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Summer Camps

Summer Classes at the Nature Center provide students with an exciting hands-on, experiential opportunity to explore our natural world. A variety of programs and topics offer an interactive, engaging way to learn about wildlife, ecology and the environment with classes ranging from Preschool to 8th Grade.

2024 Summer Classes

Ages 3-5

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

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

June 3-7  |  9am-12p
June 10-14  |  9am-12pm  

Winged Wonders: 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 8-12  |  9am-12p
July 15-19  |  9am-12pm

Animal Sense-Abilities: 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 3-7  |  9am-12p FULL
June 10-14  |  9am-12pm FULL

Hide & Seek: 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!

July 8-12  |  9am-12pm FULL
July 15-19  |  9am-12pm FULL

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

June 3-7  |  9am-12p FULL
June 10-14  |  9am-12pm FULL

Wet & Wild: 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.

July 8-12  |  9am-12p FULL
July 15-19  |  9am-12pm FULL

June 24-28  |  9am-3pm FULL

Dinosaurs Unearthed: Spikes and horns and frills…oh my! Through excavation, exploration and evaluation, discover the world of the ancient reptiles that once inhabited our very own Texas backyard!

1st-6th Grade

Slime Sleuths: 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 3-7  |  9am-3pm FULL
June 10-14  |  9am-3pm FULL
June 17-21  |  9am-3pm FULL

Eggstraordinary Eggs: 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 8-12  |  9am-3pm FULL
July 15-19  |  9am-3pm FULL
July 22-26  |  9am-3pm 

Pondering the Pond: 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 3-7  |  9am-3pm FULL
June 10-14  |  9am-3pm 

Biology of Herpetology: Engage in an up-close investigation of native reptiles & amphibians. Explore their natural history and the special adaptations that enable them to survive in Texas. Safely handle herps in the classroom and search for and identify them in the park.

July 8-12  |  9am-3pm FULL
July 15-19  |  9am-3pm

Ornithology-Bird Biology: Our planet has roughly 10,000 species of birds on it right now! Did you know that feathers are made up of the same material as our fingernails? Let’s fly into the wonderful world of avian natural history and explore the science of ornithology, the study of birds. This class includes an optional birding trip on Friday, to the Village Creek Drying Beds next door to River Legacy Park!

June 3-6  |  9am-3pm FULL
*June 7  |  7am-8:30am FULL

June 10-13  |  9am-3pm
*June 14  |  7am-8:30am

Animal Architects: 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 8-12  |  9am-3pm FULL
July 15-19  |  9am-3pm

Outdoor Adventures

K-4th Grade

K-2nd Grade  |  June 17-21  |  9am-3pm FULL
K-2nd Grade  |  June 24-28  |  9am-3pm FULL
K-2nd Grade  |  July 22-26  |  9am-3pm 
FULL
3rd-4th Grade  |  June 17-21  |  9am-3pm FULL

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 Nature Center, but the bulk of the day will take place in “the best classroom of all – nature!”

Extreme Outdoor Adventures

7th-8th Grade

June 24-27  |  9am-3pm FULL

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



For questions regarding Summer Classes and enrollment please email our Registrar via email at
amye@riverlegacy.org

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