Home School Program

Home schoolers ages 5-12 will learn about the world of science!

Explore a new science topic each month with us at the Arboretum! Each class will consist of instructional time, hands-on investigations, and outside activities. Extension ideas will be provided to parents so they can follow up with lessons and activities at home.

Schedule: Three Mondays a month from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (classes for ages 5 – 6, 7 – 8, 9 – 10, and 11 – 12)
Member Price Per Student: $75 per three-week unit*

*Family Tree membership or above required to register.

Once a class has reached capacity, a waitlist will be available until full. Please be sure to check your order for waitlist placement before confirming your registration.

Spring 2023 registration for Arboretum Members will open at 9 am on Tuesday, December 6.

Weather Watchers

January 9, 23, 30

With eyes on the sky, our home school students will become meteorologists this month, studying the clouds, wind, and precipitation. We will even look at some of the extreme weather events that affect us here in Texas, like hurricanes, flooding, and tornados. Be prepared for a special weather report from our students by the end of the month! 

Urban Farming

February 6, 20, 27

Chickens in your backyard? Fresh vegetables from your own garden? Urban farms are sprouting up all over the city! Learn how you can be eco-friendly and turn where you live into a self-sustaining ecosystem.

Class Reptilia

March 6, 20, 27

Reptiles are fascinating animals that come in all shapes and sizes – from turtles to snakes and everything in between. Reptiles have proven their ability to adapt and survive over millions of years and are found all over the world. We will get to know some of the local reptiles here at the Arboretum and learn what makes these cold-blooded creatures so fascinating.

Birds! Birds! And more Birds!

April 3, 10, 17

Over 203 species of birds have been identified at the Arboretum! The Houston area is one of the best places to find birds because many migration routes pass through our city. We will spend this month learning all about our feathered friends. As spring begins, keep your eyes peeled for an increase in avian activity!

Ocean Exploration

May 1, 8, 15

Our planet is covered in oceans. Because they are so vast, the oceans on Earth contain more than 90% of the life on this planet. Even though we have traveled to their depths, the oceans of our world are constantly surprising us with new discoveries. As Jacques Cousteau said, “The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever!”