School Programs: On and Off Site


Archaeology/Cultural History Program
Grades: 3 - high school
Tour time: 1.5 hours
Tour Maximum: 80 students

Guided tours focus on archaeology and the cultural heritage of the Llano Estacado, from Paleoindian occupations through the early Anglo settlement period. Museum exhibits, hands-on galleries, and the outdoor research areas are explored. Special focus topics include archaeology, geology, geography, and natural history.

TEKS: Science: 3.3, 6, 8, 9, 11; 4.3, 6, 8, 10; 5.3, 5, 6, 9, 11; 6.3, 5, 11; 7.3, 5, 12, 14; 8.3, 6, 14
Social Studies: 3.1, 2, 3, 4, 14, 18; 4.1, 9, 10, 13, 15, 20, 22, 24; 5.9, 10, 25, 27; 6.2, 4, 6, 7, 15, 20, 22; 7.1, 2, 10, 19, 21, 23; 8.12, 27, 30, 32; W.Hist. 20, 21, 24, 26;
W.Geog. 16, 19, 21
Educator materials available.

Small Wonders

Grades: age 4- grade 2
Program time: 1.5 hours
Program Maximum: 25 students

Discover the plants and animals of West Texas in a lively program designed especially for children in grades prekindergarten through 2. Learn about habitats and how they change with the seasons using the five senses.

TEKS: Science: K.1, 2, 3, 9; 1.1, 2, 3, 9; 2.1, 2, 3, 9
Educator materials available.

Hands-on Archaeology
Grades: 4 - 7
Program time: 3 hours
Program Maximum: 20 students

Students actively dig into the past, discovering artifacts and learning about the cultural history of the region in the process. Activities include object reading explorations, simulated excavations, interpretation exercises, and ethics discussions.

TEKS: Science: 4.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8; 5.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11; 6.1, 2, 3, 4; 7.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 12
Social Studies: 4.1, 10, 13, 22, 24; 5.1, 9, 10, 25, 27; 6.6, 7, 15, 20, 22;
7.1, 2, 10, 21, 23
Educator materials available with suggestions for expanding this program into a larger classroom unit.


Llano Estacado Nature Trails
Grades: suitable for all
Time: 2 hours (recommended)

Program Maximum: recommended for groups of 20 or fewer; this is a self-guided nature hike.
The trails are two and one half to four miles of the Landmark in its natural state. While this one is for the dedicated class, the learning experience is well worth the hike. With many overlook stations, as well as indigenous plants and animals for the students to observe, the Landmark comes alive for a truly memorable and educational experience. Over 200 different native plant, animal, and bird species have been found living within the preserve's boundaries.
Programs can be correlated to significant portions of the TEKS in science, mathematics, and language arts.
Educator materials available.



Fall Festival of Cultural Heritage
Dates October 11-14, 2011
Grades: 4 and up
Program time: 2 hours at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Program Maximum: 120 students

Our most popular event! The Fall Festival of Cultural Heritage presents 12,000 years of traditional lifeways on the Southern High Plains, emphasizing the importance of understanding and preserving our cultural and environmental heritage. Presentations focus on traditional Native American and pioneer lifeways.

TEKS: Social Studies:3.1, 4, 13, 14; 4.8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 20; 5.1, 9, 10; 6.2, 7, 15; 7.2, 10, 19; 8.12, 27; WHist. 20, 21; WGeog. 16, 19

Environmental Awareness Week: Finding Your Ecological Footprint
May 17-19, 2011
Grades: 4-7
Program time: 2 hours at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Program Maximum: 80 students

How do we measure our impact on the environment? Students participate in activities designed to help thm learn about ways humans can help relieve stress on our fragile ecosystems.

TEKS: Science focus on classroom investigations, scientific inquiry, tools, critical thinking & decision making, systems, living organisms and environments.

Please note: Other types of tours are not available during the Landmark's annual festivals. These are always very popular weeks, so be sure to reserve your group early!



Landmark in Your Classroom Programs

Grades: Suitable for all grades
Months available: November - March
Concentration areas: Archaeology, Native American Cultures, Frontier History
Fees: Cost of program materials (if any) and travel expenses if out of the Lubbock area.

The staff of Lubbock Lake Landmark can work with you to design lively, interactive activities that will help enrich your curriculum. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) requires a foundation curriculum that consists of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Programs are designed according to specific classroom and curricular needs, and may be conducted by the teacher or Landmark staff members.


Curriculum Integration
Programs don't start and end at our front door! Visits are designed with TEKS curricular objectives in mind, and can be modified to meet your needs. Tours include pre-visit packages with prep materials to introduce your students to the concepts covered in a tour. After visiting the Landmark, extension activities for post-visit classroom teaching provides a complete learning experience.

Lubbock Lake Landmark is a unit of the Museum of Texas Tech University. Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) Administration has stated that visits to the Museum by schools in the district are not designated as field trips. This allows teachers to incorporate visits to the Landmark as part of their regular curricula.

Questions about tour content should be directed to the Education Office at the Landmark: 806-742-1116.


Points to consider when visiting the Landmark
• Groups need to arrive on time or their tour will be shortened.
• It is the responsibility of teachers and adult supervisors to manage student behavior.
• Participants should wear closed-toed walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing (e.g., hats, sunscreen, jackets).
• For safety reasons, students should not run or climb on the retaining walls or exhibits. Staying on the footpaths is required.
• The Landmark is accessible to people with disabilities. Please let us know in advance of any special needs so that arrangements can be made prior to
your visit.
• Lunch accommodations are not available; however shaded picnic tables are located to the north of the Landmark's entrance. These are available on a firstcome, first-served basis.
• Tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather at the discretion of the Landmark staff.
• As an Archaeology and Natural History Preserve, objects on Landmark
property are protected by state law. Please do not remove any plants, animals, rocks, bones, or other artifacts.


Scheduling Information
• Reservations are required for all tours and must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 806-742-1116.
• One adult must accompany every 10 students.
• Lunchroom facilities are not available at the Landmark. Please make your plans accordingly.

All inquiries regarding school programs should be directed to the Education Office at the Lubbock Lake Landmark: 806-742-1116.