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.

2019  Summer Dates:

  • Week 1: June 10-14
  • Week 2: June 17-21
  • Week 3/Outdoor Adventures: June 24-28
  • Week 4: July 8-12
  • Week 5: July 15-19
  • Week 6: July 22-26

Register Online Here

Download the 2019 Summer Brochure

2019 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!

June 10-14:    9 am to 12 pm:  $200
June 17-21:    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.

July 8-12:   9 am to 12 pm:    $200
July 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!

June 10-14:    9 am to 12 pm:  $200
June 17-21:    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.

July 8-12:    9 am to 12 pm:   $200
July 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.

June 10-14:    9 am to 3 pm:    $250 (bring sack lunch) – FULL, wait list available
June 17-21:    9 am to 3 pm:   $250 (bring sack lunch) – FULL, wait list available

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.

July 8-12:   9 am to 3 pm:    $250 (bring sack lunch) – FULL, wait list available
July 15-19:  9 am to 3 pm:    $250 (bring sack lunch) – FULL, wait list available

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

Nature’s Art Box – Entering Grades 1 & 2
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 10-14:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250 – FULL, wait list available
June 17-21:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250 – FULL, wait list available
July 22-26:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250 – FULL, wait list available

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

Spectacular Spiders – Entering Grades 1 & 2
Weave puzzling spider questions into answer-catching investigations while spying on the 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.

July 8-12:     9 am to 3 pm:  $250 – FULL, wait list available
July 15-19:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250 – FULL, wait list available
July 22-26:  9 am to 3 pm:  $250 – FULL, wait list available

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

Texas Predators – Entering Grades 3 & 4
Can you imagine what it would be like 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.

June 10-14:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250 – FULL, wait list available
June 17-21:   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)

Insect Investigators – Entering Grades 3 & 4
Did you know that over 90% of all known species on our planet are insects? Did you know not all insects are bugs? 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.

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

NEW– Wildlife in Action – Entering Grades 5 & 6
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 10-14:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250
June 17-21:   9 am to 3 pm:  $250 – FULL, wait list available

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

Amazing Animal Careers – Entering Grades 5 & 6
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!

July 8-12:    9 am to 3 pm:   $250 – FULL, wait list available
July 15-19:  9 am to 3 pm:   $250 – FULL, wait list available

* 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 22-25:    9 am to 3 pm:   $275 – FULL, wait list available

* 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 24-28
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 – FULL, wait list available
Grades 3rd-4th:  9 am to 3 pm:   $250 – FULL, wait list available

*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. 18. 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.