Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Park entrance has moved to 14140 Garrett Rd.  

Field Trip Information

What:  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.

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.

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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