Guided Field Experience
All 2013-2014 School Year Field Trip Dates are full.
We look forward to seeing you here in the 2014-2015 School Year.
||Minimum 20 students/Maximum 70 students
||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.
||9:30 – 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
||$6 per student
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discover adaptations that help organisms survive. While exploring the Arboretum’s forest, ponds, and meadow, students will identify and compare adaptive characteristics of organisms.
Review 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!
- CHAPERONES: You MUST bring one adult for every 10 students to ensure safety and to help supervise your students. The program is designed for your students; please ask parents to leave younger siblings at home. Chaperones over the 1:10 requirement are charged $6/person.
- DRESS: Students will be more comfortable if they dress for the out-of-doors. Students and adults should wear closed-toe shoes for safety. No sandals please.
- LUNCH:If you are doing a full day program, students may eat lunch on our building apron. (No picnic facilities available.) Please bring lunches separated by class in large bags or bins.
- BUS PARKING:Buses should drop children off first and then park in Satellite Parking ¼ mile east of our entrance. Click here for a map.
- RAINY DAYS: The Arboretum does not cancel in case of rain. We will provide ponchos to students. In the case of severe weather, we will offer an alternate indoor program.
- CANCELLATIONS: Program fees are non-refundable. Changes to enrollment after confirmation letter has been sent will result in a $25 processing fee.
- PAYMENT: Is due in full upon confirmation of your date. Accepted forms of payment are organizational check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. All checks must be made payable to: Houston Arboretum & Nature Center.
- REGISTRATION QUESTIONS? Email: email@example.com
- PROGRAM QUESTIONS? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule a full day for up to 140 students from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Schedule your students for Field Adventures for a FULL Day of Hands-on Science!
Students participate in both the Guided Field Experience
and Discovery Room Program
Fee: $8 per student.
Registration for 2014-2015 school year opens in August.
Fill out the form below or print/download the Reservation Request Form
(pdf) mail to:
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Houston, TX 77024