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:

    Please advise students and parents to dress appropriately for a nature hike and the weather. Students and adults should wear closed-toe shoes for safety. No sandals or high heels 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.

  • INCLEMENT WEATHER:

    Programs are conducted rain or shine. We will provide ponchos for light rain. In case of severe weather, we will offer an equivalent indoor program. If cancellation is necessary due to extreme weather conditions, rescheduling may not be possible due to our tight calendar.

  • CANCELLATIONS:

    Program fees are non-refundable. Changes to enrollment after confirmation letter has been sent will result in a $25 processing fee.

  • PAYMENT:

    If booking more than a month in advance, payment is due 2 weeks prior to your requested date. If booking less that than a month in advance, payment is due at the time of registration. 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 is open.
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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