Summer School Programs

Summer School Programs

Registration is closed For Summer 2015. Please look forward to the Summer of 2016!

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Discovery Room has interactive exhibits that invite students to learn about pond, meadow, and forest habitats in a fascinating and fun way.
• Students discover at The Learning Tree that animals need the different layers of a tree and a forest to survive.
• Explore onsite aquariums stocked with native animals to learn about pond habitats.
• Learn about residents of Texas Gulf Coast grasslands.
• Examine the tunnel homes of worms and ants and reach into boxes to identify residents of Grasslands with your sense of touch.

Discovery Room Appointments:

Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. or 10:15-11 a.m.

We can accommodate 35 students for each Discovery Room appointment.
Fee: $6.00 per student. ($90 minimum)

Payment is due in full upon confirmation of your date. The Arboretum does not hold dates. Your group will not be scheduled without payment. Accepted forms of payment are organizational check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. All checks must be made payable to: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.

General Information:

CHAPERONES: Chaperones assist children in exploring exhibits. One adult for every 10 students is required. Chaperones over the 1:10 requirement pay $7/person. Teachers/chaperones are required to read and share Arboretum Visitor Policies with their students at the start of their visit.
LUNCH: We have a small area at the back of the building that permits food and drink. If available, your school may use this area. Please make sure to clean up after! Lunches must be kept in large bags or bins while inside the building. There is also picnicking at Memorial Park just down the street. *Please note: lunchboxes, backpacks, and bags may not be left in the building after the program is over. 
MOSQUITOES: Mosquitoes can be a problem on any warm day. Please bring insect repellent for your students and make sure your parent permission forms cover the use of it.
CANCELLATIONS: Program fees are non-refundable.

QUESTIONS? Please call our School Programs coordinator, Christina Spade, at 713-681-8433 or email at

TO SCHEDULE:  We would love to process your reservation request! Please click on the button below to complete the Reservation Request Form and we will get in touch with you shortly. Keep in mind that your reservation is not guaranteed or held until payment in full is received and the contact teacher receives a confirmation. 



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