Archive for September 12th, 2008

TPW TV–Hands on Learning on the Rio Grande

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

This month the Texas Parks and Wildlife television series follows a group of kids from Corpus Christi [insert audio from raft trip and play under script] as they take a raft trip down the Rio Grande for an outdoor classroom experience that ends up being about more than fun and games. Abe Moore went on the trip with them, and produced the story.

So, while the kids are going down the river, we kind of go off into little segways as to highlight what struggles are happening to the Rio Grande, and one in particular are the ranchers down there. They rely completely on the Rio Grande for its water, to water all their crops.

We quit growing cotton; we quit growing grain, corn during the summer just to try to save all that water for winter vegetables.

It was amazing just to see how much they learned about the different aspects of all the things that are tugging on the Rio Grande, from an invasive water-sucking tree that they learned about to the decline in fish species and kind of the many pressures the river deals with. So, they had quite the leaning experience for sure. There were times I was with them that I really felt that they’re getting it. They’re figuring out what it’s all about; what the world and what the river means to us.

For more information about the TV series, go to

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