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Student Programs and Tours

We offer a variety of TEKS-aligned Academic programs and Tours at our center, on your campus, and at third-party facilities. Explore our program options below.

Nature of Learning Field Trips

Our award-winning Nature of Learning programs consist of hands-on activities relating to ecology, scientific observation, resource management, and building healthy ecosystems, for both people and animals. Students enjoy a day of movement and activity outside, all while being shown the importance of science in real time. Read on to see which program best fits your student’s needs and interests. Field trips can be scheduled year-round, Tuesday-Saturday.

Price: $9 per student/$7 per student-Title 1 Schools

Please note, a minimum of 15 student participants is required.  If fewer than 15 students attend, a minimum of $135 will be charged for the program.

Program Options:

Wet & Wild: Wetland Researchers

Appropriate for 3rd-9th grade

Wetlands are very important for south Texas plants and animals, as well as humans. Using the scientific method students help Audubon Educators check the health of local wetlands by investigating its inhabitants and water quality.

Amazing Avian Adaptations

Appropriate for 2nd-5th grade

Be a bird’s best friend by learning about their amazing adaptations, surveying birds and learning about their various habitats, and discuss their conservation in your community.

Request a Program

To request a program for your class, please complete our Academic Program Request Form.

Customize Your Program

Some programs can be customized to align with students’ learning goals and grade level, from Kindergarten to 12th grade!

Contact us at 210-628-1639 or for more information. 

Homeschool Adventures

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center’s Homeschool Adventures is a set of outdoor, nature-based education classes for homeschool children ages 6-12. FREE for Family-level Members | $6 for General 

Classes will be held every other month. Each class covers a different topic and includes hands-on learning and exploration into conservation at Mitchell Lake.

October 18 - Pollinators, Plants, and You: Learn about different pollinators in our area, their importance to their environment and us!

December 13 - Duck Day!: Learn about the ducks that visit or call Mitchell Lake Audubon Center home.

February 14 - We Love Our Wonderful Wetlands: Celebrate World Wetlands Day! Learn about the importance of our wetland habitat to wildlife and people.

April 10 - Migration Celebration: Migration comes with many challenges! Learn why birds migrate and explore some challenges that they face and how we can help them on their journey.

June 12 - How Do Animals Keep Cool? Learn about different physical and behavioral adaptations that wildlife use to beat the summer heat!

Register Here for the 2023 - 2024 sessions

Guided and Unguided Tours

Guided and Unguided tours are a relaxed, outdoor field trip. There’s no science journal or activity stations; just freedom to explore the wonders of Texas native flora and fauna with expert guides explaining the history of Mitchell Lake, the importance of our habitats, and the wonders of all that we find on our expansive grounds. Tours can be scheduled year-round, Tuesday - Thursday.

Guided Tours

With an expert guide by your side, explore the wonders of Mitchell Lake and experience the local flora and fauna as the students hike to Bird Pond and back. 

Price:  $6 per participant; Tuesday-Friday

            $10 per participant; Saturday-Sunday

 Please note, a minimum of 10 student participants is required.  If fewer than 10 students attend, a minimum of $60 on weekdays and $100 on weekends will be charged for the program.

Unguided Tours

Venture out on a self-led tour of our 1,200 acre preserve, equipped with a paper guide.  Choose from different activities and Q&As to do with your students.

Price:  $3.50 per student; $5 per adult

Request a Tour

To request a Guided or Unguided Tour, please fill out our Community Program and Tour Request Form.

Customize Your Program

Some programs can be customized to align with students’ learning goals and grade level, from Kindergarten to 12th grade!

Contact us at 210-628-1639 or for more information. 


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Accessibility Statement: Mitchell Lake Audubon Center welcomes everyone, no matter their physical or mental abilities. Please let us know of any accomodations needed no less than one (1) week prior to your scheduled program. 

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