Teachers and Schools

The Nature Discovery Center offers a variety of resources and programs to encourage, train and support teachers who want to incorporate hands-on science learning in their classrooms.  The Center allows teachers and schools to offer their students diverse learning opportunities in science including participating in outdoor nature investigations and interacting with live animals and specimens.

Download our Science Programs for Schools Brochure today!

If you would like to make a reservation for one of our school programs, you may download and submit a Reservation Form from the Brochure link above, or call the Center at 713.667.6550 to discuss your program needs.

NAYD-park-walk.jpg  Field Trips to the Center
Outdoor science investigations for pre-K through 5th grade. Click here for Summer Group Visits.
Outreach-scales-and-tails.jpg  Outreach Programs
Interactive presentations with live animals and specimens for your class or grade level.  


Science Educator Workshops
Click on Science Educator Workshops above to see our current Science Educator Workshop Offerings. We provide teacher training in national and local curriculum supplements including Project WILD, Wet in the City, Nature at Your Doorstep, and more! 


Nature at Your Doorstep
Our teacher's manual contains science units based on outdoor investigations of local plants and wildlife.  


Teacher's Corner Pages
Mini-science units from our quarterly newsletters paired with related Nature Kids activities for children. These one page teaching tools include background information to complement science activities for children on a wide range of topics.  

Other Resources for Science Educators

•  TEKS for NAYD School Field Trip Curriculum
•  TEKS for Outreach Programs
•  TEKS for Traveling Science Exhibits

Grants for Elementary and Pre-School Teachers

The following upcoming grants are listed by the NSTA.     

Agency/Grant Link Deadline 
Fund for Teachers January
Toshiba America Foundation Science and Math Improvement Grants February
American Honda Foundation Grants February
Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence February 
Welch's Harvest Grants February
Toyota Tapestry Grants for Science Teachers February
AEP Teacher Vision Grants February
Disney's Planet Challenge October 
Lego Children's Fund October 
Lowe's Toolbox for Schools October
American Honda Foundation Grants November 
Intel Community Grants November
Peoples Garden School November
Youth Garden Grants November

Students investigate insects in Russ Pitman Park, Bellaire, TX on field trip to Nature Discovery Center.

Anne's Back to the Bone Outreach involves the use of specimens, like this aligator skull.

 Traveling Science Exhibits offer students a different learning experience.




















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