Water Quality Monitoring

Water Quality Monitoring

The content of the field experience is excellent and will help the students on the STAAR test. Very hands-on; keeps all students actively engaged”
– Teacher comments

Class size: Minimum 10 students/Maximum 40 students
Description: Middle or High School students participate in a survey of natural aquatic habitats. Students perform basic water testing procedures and aquatic animal and plant surveys. Participants learn the importance of wetlands and identify their local watershed.
Tour Times: 9:30 – 11:30, Tuesday – Friday
Fee: $10 per student

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Concepts:

  • Water sheds

  • Wetlands and their uses

  • Chemical, biological, and physical measurements

  • Bio-indicators

  • Threats to wetlands

  • pH testing and dissolved oxygen testing

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).

Hello educators! The Houston Arboretum will open for school group program reservations the first week of September. We are upgrading our facilities and will only be taking reservation requests for the months of October – December.
We will open for Spring 2020 requests starting first week of December. 

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