5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744
December 7, 2019
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:30 PM
Dorothy Young firstname.lastname@example.org 512-680-7160
John Barr email@example.com 512-469-0121
Marjie Palmer firstname.lastname@example.org 512-350-5050
Pamela Owen email@example.com 512-232-5511
Kristen Williams Kristen.williams@TPWD.texas.gov 512-415-8793
Nicholas Cowey Nicholas.Cowey@LCRA.ORG (512) 497-3841
|9:00 – 9:10||Class assembles (check-in, snacks, social time)||Curriculum Committee, Food & Fun Committee|
|9:10 – 9:15||CAMN business, announcements|
|9:15 – 9:25||Mini Interpretations||3 students|
|9:25 – 9:40||Taxonomy||Marjie Palmer|
|9:40 – 10:40||Introduction to Mammals & Skull Key activity||Dr. Pamela Owen Introduced by Dorothy Young|
|10:40 – 10:50||Break (10 min.)|
|10:50-12:05||Mammalian Diversity Review||Dr. Pamela Owen|
|12:05 – 12:30||Lunch (25 min)|
|12:30 – 1:20||Scat Activity||Meredith & Peggy Introduced by Marjie|
|1:20 – 2:05||Animal Signs & tracking in the classroom||Nicholas Cowey |
Introduced by John
|2:05 – 2:30||Field Activity – Scent Stations||Nicholas & John|
|2:30 – 2:40||Break (10min)|
|2:40 – 3:00||Intro to McKinney Falls, Volunteer activities||Kristen Williams or VISTA|
|3:00 – 4:00||Guided Hike for animal sign||Nicholas, John, McKinney personnel|
|4:00 – 4:05||Closing (reminders, evals, etc)|
|4:05 – 4:30||Clean Up|
What to expect
Attendees should tell the park staff at the park entrance that they are with CAMN and they will be given a parking permit at no charge. Follow the signs to the dining hall – there is a big parking lot.
There are bathrooms in the facility as well as a kitchen. The heaters make a lot of noise so sometimes we turn them off – please dress accordingly – layers are always good.
The chairs get cold so you may want to bring something to sit on.
There will be outdoor activities as well as classroom presentations.
The amount of time spent outdoors will depend on the weather, but at the very least there will be 45 minutes outside. Wear comfortable clothes for the weather.
**A 10-minute interpretive exercise will be held at the end of class**
Class Coordinators: John Barr, Dorothy Young, Marjie Palmer
Pamela R. Owen, Ph.D.
Associate Director of the Texas Memorial Museum at The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Owen is associate Director of the Texas Natural History Museum at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a mammalogist and vertebrate paleontologist as well as an informal science educator, providing teacher professional development and specimen-based public outreach programs in the natural sciences for over 17 years.
Phone: (512) 232-5511
Kristen Williams is the Interpreter and Volunteer Coordinator at McKinney Falls State Park. She comes to us with many years of experience including backcountry trip leading in Northern Wisconsin, Zookeeping at the Fort Worth Zoo, and most recently two years as the Interpreter and Volunteer Coordinator at Bastrop and Buescher State Park where she worked closely with the Lost Pines Master Naturalist chapter. Originally from Michigan, she enjoys the milder Texas winters but will never get used to the heat of the summers.
Phone: (512) 415-8793
How to Prepare
- We will be spending several hours outside with various tracking activities. There will not be long hikes involved, but we will spend a good amount of time (up to 2 hours) outdoors mostly standing. Wear closed toed shoes!
- Bring a lunch with you! And a mug for coffee or tea 🙂
- Never forget a handy notebook and pen and your trusty name badge!
- Binoculars and a loupe might come in handy (but are optional)
- Also, carpooling is really really cool!
- Curriculum Chapter to Read: Mammals
- Reference Documents: