Summer Program scheduling is expected to open in early June. Please check back with us!

Summer Discovery Program

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Schedule a half day of hands-on science for up to 60 students (July 1 – August 7)

Tour Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Tuesday – Friday

Fee: $6 per student

Class size: Minimum 20 students/Maximum 60 students

Description: Our summer program consists of a visit to our Discovery Room and a self-guided scavenger hunt on one of our many trails.

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Discovery Room is an interactive science classroom – a place to explore and experience Arboretum habitats and the organisms that live here in an engaging and fun way.

  • Hunt for and learn about Arboretum creatures perched on our Discovery Tree, hidden in our Living Log, lurking on the floor, or swimming in our wetland tanks.
  • Crawl through and explore the Prairie Underground to discover some of our prairie residents.
  • Learn about our education animals now on display in our Discovery Room!
  • Explore the many hands-on exhibits including microscopes, animal pelts, skulls, rocks, native plants, etc.


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 $6 per person.
The program is designed for your students; please ask parents to leave younger siblings at home.
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.
We have a small area at the back of the building that permits food and drink. If available, your school may use this area. Please make sure to clean up after. Picnic areas can be found within Memorial Park’s picnic loop.
Bus parking is available at our 610 Entrance. Please look for bus parking signs.
Address: 120 West Loop North Fwy, Houston, TX 77024
Mosquitoes can be a problem in the summer. Please bring insect repellent for your students.
Programs are conducted rain or shine. An indoor substitution will be made for the outdoor portion of the program.
Program fees are non-refundable.
Payment in full is required in advance. Accepted forms of payment are organizational check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. All checks must be made payable to: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.

Email Christina Spade

Email Laurie Hudson