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OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW

Serengeti

SERENGETI

Polar

POLAR

Rock

ROCK

Plants and Animals

PLANTS & ANIMALS

Water

WATER

Energy

ENERGY

Recycling

RECYCLING

Solar

SOLAR

Wind

WIND

Farm to Table

FARM TO TABLE

Outdoor Garden

OUTDOOR GARDEN

About EcoLand
EcoLand is a hands-on, multi-sensory learning center where children learn about the earth and its properties through investigation. EcoLand's goal is to create an experience that engages all senses and utilizes hands-on methods of teaching foundational elements behind complex concepts. In addition to educating, inspiring, and empowering children to protect the earth's environment, the EcoLand exhibits and accompanying activities better prepare children for the higher-level critical thinking skills needed in the classroom.
Objectives
  • Create an environment where children are inspired to be responsible, caring stewards of the planet and its inhabitants
  • Facilitate essential pre-school and Kindergarten learning and educational activities that are stimulating and engaging
  • Engage children in interactive, hands-on tasks that elevate developmental skills and cognitive learning
  • Provide a unique learning center and resources for Region 7 schools to use to enhance the educational experience for Head Start, Pre-K, ECSE, and Kindergarten students
The EcoLand Experience
Upon arrival, children are given a preview of all that EcoLand has to offer. EcoLand Specialists then direct teachers to their unique EcoLand experience. Classes are divided to accommodate small group instruction, allowing each child to get the most from their experience. Prior to their visit, teachers are provided with Learning Activity Guides that introduce concepts and deliver foundational learning in each content area. Pre-and post-activities based on state guidelines are provided for  extensions.  
Please note that EcoLand is free  for Region 7 Head Start, Pre-K, ESCE, and Kindergarten students.  Teachers must attend the required certification training prior to reserving a visit.  This training is free to Region 7 campus staff whose districts are members of the Academic Content Coop OR  the Head Start / Early Head Start Coop.  Visit the EcoLand Teacher Certification and Experience EcoLand pages for details.

Zooming with Terry & Friends

EcoLand staff is excited to offer remote, live animal interactions to members of Academic Content Coop and the Region 7 Head Start Grant.  This is a great opportunity for students to practice participating in an online platform (Zoom) and learn to ask questions, type in chats, and even share their screen while you are there to help them along the way.  Don't Worry! You can still schedule in-person EcoLand Experiences for your class as well.  Offerings change monthly.  Please check event calendar on the "Schedule Your Experience" section of our website for available interactions.

EcoLand Expeditions

EcoLand staff is happy to offer EcoLand Expeditions, a customized, standards-based, traveling animal presentation serving members of Regions 7 Academic Content Coop and Region 7 Head Start grant.  This service is available only to those districts unable to attend EcoLand Experiences in person.  Please contact EcoLand Staff to discuss availability and services we can provide for your district.

Location
EcoLand Early Learning Center
1200 S. Danville Rd.
Kilgore, Texas 75662
What our young scientists are saying...
Testimonials below

They really enjoyed all the fun tools provided for each learning center. I think having the gloves, shovels, magnifying glasses, and so much more really helped them to get into the center and enrich the learning part of it. I would like to start providing more fun tools like that in my own classroom during stations and centers, so that maybe they can really dive in and use each center to its full potential.  EcoLand was nothing short of AMAZING! My students enjoyed themselves and learned so much. We had a blast exploring each room and the students didn't want to leave. I wish we had all of those resources in our own classroom to make every day special for them.

Courtney Evans – Cushing ISD - PreK

My students' favorite part was using the magnifying glasses, rulers, & binoculars to just freely observe the garden area. I plan to work in more time especially in the spring for us to do things like that. They also really enjoyed the weigh stations with the rocks and buckets. I am going to create a Montessori lesson similar for my shelf and the students will be able to choose that as work during our Montessori block.  Students are allowed to explore and observe using scientific tools, build vocabulary, classify, sort, have discussion and explain their learning. There are so many activities that align with many of our PreK guidelines.  Our experience was great!!! The staff is so helpful and really helps the trip to run smoothly. I appreciate everything they do and their effort to always check in frequently to make sure we don't help of any kind.

Jackie Terry – Longview ISD – Head Start

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