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Classes & Programs

Classroom Presentations: Adventure Classes

Per Person – $4

Enhance your Zoo visit with an Adventure Class!  With each 45 minute class, you will experience a hands on, innovative lesson focusing on specific topics in the animal kingdom.  These TEKS and national standard-based, interactive lessons also include animal artifacts and live animals.


Adventure Class Topics:

Adjust or Bust (Grades K – 5th)

Home Sweet Home (Grades K – 5th)

Order Up! (Grades K – 5th)

Eco-Exploration (Grades 6th – 8th)

The BIG Picture (Biology and Environmental Systems)

Equipment used in The Big Picture is generously provided by Vernier Software & Technology.


Assembly Program – VERSUS: A Wild Challenge!

Per Person – $2

This exciting, interactive program in our Brown Education Center auditorium introduces you to several live animals. In this 30 minute presentation you and your students help classify animals by what they eat for dinner. Are you up to the challenge?!

This program is aligned with the following Science TEKS: 1st– 5th grade: 10.A, 1st and 2nd grade: 9.C, 3rd – 5th grade: 9.B

Please note prices for Adventure Classes and Assembly Programs DO NOT include admission to the Zoo for each student.  All programs are aligned with the State and National Standards.  Registration forms must be submitted at least three weeks prior to your visit date.

Registration for Adventure Classes and Assembly Programs:

Students as Field Researchers

Join the Houston Zoo and The Nature Conservancy at the Texas City Prairie Preserve for a day of hands-on activities where students will participate in field research techniques and explore native species in the Houston-Galveston area. Up to 60 students in grades K-12 use hands-on techniques and tools to explore prairie and coastal ecology. Time of year, weather conditions, and student ages and number will determine which activities will be completed. Each group participates in three of the following activities that reinforce a number of TEKS objectives:

  • Seining for marine life
  • Insect sweeping
  • Identifying coastal birds
  • Water quality testing
  • Identifying native plants
  • Identifying tracks and scat

PLEASE NOTE: This is an active field research day—students will get dirty and wet. Wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can be worn in the water, or bring a change of clothes. A ratio of 1 chaperone for every 20 students is required.

Registration Information:

The dates offered during the spring semester are:

  • February 3
  • February 24
  • March 2
  • April 6
  • April 20
  • May 4
  • May 18

To apply, please fill out the application form and email it to All applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016. Selected applicants will be notified via email by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

2016 Spring School Application

Policies & Procedures

This program is FREE of charge. Due to the high demand for this program, all dates will be awarded on a lottery system. All applications that are not selected will be kept on file and contacted in the case of cancellations. For directions to the preserve, please see our policies.

Home Schoolers: Please check the Home School page for more information on applying.