Calendar

Jan
22
Mon
2018
Tyke Hikes @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Jan 22 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Encourage your child’s curiosity about nature and spend time with them exploring outdoors!

Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as bats, raccoons, owls, and trees.

Cost per class: Free for Family Tree Members and above (please have member card on hand); $7 per child for nonmembers (younger siblings are welcome for free). Pay at the door, advanced registration not necessary.

Please note – as of January 2017, Tyke Hikes are $7 per child for nonmembers.

Note: Please dress for the weather. Tyke Hikes take place rain or shine! Closed-toe shoes are best for trail hikes. Older preschoolers are welcome but are the responsibility of the adult companion.

Home School Program @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Jan 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our home school classes are offered on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for students ages 5-12. A different three-week science unit is taught each month, with classes consisting of instructional time, hands-on activities, and outdoor activities. Extension ideas will be provided to parents so they can follow up with lessons and activities at home.
Visit our Home School Blog at www.HouArbHomeSchool.wordpress.com to see what Home Schoolers have been up to!

Schedule: Three Mondays a month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (classes for ages 5, 6 – 7, 8 – 9, and 10 – 12)
Fees per student: $60 member** / $90 nonmember per three-week unit

**Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.

Please note: Additional Parents and siblings may not attend class. Those who wish to go out on a nature hike may do so on a special basis by discussing with instructors. *Attendee(s) must be mature enough to participate in the program(s) without parental or guardian supervision. 

Registration note: Parents, when registering for multiple months, please register your child in the same age group for the entire semester.  Thank you!


As part of your registration, you will also receive email updates from our Home School Blog with information and pictures showing you what the students did in class, take home activities to continue learning at home, and updates about the Home School Program in general.


January 8, 22, 29: Body Systems I

The human body is amazing! Come learn how our body systems compare to other animal’s bodies – like a frog! We will dissect a frog in class to examine the different body parts. Register Online

February 5, 19, 26: Body Systems II

This month we continue learning more about body systems. Do mammals breathe the same way as fish? Does a sheep’s heart look like ours? Join us as we explore more about bodies! Register Online

March 5, 19, 26: Urban Farming

Chickens in your backyard? Fresh vegetables from your own garden? Urban farms are sprouting up all over the city! Learn how you can be eco-friendly, save money, and reconnect with nature by creating an urban farm of your own. Register Online

April 9, 16, 23: Geology Rocks!

Rocks, soil, and water are all a part of our physical environment here on earth. This month we will explore how rocks and soil are formed, use stream tables to study geomorphology, and even make our own crystals! Register Online

May 7, 14, 21: Curious Concoctions

Chemistry isn’t just for scientists in labs! Chemistry can be found even in your home and the natural world just outside the door. Find out where you can see chemistry in action as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Register Online

Jan
23
Tue
2018
Planning Matters Lunch with the Mayor @ City Hall, Legacy Room
Jan 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Join Blueprint Houston as they move into their next phase. Mayor Sylvester Turner will present an update on his activities and they will host a conversation about planning the City’s future and using Plan Houston to prepare for the “next million.”  Plan Houston was a great first step – creating commons goals and identifying core strategies. But now, it’s time to move past the plan into action.

Lunch will be served

R.S.V.P. by January 18

 to [email protected]
713-870-2881

Jan
29
Mon
2018
Tyke Hikes @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Jan 29 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Encourage your child’s curiosity about nature and spend time with them exploring outdoors!

Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as bats, raccoons, owls, and trees.

Cost per class: Free for Family Tree Members and above (please have member card on hand); $7 per child for nonmembers (younger siblings are welcome for free). Pay at the door, advanced registration not necessary.

Please note – as of January 2017, Tyke Hikes are $7 per child for nonmembers.

Note: Please dress for the weather. Tyke Hikes take place rain or shine! Closed-toe shoes are best for trail hikes. Older preschoolers are welcome but are the responsibility of the adult companion.

Home School Program @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Jan 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our home school classes are offered on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for students ages 5-12. A different three-week science unit is taught each month, with classes consisting of instructional time, hands-on activities, and outdoor activities. Extension ideas will be provided to parents so they can follow up with lessons and activities at home.
Visit our Home School Blog at www.HouArbHomeSchool.wordpress.com to see what Home Schoolers have been up to!

Schedule: Three Mondays a month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (classes for ages 5, 6 – 7, 8 – 9, and 10 – 12)
Fees per student: $60 member** / $90 nonmember per three-week unit

**Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.

Please note: Additional Parents and siblings may not attend class. Those who wish to go out on a nature hike may do so on a special basis by discussing with instructors. *Attendee(s) must be mature enough to participate in the program(s) without parental or guardian supervision. 

Registration note: Parents, when registering for multiple months, please register your child in the same age group for the entire semester.  Thank you!


As part of your registration, you will also receive email updates from our Home School Blog with information and pictures showing you what the students did in class, take home activities to continue learning at home, and updates about the Home School Program in general.


