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In Houston, it can often feel like the dog days of summer are yearlong. However, this doesn’t have to be true for your students. Teachers know the value of a field trip, timed just-so. Houston boasts a rich diversity of museums, gardens, and other hands-on experiential learning experiences. Although the city is very busy, field trips can be a cinch, with a charter bus rental from Bus.com.
As an educator, you understand the importance of hands-on learning for students. By their very nature, field trips do this. When students are at an offsite location, they’re usually able to take more ownership over their learning and explore on their own.
In Houston there are so many amazing resources for educators, especially those who want to take their students on a field trip. We’ve gathered some of the best field trip options around here in one place for you so that you can save a little bit of time in the pre-work.
The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre zoo with over 6,000 permanent animals and sees roughly 2 million visitors per year. Through admission sales, they are able to support 49 conservation efforts around the world. In addition to your standard animal exhibits, the zoo also has a giraffe feeding platform, a water play park, and a wildlife carousel! If you’re going to attend the Houston Zoo, you want to make sure you fill out a reservation form at the earliest possible date. Ticket prices range from $12-$15 and there is a processing fee of $20 for each order. Some schools may qualify for free admission.
Houston Museum of Natural Science is located at the northern section of Hermann Park in Houston. For field trips, admission is $4 per child. There are 12 themed field trips for educators to choose from, if you’d like a larger package that includes films and special labs. These themed options do have an additional cost. Initially, the museum was built to provide a free museum that focused on science and education. The museum honors this history by allowing free admittance to permanent exhibits on Thursdays from 2-5 pm. In addition to permanent exhibits, the museum also has a planetarium, a butterfly center, and satellite facilities like HMNS at Sugarland.
The Children’s Museum of Houston is a premier hands-on facility for your students. All of their exhibits are aligned with TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards, making it an ideal field trip location. They have experiences that focus on English and reading, fine arts, mathematics, physical education, science, and social studies. Students can bring their lunches or find nutritious meals in their Fresh Café. The museum was founded in 1980, with a focus on early childhood education, and over the years has grown. Today the facility has over 90,000 sq feet of exhibits and also has a branch of the public library on its campus.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, was established in 1900 and is one of the largest art museums in the United States. Its permanent collection contains 63,718 pieces in 300,000 square feet, across seven different buildings. General admission is free for anyone who is age 12 or younger. However for field trips, there is no charge. The museum offers both self-guided visits and facilitated tours for classes. They also have a bus transportation fund that offers bus scholarships of up to $250. If you’re interested in American decorative arts and paintings, make sure to check out the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, which is located on 14 acres of maintained gardens.
The Health Museum, has been around since 1969, in some form or other. Their mission: to foster wonder and curiosity about health, medicine science, and the human body. In 2017, the museum became a Smithsonian Institute Museum, which provides extra resources and educational opportunities. Field trip admission is $8 per student and allows access to all exhibits and free flow activities. If your students want to participate in the DeBakey Cell Lab, it will be an extra $5. The lab is the only bilingual science lab museum exhibit in the country and features seven biology-based science experiments that your students can participate in.