Guided Field Experience

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 the adaptive characteristics of organisms.

 

Fifth Grade: Review of 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!

FAQ:

  • SCHEDULING FOR 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. 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:

    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. 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:
  • Rescheduling requests are addressed at the Houston Arboretum’s availability and discretion. Rescheduling requests received at least 14 days prior to a confirmed program date are charged a rescheduling fee.

  • 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).

 

Field Trip Reservation Request

We would love to process your reservation request! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.
  • Step 1: School Information

  • Payment in advance is required to hold the scheduled date. Schools requesting months in advance are given 2-4 weeks from the initial request for payment to be received. Schools scheduling within a month of the trip date are to be paid upon receipt of the invoice.
  • Please enter a value between 1 and 20.
  • Step 2: Select a Date

    Please select three dates in order of preference. Programs are scheduled Tuesday – Friday.
  • Accommodation for chosen dates is determined according to availability.
  • Step 3: Select a Program

  • Time selection required for Guided Field Experience or Discovery Room only.
  • Price: $7.00 Quantity:
    There is one complimentary chaperone for every 10 children. This option is if you wish to pay for additional chaperones in advance. Additional chaperones may pay the day of the program.
  • $0.00
    Should a school not have the required minimum number of students, the total due will be subject to change to reflect the minimum payment required to hold the school program.

 

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