Half-Day Guided Field Experience

Class size: Minimum 20 students/Maximum 60 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 am or 11:30 am-1 pm | Tuesday – Friday

Fee: $8 per student; $7 per additional chaperone


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

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

Nature’s Recyclers
Investigate how nature recycles nutrients through the process of decomposition. 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 habitats and the organisms that call the Arboretum home. Discover what local animals eat, and how to classify them as herbivore, carnivore, or omnivore. (Grades 2-4)

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

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) 



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.


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.


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).


Email schoolprograms@houstonarboretum.org


On-site (Half Day) Field Trip Reservation Request

  • Step 1: General Information

  • Email to be used as a primary form of communication
  • Payment in full is required to confirm the field trip. Schools scheduling for school programs 31- 270 days prior to the trip date refer to invoice for payment due date. Schools scheduling 0-30 days prior to trip date are to be paid upon receipt of the invoice.
  • Please note any special needs, accessibility, specific contact information, and requests for multiple trip dates here.
  • Step 2: Select a Date

    Please select one to three calendar dates in order of preference. Programs are scheduled Tuesday – Friday.
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  • Step 3: Student Counts and Topic Selection

  • Please note that the Field Trip student maximum is 60 students per day. Student counts over 60 will require more than one field trip date.
  • There are two program choices for half-day field trips. Please refer to the website for descriptions of each program.
  • Topics are specifically designed for the corresponding grade levels. If you'd like a specialized topic please contact our School Programs manager.
  • Step 4: Chaperones and Payment

    One chaperone for every 10 children is given complimentary entry. If you wish to pay for additional chaperones in advance, please see the "Additional Chaperone" area below.
  • 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 the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.
  • Price: $7.00
    Additional chaperones may pay on the day of the program.
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    There is a minimum student requirement for all programs. Should the student count fail to meet the minimum requirement, the reflected total pricing is subject to change to cover the minimum cost necessary to provide the educational program.