Guided Field Experience


Schedule a half day of hands-on science for up to 70 students!

Class size: Minimum 20 students/Maximum 70 students
 Engaging 90-minute field experiences led by staff naturalists and docents introduce students to basic ecological concepts. Students are given an overview in the classroom, which is followed by hands-on activities in the 155-acre nature sanctuary. Science-based programs help students master the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). See grade level topics below.

Tour Times: 9:30 – 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Tuesday – Friday

Fee: $6 per student

Topic Descriptions per Grade Level:

Sensing Nature – Explore the Arboretum’s ecosystems using your built-in toolbox – your senses! Students will be guided on a nature hike through prairie, woodland, savanna, and wetland habitats. Along the way, we will make and record good observations of the interacting communities. We finish with time to reflect and write creatively about our nature experience. (Grades 2-5)

A Habitat is a Home – Learn how and where living things meet their needs. Children will explore woodland, savanna, prairie, and wetland habitats to learn how organisms survive in their environment. (Grades K-2)

Plants, Animals, Interaction! – Observe the relationships between producers and consumers interacting and depending on each other. Students will go on a sweep netting adventure in our savanna and prairie habitats to survey the insects and other organisms living among our plant communities. Available Sep-Nov and Mar-May (Grades 1-3)

Nature’s Recyclers – Investigate how nature recycles nutrients through the process of decomposition. Children explore a rotting log to learn about the organisms that work on the decomposer team. (Grades 1-3)

Pleased to Eat You! – Search for links in food chains by exploring wetland habitats. Students will classify aquatic organisms as producers, carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores. Creating a food web based on their observations will reinforce concepts as the lesson draws to a close. (Grades 3-5)

Creature Features – Discover adaptations that help organisms survive. While exploring the Arboretum’s habitats and meeting our animal ambassadors, students will identify and compare adaptive characteristics of organisms. (Grades 3-5)

EcoExplorers – Identify ways that organisms live and survive in their ecosystem by interacting with the living and non-living elements. Students will explore woodland, savanna, prairie, and wetland habitats to compare physical characteristics and how they support biological communities. Great STAAR review! (Grades 4-5)

  • FAQ:

      Please ensure that your Field Trip request has been pre-approved by your educational institution before scheduling.


      An accurate count of attending students is required before submitting a scheduling request.


      One adult for every 10 students is required to ensure safety and to help supervise your students. Additional chaperones over the requirement are charged $7 per person.

      The program is designed for your students; please ask parents to leave younger siblings at home.

    • 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. Sandals or high heels are strongly discouraged.

    • LUNCH

      There are no picnic facilities at the Arboretum, however, we provide a lunch area for a full day program. Half day programs may use our building apron if available. Picnic areas can be found within Memorial Park’s picnic loop.


      Bus parking is available only from our 610 entrance. Please look for bus parking signs. Staff will be present to assist drivers. Address: 120 West Loop North Fwy, Houston, TX  77024


      Programs are conducted rain or shine. Ponchos are provided 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.


      Rescheduling requests are addressed at the Houston Arboretum’s availability and discretion. Rescheduling a confirmed program 0-30 days prior to your scheduled date will result in a rescheduling fee of $50.00.


      Program fees are non-refundable.


      Payment is required in advance and in full. Accepted forms of payment are organizational check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. All checks must be made payable to: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Questions about policies? Please click – School Program Payment Policy (pdf).



Hello educators! Programming for the Fall of 2020 has been postponed until future notice. Please contact for programming questions.