outdoor academy

Get out of the classroom and get outside…

An unforgettable experience for students and educators alike is at Forest Glen Outdoor Academy. Our mission was to create a program that comes alongside schools to help provide an environment where students can explore and learn in an outdoor setting.

Classes + Activities

Available to for Outdoor Academy groups, your school will be able to pick and choose which (or all) of our offered classes you would like the students to participate in. We strive to make them hands-on and interactive as possible in order to offer students a learning experience that they will not easily forget.

Incorporate our outdoor activities to add additional depth and excitement to your school retreat!

Outdoor Academy Classes

Zoology

Our Zoology Block gives students the hands-on opportunity to learn about the creatures we have here at Forest Glen. Interactions with wild and domestic animals gives students opportunities to learn about animal anatomy and physiology, their adaptations and places in ecologies, and the products that they produce.

REPTILES & AMPHIBIANS

In this class, students will get up close and personal with some of our ectothermic reptiles and amphibians. Students will learn the similarities and differences between these two fascinating classes of animals as well as the adaptations these creatures have in order to survive. Local animals, as well as domesticated animals, are present including Pidge the Ball Python and Mort the Bearded Dragon.

ENTOMOLOGY

In this class, students will learn about the creepy, crawly critters found all around us. Specifically, students will learn clear cut differences between insects, spiders, millipedes, and centipedes. The importance of these animals in their ecosystems is highlighted and the class concludes with students going on a bug hunt and identifying their specimens afterwards.

Conservation

In the conservation block, students will learn how they can help keep our natural resources useable for future generations. Students will get the big picture of why our natural resources are so vital as well as the personal way that they can go green!

HYDROLOGY

This class demonstrated the importance of Earth’s more vital resource with an emphasis on water quality. Students will gain an understanding of how PH, temperature, and turbidity are linked for water’s many uses while brainstorming about the possible ways to improve water quality. Students will also learn about real-life ways water can be filtered by human and natural means and learn about ways they can conserve water.

Ecosystems

Our ecosystem block gives students the chance to look at the big picture of ecosystems while simultaneously looking at the many moving parts within. Students will learn about the basis of a habitat, the individual organisms within those habitats, and their relationships with each other.

Habitats

In this class, students learn about the four components that make up a habitat. Students will learn this by comparing and contrasting their own needs with those of animals found in the wild. Example habitats will be explored and students will build a diorama of a habitat for a model animal.

PLANT LIFE

In this class, students will learn how to identify plants as well as learning their historical and modern uses. Family and genus-specific characteristics as well as a dichotomous key are used to help students identify plants during a guided hike.

PREDATOR & PREY

Students will learn about food webs and the predator/prey dynamics within those food webs during this class. Students will also play the game “Foxes and Rabbits,” which demonstrates predator and prey relationships and will then dissect owl pellets to study the remains of the prey animals inside. 

TEXAS HISTORY

In our Texas History block, students will take a trip to the past to learn about the historical roots of our great state. From Native Americans to early pioneers students will be able to experience where we came from to better understand where we are today.

TEXAS PIONEERS

This class emphasizes the responsibilities and entertainment of early Texas settlers. Students will learn about the various challenges these settlers faced while establishing their homes. Features of this class include time period games, cooking, log cutting, and more!

Activities

Pool & Blob (seasonal)

Double Zipline & Rock Wall

Canoes & Paddleboards

Archery, Archery Tag & BB Guns

Tomahawks

Crate Stacking & Rec Sports

Fishing

High & Low Ropes

For JR & HIGH SCHOOL