Choose your own adventure

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)

Reservation Requests

Reservation inquiries for the 2023-24 school year are now closed. Inquiries for the 2024-25 school year will open in August.


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.

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

Bus parking is available only at our 610 Entrance. Please look for bus parking signs. Staff will be present to assist drivers.

610 Entrance Address: 120 West Loop North Fwy, Houston, TX 77024

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 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.

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).