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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  • Water sheds

  • Wetlands and their uses

  • Chemical, biological, and physical measurements

  • Bio-indicators

  • Threats to wetlands

  • pH testing and dissolved oxygen testing



        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. 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 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


        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 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 $50.00.


        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).


        Email cspade@houstonarboretum.org


        Email schoolprograms@houstonarboretum.org

Hello educators! 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. 

Field Trip Reservation Request

  • Email to be used as a primary form of communication
  • Payment in full is required to confirm the field trip. Schools scheduling for school programs 31- 270 days prior to the trip date refer to invoice for payment due date. Schools scheduling 0-30 days prior to trip date are to be paid upon receipt of the invoice.
  • Please enter a number from 10 to 350.
  • Please enter a number from 1 to 6
  • Please note any special needs, accessibility, specific contact information, and requests for multiple trip dates here.
  • Step 2: Select a Date

    Please select one to three calendar dates in order of preference. Programs are scheduled Tuesday – Friday.
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
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  • Step 3: Select a Program

  • Please choose your desired program time slot. For the Guided Field Experience program only!
  • Step 4: Select a Topic

  • Topic selections for Field Adventures and Guided Field Experience programs. Topics are specifically designed for the corresponding grades levels. If you'd like a specialized topic, please review our Special Programs.
  • Step 5: Chaperones and Cost

    One chaperone for every 10 children is given complimentary entry. The additional chaperone option is if you wish to pay for additional chaperones in advance.
  • Price: $7.00 Quantity:
    Additional chaperones may pay the day of the program.
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    There is a minimum student requirement for all programs. Should the student count fail to meet the minimum requirement, the reflected total pricing is subject to change to cover the minimum cost necessary to provide the educational program.


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