Outreach Activities

One of the most exciting aspects of being a scientist is sharing what we’ve learned with others, and the Johnson Lab is frequently involved in community programs that give us the opportunity to teach others about lizards!


In the Community

We frequently visit local elementary schools to offer supplemental classroom instruction, participate in STEM or career fairs, and serve as science fair judges. And on occasion, we lead special events for organizations such as our “Tiny Dragons in Your Own Backyard” program for the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

Lizards and Friends

Our lab maintains a website for children, lizardsandfriends.org, that aims to provide information about the lizards that we study, and to explain how scientists study lizards. We regularly post on the blog on this site with updates on our work.


Science Teaching Institue

Dr. Michele Johnson has coordinated Trinity University’s Science Teaching Institute over the past few years. This annual summer workshop is geared toward elementary science teachers in the San Antonio area, and offers Continuing Education credit for teachers to engage with new approaches for hands-on activities aligned with the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards.

Get Involved

If you are interested in engaging Dr. Johnson or the Johnson Lab group in a classroom visit or community program, or would like more information about the Science Teaching Institute, contact Dr. Johnson at mjohnso9@trinity.edu.