Guided Field Experience

School Programs: Guided Field Experience

We look forward to seeing you here in the 2014-2015 School Year.

Class size: Minimum 20 students/Maximum 70 students
Description: Engaging 90-minute field experiences led by staff naturalists and docents introduce students to basic ecological concepts. Students are given an overview in the classroom, which is followed by hands-on activities in the 155-acre nature sanctuary. Science based programs help students master the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). See grade level topics below.
Tour Times: 9:30 – 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Fee: $6 per student
Kindergarten: Discover the basic needs of living things. Children will explore forest, meadow and pond habitats to learn how organisms depend on each other to survive.

First Grade: Discover that organisms have different jobs in the ecosystem. During a forest hike, students classify plants and animals by their ecosystem roles and discover the interactions between them.

Second Grade: Discover how nature recycles nutrients through the process of decomposition. Children explore a rotting log to learn about the organisms that work on the decomposer team.

Third Grade: Learn about food chains and webs by exploring pond habitats. Students will classify aquatic organisms as producers, carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores. Later, they will create a food web based on their observations.

Fourth Grade: Discover adaptations that help organisms survive. While exploring the Arboretum’s forest, ponds, and meadow, students will identify and compare adaptive characteristics of organisms.

Fifth Grade: Review basic ecological concepts. As they explore the pond, meadow, and forest ecosystems, students will discover how communities of plants and animals rely on the non-living environment as well as each other. Great STAAR review!

Registration Information:

  • CHAPERONES: You MUST bring one adult for every 10 students to ensure safety and to help supervise your students. The program is designed for your students; please ask parents to leave younger siblings at home. Chaperones over the 1:10 requirement are charged $6/person.
  • DRESS: Students will be more comfortable if they dress for the out-of-doors. Students and adults should wear closed-toe shoes for safety. No sandals please.
  • LUNCH:If you are doing a full day program, students may eat lunch on our building apron. (No picnic facilities available.) Please bring lunches separated by class in large bags or bins.
  • BUS PARKING:Buses should drop children off first and then park in Satellite Parking ¼ mile east of our entrance. Click here for a map.
  • RAINY DAYS: The Arboretum does not cancel in case of rain. We will provide ponchos to students. In the case of severe weather, we will offer an alternate indoor program.
  • CANCELLATIONS: Program fees are non-refundable. Changes to enrollment after confirmation letter has been sent will result in a $25 processing fee.
  • PAYMENT: Is due in full upon confirmation of your date. Accepted forms of payment are organizational check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. All checks must be made payable to: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.
  • REGISTRATION QUESTIONS? Email: register@houstonarboretum.org
  • PROGRAM QUESTIONS? Email: schoolprograms@houstonarboretum.org

Registration for 2014-2015 school year opens in August.

TO SCHEDULE: Print/Download the Reservation Request Form(pdf) and mail to:
Attn: Registrar
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway
Houston, TX 77024

Field Trip Reservation Request

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