Special Programs

Special Programs

We are now open for the 2015/2016 school year! Please use the online form below or use the PDF file found here and fax it to 713-682-2539. 

Class size: Minimum 20 students/Maximum 100 students
Description: Full day programs involving hands-on activities and nature hikes designed to give a comprehensive understanding of a particular science topic. Programs can even be developed to meet your specific curriculum needs.
Tour Times: 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tuesday – Friday
Fee: $15 per student

Earth Science Program: Students will discover how the Earth’s landscape constantly changes due to the processes of weathering, erosion, and deposition during this hands-on three hour program. Experiments involving these processes as well as soil composition and percolation will enhance their earth science knowledge. They will observe these processes at work in our 155-acre nature sanctuary during a nature hike.

Weather Program: During this interactive three hour program, students will discover the relationships between the earth, water, air, and sun that cause our weather. After experimenting with the processes of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, they will “travel” through the water cycle as a water molecule. Students will make and test their own weather instruments, then explore our trails to observe the effects of weather on the organisms and landscapes of the Arboretum.

Custom Program: Our professional staff of certified teachers will work with you to design a program to meet your curriculum needs. Our programs enhance and integrate your school’s curriculum by providing hands-on, environmental experiences. We can create three hour programs that are grade level appropriate, engaging, and fun! For more information, contact Laurie Hudson at lhudson@houstonarboretum.org.

Registration Information:


    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 $7/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.


    Buses should drop children off first and then park in Satellite Parking ¼ mile east of our entrance. Click here for a map.


    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.


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


    If booking more than a month in advance, payment is due 2 weeks after the reservation request is sent. 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.

Field Trip Reservation Request

We would love to process your reservation request. Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly. Keep in mind that your visit is not guaranteed until the contact teacher receives confirmation. 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 in order to ensure materials and staffing for your students. .
  • Step 1: School Information

  • Please enter a value between 1 and 20.
  • Step 2: Select a Date

    Please select three dates in order of preference. Programs are scheduled Tuesday – Friday.
  • Choices are those dates you desire for your school to visit the Houston Arboretum. You will receive an email verifying which date choice we are able to accommodate. Accommodation is determined according to availability.
  • Step 3: Select a Program

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REGISTRATION QUESTIONS? Email: register@houstonarboretum.org
PROGRAM QUESTIONS? Email: schoolprograms@houstonarboretum.org


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