Brazos Bend State Park
Volunteer Organization   
Gator Hatch

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

Grade 5 - Science

Program - Guided Nature Hike and Nature Center tour

Description - A 1 or 2 mile guided nature hike through a bottomland hardwood forest and around several aquatic ecosystems.   Hike leaders will discuss native plants and animals, ecosystems and how they interact with one another.  Students will be allowed to tour the nature center at their own pace, ask questions, view exhibits and touch a live animal.

Time required - Approximately 2 - 3 hours

Size requirements - less then 100 students, students will be divided into smaller groups


Guided Nature Hikes (Creekfield Lake and 40 Acre Lake)

  •   1 - 20 Students - $40.00 
  • 21 - 40 Students - $60.00  
  • 41 - 60 Students - $80.00  
  • 61 - 80 Students - $100.00  
  • 81-100 Students - $120.00  

Classroom Programs
Unfortunately all classroom programs have been suspended indefinitely.

  • Reptile Program
    • 1 - 50 Students - $20.00
  • Mammal Program
    • 1 - 50 Students - $20.00
  • Bird Program
    • 1 - 50 Students - $20.00
  • Aquatic Invertebrate Program (available for grades 3 - 5)
    • 1 - 30 students - $60.00

No charge for Nature Center

Reservations must be made in advance and are subject to availability 

The following Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Grade 5 Science will be addressed with this program

§112.7. Science, Grade 5

(a)  Introduction.

     (3)  Students learn that adaptations can improve the survival of members of a species, and they explore an organism's niche within an ecosystem. Students continue the study of organisms by exploring a variety of traits that are inherited by offspring from their parents and study examples of learned characteristics.

(b)  Knowledge and skills

    (6)  Science concepts. The student knows that some change occurs in cycles. The student is expected to:
      (B)  identify the significance of the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles; and
      (C)  describe and compare life cycles of plants and animals.
    (9)  Science concepts. The student knows that adaptations may increase the survival of members of a species. The student is expected to:
      (A)  compare the adaptive characteristics of species that improve their ability to survive and reproduce in an ecosystem;
      (B)  analyze and describe adaptive characteristics that result in an organism's unique niche in an ecosystem; and
      (C)  predict some adaptive characteristics required for survival and reproduction by an organism in an ecosystem.
    (10)  Science concepts. The student knows that likenesses between offspring and parents can be inherited or learned. The student is expected to:
      (A)  identify traits that are inherited from parent to offspring in plants and animals; and
      (B)  give examples of learned characteristics that result from the influence of the environment.
    (11)  Science concepts. The student knows that certain past events affect present and future events. The student is expected to:
      (A)  identify and observe actions that require time for changes to be measurable, including growth, erosion, dissolving, weathering, and flow;
      (B)  draw conclusions about "what happened before" using data such as from tree-growth rings and sedimentary rock sequences;

Updated: Aug 19, 2011