Water Quality Monitoring

Water Quality Monitoring

The content of the field experience is excellent and will help the students on the STAAR test. Very hands-on; keeps all students actively engaged”
– Teacher comments

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 10 students/Maximum 40 students
Description: Middle or High School students participate in a survey of natural aquatic habitats. Students perform basic water testing procedures and aquatic animal and plant surveys. Participants learn the importance of wetlands and identify their local watershed.
Tour Times: 9:30 – 11:30, Tuesday – Friday
Fee: $10 per student

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  • Water sheds

  • Wetlands and their uses

  • Chemical, biological, and physical measurements

  • Bio-indicators

  • Threats to wetlands

  • pH testing and dissolved oxygen testing

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 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.

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

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  • 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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