Summer Classes

Summer adventures at River Legacy Living Science Center provide students with an exciting hands-on, minds-on opportunity to explore the natural world.

  • A variety of weeklong programs in June and July offer children engaging ways to learn about wildlife, ecology and the environment.
  • Age-appropriate curriculums for preschool children through 8th grade.
  • All classes feature investigations both inside the Living Science Center and outdoors in the rich resources of River Legacy Parks.
  • Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Children should come dressed for both indoor and outdoor explorations. Closed-toe shoes are strongly recommended.

2018  Summer Dates:

  • Week 1: June 11-15
  • Week 2: June 18-22
  • Week 3/Outdoor Adventures: June 25-29
  • Week 4: July 9-13
  • Week 5: July 16-20
  • Week 6: July 23-27

Download the 2018 Summer Brochure!

Register Online Here!

2018 Summer Class Schedule:

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

Scales & Tails – Age 3
Spend a week meeting a scaly assortment of River Legacy’s cold-blooded creatures and learn what it takes to be a reptile.

June 11-15:   9 am to 12 pm:    $185
June 18-22:  9 am to 12 pm:    $185

Winged Wonders – Age 3
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!

July 9-13:    9 am to 12 pm:  $185
July 16-20:  9 am to 12 pm:  $185

Animal Sense-Abilities – Age 4
You know how we use our senses – now learn how animals’ senses help them to survive in River Legacy Park.

June 11-15:   9 am to 12 pm:   $185
June 18-22:  9 am to 12 pm:    $185

Hide & Seek – Age 4
What do you do when something wants to EAT you? Learn how some of the animals in River Legacy Park hunt for food and escape from their predators!

July 9-13:    9 am to 12 pm:  $185
July 16-20:  9 am to 12 pm:  $185

Mighty Morphs – Age 5/Entering Kindergarten
Meet some of nature’s “transformers” and learn about the mighty big changes they undergo during the astonishing process of metamorphosis.

June 11-15:   9 am to 4 pm:    $235 (bring sack lunch) – FULL, wait list available
June 18-22:  9 am to 4 pm:    $235 (bring sack lunch)

Wet & Wild – Age 5/Entering Kindergarten
Explore the special features and abilities that allow certain plants and animals to survive in the watery environments of River Legacy Parks.

July 9-13:    9 am to 4 pm:    $235 (bring sack lunch)
July 16-20:  9 am to 4 pm:   $235 (bring sack lunch) – FULL, wait list available

1st-6th Grades
All classes are full day. Please bring a peanut-free sack lunch.

Slime Sleuths – Entering Grades 1 & 2
It’s CSI: River Legacy! Young sleuths will hone their math, science and investigation skills, dabble in chemistry, and engage in a variety of art and literary experiences while examining the interesting roles of slime in nature.

June 11-15:   9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – FULL, wait list available
June 18-22:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – FULL, wait list available
July 23-27:   9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – FULL, wait list available

* Scout Connection:

Brownie Home Scientist – Step 5
Tiger Cubs Tigers in the Wild –  Requirement 4
Wolf Cubs Paws on the Path – Requirements 6 & 7

Eggstraordinary Eggs – Entering Grades 1 & 2
Eggs  are everywhere! Through careful observations and daily hands-on investigations of eggs and egg-laying animals, students will learn how extremely exciting exploring eggs can be.

July 9-13:    9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – FULL, wait list available
July 16-20:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – FULL, wait list available
July 23-27:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235

* Scout Connection:

Tiger Cubs Tigers in the Wild – Requirement 4
Wolf Cubs Paws on the Path – Requirements 6 & 7

PSI: Pond Scene Investigations – Entering Grades 3 & 4
Let’s dive into pond FUN! What allows a pond to support its inhabitants and what adaptations do these creatures have that allow them to live in it? Investigate these questions, experience close-up encounters with River Legacy Park’s aquatic residents, and participate in real chemistry experiments.

