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 and socks are strongly recommended.

2020  Summer Dates:

  • Week 1: June 8-12
  • Week 2: June 15-19
  • Week 3/Outdoor Adventures: June 22-26
  • Week 4: July 6-10
  • Week 5: July 13-17
  • Week 6: July 20-24

Register Online Here

2020 Summer Class Schedule:

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

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 6-10:    9 am to 12 pm:  $200
July 13-17:    9 am to 12 pm:  $200

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 8-12:   9 am to 12 pm:    $200
June 15-19:  9 am to 12 pm:    $200

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 6-10:    9 am to 12 pm:  $200
July 13-21:    9 am to 12 pm:  $200

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 8-12:    9 am to 12 pm:   $200
June 15-19:  9 am to 12 pm:    $200

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 6-10:    9 am to 3 pm:    $250 (bring sack lunch)
July 13-17:    9 am to 3 pm:   $250 (bring sack lunch)

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.

June8-12:   9 am to 3 pm:    $250 (bring sack lunch)
June 15-19:  9 am to 3 pm:    $250 (bring sack lunch)

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

Slime Sleuths – Entering Grades 1 & 2
Be a part of the investigative team working to solve a woodland slime mystery. Young sleuths will have the chance to 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 8-12:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250
June 15-19:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250
July 20-24:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250

* Scout Connection: Brownie – Painting Steps 2, 3, 4; Brownie – Potter Steps 2, 3, 4

Extraordinary Eggs – Entering Grades 1 & 2
Eggs are everywhere – hidden under the ground, floating atop the water, nestled among the branches of trees, concealed inside our homes. 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 6-10:     9 am to 3 pm:  $250
July 13-17:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250
July 20-24:  9 am to 3 pm:  $250

* Scout Connection: Brownie 2nd-3rd – Bug Steps 2, 3, 4, 5; Tiger Cubs – Tigers in the Wild Requirements 4, 7

Pondering the Pond – 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 8-12:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250
June 15-19:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250

* Scout Connection: Brownie – Senses Steps 1, 2, 3; Junior 4th-5th – Animal Habitats Steps 1,2; Wolf Cubs – Paws on the Path Requirements 6,7; Bear Cubs – Furs Feathers & Ferns Requirements 1, 3, 4 (partial)

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 6-10:    9 am to 3 pm:  $250
July 13-17:  9 am to 3 pm:  $250

* Scout Connection: Brownie 2nd-3rd – Bug Steps 2, 3, 4, 5; Junior – Camper Step 4; Wolf Cubs – Collection & Hobbies Requirement 1; Wolf Cubs – Paws on the Path Requirements 6,7; Bear Cubs – Fur, Feathers & Ferns Requirements 3, 4 (partial)

Animal Care 101 – Entering Grades 5 & 6
Have you ever wondered what it takes to care for the live animals on exhibit at the Science Center? What does it take to create habitats for these animals that mimic their natural environments? 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! Get an up-close hands-on experience learning the ins and outs of the animals that call River Legacy Living Science Center home.

June 8-12:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250
June 15-19:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250

*Scout Connection: Junior – Animal Habitats Step 1; Webelos – Into the Wild Requirements 5, 9a

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 6-10:    9 am to 3 pm:   $250
July 13-17:  9 am to 3 pm:   $250

* Scout Connection: Junior – Animal Habitats Steps 1, 2, 3; Boy Scouts Merit Badge Veterinary Medicine Requirements 1, 2, 3

Extreme Outdoor Adventures – Entering Grades 7 & 8
Kick your summer fun up a notch! Spend a week exploring the fun that can be had at River Legacy through kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, learning how to survive in extreme conditions and so much more!

Mon-Thurs:   July 20-23:    9 am to 3 pm:   $275

* Scout Connection: Cadette – Outdoors Trailblazing Steps 2, 4, 5; Boy Scouts Merit Badge Backpacking Requirements 1, 2, 4a, 5, 6, 7; Boy Scouts Merit Badge Camping Requirements 1, 2, 5a-d; Boy Scouts Merit Badge Orienteering Requirements 1, 2, 3; Boy Scouts Merit Badge Wilderness Survival All Requirements

Outdoor Adventures
K-4th – June 22-26
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 3 pm:   $250
Grades 3rd-4th:  9 am to 3 pm:   $250

*Scout Connection: Brownie – Hiker Steps 2, 3, 4, 5; Brownie – Outdoor Adventurer Steps 1, 2, 3, 4; Junior – Geocacher Steps 2, 3, 4; Junior – First Aid Steps 2, 3, 4; Junior – 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 Sherrie Ripple via e-mail or at 817.860.6752, ext. 105. Open registration begins Feb. 17. Register Online Here

PLEASE NOTE: Students in full day classes (9 am to 3 pm) should bring a lunch and drink. To help us safeguard the well-being of all of our students, please do not send peanut butter or other peanut products.

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.

Please download and return this Student Information Form before the first day of class.