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Family Nature Club

Are you ready to get outside and explore nature?  We will play, explore, learn, and grow, both at the Zoo and at local natural spaces in Houston. We can’t wait to see you and your family at our next event!

Family Nature Club is an opportunity for families to get outside together and explore nature! Each program takes place at various parks and nature centers around Houston, and is a great chance to find a new hangout for your herd. Meet like minded families, and know that you’re providing your little ones meaningful opportunities for exploration and play.

Photos from Past Family Nature Club Outings

Upcoming Family Nature Club Programs

Armand Bayou Nature Center
January 6

Start off your 2019 with a trip to Armand Bayou Nature Center!  Allow the kiddos to get out the holiday jitters and give your family one more outing before heading back to school.  We will explore various trails and create nature art for each family to take home!

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Limited space remaining! 

This program will start at 1:00 pm and run 1-2 hours.

Oyster Creek Park
February 16

Break out those binoculars and join us on a nature exploration!  Oyster Creek Park is home to a variety of animals (turtles & alligators included!) that we’ll try and spot along the trails.  Wear your water shoes and venture down to the creek for some water science as well!

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This program will start at 1:00 pm and run 1-2 hours.

Cullinan Park
March 23

Cullinan Park in Sugar Land boasts 750 acres of prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats. Though we won’t have nearly enough time to explore all of it, we will venture along some of their more popular trails and maybe even spy an alligator or two along the way! Spring into nature with us and create an art take-home for each child.

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This program will start at 1:00 pm and run 1-2 hours.

Buffalo Run Park
April 20

Originally designed for storm water retention, Buffalo Run Park in Missouri City now boasts nature trails, canoe ramps, fishing piers, and even an observation tower! We will create nature art for each family while we travel their more popular trails and climb to the top of the tower for a bird’s-eye view of our surroundings.

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This program will start at 1:00 pm and run 1-2 hours.

Willow Waterhole
May 25

This huge greenspace just past 610 in Southwest Houston offers a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. Enjoy the beginning of summer with an afternoon stroll through the trails to spot wildlife and enjoy spending time outside with your family!

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This program will start at 1:00 pm and run 1-2 hours.

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

Pricing and Capacity

Each program is $10 per family for Zoo Members and/or non-Members.

The maximum capacity is 25 individuals (adults & children).

Please email education@houstonzoo.org with any questions.

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, bug box)

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