Ignite your elementary student’s curiosity while developing their understanding and respect for nature through our Outdoor Learning Center. Or, utilize experiential education to create personal, team building and leadership development opportunities through our Ropes/Challenge Course, recommended for 7th through 12th grades. Each course emphasizes an awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. Our knowledgeable instructors are happy to lead your course from a Christian faith perspective.


  • 1 Night / 2 Days - $85 per student

  • 2 Nights / 3 Days - $140 per student

  • 3 Nights / 4 Days - $170 per student


Students learn the characteristics of insects, spiders, millipedes and centipedes by studying our hands on specimens. Commonly found insects to the Sam Houston National Forest are also studied.

Micro-Life Study

Students discover the tiny world around them using our “in-the-field” microscopes. Collecting specimens to look at, including life in a pine cone, they’ll come away amazed at all the “mini” critters around them.Predator-Prey Relationships-Classes get their hands dirty digging through owl pellets looking for bones to creatures that have been digested which is incorporated into discussions about food chains with an emphasis being placed on those natural to the Sam Houston National Forest.


Another great hands on class where kids meet “Tex” the ball python, toads, frogs and box turtles. They learn animal adaptation that is necessary for survival.


We have plenty of those to study. Pine, sweetgum, oak, maple, cedar and on and on. This class emphasizes identification, historical and modern uses, and our dependence on them.


This class teaches the anatomy, survival traits, and local species. Then they will bait a hook with a worm from our worm farm and see if they can catch one!


Learning how to use a compass and then putting it to practice on 1 of our 4 courses.

Pioneering Days

Take a step back to pre-civil war era when Governor Sam Houston lived not more than 10 minutes from camp. This class features time period games, cooking, log cutting, and goats!

Nature Journaling

Creative writing using the very nature that is around and create stories personifying crazy things such as pine cones, beetles, or even snakes!

Water Study

All the water around Forest Glen will be open to testing so an understanding of how pH, hardness and alkalinity are linked to all the different species using it.


Learning about the three elements of nature that humans and animals need to survive. Gives the students an opportunity to search for the different habitats and resources that the animals need for survival.

Hot Air Balloons

Teambuilding activity exploring thermodynamic properties by building a model hot air balloon from scratch and then flying it in our very own Hot Air Balloon Festival.

Included Recreation

Volleyball, Basketball, Fishing, Canoeing, Baseball, Kickball, Archery, BB Gun Range, Hiking, Tether Ball, GaGa (Like dodge ball), Large game fields


Jr. Olympic Size Pool, Blobbing

High and Low Ropes Course

With overnight retreat: $15/person for Low Ropes OR High Ropes $25/person for BOTH

One day event: $35/person (includes Lows, Highs and lunch)

Half day event: $25/person (includes Lows OR Highs and lunch)

Double Zipline: $100/hour for group

Horse Ride Providers

Horse rides are scheduled through 2E Horse outfitters. Their stables are located at Huntsville State Park, about ½ an hour from Forest Glen. If your group has 30 or more riders, they will come out to Forest Glen to lead your group on a ride. Remember that YOU need to set an appointment with the 2E Horses ahead of time to make sure that there is availability for your group.

To check availability Call 2E Horses @ 210-861-0105

Camp Fires

Campfires are available to every group. Each group has at least 1 hour at the campfire depending on the availability. To schedule a campfire you must set a time with the retreat staff to make sure of available times. The campfires are at no extra cost.