Naturalist Explorers at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.