Who We Are
Under the guidance of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Science with Attitude (SWAt) team of volunteers is comprised of members from Denton County Master Gardeners, Elm Fork Chapter Texas Master Naturalists, and Denton County 4-H, making it a unique interdisciplinary collaborative program.
What We Do
SWAt was established to share, support, and enhance the knowledge of horticultural, environmental, and wildlife education with Denton County teachers, parents, and students. Through our Educational Outreach Program, SWAt is able to offer educators (teaching in-person, virtually, or homeschooling), scouting groups, libraries, and other community organizations year-round programming, which reaches hundreds of students annually. Topics include:
- Plant growth and development
- Ecology and environmental science
- Discovering wildlife
SWAt’s volunteer team also provides assistance with developing school gardens and outdoor learning centers. Through the Junior Master Gardener, Junior Master Naturalist, and 4-H programs, students are provided the opportunity to get outdoors, enhancing their appreciation of the environment and nature.
Program Kits and Demonstration Models
SWAt’s Educational Outreach Program provides stand-alone curriculum enrichment opportunities that are volunteer-led to support topics being taught in the classroom and align with state standards in math, science and reading. All of SWAt’s program kits include a TEK’s driven lesson plan, directions for the corresponding activity, and all needed materials. This is all at no cost to you, your school, or your association. Our presentations run approximately 30-45 minutes and the majority of lessons fit with K-6 curriculums, but some can be reworked for presentation in middle and high school. If you would prefer to work the program kit on your own, they are available for checkout.
Program options include our popular programs on water pollution – Freddy the Fish and Enviroscape – as well as programs on bees, worm composting, insects, birds, bats, and mammals. This year we have added some new and exciting kits including a fully functioning mini-hydroponics system, a worm composting farm, and a hatching eggs in the classroom kit (egg-to-chick life cycle study). These kits can be checked out for longer periods of time and are appropriate for grades 3-12.