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).

The Houston Arboretum is fully booked for the 2018-2019 school year. Please check back with us in the 2019-2020 school year and thank you for your support!

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