Guided Field Experience
Class size: Minimum 20 students/Maximum 70 students
Description: 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
Kindergarten: Discover the basic needs of living things. Children will explore forest, meadow and pond habitats to learn how organisms depend on each other to survive.
First Grade: Discover that organisms have different jobs in the ecosystem. During a forest hike, students classify plants and animals by their ecosystem roles and discover the interactions between them.
Second Grade: Discover 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.
Third Grade: Learn about food chains and webs by exploring pond habitats. Students will classify aquatic organisms as producers, carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores. Later, they will create a food web based on their observations.
Fourth Grade: Discover adaptations that help organisms survive. While exploring the Arboretum’s forest, ponds, and meadow, students will identify and compare adaptive characteristics of organisms.
Fifth Grade: Review basic ecological concepts. As they explore the pond, meadow, and forest ecosystems, students will discover how communities of plants and animals rely on the non-living environment as well as each other. Great STAAR review!
- STUDENT COUNT:
An accurate count of attending students is required before scheduling, as we cannot guarantee additional accommodations after the field trip has been finalized.
You MUST bring one adult for every 10 students 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. Chaperones over the 1:10 requirement are charged $7/person.
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. No sandals or high heels please.
Our building apron is reserved for full day programs. Half day programs may use our building apron if available. (No picnic facilities at the Arboretum.Please visit Memorial Park for picnicking).
- BUS PARKING:
Buses should drop children off first, then turn R out of the Arboretum, and then R into Memorial Park. Buses can park along N. Picnic Lane or in the parking lots by the baseball fields. Click here for a map.
- INCLEMENT WEATHER:
Programs are conducted rain or shine. We will provide ponchos 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.
Program fees are non-refundable.
In order to ensure materials and volunteer help are available for your students, commitment is need from the school in the form of payment. Please be aware if booking less that than a month in advance, payment is due upon receipt. Accepted forms of payment are organizational check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. All checks must be made payable to: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.
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