Discovery Camp, a Harris County Precinct One summertime endeavor, serves youth who participate in recreation centers in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. It’s designed to continue learning experiences during the summer months. Discovery Camp enables youth to participate in activities such as nature hikes, animal programs, crafts, and games that develop their natural curiosity and inquiry. They learn to identify and understand wildlife, habitats, and conservation ideas. Discovery Camp also helps them to recognize the roles that plants, animals, and people play in an ecosystem.
In order to measure the camp’s educational value, each child is given a quiz, both upon arrival and at the day’s end. This allows the naturalists to evaluate how much academic growth the children accomplish throughout the day.
Year Round Programs
The Traveling Naturalist Program is designed to teach children about the wonders of the natural world and its inhabitants. Naturalists visit your school or recreational center so that they will present a 45-minute educational program of your choosing that will include live animals. Children learn to appreciate nature and their environment by interacting with exotic and native animals. Unique programming is designed to enhance the curriculum of science and biology classes in schools and recreation centers across Harris County.
Our Junior Naturalist Program is a bi-monthly after-school program designed to reach out to children who participate in local recreational centers within Harris County Precinct One during the school year. It is designed to bring the wonders of nature and the outdoors into a “classroom” environment in order to enhance the children’s curiosity and excitement for the world around them.
Participating centers receive a series of program topics designed around a common theme. With each lesson, our naturalists supply each center with applicable activities in the form of games, booklets, puzzles, and/or arts and crafts to help reinforce the concepts taught and previous visits.
Polliwog Club brings an interactive approach to teaching environmental and zoological concepts through children’s literature, songs, crafts, and hands-on time with our unique animals. Through partnerships with public libraries, daycares, elementary schools, and other early childhood development centers within Harris County Precinct One, the program is offered as a series of classes with a curriculum designed to reinforce concepts taught in the previous session.