The West Texas Project exposes students to the outdoors and, more specifically, to open spaces that are unique to Texas. Student groups attend overnight trips to Nature Conservancy land and private ranches throughout West Texas, where they focus on learning about the ecology, geology, hydrology, history, ranching economics, water rights and invasive species of the different areas. Student groups perform a service project on each trip, usually working with local ranchers on Nature Conservancy land to improve the outlook for wildlife. Through these hands-on, immersive activities, students experience camping, hiking and the great outdoors while learning about pertinent land issues facing Texans today.
In addition to the West Texas Project, paleontology students take annual trips to West Texas, near Terlingua, to search for dinosaur fossils. Biology teacher Dean Mohlman has been taking students to this excavation site for approximately 14 years. These trips offer students the opportunity to get into the field to do hands-on work and research.
Eco Literacy is a Middle School course, integrated within the science curriculum, in which students learn gardening, soil management and enrichment techniques, natural pest control, and more.