References

AQUAPLANT: A pond manager diagnostics tool. Designed to help pond owners and their advisors in the identification and management of aquatic vegetation!


Ducks Unlimited (DU): Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores, and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Ducks Unlimited is the world's leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation.


eNature.com: The web's premier destination for information about the wild animals and plants of the United States.


KDC Associates (Midland): The landscape architects and designers of the trail and boardwalk systems, bridges, blind locations, signage, and entrance gates.


Keep Midland Beautiful: Dedicated to the improvement of Midland through litter prevention, waste reduction, beautification and environmental education. An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful.


Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (UT Austin): DWorks to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes.


Midnats (Midland Naturalists): A natural history organization in Midland, Texas, dedicated to the study and preservation of the environment and all of its living organisms.


National Audubon Society: Works to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.


National Butterfly Center: Dedicated to education, conservation and scientific research on wild butterflies. Its mission is to grow connections from people to butterflies, which are intimately connected to native plants, which themselves are connected to the earth.


North American Butterfly Association (NABA): The largest group of people in North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico) interested in butterflies. A membership-based not-for-profit organization working to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies.


PestMan: An holistic decision support system for pest management.


Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV): The PLJV is a non-profit partnership of federal and state wildlife agencies, conservation groups, private industry and landowners dedicated to conserving bird habitat in the Southern Great Plains.


Rhotenberry Wellen Architects (Midland): The Architect of Record and designers of the Merritt Pavilion, the observation blinds, and the hawk observation tower.


The Rivers Studio, LLC (Austin, Texas): Committed to protecting the environment and enriching landscape and communities, and to engaging in sustainable site planning and design in all contexts. Designers of the I-20 Wildlife Preserve and Jenna Welch Nature Study Center Master Plan.


USDA Plants Database: Provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.



Government Resources

City of Midland (COM): Information regarding city government, policies, and community involvement.


Midland County Extension Office (AgriLife Extension): Texas AgriLife Extension plays a vital role in Midland County by providing educational opportunities and researched based information to address community issues and needs.


Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS): Works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD): Manages and conserves the natural and cultural resources of Texas and to provide hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.


U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS): A bureau within the Department of the Interior; mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.



Nature Centers

Big Bend National Park: Sometimes considered "three parks in one," Big Bend includes mountain, desert, and river environments and is located along the Rio Grande in southwest Texas. An hour’s drive can take you from the banks of the Rio Grande to a mountain basin nearly a mile high.


Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI): Strives to promote public awareness, appreciation, and concern for the natural diversity of the Chihuahuan Desert region through research and education.


Edinburgh Scenic Wetlands & National Birding Center: Works to educate people about the environmental necessity, economic value, and natural beauty of local wetlands. Located in south Texas.


John Bunker Sands Wetland Center: Works to both educate the public and provide research opportunities in the areas of water quality and supply, wildlife management, and wetland systems.


Sibley Nature Center: Works to increase awareness of the natural and historical environment of the southern Llano Estacado through a broad range of interpretive programs and personal experience.



Partners in Education

Midland College (MC)

Texas Tech University (TTU)

University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB)

Sul Ross State University (SR)

Ogallala Commons: Provides Educators a way to incorporate hands on learning in to the class room. Also interested in having a Playa Festival?? This is the one stop for all the resources you will need.