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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

Out of an abundance of caution for our guests and staff, our current programming has been canceled.  Please check back soon for future opportunities to connect with the Houston Zoo.

In the mean time, check out our Zoo to You page with daily animal videos as well as activities to engage your family with the animals in our care.

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)

Outdoor gear for Family Nature Programs supported by