June 11-15:   9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – Not Available
June 18-22:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – FULL, wait list available

* Scout Connection:

Juniors Animal Habitats – Steps 1 & 2
Juniors Camper – Step 4
Bear Cubs Fur, Feathers & Ferns – Requirements 3 & 4
Webelos Into the Wild – Requirements 5 & 9a

Hands-on Herpetology – Entering Grades 3 & 4
Engage in an up-close investigation of turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, toads and more. Explore their natural history and the special adaptations that enable them to survive in Texas. Students will have the opportunity to safely handle reptiles and amphibians in the classroom and will search for and identify native herps in the park.

July 9-13:    9 am to 4 pm:  $235
July 16-20:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – FULL, wait list available

* Scout Connection:

Juniors Animal Habitats – Steps 1 & 2
Juniors Camper – Step 4
Bear Cubs Fur, Feathers & Ferns – Requirements 3 & 4
Webelos Into the Wild – Requirements 5 & 9a
Boy Scouts Reptile & Amphibian Studies – Requirements 1, 2, 3acde, 5(partial), 8b & 9b
Boy Scouts Nature – Requirements 4c & 1 & 2

Animal Care 101 – Entering Grades 5 & 6
Get an up-close hands-on experience learning the ins and outs of the animals that call River Legacy Living Science Center home. Come explore the different habitats of our North Texas animals. Work with a Naturalist to learn about the animals in our collection, assist with their daily care routines, and create new exhibit environments for them!

June 11-15:   9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – FULL, wait list available
June 18-22:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235

*Scout Connection:

Juniors Animal Habitats – Steps 1, 2 & 3
Webelos Into the Wild – Requirements 5 & 9a
Scouts Reptile & Amphibian Studies – Requirements 1, 2, 3acde, 5(partial), 8b & 9b
Scouts Nature – Requirements 3, 4c, 1 & 2

NEW – Animal Architects – Entering Grades 5 & 6
Design. Excavation. Construction… Building projects happen all the time in the woodland habitats of River Legacy Park – without human assistance!! Come learn about the remarkable construction projects that help our animal neighbors survive in the wild. Explore the adaptations and incredible physical skills that make them successful architects. Be prepared to get up-close and personal learning about these very constructive critters.

July 9-13:    9 am to 4 pm:   $235
July 16-20:  9 am to 4 pm:   $235

* Scout Connection:

Juniors Animal Habitats – All Steps
Webelos Into the Wild – Requirements 5 & 9a

 Amusement Park Science – Entering Grades 7 & 8
Explore the exciting world of amusement park rides and games. Using hands-on activities, students will familiarize themselves with science and engineering concepts like velocity, gravity, centripetal force, potential & kinetic energy, and many others. Even build your own mini-roller coaster! The class will conclude with a visit to Six Flags Over Texas for a day of observations, calculations and riding! (Class fee includes ticket to Six Flags!)

Mon-Thurs:   July 23-26:    9 am to 4 pm:   $255

* Scout Connection:

Scouts Engineering – Requirements 2 & 6e

Outdoor Adventures
K-4th – June 25-29
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!”

Grades K-2nd:    9 am to 4 pm:   $235 – FULL, wait list available
Grades 3rd-4th:  9 am to 4 pm:   $235

*Scout Connection:

Brownie Hiker – Steps 2, 3, 4 & 5
Brownie Outdoor Adventurer – Steps 1, 2, 3 & 4
Juniors Geocacher – Steps 2, 3 & 4
Juniors First Aid – Steps 2, 3 & 4
Juniors Camper – Step 3
Tiger Cubs Tigers in the Wild – Requirement 4
Wolf Cubs Paws on the Path – Requirements 4, 6 & 7
Bear Cubs Fur, Feathers & Ferns – Requirements 3 & 4
Webelos Into the Wild – Requirements 5 & 9a

For more information, contact Education Director Debbie Vernon via e-mail or at 817.860.6752, ext. 105. Open registration begins Feb. 19. Sign Up Online Here.

Tuition Information:

  • Tuition is due in full at registration. Refunds (less a $25 processing fee) are made only for written withdrawals 30 days in advance of the first class meeting.
  • If a class is canceled by the 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.