School Field Trips

Field Trips to the Nature Discovery Center are based on a curriculum of real world investigations that nurture the young scientist in every student!

This year, the Center is proud to b partnering with other area organizations as part of the Every Kid in a Park Initiative. 4th grade teachers from Title I schools are invited to apply for bus funding for environmental education based field trips. You can apply here to have bus costs covered for your trip to the Center. 

"Nature at Your Doorstep" Field Trip Program Overview

Who: Elementary and preschool groups. Some programs are appropriate for middle school groups. Call for details.
What: Nature At Your Doorstep is an interdisciplinary field study program for elementary and preschool aged students based on a curriculum guide developed by Center staff. Classes investigate nature outdoors using scientific methodology and explore the Discovery Rooms. The topics outlined below are available for nature investigation (click here for TEKS Correlates for each of our Field Trip Programs).
Where: Nature Discovery Center; 7112 Newcastle; Bellaire, TX 77401 in Russ Pitman Park.
When: The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (programs with an * are two hours, Tuesday through Friday)
Cost: $7 per student.
$20 deposit is due at the time of registration
Size: Maximum 40 pre-K students or two K-6th grade classes. One adult chaperone is required for every five pre-K - K students or for ten 1st grade students and older.

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Program Topics by Grade Levels

4 years - 1st Grade
     •  Awakening Senses - making discoveries with each of our senses.
1st Grade - 5th Grade
     •  Animal Count - counting animals and sorting by classes (mammal, bird, fish, etc.)
     •  Trekking Around Trees - investigating tree characteristics.
     •  Beginning Birdwatching – surveying bird locations or behaviors.
     •  Seeking Out Squirrels - observing squirrel behavior and location.
2nd Grade - 5th Grade
     •  Investigating Insects - distinguishing insects from non-insects (two hour program).
     •  Homing In On Habitats - determining which animals can find a complete habitat in
        Russ Pitman Park.
3rd Grade - 5th Grade
     •  Delving Into Biodiversity - investigating biodiversity in several small sections of the
        park (two hour program).
4th and 5th Grade
     •  Finding Food Webs - discovering who eats what.
     •  Connecting Communities - studying plant and animal interactions.

Inquiries, Scheduling, Confirmation, and Payment

**NEW**  Click to submit a School Field Trip Inquiry Form to let us know the program(s) you are interested in and your preferred dates. It also alerts our staff to any special needs your group may have or to questions you may have about our program. Our Program Coordinator will contact you about your inquiry as soon as possible.

Scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations may be made by calling the Center at 713.667.6550. A $20.00 deposit is required to secure your reservation.

Mail $20.00 deposit to:
Nature Discovery Center
7112 Newcastle
Bellaire, TX 77401

The deposit is applied to the program fee of $5 per student. The balance can be paid before or upon arrival. Please indicate any special needs your group may have when making your reservation.

If you must cancel or reschedule, notify the Center as early as possible so the date may be made available to another group.

Clothing, Conduct, and Chaperones

• Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing, including closed toe shoes, is recommended.
• Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the behavior and discipline of their group.
• Communicate to your chaperones that they can be most helpful by guiding students through activities in the Discovery Rooms and by modeling appropriate behavior throughout the visit.

Lunch Facilities

Covered picnic tables in the pavilion behind the Center can accommodate all students, teachers, and chaperones and are reserved for your group. In addition, there are a few picnic tables near the playground at the south end of the park available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“You included so many challenges throughout the lesson. The experiments were great! The children liked the scientific vocabulary, following the ‘experiment frame’, and learning more about our topic of study. You all have always been so wonderful, but developing a lesson for us was going above and beyond. We appreciate it!”
~ M. Anderson, Oak Forest Elementary Grade 1

Students on School Field Trips are investigators, observing, collecting data, and making conclusions.

“Thank you so much for an outstanding day yesterday. Our class had such a great time. The habitat investigation and discovery rooms were wonderful. We all agreed it was our favorite trip this year! Your guides worked well with the students and got them excited about nature.” ~ Jill Bryant, Bay Area Christian School

“The children liked going outside and experiencing being investigators. We loved that the program is interactive and gets the children excited about learning.” ~ Ms Carlock, Sugar Grove Elementary School 2nd grade teacher

Students collect insects and non-insects under rocks and logs and with nets to learn about insect characteristics.
“The guides, they took really good care of the kids, explaining every detail. The kids loved to explore and collect insects. My class and I really enjoyed our visit to the Nature Center, and look forward to visiting again.” ~ Clara Crotienine, 1st grade teacher, Westwood Elementary School

Discovery Room tours introduce students to specimens, scientific tools, live animals and more.
“We liked most that it was geared to the children, they had the freedom to explore their own interests. You run a great program - the guides were great – very patient, very attuned to the children, very positive. I have been taking the 4’s and K’s on field trips for many years and this is one of the best experiences ever.” ~ Ms. Meriwether, Memorial Drive United Methodist Church

Field Trip tours through Russ Pitman Park allow students to make discoveries and observations about the natural world using 4 senses.
“Eric (the guide) did a great job explaining things on the kids’ level. We thought it was terrific!” ~ Marcie Rosen, Crossroads School 2 -4th grade.

Last Updated on Friday, January 20, 2017 11:04 AM
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