January 8, 22, 29: Body Systems I

The human body is amazing! Come learn how our body systems compare to other animal’s bodies – like a frog! We will dissect a frog in class to examine the different body parts. Register Online

February 5, 19, 26: Body Systems II

This month we continue learning more about body systems. Do mammals breathe the same way as fish? Does a sheep’s heart look like ours? Join us as we explore more about bodies! Register Online

March 5, 19, 26: Urban Farming

Chickens in your backyard? Fresh vegetables from your own garden? Urban farms are sprouting up all over the city! Learn how you can be eco-friendly, save money, and reconnect with nature by creating an urban farm of your own. Register Online

April 9, 16, 23: Geology Rocks!

Rocks, soil, and water are all a part of our physical environment here on earth. This month we will explore how rocks and soil are formed, use stream tables to study geomorphology, and even make our own crystals! Register Online

May 7, 14, 21: Curious Concoctions

Chemistry isn’t just for scientists in labs! Chemistry can be found even in your home and the natural world just outside the door. Find out where you can see chemistry in action as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Register Online

Feb
3
Sat
2018
Naturalist Explorers @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Naturalist Explorers introduces children ages 5 to 8 to environmental and natural history topics in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere. Classes include a short introduction inside followed by hands‐on, engaging activities outside. Parents are welcome to participate with their child or to drop them off.

Schedule: One Saturday a month, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Fees per student: $20 members* / $35 nonmembers per class

*Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.

 

Spring 2018: Amazing Adaptations

Adaptation is a natural process in which a species becomes better suited to its habitat. Adaptations can be found throughout nature. Together we will learn how organisms survive, hunt, grow, and thrive because of their special and fascinating features.


January 6: Camouflage

Some predators and prey use camouflage to hide while other animals are brightly colored for all to see. Come explore the Arboretum and look at live animals to learn the pros and cons of camouflage and flashy coverings. Register Online

February 3: Locomotion

For some species, speed and stealth are necessary for survival. How an animal moves when catching food or escaping a predator is important! We will see if we can walk on silent tiptoes like a fox, climb like squirrels, hop like frogs, and run as fast as the cougar. Register Online

March 3: Armor

Many animals come with ready-made suits of armor: from mighty mollusks and turtles to well-protected porcupines and hedgehogs. Investigate these special adaptations for survival with some friendly snails, roly-polies, and turtles. Register Online

April 7: Migration

Birds and butterflies migrate, but so do many other animals. Learn about the astounding distances they travel, and the fascinating ways they know how, when, and where to go. Register Online

May 5: Metamorphosis

Many animals change their looks as they grow. Using microscopes and hand lenses, we’ll discover the extreme makeovers that some animals undergo, and how this helps them to survive. Register Online

Tadpole Troopers (ages 3-5) @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 10:15 am

Tadpole Troopers is a nature class and outdoor adventure for parents and children to share together. We offer opportunities for natural science investigations, crafts, and a guided walk with a naturalist. All classes begin with an engaging introductory lesson inside a classroom followed by a walk outside. Parents are required to stay for the duration of class with their child. Siblings are not permitted unless they are also registered for the class.

This spring, explore the wild world of reptiles. We will learn what makes these creatures special, what some of their amazing adaptations are, and will meet a reptile in each class. From snakes to turtles, we will use fun activities and songs to get to know our reptile friends even better.

Schedule: One Saturday a month from 9:00 – 10:15 am or 10:30 – 11:45 am
Fees per student: $16 member* / $32 nonmember per class

*Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.

 

Spring 2018 – Outrageous Reptiles


January 6: Reptile Super Power

What is a Reptile? Tadpole Troopers will discuss what makes reptiles different from other animals. We will also learn what an adaptation is, and discuss some of the amazing adaptations that reptiles have. Students will even meet one of the most interesting reptiles up close – the Chameleon. Register Online

February 3: Turtles Forever

Turtles, one of the oldest reptiles, will be coming to visit the Tadpole Troopers in this class. We will discover the variety of turtles living at the Arboretum and observe them up close. We will go out on a turtle search and try to track down these shelled reptiles. Register Online

March 3: Snakes, Snakes & More Snakes

Snakes are waking up from their winter nap and can be found everywhere at the Arboretum, but don’t let that scare you away from this class. We will meet some of our resident snakes and then go on a hike to see if we can spot any in the wild. Register Online

April 7: Leapin’ Lizards

Lizards come in all shapes and sizes. We will meet several lizards this class and talk about how and why they are different. From sticky toe pads to detachable tails, lizards are truly amazing reptiles. Register Online

May 5: See You Later Alligator

Our last reptile is the biggest of the bunch; the alligator. We will dive into the world of these giant reptiles and learn what makes them so special. We will take a walk to some of the spots they’ve been sighted and learn why they have such a huge reputation. Register Online

Tadpole Troopers (ages 3-5) @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Feb 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Tadpole Troopers is a nature class and outdoor adventure for parents and children to share together. We offer opportunities for natural science investigations, crafts, and a guided walk with a naturalist. All classes begin with an engaging introductory lesson inside a classroom followed by a walk outside. Parents are required to stay for the duration of class with their child. Siblings are not permitted unless they are also registered for the class.

