Summer Program for Groups/Schools

Summer Group/School Program

The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Discovery Room has interactive exhibits that invite students to learn about the pond, meadow, and forest habitats in a fascinating and fun way.
• Students discover at The Learning Tree that animals need the different layers of a tree and a forest to survive.
• Explore onsite aquariums stocked with native animals to learn about pond habitats.
• Learn about residents of Texas Gulf Coast grasslands.
• Examine the tunnel homes of worms and ants and reach into boxes to identify residents of Grasslands with your sense of touch.

Discovery Room Appointments:

Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. or 10:15 – 11 a.m.

We can accommodate 35 students for each Discovery Room appointment.
Fee: $6.00 per student. ($90 minimum)

Payment is due in full upon confirmation of your date. The Arboretum does not hold dates. Your group will not be scheduled without payment. Accepted forms of payment are organizational check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. All checks must be made payable to the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.

General Information:

CHAPERONES: Chaperones assist children in exploring exhibits. One adult for every 10 students is required. Chaperones over the 1:10 requirement pay $7/person. Teachers/chaperones are required to read and share Arboretum Visitor Policies with their students at the start of their visit.

LUNCH: 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. Lunches must be kept in large bags or bins while inside the building. Lunch boxes, backpacks, and bags may not be left in the building after the program is over.

A lunch location alternative is off Memorial Park’s picnic loop, just down the street.

MOSQUITOES: Mosquitoes can be a problem on any warm day. Please bring insect repellent for your students and make sure your parent permission forms cover the use of it.

CANCELLATIONS: Program fees are non-refundable.

QUESTIONS? Please call our Summer School Programs Coordinator, Christina Spade, at 713-681-8433 or email at

READY TO SCHEDULE?  Great! Please fill out the form below!  

*An accurate count of attending children is strongly encouraged before submitting a request as we cannot guarantee additional accommodations after the field trip has been finalized.

Summer School 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 or Group Information

  • Please enter a number from 1 to 20.
  • Please note any special needs, accessibility, specific contact information, and requests for multiple trip dates here.
  • Step 2: Select a Date

    Please select three dates in order of preference. Programs are scheduled Tuesday – Friday.
  • Step 3: Select a Program

  • Please enter a number from 15 to 35.
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