Reptiles & Trails


Learn about the attributes of snakes, turtles, and alligators and discover why these often misunderstood animals are important.  See live reptiles up close and have an opportunity to touch them.  Also, hike our trails and look for reptiles in their natural environment.

Grades  K - 12th
Time 10:00am - 12:00 noon
Class Limit Minimum 10 

$10.00/participant (children and adults)

One chaperone or teacher per 10 participants is free of charge. A 10-to-1 ratio of students to adults is required.

Please see the field trip planner for more information about scheduling a field trip. (Call 713-274-2668 for class dates and to enroll.)

The following objectives, vocabulary, and TEKs may be addressed during this field trip.


Students will:

  • Observe reptiles up close and in their native habitats.
  • Identify the major characteristics of reptiles.
  • Explore the different reptile groups (turtles, alligators, and snakes) and their main characteristics.



  • Reptile - a vertebrate animal that: has dry, scaly skin; breathes air with lungs; is cold-blooded; and usually lays leathery, shelled eggs on land
  • Vertebrate - an animal with a backbone
  • Cold-blooded - not able to regulate its body temperature, except by the external temperature or its environment
  • Scales - hard, finger-nail like coverings
  • Adaptation - a structure (body part) or behavior that helps a plant or animal survive in its environment
  • Camouflage - coloration or shape that helps an animal blend into its habitat
  • Carapace - a turtle's top shell
  • Plastron - a turtle's bottom shell

TEKS (2012-2013 Science)

Classes are adjusted to be age-appropriate. All classes address the TEKS Introduction (a)1 and engage students in hands-on activities. Knowledge and skills TEKS addressed may include:

  • K.1.A&B, K.2.A, K.4.B, K.10.A&B.
  • 1.1.A&B, 1.2.A, 1.10.A.
  • 2.1.A, 2.2.A, 2.9B&C, 2.10.A.
  • 3.1.A, 3.9A, 3.10.A.
  • 4.1.A, 4.10A.
  • 5.1.A, 5.9A, 5.10A.

Pre and Post Trip Materials

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