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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2011

Wildflower Center Hosts Distance Learning Event for Students

What:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin hosts PollinatorLIVE, an electronic field trip with lessons about pollination available via the Internet and satellite for students in grades 4 through 8 across the Americas.

When:  Wednesday, April 13, with an hour of English and an hour of Spanish programming. At 10:45 a.m., 11:45 p.m. and 12:45 p.m. as part of the live programming, Chikawa, an Aztec cultural group from Conroe, Texas, will perform a butterfly dance that is available for filming in the Center’s courtyard. An LCD monitor in the courtyard will broadcast all the PollinatorLIVE programming for visitors as it occurs on site.

Where:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 

Background: To help children learn the value of bees and other creatures that pollinate plants, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is hosting a virtual field trip called PollinatorLIVE during which kids throughout the Americas learn lessons in English and Spanish. About 20 students from AISD’s Joslin Elementary School will participate in the live programming for grades 4 through 8, which will be broadcast nationally by educational channels.

In addition to AISD carrying the programming live on Channel 22, classrooms tuning in include: Christ the King School in Chicago, Upper Township Middle School in Petersburg, N.J., and W.H. Brandon Elementary in Lufkin, Texas, among dozens of others. The programming will also be available on Dish Network and DirecTV through the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (a potential audience of 42 million) and by ILCE (The Instituto Latinoamericano de la Comunicacion Educativa), which provides an educational network serving Mexico and 13 Latin American countries.

Tamberly Conway, a bilingual Texas conservation educator from the U.S. Forest Service, will host the program in English from 10 to 11 a.m. and in Spanish from noon to 1 p.m.. Flo Oxley, director of plant conservation at the Wildflower Center, will help provide the English lessons, and the center’s Education Assistant Laurel Treviño, the same content in Spanish. Staff from Texas Parks & Wildlife and the U. S. D.A. will also provide programming expertise. Volunteers from the Wildflower Center known as Mr. Smarty Plants will respond to online questions from participating classrooms during PollinatorLIVE.

This live electronic field trip is the third and final one in the PollinatorLIVE series, which is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and others. The programming is being broadcast via satellite and the internet by Prince William Network, part of Prince William County Schools in Manassas, Va. For more information, go to: http://www.PollinatorLIVE.pwnet.org.

Center Admission: $8 adults; $7 seniors and students; $3 for children; free for center members and children under 5. For more information, call 512.232.0100, or go to: http://www.wildflower.org.

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