The Texas Education Agency (TEA) Adventure/Outdoor Education course is found under physical education, Section 116.53.
Outdoor Adventures (OA) curriculum
covers all of the TEKS (Texas Essential
Knowledge and Skills) in Section
116.53. The TEA’s PEIMS Service ID
is PE AOE 03830102. TEKS for middle
school courses are found throughout
Section 116.23-24. OA
curriculum is aligned to the National
Standards NPE K-12.1-7.
As a former OA instructor at Argyle
High School, it was a rewarding experience
when you heard your students say, "Your
class is the greatest class I have
ever taken." Teaching
OA for 10 years,
I had the pleasure of seeing over
100 students catch their first fish
and share numerous outdoor experiences.
The OA physical education class
is not your traditional PE course.
Instead of teaching PE with basketballs
and tennis rackets, students use
rods and reels, and bows and arrows.
The Outdoor Adventures course is
designed to change young people’s
lives forever by exposing them to
the many great opportunities of the
The OA curriculum was completely
re-written and updated in 2011. The
new 2.0 Version includes: Scope and
Sequence, Course Syllabus, Daily
Lesson Plans and a Course Expenditure
Outdoor Adventures course is
an 18 week (one semester) or
36 week (two semester) course
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Angler Education
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Boater Education
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Hunter Education
National Archery in Schools Program
Orienteering and GPS - Basic Unit and Advanced High School Unit
Physical Education component and journal writing prompts
Many of the daily lesson plans
have additional worksheets, PowerPoint
presentations, class activities and
unit exams provided by the team of
curriculum writers. In today’s accelerated
curriculum, full of bench mark testing,
TAKS tests and academic pressures,
students need a fun class that will
motivate them to stay in school and
concentrate on their studies.
The OA course is a physical education
credit at the high school level,
but can be offered as an elective
credit at the middle school level.
Some schools are using the curriculum
to supplement Wildlife Management
courses in their Agriculture Science
Department. A school district can
successfully meet the unique needs
of its students through the OA curriculum.