Who We Are
Under the guidance of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the SWAt (Science With Attitude) team of volunteers is comprised of members from Denton County Master Gardeners, Elm Fork Chapter Texas Master Naturalists and Denton County 4-H, making SWAt a unique collaborative program.
SWAt’s volunteer teams provide assistance with planning and supporting schools in developing school gardens and outdoor learning centers. Its Junior Master Gardener® (JMG) and Junior Master Naturalist® (JMN) programs provide the opportunity for students to get outdoors, enhancing their appreciation for the environment and nature. Partnering with Denton County Parks and Recreation, SWAt assists in developing, implementing and staffing programs for both JMG and JMN monthly preschool classes and yearly week-long summer day camps for youth ages seven through twelve.
SWAt volunteers also support the DISD School Days at Clear Creek. Each year, over 4,000 second and fourth-grade students visit the Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center on school field trips. SWAt’s volunteers help to provide a combination of indoor and outdoor education stations, which greatly enhance the student’s learning experience.
In partnership with the Denton Sustainable Schools Program, SWAt provides Professional Development Workshops for teachers, home-schoolers and parent volunteers.
Through SWAt’s online request system, educators from local school districts, homeschoolers, and community events organizers can request a talk or demo on a variety of topics including plant growth and development, ecology, environmental science, and discovering wildlife. These are stand-alone curriculum enrichment opportunities that are volunteer-led to support topics that are being taught in the classroom. SWAt also provides live demos and information booths at local fairs, school science expos, libraries, and other community venues. These offerings are free of charge and all supplies and lesson plans are provided by SWAt.