Children’s Programs

As part of our dual mission to conserve and educate, we offer a multitude of wonderful children’s programs for kids of all ages. Our children’s programs introduce youngsters to nature with hands-on activities, exploration, and interaction with the natural world.

Tyke Hikes (ages 18 months-3yrs)


Encourage your little one’s curiosity with nature and the outdoors. Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join naturalist Laurie Hudson for a nature story reading and stroller-friendly hike on the Arboretum trails. Enjoy a new nature experience each week!
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Home School Program (ages 5-12)


Our home school classes are offered for students ages 5-12. A different three-week science unit is taught each month, with each class consisting of instructional time, hands-on activities, and guided nature walks. Handouts for parents with extension ideas and projects are provided for follow up at home.
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Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts


We offer a variety of science-related programs for Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Boy Scouts. Scouts work on their badge requirements while exploring the nature sanctuary here at the Houston Arboretum. We have workshops available for individual scouts or you can book a private workshop just for your troop!
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Summer Nature Adventures

Join us this summer for new and exciting educational offerings including expanded preschool programs, teen classes, and so much more! As we make our way out of the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the health of our staff and community continues to be of the utmost importance. We will be moving back to in-person offerings, and will be keeping class sizes small and utilizing our 155-acre outdoor classroom to keep these new activities as safe as possible.

Animal Tales (Ages 18 months – 3 years)

Tiny Trekkers (Ages 2-4) 

Discovery Days (Ages 5-12)

Water Features (Ages 5-12)

Art in the Outdoors (Ages 5-12)

So, You Want to be a Scientist?! (Ages 5-12)

Houston Arboretum: Behind the Scenes (Ages 13-17)