San Marcos Explorers
The Office of Sustainability is committed to giving back to the San Marcos community by supporting local educators and K-12 students with accessible educational materials created with local input and sacred knowledge. Browse our selection of locally inspired lesson plans and activities to implement in your school or organization, and learn how San Marcos Explorers is bringing place-based education into Central Texas classrooms with the power of cross-institutional collaboration.
Managed and created by Office of Sustainability Community Outreach Intern Adriana Montoya in Fall 2022, San Marcos Explorers has been teaching elementary students in the San Marcos community about local nature and heritage to cultivate the next generation of social and environmental stewards. As of Fall 2023, the program is now teaching its second cohort of 5th grade students at Crockett Elementary School and has worked in partnership with Service Learning students under the direction of Dr. Colleen Myles in the TXST Geography Department. Read more about the program's recent accomplishments at the link below.
Browse lesson plans created by and for San Martians on topics ranging from environmental ethics to local civil rights history.
San Marcos Cemeteries
Students will learn the history of segregation and community resilience in this lesson plan focusing on the history of local cemeteries. First implemented by SME in February 2023.
Coahuiltecan Creation Story
Students will learn about the importance of respect for land through the telling of the Coahuiltecan Creation Story associated with Spring Lake. Developed in partnership and with permission from the Indigenous Cultures Institute, this lesson was first implemented in March 2023.
What You Leave Behind Archaeology Lab
Students will learn foundational principles of archaeology and think deeply about human impact on the environment in this lab created with input from Texas State Anthropology faculty. Implemented originally in April 2023.
Intro to Field Guides
Students will learn the important roles of native plants and animals in an ecosystem by using field guides to identify mystery specimens from samples and photos. Originally implemented in September 2023.
Frogs and Toads of Central Texas
Students will learn about the ecology of San Marcos' native wetlands through the lives of its amphibian inhabitants. Geared towards Pre-K to kindergarten audiences, these activities were first implemented at the Meadows Center Family Fun Days in November 2023.
Famous Texas Cowpokes
Students will learn about the diverse nature of Texas ranching history through tales of famous cowboys and cowgirls who overcame the discrimination of their time to establish successful careers in the cattle industry. Originally implemented in November 2023.