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Educational Trunks

The museum offers six educational traveling trunks to be used in classroom settings that explore the history of East Texas and nature. The level of information in each trunk varies, but modifications can be made for grades K – 8. All trunk lessons meet the TEKS!


Book Trunk

The trunk is designed to allow students to learn about black bears, their habitat, their range in East Texas, and more! This is a great way to introduce children to an endangered species located in East Texas. The trunk comes with six lessons developed by the East Texas Black Bear Task Force.

Grades: K – 5th

Subjects: English/Language Arts and Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health Education, and Fine Arts

The trunk includes the following items: Educator’s guide, weighted black bear cub stuffed animals, black bear skat, canine tooth, claw, foot print cast, skull, and more!



Book Trunk

The trunk is designed to educate students about a tree’s lifecycle, parts of trees, and much more! The trunk comes with lessons developed by Project Learning Tree.

Grades: K – 5th

Subjects: Language Arts, Science, Visual Arts, Social Studies, Math

The trunk includes the following items: Where Does Paper Come From?, tree cookies, and more!



Book Trunk

The trunk educates students about fire prevention, Smokey Bear’s message, how to identify a wildfire’s point of origin, and more.

Grades: K – 2nd; 6th – 8th

Subjects: English/Language Arts and Reading, Science

The trunk includes the following items: The Story of Smokey Bear, Smokey Bear Puppet, and more!



Book Trunk

The trunk provides a glimpse into the lives of families that lived in a sawmilling community. It contains three lessons that touch on everyday occurrences within the community.

Grades: 3rd – 8th

Subjects: English/Language Arts and Reading, Social Studies

The trunk includes the following items: Historic photographs, commissary tokens, jacks, washboard, quilt squares, and more!



Book Trunk

The trunk explores the role of doctors in sawmill towns. The Sawmill Doctor Trunk teaches students how certain diseases are spread, how the doctors dealt with common injuries during the early 1900s, and what type of problems doctors faced while practicing in a sawmill town. There are 5 lessons that can be used in 4th and 7th grade classes.

Grades: 4th – 7th

Subjects: History

The trunk includes the following items: X-ray viewer, 4 X-rays, heart model, mosquito net, doctor’s medicine bag, eye exam chart, eye occluder, black light, stethoscope, doctor’s coats, blood pressure cuff, 2 elastic bandages, and more!



Book Trunk

The trunk allows students to learn about animals’ basic needs, the difference between domestic animals and wildlife, animals adaptations, and more! The trunk comes with lessons developed by Project WILD: K – 12 Curriculum & Activity Guide. These lessons can be used in kindergarten to 4th grade classes.

Grades: K – 4th

Subjects: Science, English Language Arts, Art

The trunk includes the following items: Educator’s Guide, Project WILD: K – 12 Curriculum & Activity Guide, animal hides, Beavers and Their Lodges, and more!