This spring, explore the wild world of reptiles. We will learn what makes these creatures special, what some of their amazing adaptations are, and will meet a reptile in each class. From snakes to turtles, we will use fun activities and songs to get to know our reptile friends even better.

Schedule: One Saturday a month from 9:00 – 10:15 am or 10:30 – 11:45 am
Fees per student: $16 member* / $32 nonmember per class

*Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.

 

Spring 2018 – Outrageous Reptiles


January 6: Reptile Super Power

What is a Reptile? Tadpole Troopers will discuss what makes reptiles different from other animals. We will also learn what an adaptation is, and discuss some of the amazing adaptations that reptiles have. Students will even meet one of the most interesting reptiles up close – the Chameleon. Register Online

February 3: Turtles Forever

Turtles, one of the oldest reptiles, will be coming to visit the Tadpole Troopers in this class. We will discover the variety of turtles living at the Arboretum and observe them up close. We will go out on a turtle search and try to track down these shelled reptiles. Register Online

March 3: Snakes, Snakes & More Snakes

Snakes are waking up from their winter nap and can be found everywhere at the Arboretum, but don’t let that scare you away from this class. We will meet some of our resident snakes and then go on a hike to see if we can spot any in the wild. Register Online

April 7: Leapin’ Lizards

Lizards come in all shapes and sizes. We will meet several lizards this class and talk about how and why they are different. From sticky toe pads to detachable tails, lizards are truly amazing reptiles. Register Online

May 5: See You Later Alligator

Our last reptile is the biggest of the bunch; the alligator. We will dive into the world of these giant reptiles and learn what makes them so special. We will take a walk to some of the spots they’ve been sighted and learn why they have such a huge reputation. Register Online

Feb
5
Mon
2018
Tyke Hikes @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Feb 5 @ 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Encourage your child’s curiosity about nature and spend time with them exploring outdoors!

Children 18 months to 3 years, with their adult companions, can join a naturalist for a story reading, a simple nature activity or craft, and a stroller-friendly hike on the beautiful Arboretum trails. Enjoy an interesting new nature experience each week with themes such as bats, raccoons, owls, and trees.

Cost per class: Free for Family Tree Members and above (please have member card on hand); $7 per child for nonmembers (younger siblings are welcome for free). Pay at the door, advanced registration not necessary.

Please note – as of January 2017, Tyke Hikes are $7 per child for nonmembers.

Note: Please dress for the weather. Tyke Hikes take place rain or shine! Closed-toe shoes are best for trail hikes. Older preschoolers are welcome but are the responsibility of the adult companion.

Home School Program @ Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Feb 5 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Our home school classes are offered on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for students ages 5-12. A different three-week science unit is taught each month, with classes consisting of instructional time, hands-on activities, and outdoor activities. Extension ideas will be provided to parents so they can follow up with lessons and activities at home.
Visit our Home School Blog at www.HouArbHomeSchool.wordpress.com to see what Home Schoolers have been up to!

Schedule: Three Mondays a month from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (classes for ages 5, 6 – 7, 8 – 9, and 10 – 12)
Fees per student: $60 member** / $90 nonmember per three-week unit

**Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.

Please note: Additional Parents and siblings may not attend class. Those who wish to go out on a nature hike may do so on a special basis by discussing with instructors. *Attendee(s) must be mature enough to participate in the program(s) without parental or guardian supervision. 

Registration note: Parents, when registering for multiple months, please register your child in the same age group for the entire semester.  Thank you!


As part of your registration, you will also receive email updates from our Home School Blog with information and pictures showing you what the students did in class, take home activities to continue learning at home, and updates about the Home School Program in general.


January 8, 22, 29: Body Systems I

The human body is amazing! Come learn how our body systems compare to other animal’s bodies – like a frog! We will dissect a frog in class to examine the different body parts. Register Online

February 5, 19, 26: Body Systems II

This month we continue learning more about body systems. Do mammals breathe the same way as fish? Does a sheep’s heart look like ours? Join us as we explore more about bodies! Register Online

March 5, 19, 26: Urban Farming

Chickens in your backyard? Fresh vegetables from your own garden? Urban farms are sprouting up all over the city! Learn how you can be eco-friendly, save money, and reconnect with nature by creating an urban farm of your own. Register Online

April 9, 16, 23: Geology Rocks!

Rocks, soil, and water are all a part of our physical environment here on earth. This month we will explore how rocks and soil are formed, use stream tables to study geomorphology, and even make our own crystals! Register Online

May 7, 14, 21: Curious Concoctions

Chemistry isn’t just for scientists in labs! Chemistry can be found even in your home and the natural world just outside the door. Find out where you can see chemistry in action as we conduct experiments using the scientific method. Register Online