Education at Moody Gardens

The Moody Gardens Education Department strives to provide learning experiences for our guests that instill enthusiasm, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world and its inhabitants. From teacher workshops and field trips to sleepovers and birthday parties, kids of all ages will have an experience like no other!

At-A-Glance Information CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: MOODY GARDENS EDUCATION PROGRAMS 

School Giveaway is Now Closed!

Stay tuned to find out which lucky class has won a class field trip to Moody Gardens to watch Great Bear Rainforest in 3D on the largest screen in Texas & visit the Moody Gardens Rainforest!

Pyramid Kids Camp

Boys in Moody Gardens day camp

Kids ages 3 year old - 8th grade are invited to participate in a unique variety of camps that are fun and educational. Sign-up for our Pyramid Kids Camp mailing list and receive free information about our upcoming camps that occur throughout the year.

Camp Dates & Descriptions

Download PreK Camp PDF

Download Summer Camp PDF

Educator Programs

Educator Open House

Saturday, February 1, 2020
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spend the day with Moody Gardens. Come checkout our attractions and see what we and other Galveston attractions have to offer. This is a free event for Educators.

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Educator Workshops

$55 per person, includes lunch

Moody Gardens Educator Workshops provide the opportunity to enhance your curriculum. All workshops are TEKS aligned and offer a multitude of hands on activities and educational materials to inspire your students.

Upcoming workshops

Curriculum Guides

Help make the most of your visit by downloading a copy of the curriculum:

» Tropical Rainforest Curriculum

» Ocean Scientists & Ocean Champions Curriculum

» Great Bear Rainforest Educator Guide

If you would like to receive e-mails about our Education Programs, Click Below!

Overnight Adventures

Moody Gardens offers two adventurous sleepovers which allow guests to spend the night exploring one of our exciting attractions. Each program includes a late-night pizza snack and a light breakfast. Chaperones required.

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.

Cost: $1,000 for up to 20 people, $50 for each additional guest

Reservations are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance.

A deposit is required to reserve your overnight adventure, with the balance payable prior to your event.

Extend your adventure to the next day. Add-on attractions are available at group rates.

Call 409-683-4325 or e-mail us at education@moodygardens.org for information and reservations.

Boy at Moody Gardens

Creatures of the Night

Explore the rainforest after dark to discover how nocturnal creatures live! The evening includes a variety of activities, with an animal encounter and a tour of the Rainforest Pyramid. Participants spend the night in the Rainforest Entrance.

Girls in Moody Gardens Aquarium

Night Under the Sea

Spend the night in the Aquarium and discover a world much different from your own! Make discoveries of ocean habitats, creatures that live within them and relationships they share during your night expedition. The evening includes a variety of activities with an animal encounter and a tour of the Aquarium Pyramid.

Already participated in a sleepover? CLICK HERE to fill out a sleepover evaluation.

Scout Programs

Visit Moody Gardens and work towards earning a badge at the same time! At Moody Gardens you can see environments from around the world, try your skills on our ropes course and zip-line and so much more. Discounted tickets and tours for scouting units are available through group sales at 409-683-4558

Click to Download: MOODY GARDENS SCOUTING PROGRAMS INFORMATION

Call 409-683-4325 or e-mail us at scouts@moodygardens.org for more information and reservations.

Ask us about combining a private workshop with a sleepover to create a SCOUTING OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE!

Cub Scouts

Programs available for a private day workshop or add on to an Overnight Adventure! 

World Conservation Award
Nova: Wild Award 

Scout Merit Badge Workshops

CLICK HERE to view our Workshop Schedule, register for an upcoming workshop and download relevant paperwork

Girl Scouts

At Moody Gardens you can work on your Naturalist badges, with free activity packets from the links below to help complete badges during your visit! Combine your outing with a tour, private day workshop or overnight adventure for more advancement opportunities. 

» Juniors: Flowers Badge - Click Here

» Brownie: Bug Badge - Click Here

» Daisies: Daisies at Moody Gardens - Click Here

» Cadette: Tree Badge - Click Here

Private Scout Workshops

Don’t just earn it, Learn it!

