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Field Investigations

River Legacy Field Investigations offer a rare opportunity for a unique connection with nature for students living in a major metropolitan area. Field Investigations for students in grades Pre-K through 12th provide a guided exploration of the plant and animal life of River Legacy Parks.

All Field Investigations: Include indoor and outdoor investigations, feature engaging, hands-on activities, provide an authentic experience in nature, are age-appropriate and TEKS-correlated.

Early Childhood Field Investigations

Explore the seasonal cycles and observe the plants and animals as they prepare for winter dormancy. Discover where they might find shelter, food, and protection from predators. During the indoor component, students will observe a live box turtle and learn about its physical and behavioral adaptations.

  • 1 1/2 hours in length from 10 am to 11:30 am OR 12 to 1:30 pm

  • Minimum 20 students (or $200)

  • Can accommodate a maximum of 88 students per day, with a maximum of 44 at a time participating in the field investigation and the other half participating in teacher directed play and free time at the nearby park

  • $10 per child; teachers and adult chaperones free; one adult chaperone required for every 10 children

During the indoor component of the spring time Field Investigation, children will observe a variety of River Legacy Park’s live, egg-laying animals and explore the similarities and differences among different birds’ and mammals’ nests. They will also learn about various stages of metamorphosis. Outdoors, they’ll observe the renewal of plant life after winter dormancy and search our woods for birds’ nests, and scan the pond – all the while hoping to catch a glimpse of the young animals that may have just emerged. Additional activities – indoors and out – will provide children with the opportunity to discover first-hand how these springtime babies are cared for by their parents or instinctively begin to fend for themselves.

  • 1 1/2 hours in length from 10 am to 11:30 am OR 12 to 1:30 pm

  • Minimum 20 students (or $200)

  • Can accommodate a maximum of 88 students per day, with a maximum of 44 at a time participating in the field investigation and the other half participating in teacher directed play and free time at the nearby park

  • $10 per child; teachers and adult chaperones free; one adult chaperone required for every 10 children

*PK4 = Age 4 by September 1st

3rd-12th Grade Field Investigations

Walk our woodland trails, exploring the forest, looking at our plants and evidence of animals and their habitats. Indoors, compare and contrast reptiles and mammals with the help of our animal ambassadors. Then explore our Forest Floor boxes, where students will get an in-depth & hands-on look at decomposers, invertebrates,  and other things you might find on the forest floor. 

  •  2 hours in length from 10 am to 12 pm

  • $10 per student; teachers and adult chaperones free; one adult chaperone required for every 10 students

  • Minimum 20 students (or $200)

  • Maximum 100 students (66 max on Mondays)

Discover the amazing world of the life blood of our planet-Water.  Through hands on activities, observations, and presentations students will be able to determine the health of our local water body.  Activities include water chemistry testing, aquatic invertebrate exploration in a natural habitat and under a microscope, and live aquatic animal presentations.

  •  2.5 hours in length from 10 am to 12:30 pm

  • $10 per student; teachers and adult chaperones free; one adult chaperone required for every 10 students

  • Minimum 20 students (or $200)

  • Maximum 60 students


To schedule a Field Investigation:
Contact the Registrar via e-mail or 817.860.6752, ext. 102.