Outdoor Adventures (OA) is a fun
and exciting co-ed physical education
course, local elective or Ag. Science
Wildlife Management class. Students
are taught life-long skills by using
integrated curriculum of science,
math, writing, critical thinking
skills, and computer technology.
The goal of OA
education curriculum is to provide
and expose students and their parents
to a wide range of outdoor activities.
on outdoor activities
certifications through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD).
On campus activities include:
Rationale and Justification
The OA curriculum 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
OA course is designed to change
lives forever by exposing them
to the many great opportunities
of the outdoors. With today’s
accelerated curriculum, full of
bench mark testing and academic
pressures, students need a fun
class that will motivate them to
stay in school and concentrate
on their studies. The OA
curriculum is being taught in over
170 secondary schools with numerous
positive attributes associated
with the class. School principals
report improved self esteem, improved
attendance, less discipline issues
and improved grades for students
while enrolled in the course.
Many students are not involved in
extracurricular activities and the
OA program helps those students become
engaged in the educational system. After
school archery teams and fishing
clubs have been created in some schools. There
are no racial, physical, gender or
socio-economic boundaries and therefore
all students enjoy an equal opportunity
to participate and become engaged
in extracurricular activities. The
OA curriculum encourages and invites
all youth to participate.
Dallas Ecological Foundation will
assist with teacher training by certified
instructors for each unit offered
in OA. School districts
and OA teachers will benefit from
the teacher training and it is the
expectation the training will be
completed. The DEF will organize
teacher training but it is the responsibility
of school district and the individual
teacher to attend the trainings. There
will be multiple training dates per
semester and a week long training
session each summer.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other State DNR’s will provide 6 to 8 hour instructor trainings for Hunter Education, Angler Education, Boater Education and National Archery in Schools Program. The trainings for the other units vary in length and may be grouped together to maximize time. Some teacher training outside of the Texas can be organized depending upon locations and instructor availability. All teacher training is scheduled and organized by the DEF’s Outdoor Adventures coordinator,
Qualification of the Teacher – P.E., Ag. Science, Elective
All teacher training for the specific
units offered in the curriculum is
free. Most high schools offer the
OA program as a regular physical
education class utilizing a certified
physical education teacher.
Schools may offer the course as
a local elective which will increase
the overall participation in the
course. The schools that offer it
as both a physical education and
local elective course have over 300
students enrolled in the course. The
local elective course can be taught
by any certified secondary teacher.
At the middle school level, the course
is usually a local elective course.
Some schools use the OA
education curriculum in an Agriculture
Science Wildlife Management course.
Credit Requested and Grade Level
2 semesters, one full year and one credit 7-12th grade or 1 semester (1/2 credit) for 7-12th grade.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provides free textbooks and classroom instructional materials for the hunter education, boater education and angler units. All TPWD resources are available to all teachers who have completed their certifications provided by the teacher training opportunities.
"In the end, we conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." -- Baba Dioum, Senegalese poet.
The primary equipment needed for
the OA course is archery and angling
gear. The archery equipment must
be the NASP approved archery gear
and the angling equipment can be
any combination of rods and reels
from various vendors.
The Dallas Ecological Foundation
has numerous grant opportunities
available through outdoor conservation programs to assist schools with equipment needs. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also has school sets of the NASP and angler gear available to schools for loan. Check with your local Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offices for the availability of the school sets.