Summer Field Trips

The Nature Discovery Center offers Summer Field Trips to schools, day cares, and other summer child care programs and organizations! Looking to get the kids outside or give them hands-on exposure to live animals and specimens? Your group will enjoy a tour of our Discovery Rooms and our 4 acre nature park. Summer Field Trip Inquiry Form

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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.

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.

Lunch Facilities

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.

Summer Field Trip Inquiry Form


  • Where should we park our buses? School buses may unload in the North lot but should park in the Evergreen pool parking lot at 4500 Evergreen Street. Be aware that long or full size buses will need to back out of the North parking lot after unloading as there is not enough space to turn around. In addition, large buses may find it difficult to make the tight turns into and out of the South parking lot. Parallel parking on Evergreen Street adjacent to the parking lot entrance is permitted.
  • Our organization has a big group. How many can you accommodate? Large groups will need to be split into smaller groups or across multiple days. We can accommodate up to 30 students in one session or 60 students in two sessions. Group size limits are necessary to match the space limitations of our facilities and also benefit the quality of the field trip experience for the kids.