: Let’s explore animal categories. We’ll dive into the differences between reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds to discover what makes each unique. We’ll see some animals up close and some animals incognito as they go about their daily lives.
Classroom Kit Description: Take what you learned to create your own creature. We’ll send a class set of air dry clay for students to model one of the animals we explored in the video or take characteristics from more than one animal to make a completely new creature.
Forces of Nature (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Video Description: Explore physics in nature dur-ing this exciting journey. We’ll investigate force, motion, and energy and discover a little more about their role in nature.
Classroom Kit Description: Accelerate the excitement with a series of classroom experiments. These inquiry based activities are sure to spark curiosity. Students will be encouraged to experiment with physics and discover how force, motion, and energy interact.
The Carnival of the Shangri La Gardens Animals (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Video Description: Join Shangri La Gardens, the Symphony of Southeast Texas, and the Lutcher Theater for a virtual learning opportunity where music meets nature. Featuring The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, we engage our active listening skills to find the similarities between the sounds of music and Mother Earth. Through this lesson we integrate the arts and sciences, discover-ing the many characters of nature and animals that can be replicated through music.
This two-part video series features a follow-along classroom booklet designed to keep your students engaged, while Maestro Tipton leads the Symphony of Southeast Texas through this exciting piece. Critical thinking skills will be utilized and practiced, as the animals featured in Camille Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals are compared to the animals found at Shangri La Gardens.
Classroom Kit Description: Continue the musical journey by exploring pitch and vibration. In this hands-on opportunity students will make their very own Sensational Sound Sandwich, a harmonica like instrument! Then, students will be tasked to experiment with their instrument and discover different musical elements.
Scientist Spotlight (Fall/Winter/Spring)
Video Description: Inspire your students to be a scientist when they grow up! There are so many different kinds of scientists in the world, so we decided to get out and about in order to meet a few. During this extra special adventure, we’ll go out into the community to discover the many scientists who work right here in Southeast Texas. We’ll not only uncover new inspiration for science but also make a couple of friends along the way.
Classroom Kit Description: This activity requires investigation! Students are provided writing prompts to encourage critical thinking as they explore the many different types of scientists. Then, each student can choose a type of scientist to re-search further, exploring what that job entails and the pathway to become a scientist.
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.