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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

December 14 - Dennis Johnston Park

Join us for a family bike ride!  We will travel along Spring Creek Greenway from Dennis Johnston Park to Pundt Park and back again. We’ll stop along the way to spot wildlife and enjoy the scenery along the largest forested urban greenway in the United States!

Please provide your own bike and helmet.

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When: 2:00 – 4:00pm
Where: Dennis Johnston Park
Who: All ages welcome!
Price: $10 per family

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!

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

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)

Outdoor gear for Family Nature Programs supported by