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 with classes ranging from Preschool to 8th Grade.

2022 Summer Classes

Ages 3-5

NEW! Dinosaurs Unearthed

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.

Scales & Tails: All Sessions FULL

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!

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.

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!

Hide & Seek: All sessions FULL

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

Mighty Morphs: June 13-17 is 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.

Wet & Wild: July 11-15 is FULL

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.

Slime Sleuths: All sessions 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!

Eggstraordinary Eggs: All sessions FULL

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.

Pondering the Pond: June 6-10 is FULL

Pondering the Pond: June 13-17 is FULL

Hands-on 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.

Hands-on Herpetology: All sessions FULL

Animal Care 101: 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 about the animals that call River Legacy Living Science Center home.

Animal Care 101: June 6-10 is FULL

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.

Ages 5 & 6 (All Sessions FULL)

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!

Outdoor Adventures

K-4th Grade 

Outdoor Adventures: K-2nd session is 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 Living Science Center, but the bulk of the day will take place in “the best classroom of all – nature!”

Extreme Outdoor Adventures

7th-8th Grade

Extreme Outdoor Adventures: 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
We are monitoring health and safety protocols daily and will post any and all updates relating to Summer Classes here.

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