Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center

Educational Field Trip Information

What: Sheldon Lake Environmental Learning Center (S.L.E.L.C.). A former fish hatchery "gone wild" forms the core of a 40 acre nature learning center featuring trails, ponds, and wildlife. All facilities and trails are ADA accessible. We are located in northeast Houston two miles east of Beltway 8, at 15315 Beaumont Highway (Business Hwy. 90).

Who: Groups of 50 or less from public and private schools, scout groups, senior citizens, families, and special interest organizations. Everyone is encouraged to visit on their own, attend a program or take a guided tour lead by staff naturalists or volunteers.

When: Programming is offered Tuesday-Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm.

How: To set up a field trip or make inquiries, call 281/456-2800 ext.230 or E-mail

How Many: In order to provide a quality experience for your children, guided tours and programs are limited to 50 students(or two classes) at a time without special arrangements. Teachers/chaperones must accompany the students in at least a 1:10 ratio.

What's Available: For groups with 3 - 4 hours at the park, two activities of up to 90 min. followed by a picnic lunch is recommended. Time after lunch can be spent in one of the 30 min activities. All programs are adapted to fit the needs of your group. Detailed guides linked to the TEKS are available for each activity.

Canoeing at Sheldo Lake

90-Min. Options:

  • Nature Discovery Walk (1/4 -1/2 mile)
    • Habitat Hike/Animal Adaptations
  • Pond Ecology
    • Pond Food Web/ Aquatic Adaptations
    • Water Quality Testing/Indicator Species
  • Fishing
    • Catch & Release (poles & bait provided)

30-Min. Options:

  • Alternative Energy/Green Building
  • Recycling & Composting
  • Cooperation Games

Service Learning: Three to four hour projects include an information session to acquaint the group with the project, followed by a hands-on natural resource field activity. General projects include forest, wetland, or prairie restoration.

Safety: Teachers, leaders and chaperones are an important part of a field study program as role models and facilitators. A minimum of a 1:10 adult to child ratio is required for most activities. For fishing programs or school groups of 2nd graders or younger a minimum of 1:5 ratio is required.

Cost: Programs are free of charge on a reservation basis. Please notify us of cancellation 48 hours before the scheduled date.

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