Plants and animals are amazing! Learn how cacti survive in the desert, how owls sneak up on their prey, and more! This class focuses mostly on the adaptations of plants, birds, and mammals.  Participants will have opportunities to touch animal and plant specimens and will be encouraged to draw conclusions about the organisms' adaptations.  In addition to the demonstration, participants will take a hike around the nature center, where they can observe plants and animals in their native habitats.

GradesK -  6th  ~  Time 10:00am - 12:00 noon  ~  Group Limit Minimum 10  ~  Fee $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.



Students will:

  • Define adaptation as a special trait, characteristic, or feature of an animal or plant that helps it survive or reproduce.

  • Differentiate between learned and inherited adaptations.

  • Identify some adaptations of plants and animals.

  • Explore how certain adaptations help plants and animals survive in a particular environment.

TEKS (2012-2013 Science) 3.10.A&B, 4.10.A&B, 5.10.A&B



  • Adaptation - a body part of behavior that helps an animal or plant survive or reproduce

  • Inherited - passed down from parents; some examples of inherited adaptations are eye color, leaf shape, and number of legs

  • Learned - comes from training or experience; some examples of learned adaptations are looking both ways before crossing the road and catching a ball

  • Predator - an animal that hunts and eats other animals

  • Prey - an animal that is hunted and eaten

  • Habitat - the space where an organism lives and finds food, water, and shelter

  • Camouflage - coloration or shape that helps an animal blend into its habitat

Please see the group field trips for more information about scheduling a field trip