Naturalist Explorers (Ages 5-8)


Naturalist Explorers

Naturalist Explorers introduces children ages 5 to 8 to environmental and natural history topics in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere. Classes include a short introduction inside followed by hands‐on, engaging activities outside. Parents are welcome to participate with their child, or drop them off.

Schedule: One Saturday a month, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Fees per student: $20 members* / $35 nonmembers per class

*Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.

Fall 2017: Houston’s Winged Hunters

Imagine you are one of Houston’s winged hunters; one of the rock stars of the bird world! Explore the skies above the Arboretum with us and learn about the specialized tools and behaviors that our local predatory birds use. Discover where to find them and how to identify them by their calls and shapes.

September 9: Hawks & Falcons

Hawks and falcons are the Jeff Gordons and Mario Andrettis of the sky. Many are only in our area during fall migration and winter, so now is the best time to practice with binoculars and get ready for the rush hour in the skies.

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October 7: Vultures

Vultures are nature’s garbage disposal. They use some pretty disgusting ways to stay alive & healthy. Join us for a little “grossology” and see if you could stomach a vulture’s diet!

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November 4: Owls

Called the silent hunters, owls are uniquely adapted to hunt in the darkest hours of the night. We’ll pick through owl pellets, hunt through the eyes of an owl, and learn to stalk silently.

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December 2: Eagles & Osprey

The largest of Houston’s birds of prey, eagles and osprey are a special treat for bird-lovers. Build life-size eagle nests, test your own talon strength, and measure your eyesight against the birds in this class.

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