Service-Learning Project Ideas
at Texas Parks and Wildlife Management Areas

You CAN make a difference, and here's how! These Service Learning ideas were generated from TPWD staff at Texas State Parks, State Historical Sites and Wildlife Management Areas. Contact your local park, historic site or Wildlife Management Area to see what opportunities are available near you.

State Parks

Construction and maintenance of trails, trimming vegetation, species identification and recording

Removal of exotic plants on the parks nature trail

Rebuild footbridge

Documentation of dinosaur tracks

Help create teacher's packet

(See suggested contents included in this guide)

Develop brochure on the how-to of Low Impact Camping and its benefits

Research history of land use of this park prior to its acquisition and development

Develop kiosk for trails


Development of Nature Trail

(A school group could become part of this project by taking charge of one specific task)

Wildscape Development and Maintenance

"The options here are wide open" Comment made by Park Ranger

State Historical Sites

Police for litter in and around park

Take photographs for developing a display

Compile lists of:

Conduct demonstrations during park tours

Hike/Bike/Equestrian Trail maintenance and improvements

Plant wildflower seeds

Mesquite tree eradication

Compile a list of birds found in the park

Grounds upkeep

Assist park with

Research history and develop display for interpretive center at park

Assist with historical lighting display that demonstrates how lighting has been used and how it has changed over history

Assistance maintaining our Living Laboratory display

Monarch Watch

Assist with our Living History Camp

Planting tree break

Book drives


Development and implementation of historic herb garden

ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility

Exhibition development

Develop time period gardens

Nature Studies

Wildlife Management Areas

The goal of WMAs is to serve as a wildlife research demonstration area where biologists study and evaluate wildlife and habitat management practices.

Building and placement of wood duck and bat boxes

Interpretive trail upkeep and maintenance

Erosion control

Habitat management

Seasonal hunts

Wetlands, Prairie, Marsh Restoration Project

Hiking/interpretive trail development

Suggested Teacher Packet Contents

The following ideas have been generated by example packets and teaching developed at several sites.

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