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 Schedule COMING SOON!

2017  Summer Dates:

  • Week 1: June 12-16
  • Week 2: June 19-23
  • Week 3: June 26-30
  • Week 4: July 10-14
  • Week 5: July 17-21
  • Week 6: July 24-28
2017 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 12-16:  9 am to 12 pm:  $185 – (FULL, Wait list available)
June 19-23:  9 am to 12 pm:  $185

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 10-14:  9 am to 12 pm:   $185 – (FULL, Wait list available)
July 17-21:  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!

June 12-16:  9 am to 12 pm:  $185 – (FULL, Wait list available)
June 12-16:  1 pm to 4 pm:    $185 – (Class Pending, Call for information)
June 19-23:  9 am to 12 pm:  $185 – (FULL, Wait list available)

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 10-14:  9 am to 12 pm:   $185
July 10-14:  1 pm to 4 pm:     $185 – (Class Pending, Call for information)
July 17-21:  9 am to 12 pm:    $185

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 12-16:  9 am to 12 pm:  $185
June 12-16:  1 pm to 4 pm:    $185 – (Class Pending, Call for information)
June 19-23:  9 am to 4 pm:   $235 (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 10-14:  9 am to 12 pm:  $185
July 10-14:  1 pm to 4 pm:    $185 – (Class Pending, Call for information)
July 17-21:  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.

Nature’s Art Box – Entering Grades 1 & 2
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 12-16:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – (FULL, Wait list available)
June 19-23:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – (FULL, Wait list available)
July 24-28:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – (FULL, Wait list available)

* Scout Connection: 

Painting (Brownie) – Steps 2, 3, 4
Potter (Brownie) – Steps 2, 3, 4

Spectacular Spiders – Entering Grades 1 & 2
Weave puzzling spider questions into answer-catching investigations while spying on the spectacular spiders of River Legacy Park.

July 10-14:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – (FULL – Wait list available)
July 17-21:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – (FULL – Wait list available)
July 24-28: 9 am to 4 pm:  $235

* Scout Connection:

Bug (Brownie 2nd-3rd) – 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 have to chase down every meal you eat? Explore the balance of River Legacy Park’s food web through a variety of hands-on investigations, animal explorations and pursuit and capture simulations.

June 12-16:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – (FULL, Wait list available)
June 19-23:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – (FULL, Wait list available)

* Scout Connection:

Senses (Brownie) – Steps 1, 2, 3
Animal Habitats (Jr 4th-5th) – Steps 1, 2
Wolf Cubs – Paws on the Path – Requirements 6, 7
Bear Cubs – Furs, Feathers & Ferns – Partial Requirements 1, 3, 4

Insect Investigators – Entering Grades 3 & 4
Did you know that over 90% of all known species on our planet are insects? Become an insect investigator to discover what makes this group of animals so unique and important through lab and field techniques, catch and release of live specimens, identifying species under a microscope and creating your own field guide.

July 10-14:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – (FULL, Wait list available)
July 17-21:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235 – (FULL, Wait list available)

* Scout Connection:

Bug (Brownie 2nd-3rd) – Steps 2, 3, 4, 5
Camper (Jr) – Step 4
Wolf Cubs – Collections & Hobbies – Requirement 1
Wolf Cubs – Paws on the Path – Requirements 6, 7
Bear Cubs – Furs, Feathers & Ferns – Partial Requirements 3, 4

A.N.T.S. (Art, Nature, Technology & Science) Academy – Entering Grades 5 & 6
Explore the outdoor world using different creative mediums like photography, sketching and acting, animation, and photo and video editing.

June 12-16:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235
June 19-23:  9 am to 4 pm:  $235

*Scout Connection:

Digital Photographer (Jr) – Steps 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Scribe (Jr) – Steps 1, 2, 3
Digital Movie Maker (Cadette) – All steps

Amazing Animal Careers 101 – 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 10-14:  9 am to 4 pm:   $235
July 17-21:  9 am to 4 pm:   $235 – (FULL, Wait list available)

* Scout Connection:

Animal Habitats (Jr 4th-5th) – Steps 1, 2, 3
Boy Scouts Merit – Veterinary Medicine – Requirements 1, 2, 3

Outdoor Adventures

K-6th – June 26-30
Kick off 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!”

Ages 5 to 7:  9 am to 4 pm:   $235 (FULL, waiting list available)
Ages 8 to 9:  9 am to 4 pm:   $235 (Full, waiting list available)
Ages 10 to 11: 9 am to 4 pm: $235 – (Class Pending, Call for information)

*Scout Connection:

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

Extreme Outdoor Adventures

7th & 8th – July 24-28
Take your summer fun up a level! Spend a week exploring the fun that can be had at River Legacy through kayaking, hiking, learning how to survive in extreme conditions and so much more! This class includes a Thursday night sleepover at the Science Center where we take a night hike and cook a meal over a fire. Class concludes at 8 am Friday morning.

9 am to 4 pm MTW; 9 am Th to 8 am Fri:  $255 (FULL, Waiting list available)

*Scout Connection:

Digital Movie Maker (Cadette) – Steps 2, 4, 5
Boy Scouts Merit – Backpacking – Requirements 1, 2, 4a, 5, 6, 7
Bout Scouts Merit – Camping – Requirements 1, 2, 5 a-d

For more information, contact Education Director Debbie Vernon via e-mail or at 817.860.6752, ext. 105. Open registration begins Feb. 20th.