Category Archives: Opportunities

Children’s Vegetable Garden Fall 2017

Set at the park’s Historic Homestead, the PHP Children’s Vegetable Garden is a place for children 7 to 14 years old to get their hands dirty as they learn every aspect of gardening, from planting to harvesting.

With the help of volunteers from the Bexar County Master Gardeners, children begin the morning each Tuesday with a hands-on activity in the garden, followed by a related lesson. Children have fun gardening while learning about team work, agricultural commodities, nutrition, and how to be good stewards of the land.

The PHP Children’s Vegetable Garden is a cooperative project of San Antonio Parks and Recreation, Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Bexar County Master Gardeners.

Registration begins Monday, July 10, 2017

  • Parent-Guardian Orientation Tues., Aug. 15, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
  • Volunteer Orientation Tues., Aug. 15, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Program Begins Tues., Aug. 22, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Classes meet every Tuesday from
    August 22 – December 5
  • Cost is $75 per plot with up to three children in a family sharing a plot
  • Contact  for more information

Event Details

Starts Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 8:30 am
Ends Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017 11:30 am
Registration Start Date Monday, Jul 10, 2017 9:00 am
Available 4
Cut-off Date Monday, Aug 7, 2017 11:00 pm
Individual Price $75.00
Location Voelcker Homestead (PHP East)

Who Will Care For Your Kids if Something Happens to You?

(Free legal presentation!)

Is your family legally protected if something were to happen to you?! I’m a graduated home-schooler and an attorney that focuses my practice on working with young families and small business owners to get the legal planning in place to protect who and what they love. I would love to offer a free presentation (time and content can be tailored to your group) to help you discover how you can get the legal plans in place to get peace of mind about; who would have the legal authority to care for your kids if/when something happens to you, the parents; helping your family avoid court and conflict if/when something happens to you; make sure the people you want (not who a judge chooses) is who makes legal/financial/medical decisions for you! These issues can be fairly easily addressed with simple, affordable legal planning. I can also discuss the many failure that occur when people handle these important matters themselves with low-cost online document preparation systems. I will extend a special offer to all who host and/or attend a presentation! I love working with young families and look forward to meeting the San Antonio home schooling community!

Brittany L. Lastition, Esq.
Cell: (830) 488-7614

Girls STEM Summit

Never before have careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) been more available to women entering college. The Scobee Girls STEM Summit will provide middle school and high school girls the opportunity to meet with scientists, engineers and other women professionals. This is a free event sponsored by San Antonio College and the Scobee Education Center. It is open to middle school girls and high school girls. Register early, space is limited to 75 young ladies.


Date and Time

Fri, July 28, 2017

8:30 AM – 4:00 PM CDT

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Scobee Education Center

1819 North Main Avenue

San Antonio, TX 78212

Lessons for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Beyond

Martin Luther King, Jr. championed human rights in the United States and encouraged Americans to use nonviolent protest to help solve social problems. Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday as a national day of community service. Before you and your students plan service activities, revisit Dr. King’s legacy.

Examine the struggle for civil rights in the U.S. from the 1940s to the 1970s and the influence of mass media documenting political events in “Egalitarian America,” unit 20 of America’s History in the Making.

Learn about the social movements of the 1960s and the work of Dr. King in A Biography of America, program 24, “The Sixties.” This program covers King’s leadership in both the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam War protest.

In the language arts classroom, use literary circles like Latosha Rowley does with her 4th-, and 5th-grade students to read literature about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Allow students to choose text pairings, and learn how to prepare discussion guides that help students stay focused on their reading in Engaging with Literature: A Video Library, program 6, “Building Community.”

The Hindu holy book, The Bhagavad Gita, a classic work of world literature, inspired the non-violent civil disobedience of Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement. Learn more about this text in Invitation to World Literature, “The Bhagavad Gita.”

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2016 Adopt-A-Beach Children’s Art Contest Opens

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush is calling for entries in the 20th annual Adopt-A-Beach “Treasures of the Texas Coast” Children’s Art Contest. The deadline to submit artwork is Wednesday, March 2, 2016.


“Many young students across Texas have not yet had the opportunity to visit our beautiful coast,” said Commissioner Bush. “This competition encourages kids to learn about the Texas coast and then be creative in demonstrating what impacts them through their art. The coast is an important part of our shared heritage as Texans and this competition promotes a deeper appreciation for this vital resource.”


Commissioner Bush will select the grand prize winner. This year’s grand prize winner will receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines to any United destination in the 48 contiguous United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, one 7-night Caribbean cruise from Royal Caribbean International departing out of Galveston, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Port Canaveral or Puerto Rico and a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels.


The grand prize winner’s teacher will also receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines, and one 7-night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.


