Archive for September 9th, 2008

CCC Interactive Website, 2

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

[Music: Give That Man a Job…establish, and then fade under script]

A new interactive educational website designed for seventh grade students…examines depression era Texas in the 1930s… and contributions made to state parks by the Civilian Conservation Corps…the first New Deal recovery program instituted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Since this is geared toward seventh grade students, it had to fit within the curricular requirements that Texas teachers need to teach to. So, we basically wanted to lay out a foundation with the depression relief theme, and give students context to the New Deal programs.

Sarah Lisle is an interpretive planner with State Parks; she oversaw the project.

We talked about the Nature Lover’s movement in the United States and the whole idea of conservation. And then from there, we talk about how the CCC actually built parks in Texas, and how they helped communities at the same time.

The Linden Heck Howell Texas History Grant from Humanities Texas made this site possible.

This whole narrative is complimented by a great deal of primary sources that we were able to put together in this format, where you can view newspaper articles, and photographs, and listen to music, and watch videos. It’s just a really rich resource for teachers and students.

We have a link to the site at

That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.