School Programs

Introduce your students to nature and customized programming to reinforce TEKS-aligned science concepts.

Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center offers exciting field trips and academic programs that strengthen students’ science process skills. We offer young learners the opportunity to connect with nature and experience the outdoors year-round, either at our center or on your campus.

Our center is located in a 3,000+ acre greenbelt within the White Rock Escarpment that extends northward from the Texas Hill Country. The ecosystems of east, west, and central Texas converge in this region. Ideally situated in the southwestern quadrant of Dallas County, we typically see students from schools located in Dallas, Cedar Hill, Grand Prairie, Duncanville, DeSoto, Lancaster, Arlington, Mansfield, Midlothian, Waxahachie, Red Oak, Lewisville, Irving, Garland, Richardson, Fort Worth, Alvarado, Frost, and other surrounding cities.

At our environmental education center in Cedar Hill, students explore hands-on exhibits, hike, engage in conservation activities and see live animals up close. Academic programs are designed to encourage students to improve science and critical thinking skills while introducing them to the wonders of nature.

Our educators can also bring nature to your classroom with programs designed to enhance STEM skills and connect to our Audubon mission of conserving habitat for birds and all wildlife.

Programs can include interactive hikes, scientific journals, animal encounters, and kayaking.  We introduce thousands of students to the outdoors each school year.  Through hands-on learning, science concepts are reinforced while students find an appreciation for and understanding of local ecosystems and wildlife adaptations.

Details

What teachers have said about our student-focused programs:

This is an EXCELLENT program! The students absolutely love coming and learning. 
- Teacher at High Pointe Elementary, Cedar Hill ISD

Great hands-on experience. Our students enjoyed their visit here.
- Teacher at Robert E Lee Elementary, Grand Prairie ISD

TEKS-Aligned Programs

Eco Investigations with Reptile Encounter
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Eco Investigations with Reptile Encounter

Our signature four-hour TEKS-aligned program with a reptile encounter (Grades K-12)

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Eco Investigations with Live Bird of Prey Encounter
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Eco Investigations with Live Bird of Prey Encounter

Our signature four-hour TEKS-aligned program with a live bird of prey encounter (Grades K-12)

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Audubon Aquatic Adventures
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Audubon Aquatic Adventures

An aquatic version of our 4-hour signature TEKS-aligned field trip (Grades 5-12)

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Non TEKS-Aligned Programs

Live Animal Program: Bird of Prey
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Live Animal Program: Bird of Prey

A first-hand, live raptor encounter with an American Kestrel (All ages)

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Live Animal Program: Other Animals
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Live Animal Programs: Other Animals (Reptile, Amphibian, Snail)

Choose from reptiles, amphibians, and snails for this live encounter (All ages)

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Guided Hikes
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Guided Hikes

A great way to see the canyon – day or night - guided by naturalists who are experts in our local ecosystems (All ages)

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Conservation and Seed Balls
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Conservation and Seed Balls

Students help save endangered prairie habitat (Grades 2-7)

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Investigating Wildlife
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Investigating Wildlife

Students learn about the animal kingdom and food web (Grades 1-5)

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Wildlife Sensory Exploration
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Wildlife Sensory Exploration

Student scientists use senses to explore the natural world (Grades K-3)

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Plants and Pollinators
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Plants and Pollinators

Students explore the relationship between pollinators and organisms in the food web (Grades 2-4)

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Bird Adaptations
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Bird Adaptations

Students learn about adaptations by observing real feathers, nests, eggs and beaks (Grades 2-5)

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Guided Kayak Eco-Tours
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Guided Kayak Eco-Tours

Schedule a privately guided paddle with an Audubon Guide

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Overnight Camping Programs

STEM Overnight Programs
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STEM Overnight Programs

Bring your sleeping bags and we take care of the rest! (Grades 5-12). Can be TEKS-aligned.

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 Audubon Conservation Treks
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Audubon Conservation Treks

Join Audubon on a life-changing multi-day outdoor adventure (Grades 6-12)

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Additional Information

Policies, Booking and Contact
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Policies, Booking and Contact

Information you need to book your next program

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Academic Program Document Library
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Academic Program Document Library

Download documents applicable to our academic programs

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Study Suggests Outdoor Science Education Improves Test Scores
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Study Suggests Outdoor Science Education Improves Test Scores

This is the first study in Texas linking outdoor science education to STAAR improvement.

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