Summer Classes

Summer Classes

Summer Classes at the Living Science Center provide students with an exciting hands-on, minds-on opportunity to explore our natural world. A variety of programs offer an interactive, engaging way to learn about wildlife, ecology and the environment.

This year, we are using an exciting new registration software! Click the “Enroll Now” button and hit “Sign Up” in the top right corner. Fill out your information, and hit the button on the bottom saying “Sign Up” to create your parent portal account and register for classes.

Once you have set up an account you’ll receive a confirmation email. If you don’t see this in your inbox, please check your spam folder.

Log in to your parent portal account to make changes and update student information.

Preschool

Children must be 3, 4 or 5/entering Kindergarten by the session date in which they are enrolled and must be fully toilet trained. 

Age 3
Winged Wonders
(9 students per class)

What would you do if YOU had wings? Learn about some of River Legacy’s wonderful winged creatures and the surprising things they can do with THEIR wings! 

June 7-11: 9 am to 12 pm $200 
June 14-18: 9 am to 12 pm $200

 
Scales & Tails
(9 students per class)

Spend a week meeting a scaly assortment of River Legacy’s cold-blooded creatures and learn what it takes to be a reptile. 

June 28-July 2: 9 am to 12 pm $200 
July 12-16: 9 am to 12 pm $200 

Age 4
Hide & Seek
(12 students per class)

What do you do when something wants to EAT you? Learn how some of the animals in River Legacy Park hunt for their food – and how they escape from their predators! 

June 7-11: 9 am to 12 pm $200 
June 14-18: 9 am to 12 pm $200 FULL

 
Animal Sense-Abilities
(12 students per class)

How does an earthworm hear? Why do snails wave their eyes around on stalks? How does a butterfly know it has landed on a flower it likes? You know how we use our senses – now learn how animals’ senses help them survive in River Legacy Park. 

June 28-July 2: 9 am to 12 pm $200 
July 12-16: 9 am to 12 pm $200

Age 5/Entering Kindergarten
Wet & Wild
(12 students per class)
Students must bring lunch

Join in a hands-on exploration of the special features and abilities that allow certain plants and animals to survive in the watery environments of River Legacy Park. 

June 7-11: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL
June 14-18: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL

 
Mighty Morphs
(12 students per class)
Students must bring lunch

Meet some of nature’s “transformers” and learn about the mighty big changes they undergo during the astonishing process of metamorphosis. 

June 28-July 2: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL
July 12-16: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL

1st - 6th Grades

Each 1st through 6th grade Summer Class can accommodate 14 students per session. All students must bring lunch.

Entering Grades 1 & 2
Nature’s Art Box

Peek inside River Legacy Park’s “art box” and discover the magnificent materials provided by nature and used by artists to create everything from paints and dyes to paper and clay. Throughout the week, young artists will gather and work with rocks, soil, flowers and vines to create their own natural art materials and original works of art. 

June 7–11: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL
June 14–18: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL
July 19–23: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL

Scouting Connections:
Girl Scouts: Painting (Brownie)
– Steps 1,2,4. Potter (Brownie) – Steps 1,2,4.

 
 
Spectacular Spiders

Weave puzzling spider questions into answer-catching investigations while spying on the spectacular spiders of River Legacy Park. Young spiderologists will create a Spider Sanctuary and discover the secrets of the Arachnida’s most skillful architects and unusual hunters. 

June 28-July 2: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL 
July 12–16: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL
July 19–23: 9 am to 3 pm $250

Scouting Connections:
Girl Scouts: 
Bug (Brownie 2nd-3rd) – Steps 2,3,4,5.
Cub Scouts: Tiger Cubs (TC 1st) – Tigers in the Wild, Requirements 4,7.

Entering Grades 3 & 4
Texas Predators

Can you imagine what it would be like to have to chase down every meal you eat? Explore the balance of River Legacy Park’s food web through a variety of hands-on activities, including pond investigations, pursuit and capture simulations, and animal observations. By the end of the week, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for both predators and prey and their struggle for survival. 

June 7–11: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL
June 14–18: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL

Scouting Connections:
Girl Scouts: Hiker (Brownie)
– Steps 1-5. Senses (Brownie) – Steps 1-5. Outdoor Adventurer (Brownie) – Steps 1-5. Eco Friend (Brownie) – Steps 1,2.
Cub Scouts: Wolf Cubs (WC 2nd) – Paws on the Path, Requirements 5,6. Bear Cubs (BC 3rd) – Fur, Feathers & Ferns, Requirements 1,2,4

Insect Investigators

Did you know that over 90% of all known species on our planet are insects? Did you know not all insects are bugs? Come find out what makes this group of animals so unique and important. As an Insect Investigator, you will practice lab and field techniques that include identifying species under a microscope, catching and releasing live specimens, and creating your very own field guide. 

June 28-July 2: 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL
July 12–16: 9 am to 3 pm $250

Scouting Connections:
Girl Scouts: Bug (Brownie 2nd-3rd)
Steps 2,3,4,5. Camper (Jr) – Step 4.
Cub Scouts: Bear Cubs (BC 3rd) – Fur, Feathers & Ferns, Requirements #3, #4.

