The Formosa Tejano Wetlands is a full time outdoor education facility that was established during the fall of the 2008 - 2009 school year. The site is the result of a collaborative effort between Formosa Plastics Inc., Calhoun County ISD, Edna ISD, and Industrial ISD. The building and on-site educator are both maintained by the Calhoun County Independent School District. Formosa Plastics Inc. provide access to the site as well as funding necessary for its operation and maintainence. Edna ISD and Industrial ISD are also pariticipants in the use of the site as an educational facility.
Students in grades 5 through 12 are brought to the Wetlands to participate in TEKS based lessons. The lessons are centered around hands-on field work using various types of field equipment including but not limited to collection nets, binoculars, digital cameras, water quality kits, and microscopes. Students collect, organize, and report data based on the field work that is done.
The Formosa Tejano Wetlands are also open to the general public from sunrise to sunset every day. The site is a popular destination for birders especially during the winter months when the migratory species are there. The Wetlands have an observation tower with parking just off the highway and another observation tower near the outdoor classroom. A raised deck with bird blind is also located near the classroom as well as another bird blind near the Live Oak mott. The 2 mile walking trail has benches and trash cans located every half mile. Be sure to bring water, sunscreen, insect repellent, and dress appropriately for the outdoors. Stay on the main trails and roadways. Be on the alert for snakes and alligators!
The documents section of the website contains a species list for the Wetlands as well as other useful information. The photo gallery highlights some of the activities, plants and animals at the Wetlands.
Visitors are always welcome at the Formosa Tejano Wetlands!