Self-Guided Experience

Looking to explore the Arboretum with your school group? The Self-Guided Experience is a great option for those interested in spending an afternoon on our trails and Nature Playscape! Habitat Hikes and a Nature Scavenger Hunt will be e-mailed in advance to enhance your experience. Our Habitat Hikes take 30-60 minutes to complete, and we recommend planning your visit to last 90 minutes.

This is a grounds-only experience and does not include access to the Discovery Room.

Group Size: 60 students max
Tour Times: Monday – Friday available starting at 9:30 am, last entry at 4:00 pm; grounds only
Cost: $2 per person (students and chaperones)


FAQs

SCHEDULING A PROGRAM

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

STUDENT COUNT

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

CHAPERONES

One adult for every 10 students is required to ensure safety and to help supervise your students. 

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, and we cannot guarantee a place to eat on our grounds. Picnic areas can be found within Memorial Park’s picnic loop.

BUS PARKING

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

INCLEMENT WEATHER

Programs are conducted rain or shine. If cancellation is necessary due to extreme weather conditions, rescheduling may not be possible due to our tight calendar.

RESCHEDULING

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 $25.00.

CANCELLATIONS

Program fees are non-refundable.

PAYMENT

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).

QUESTIONS?

Email schoolprograms@houstonarboretum.org

Self-guided Experience 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. Self-guided Experience options are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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 visitation date.
  • Step 4: Payment

    There is a $2.00 fee per person.
  • 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.
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