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Students as Field Researchers Day

Exclusive Club H.S. Offer
Free with Club H.S. Membership


Ages 5 through 17

9:15 a.m. – 1: 45 p.m.

Join the Houston Zoo and The Nature Conservancy as we dig into science!  The day is filled with interactive stations that let the students get a first hand feel on what a day in the life of a field researcher would be like. From insect sweeping to water quality, we will take a look at all the different aspects of the coastal prairie and what makes the habitat complete and healthy!

Possible activities that will be conducted on the day of the event are as follows:

  • Marine seining
  • Insect sweeping
  • Bird identification
  • Water quality testing
  • Plant identification
  • Nature walk (scat and track identification)

Only 3 activities will be conducted. Activities vary depending on weather conditions, student ages and number of participants.

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. Please no slip-on shoes or rain boots. It is very important that the participants wear tight fitting shoes to ensure they do not lose their shoes in the mud or water. Boots are not permited due to the water being waist deep at times. Participants will be asked to sit out if proper attire is not worn due to safety concerns.

The applications for the Students as Field Researchers Day will be emailed to Club H.S. members. You will be asked to indicate whether you prefer to attend the Spring date or the Fall date. Club H.S. Membership includes participation in one Students as Field Researchers Day only.

Due to the popularity of this program, participation will be awarded based on a lottery system.

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 Home School Web Activity

NEW WEB ACTIVITY! (Posted December 10)

  1. View the Habitats lesson (PowerPoint)
  2. Print the How To Make A Nest Box and help wildlife in your neighborhood find shelter this winter!
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 Wildlife Games


Thursday, May 1, 2014
$12 for Zoo Members
$15 for non-Zoo Members
A ticket is required for all attendees. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

On your mark, get set, LEARN! In this fun-filled day, the whole family will get a chance to exercise their minds as well as their bodies as we play games to demonstrate concepts such as predator/prey relationships, working together as a pack, and more. Game time will also include data collection skills and interpretation.

Remember:  If you are a Club H.S. member, this day is included in your membership.