Entering Grades 5 & 6
Wildlife in Action

Is animal training and behavior your thing? Gain incredible training and handling experiences and get the inside track on animal behavior while you work alongside our Naturalists. Use your newfound knowledge to design and build enrichment devices and activities for the wildlife that call our Nature Center their home. 

June 7–11: 9 am to 3 pm $250 

Scouting Connections:
Girl Scouts: Animal Habitats (Jr 4th-5th)
Step 1. First Aid (Jr) – Steps 4 & 5
Cub Scouts: Webelos (WS 4th-5th) – Into the Wild, Requirements 5 & 9a

 
 
Amazing Animal Careers 

Do you have what it takes to be a Zoo Keeper, a Veterinarian, an Aquarist, or a Conservationist? Join the Naturalist team and some special animal and human guests to take a hands-on look at what it takes to work with all kinds of animals! 

June 28-July 2: 9 am to 3 pm $250 
July 12–16: 9 am to 3 pm $250

Scouting Connections:
Girl Scouts: Animal Habitats (Jr 4th-5th)
– Steps 1,2,3.
Boy Scouts: Veterinary Medicine – Requirements 1,2,3.

Outdoor Adventures

K-4th
Trees, tents and toads, oh my!
Monday-Friday • June 21-25 
(14 students per class)
Students must bring lunch

Rev up your summer with some exciting outdoor fun! Experience a variety of nature-filled adventures like woodland survival and camping skills, eco-friendly projects and water fun, all in the setting of River Legacy Park’s animal-rich outdoor classroom. Class will meet and dismiss daily at River Legacy Living Science Center, but the bulk of the day will take place in “the best classroom of all – nature!” 

June 21–25: Grades K-2nd 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL
June 21–25: Grades 3rd-4th 9 am to 3 pm $250 FULL

Scouting Connections:
Girl Scouts: Hiker (Brownie) – Steps 2,3,4,5. Outdoor Adventurer (Brownie) – Steps 1, 2,3,4. First Aid (Jr) – Steps 3, 4. Camper (Jr) – Step 3.
Cub Scouts: Tiger Cubs (TC 1st) – Requirement 4, Tigers in the Wild. Wolf Cubs (WC 2nd) – Requirements 4,6,7, Paws on the Path. Bear Cubs (BC 3rd) – Requirements 3 & 4, Fur, Feathers & Ferns. Webelos (WS 4th-5th) – Requirements 5 & 9a, AOL Elec. Into the Wild

Extreme Outdoor Adventures

7th-8th
Extreme Outdoor Adventures
Monday-Thursday • July 19-22
(10 students per class)
Students must bring lunch

Kick your summer fun up a notch! Spend a week exploring the fun that can be had at River Legacy through canoeing, hiking, rock climbing, learning how to survive in extreme conditions and so much more! 

July 19–22: 9 am to 3 pm MTWTh $275 FULL

Scouting Connections:
Girl Scouts: Outdoors Trailblazing (Cadette) – Steps 2,3,4,5
Boy Scouts: Backpacking – Requirements 1,2,4a,5,6,7. Camping – Requirements 1,2,5a-d. Orienteering – Requirements 1,2,3. Wilderness Survival – Requirements 1 a & b,3,6,7 b.

FAQ

Q. Can I drop off my child at the front door of the building?
A. Because we take seriously our responsibility for your child’s safety, our protocol requires that an authorized adult sign each child in and out at the classroom door each day of camp.

Q. How early can I drop off my child for camp?
A. Classroom doors will open at 9 am. If you arrive earlier, you and your student can enjoy the activities in the Science Center Atrium until classroom doors open.

Q. How do you handle peanut and other food allergies?
A. The snacks we provide in all classes every day are commercially produced and peanut free. Packaging with ingredient lists is available for your examination upon request. All students in full day classes are asked to bring a lunch that does not include any nut products. If you would prefer to have your child bring a snack from home that you know will meet his/her health needs, our teachers can readily accommodate that change in snack routine. 

Good to Know

• Our student information and emergency release form is integrated into the online registration process.

• All classes have a hands-on science focus with engaging curriculums.

• Two qualified teachers per class.

• Students should wear closed-toe shoes and socks for all camps. (Please, no flip flops!)

• Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended and must be applied before entering the building.

• Students must be signed in and out of class each day by an authorized adult.

• Students in full day classes should bring a lunch and drink as noted. To help us safeguard the well-being of all our students, please do not send nut products.

Tuition Information

 Tuition is due in full at registration. Refunds (less a $25 processing fee) are made only for withdrawals 30 days in advance of the first class meeting. Withdrawal and refund requests must be submitted in writing. If a class is canceled by the Living Science Center, a full refund will be made. Once registration is complete, a fee of $25 will be required for each change of class request. A request must be submitted in writing along with the fee.

Required Forms

Universal Student Information: Please complete after online registration. Link to the form is available during the registration process and in confirmation email.


Scouting ConnectionsListed in Orange
For questions regarding Summer Classes and enrollment please email our Registrar at jennifer@riverlegacy.org
We are monitoring health and safety protocols daily and will post any and all updates relating to Summer Classes here on our website.