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Family Nature Experiences

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!

These programs create opportunities for families to 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. Meet like minded families and know that you’re providing your kids meaningful opportunities for exploration and play.

Upcoming Family Nature Programs

October 12 - Monarch Migration at the Houston Zoo

Monarchs are flying through our neighborhoods on their migration back to Mexico! During this program, families will join Zoo staff to collect data and research these tiny wonders to help save them in the wild. We will learn more about them before actively catching and tagging monarch butterflies on Zoo grounds.

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When: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Houston Zoo
Who: All ages welcome!
Price: $12 per person

Please email education@houstonzoo.org with any questions.

Photos from Past Family Nature Club 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, bug box)

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