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Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

July 22, 2015:  The John Jacob Observation Tower is closed . . .

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, wildlife and an 82-foot tower from which you can see the whole park, Houston, and the San Jacinto Monument.. 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, 9 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 hours to spend at the park, we recommend choosing two 60-minute activities followed by a picnic lunch, time will be allotted for bathroom and water breaks between activities. If you would like an activity for after lunch, we recommend choosing an additional 30-minute activity. 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

Each of the following activities is approximately 60 minutes:

  • Nature Discovery Walk (1/4 to 1/2 mile)
    • Habitat Hike/Animal Adaptations
    • Pond Ecology
    • Hiking Safety
  • Pond Food Web/ Aquatic Adaptations
    • Water Quality Testing/Indicator Species
  • Fishing
    • Catch and Release (poles and bait provided)
  • Bird Migration
    • Bird Adaptations activity
    • Habitat Requirements game
    • Challenges of migration game
  • Junior Ranger Badge (minimum of 5 activities to receive a badge)
    • Leave No Trace
    • Observing Wildlife
    • Park Poetry
    • Life’s Better Outside
    • What does a Park Ranger do?
    • …and more!
  • Geocaching 101
    • Background of geocaching and GPS
    • Basic navigation skills
    • Use those skills looking for a cache with a park provided GPS!

Each of the following activities is approximately 30 minutes:

  • Alternative Energy/Green Building
  • Recycling and Composting
  • Cooperation/Team building Activities
  • Water Wise and Pollution
  • Arts in the Parks: watercolors, poetry, nature journaling, etc.
  • Alligator Adaptations and Safety
  • Agents of Nature
    • Agent training
    • Try it yourself!—requires mobile devices with Agents of Nature app pre-downloaded

If you don’t see the topics you would like, let us know! We can work with you to develop an activity for your group.

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 call as far in advance as possible to reserve your preferred date. Please notify us of cancellation 48 hours before the scheduled date.

Can’t come to us? Ask about outreach programs for career days, wildlife talks, or pre-field trip curriculum.


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