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Naturalist Explorers at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center


4501 Woodway
Houston, TX, 77024
United States


9-11 am
$20 members* / $35 nonmembers per class *Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.


4-5 years 6-8 years
Contact name: 
Keely Pate
Naturalist Explorers introduces children ages 5 to 8 to environmental and natural history topics in a fun and enthusiastic atmosphere. Classes include a short introduction inside followed by hands‐on, engaging activities outside. Parents are welcome to participate with their child, or drop them off.

Schedule: One Saturday a month, 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Fees per student: $20 members* / $35 nonmembers per class

*Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.


Member registration will begin Wednesday, December 6. Nonmember registration will begin Monday, December 11.


Spring 2018: Amazing Adaptations


Adaptation is a natural process in which a species becomes better suited to its habitat. Adaptations can be found throughout nature. Together we will learn how organisms survive, hunt, grow, and thrive because of their special and fascinating features.


January 6: Camouflage


Some predators and prey use camouflage to hide while other animals are brightly colored for all to see. Come explore the Arboretum and look at live animals to learn the pros and cons of camouflage and flashy coverings.

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February 3: Locomotion


For some species, speed and stealth are necessary for survival. Whether it is to catch food or escape being eaten, how an animal moves is important! We will see if we can walk on silent tiptoes like a fox, climb like squirrels, hop like frogs, and run as fast as the cougar.

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March 3: Armor


Many animals come with ready-made suits of armor: from mighty mollusks and turtles, to well-protected porcupines and hedgehogs. Investigate these special adaptations for survival with some friendly snails, roly-polies, and turtles.

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April 7: Migration

Birds and butterflies migrate, but so do many other animals. Learn about the astounding distances they travel, and the fascinating ways they know how, when, and where to go.

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May 5: Metamorphosis

Many animals change their looks as they grow. Using microscopes and hand lenses, we’ll discover the extreme makeovers that some animals undergo, and how this helps them to survive.

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