Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Park entrance has moved to 14140 Garrett Rd.  

Field Trip Information

What:  Sheldon Lake Environmental Learning Center. A former fish hatchery "gone wild" forms the core of a 40-acre nature learning center featuring trails, ponds, and wildlife. All facilities and trails are ADA accessible. We are located in northeast Houston two miles east of Beltway 8, at 15315 Beaumont Highway (Business Hwy. 90).

Who:  Groups of 50 or less from public and private schools, Scout groups, senior citizens, families, and special interest organizations. Everyone is encouraged to visit on their own, attend a program or take a guided tour lead by staff naturalists or volunteers.

When:  Programming is offered Tuesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

How:  To set up a field trip or make inquiries, call (281) 456-2800, x230 or e-mail sheldonlake@tpwd.state.tx.us.

How Many:  In order to provide a quality experience for your children, guided tours and programs are limited to 50 students (or two classes) at a time without special arrangements. Teachers/chaperones must accompany the students in at least a 1:10 ratio.

What's Available:  For groups with three to four hours at the park, we recommend two activities of up to 90 minutes followed by a picnic lunch. Time after lunch can be spent in one of the 30-minute activities. All programs are adapted to fit the needs of your group. Detailed guides linked to the TEKS are available for each activity.

Canoeing at Sheldo Lake

90-Minute Options:

  • Nature Discovery Walk (1/4 to1/2 mile)
    • Habitat Hike/Animal Adaptations
  • Pond Ecology
    • Pond Food Web/ Aquatic Adaptations
    • Water Quality Testing/Indicator Species
  • Fishing
    • Catch and Release (poles and bait provided)

30-Minute Options:

  • Alternative Energy/Green Building
  • Recycling and Composting
  • Cooperation Games

Service Learning: Three- to four-hour projects include an information session to acquaint the group with the project, followed by a hands-on natural resource field activity. General projects include forest, wetland, or prairie restoration.

Safety: Teachers, leaders and chaperones are an important part of a field study program as role models and facilitators. A minimum of a 1:10 adult to child ratio is required for most activities. For fishing programs or school groups of second graders or younger, a minimum 1:5 ratio is required.

Cost: Programs are free of charge on a reservation basis. Please notify us of cancellation 48 hours before the scheduled date.


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