Tadpole Troopers- Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
We offer opportunities for natural science investigations, crafts, and a guided walk with a naturalist. All classes begin with an engaging introductory lesson inside a classroom followed by a walk outside. Parents are required to stay for the duration of class with their child. Siblings are not permitted unless they are also registered for the class.
Spring 2019 – Animals of the Night
As the sun sets a whole new world comes to life. Explore the nighttime world as we learn all about nocturnal animals. Journey down armadillo tunnels, learn how to echolocate, and meet two of the most amazing Houston mammals as we venture into the night and see who’s awake out there.
Schedule: One Saturday a month from 9:00 – 10:15 am
Fees per student: $16 member* / $32 nonmember per class
*Must be a Family Tree Member or above for member rate.
January 5: Who’s Awake? OWLS!
Owls only come out at night, but in this class we will shed some light on these mysterious and amazing predators. Discover how owls communicate in the dark and learn about their amazing adaptations.
February 2: Going Batty
Come and see what these winged nocturnal mammals are up to as we explore their world of navigating with sound and sleeping upside-down. You’ll develop a whole new appreciation for our flying furry friends.
*Please note that this month’s Tadpole Troopers has SOLD OUT. We do have waitlists available. Simply proceed with the registration and you will be automatically added until full.
March 2: Moths and Fireflies
Let the world of nocturnal insects illuminate you this month. We will get to know moths, the intriguing cousins of butterflies. We will also learn about astonishing beetles that glow in the dark: Fireflies.
April 6: Opossums
Despite their reputation, opossums are some truly amazing marsupials. In fact, they are the only marsupials in North America. Opossums help us out too, eating critters we are annoyed by, like roaches and ticks. Come learn more about opossums so when you see one at night it won’t give you a fright.
May 4: Awesome Armadillos
Come with us into the world of the armadillo, one of the most unique mammals in the lone star state. These living relics are always rooting around at night eating bugs and digging burrows. Their unique adaptations allow them to survive in their twilight domain.