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Family Nature Experiences

Get outside and explore nature together! Each experience takes place at various parks and nature centers around Houston and is a great chance to find a new hangout for your herd.

These programs are ideal for all families, including those that home school, and provide opportunities to experience new places and connect with your local nature.  Meet like minded families and know that you’re providing your kids meaningful opportunities for exploration and play.

Upcoming Family Nature Programs

Saturday, January 25 - Houston Arboretum

Celebrate Arbor Day at the Houston Arboretum!  With a focus on child-directed exploration, we will trek popular trails and use trees as inspiration to create beautiful art.  More information on the Arboretum’s Arbor Day Celebration can be found here. We hope you join us!

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Houston Arboretum
Who: All ages welcome!
Price: $10 per family

This Program is Sold Out

Thursday, February 13 - Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center

Show Mother Nature some love this Valentine’s Day! Join us for a Valentine’s themed scavenger hunt at Jesse. H. Jones Park and even create some special treats to take home for wild animals in your back yard.

When: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Who: All ages welcome!
Price: $10 per family

This Program is Sold Out

Saturday, February 15 - Brazos Bend State Park

Alligators, herons, and turtles, oh my! Spend the morning enjoying nature’s beauty at Brazos Bend State Park. We will hike some popular trails and practice with binoculars to spot the variety of wildlife found in the area.

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When: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Brazos Bend State Park
Who: All ages welcome!
Price: $12 per person
*State park entrance fee is included with your registration.

Saturday, March 7 - Milby Park

Become a nature super sleuth! We will use technology to help us uncover hidden gems and unlock secrets about some of the species that call Milby Park home.

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When: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Milby Park
Who: All ages welcome!
Price: $10 per family

Please email education@houstonzoo.org with any questions.

Photos from Past Family Nature Program Outings

Benefits of Connecting Your Family With Nature

  • Happier, more self-confident, and creative children
  • Stronger family ties
  • Increased sense of wonder and awe for nature close to home
  • Opportunity to follow children’s lead and let them direct the outing

What to Bring for a Hassle-Free Outing

Essentials: Water for each person, sunscreen, bug spray, and appropriate clothing & shoes

Extras – Some nature exploration items will be provided by the Houston Zoo for each program depending on location and activities involved. Families are welcome to bring their own nature investigation gear, including:

  • Nature Journal & Pens
  • Binoculars
  • Field Identification Guides
  • Exploration Items (i.e. magnifying glass, insect net, nature journal, bug box)

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