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Invista Wetlands

The INVISTA Wetland has a rich history and is a place where teachers can bring students to conduct the hands-on investigations that are now required by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills or TEKS. The state has mandated that each student receives forty percent of his or her science instruction during laboratory experiences. The 4th-12th grade TEKS have been correlated with the Wetland Curriculum to ensure trips to the Wetland are for educational purposes and not just for site seeing or student rewards. While in the Wetland, students will participate in a Wetland Environmental Science Education Encounter. During the encounter students could find, observe, and identify plants and animals in the wetland.
The INVISTA Constructed Wetland provides an entire ecosystem that is rich in diversity and concentration of species.  Lessons available at the Dennis Broughton Education Center that correlate with the TEKS include:
  • Soil Dynamics
  • Microbiology
  • Water Chemistry
  • Entomology
  • Water Chemistry
  • Zoology
  • Animal Tracks & Signs
  • The Study of Flora
  • The Application of the Scientific Method
We want the students to come and smell the flowers. However, INVISTA does not want it to end there. We also want them to look at the pollen in a microscope, identify the plant species, collect and press the leaves, identify adaptations to a wetland habitat, and view the cell structures that make up the plant.