Summer Field Trip Program Overview
|Who:||Elementary and preschool aged groups from area schools, day cares, and summer care programs.|
|What:||The Center’s friendly volunteers lead groups through our two Discovery Rooms where children will experience hands-on exhibits and live animals. We will also guide children on a nature walk through 4 acre Russ Pitman Park, where groups can see urban wildlife like birds, butterflies, and squirrels.|
|Where:||Nature Discovery Center (7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401) in Russ Pitman Park.|
|When:||Programs are offered starting at 10 am or 11 am Tuesday through Friday|
|Deposit:||$20 non-refundable deposit due at time of reservation. This deposit is applied to the balance due the day of the field trip.|
|Cost:||$5 per student.
Because field trip costs are based on the exact number of students participating, the NDC now invoices schools and organizations after an accurate headcount is submitted on the day of the trip. Invoices may be paid the day of the field trip by credit card, check, or with cash. Invoices may also be paid over the phone with a credit card or with a check submitted within 30 days of the field trip date (also the invoice date). Late payments will be assessed a 10% late fee over the total amount of the invoice. Please be sure to include your Invoice # with your payment.
|Size:||Maximum 30 children (unless special arrangements have been made for a larger group). One adult chaperone is required per every 5 pre-K – K students and one adult chaperone per every 10 students 1st grade and up.|
“The children liked going outside and experiencing being investigators. We loved that the program is interactive and gets the children excited about learning.”Ms Carlock, Sugar Grove Elementary School 2nd grade teacher
“Thank you so much for an outstanding day yesterday. Our class had such a great time. The habitat investigation and discovery rooms were wonderful. We all agreed it was our favorite trip this year! Your guides worked well with the students and got them excited about nature.”Jill Bryant, Bay Area Christian School
“You included so many challenges throughout the lesson. The experiments were great! The children liked the scientific vocabulary, following the ‘experiment frame’, and learning more about our topic of study. You all have always been so wonderful, but developing a lesson for us was going above and beyond. We appreciate it!”M. Anderson, Oak Forest Elementary Grade 1
“We liked most that it was geared to the children, they had the freedom to explore their own interests. You run a great program - the guides were great – very patient, very attuned to the children, very positive. I have been taking the 4’s and K’s on field trips for many years and this is one of the best experiences ever.”Ms. Meriwether, Memorial Drive United Methodist Church
“Eric (the guide) did a great job explaining things on the kids’ level. We thought it was terrific!”Marcie Rosen, Crossroads School 2 -4th grade.
Inquiries, Scheduling, Confirmation, and Payment
**NEW** Submit a Summer Field Trip Inquiry Form to let us know the date(s) you are interested in and your preferred time. It also alerts our staff to any special needs your group may have or to questions you may have about our program. Our Program Coordinator will contact you about your inquiry as soon as possible. Please allow 2 business days for a reply before calling the Center to check on the status of your inquiry.
- Scheduling is on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Once you have submitted an Inquiry Form and discussed your needs with Center Staff, final reservations may be made by calling the Center at 713.667.6550.
- Your organization will receive an invoice for your visit based on the number of students who participate.
- If you must cancel or reschedule, notify the Center as early as possible so the date may be made available to another group.
Clothing, Conduct, and Chaperones
• Comfortable, weather appropriate clothing, including closed toe shoes, is recommended.
• Teachers and chaperones are responsible for the behavior and discipline of their group.
• Communicate to your chaperones that they can be most helpful by guiding students through activities in the Discovery Rooms and by modeling appropriate behavior throughout the visit.
Picnic tables near the playground at the south end of the park are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are also some first-com, first-served picnic tables in Evergreen Park, just across Evergreen Street from our park.