Ten winners will be chosen from each of four grade-level categories (K – 2nd, 3rd – 4th, 5th, and 6th). One grand prize winner will be chosen from the 40 finalists.  All 40 winners will receive a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, a ticket to the Exhibit Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a ticket to the Houston Zoo, two all-day passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, a certificate of recognition and prizes from the Texas General Land Office and a calendar displaying the winning artwork.


Winning artwork will appear together in a 2017 calendar, which will be distributed across the state.


The Adopt-A-Beach “Treasures of the Texas Coast” Children’s Art Contest began in 1996 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Adopt-A-Beach Program.  The annual competition encourages Texas schoolchildren to learn more about the Texas coast and express what they’ve learned through their art.


Open to students in grades K-6 across Texas, the contest motivates thousands of young artists each year.  Only one entry per student is allowed, and all entries must have a completed parental release form taped to the back.  Parental release forms may be printed from the Land Office website located at  Each contest entry must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 3, 2016.


Artwork must be displayed on a plain sheet of white 8 ½-inches by 11-inch paper and can be in any medium except computer generated.  Three-dimensional art or artwork displaying logos, product brands and/or store names is ineligible. Students are encouraged to color copy their artwork prior to sending it in because all artwork submitted becomes property of the Texas General Land Office and cannot be returned.


This year’s contest sponsors are Royal Caribbean International, United Airlines, Schlitterbahn Waterparks, the Texas State Aquarium, the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

For more information and contest guidelines on the “Treasures of the Texas Coast” 2016 Children’s Art Contest, please contact the General Land Office at 1-877-TXCOAST or visit our website at

George Bush Library Connect2Texas

The mission of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Education Department is to inform and enrich learning for all ages about United States history, the role of the presidency with special focus on the administration of George Bush, the 41st president of the United States, and to enhance the learning environment through the support of literacy and education programs.

Our goal is to serve as an educational resource through programs available to everyone. We seek to expand our collaborations in educational endeavors and offer varied opportunities to strengthen student learning around the world.

Distance learning programs are offered through interactive video conferences, live streaming or recorded for playback anytime. Registration to view the recordings will be open until May 31st, 2015.

Zoo Home School Classes are Open for Registration!

Good news! The new Home School programs are ready for registration on the website. “Technically” they aren’t supposed to be available until next week, but I know a lot of you are starting to get in the swing of things and getting your new school year squared away. Visit our website at: and click on the Home School “Register here” button. Do not worry that it states they aren’t open for registration yet – they are!



Full descriptions for each program may be found on our website page. Students will be separated based upon age (6-8 and 9-11).


Sep. 17 – Elephant Conservation

Oct. 15 – Geocache and GPS at the Zoo

Nov. 7 – Owl Prowl (6:30pm start time; no strollers; must be at least 6 years old to attend)

Nov. 12 – Crocodilian Conservation

Nov. 21 – Nocturnal Tour (6:30pm start time; no strollers; must be at least 6 years old to attend)

Dec. 17 – Big Cat, Little Cat

Jan. 14 – Animal Enrichment

Feb.  6 – Owl Prowl (6:30pm start time; no strollers; must be at least 6 years old to attend)

Feb. 11 – Zoo Vet Careers


Grades K – 4 (Ages 6 and up)

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

$15/Member adult & child

$25/Nonmember adult & child

$10 Extra participant (adult or child)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly. See you soon!

As always, if you want to be removed from my home school e-mail list for any reason, just let me know.


Lana Reynolds
School Education Coordinator
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Mary’s St.

San Antonio, TX  78212
(210) 734-7184 X1504

Science Expo 2013

The annual Science Expo 2013 at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) will happen in the near future. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 9th from 8:00am – 12noon. We are excited to provide this FREE event for your students to learn about health career opportunities. There will be a collegiate track and a high school track. The day is filled with hands-on sessions for students to learn from and enjoy!

Students can register individually or as a class or as a group/organization. Classes and groups must be accompanied by a teacher sponsor and have appropriate numbers of parent chaperones. If your school cannot commit to bringing a group, individuals can register on their own-but they must be over the age of 16. Once we receive your initial registration information, we will send you details about parking and event logistics.

Thank-you for all you do to prepare students for their futures! We appreciate your efforts a great deal and look forward to opportunities for future educational partnerships.

Please submit registrations by Friday, Oct. 25th via fax, e-mail or regular mail!

Please also note that once capacity has been met (1500 students), the event registration will close; so register as soon as possible!

Soccer League Registration for youth ages 6 to 14

Location: Participating Community Centers Call 207-3000 for a list of participating community centers and register at the community center where you wish to play. Boys and Girls ages 6-14 are invited to participate. Eight and under teams play with 4 players (no goal keeper). Ten and under teams play with 6 players. 12 and under teams play with 7 players. League play begins: April 15. Cost: $6