Private workshops let you pick the topic when your group wants it!

VIP Workshops are more than just a class. Your Scout learns individually in a fully immersed program with all the extras for an experience to remember! (Perfect option for out-of-town guests or wanting private instruction with experts in the field.) 

Available anytime with reservations for individuals and groups in all of the Scouting programs. Chaperone(s) are required. Download: MOODY GARDENS SCOUTING PROGRAMS INFORMATION

Home School Programs

Join us for Moody Gardens Home School Days. Discover the amazing world of rainforests, oceans and more as you participate in programs and exciting, hands-on activities. Home School Days are hosted the second Wednesday, October through September.

2019 - 2020 Homeschool Days Schedule
 

December 11th, 2019 – Iceland and AQ – “The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway”

                Students will stroll through Iceland and observe what they do to keep their bodies warm. We can use insulation, friction, muscle activity… even eating! But what about the animals that live in below freezing temperatures and can’t grab a jacket? Explore the different strategies that different species use to KEEP the heat!

 

February 12th, 2020 – RF and Offatts Bayou – “Little Bodies, Big Jobs”

                Students will take a moment to be still and observe in the natural world as they become Naturalists for the day! By taking a look at the difference between native and exotic wildlife, participants will form and understanding of the integral role that each organism plays in their unique ecosystems—even the tiny organisms! Through the use of wildlife surveys, behavioral ethograms, introductory wildlife identification, and more, these students will bring exploration to the next level!

 

April 8th, 2020–, AQ, 3D Theater – “Float, Sink, or Swim?”               

 

Students will have a chance to investigate how density, salinity, water quality, currents, and climate play a crucial role in aquatic ecosystems—for wildlife and humans alike! Through observing the mechanics of how boats float to investigating why sharks don’t sink, students will learn that living in water has a completely different set of hurdles than living on land.

 

September 9th, 2020 – AQ & RF – “Everyone’s a Helper: Being a Good Steward”

                Students will explore the Rainforest and Aquarium Pyramids to gain an understanding of why certain species are currently or have been threatened. From invasive species, habitat loss, climate change, over-hunting, or natural disaster, students will delve deep into the causes and effects that impact the world. Participants will also learn how to take an active role in being good stewards for the amazing planet that we live on!

REGISTRATION

Click here to register for members and non-members

 

Pricing:

Non-Members: $15/adult, $15/child

Members: $5/adult, $5/child (Must show Member ID at check-in)

(Children 2 & Under are free)

For additional information, please call 409-683-4290 or click here to email us directly!

Outreach Programs

Education Workshop at Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens Outreach Programs

All Outreach Programs are multi-sensory, lecture, discussion, and interactive based. Although, program topics are science based, each topic also has interdisciplinary elements including: history, geography, culture, and conservation. The outrach program topic can be tailored to the grade level with the appropriate corresponding TEKS. To "illustrate" the program topics, Bio-facts and artifacts are introduced offering the student additional insight into their program. At the conclusion of this 45-55 minute program, your student will have the opportunity of engagement with both bio-fact and artifact, creating their own "AH-HA" moment!

Outreach Topics:

*INSECTS: The Unsung Hero

If you love chocolate Thank an insect! Explore the diverse super powers of our most often overlooked hero!

*AMAZING AMAZON ANIMALS

It's not just aquatic animals that depend on the Amazon River! Learn of the unique terrestrial, arboreal, and aquatic's relationship each animal has with the Amazon River.

*PENGUIN PALACES

Offers insight into the relationship the King, Rock Hoper, Yellow-Eyed, and Humboldt Penguin have with the natural resources of their environment for their "palace" construction.

*CORALS: COMMUNITIES of the Sea

Coral, is it a plant, an animal, or a mineral? How these elements work together forming a habitat for aquatic life and more!

*RAINFOREST: It's Connection to You!

The conversation begins with an overview of a tropical rainforest, the treasures within the biomes and their relevancy to us.

*Chocolate, Coconuts, and the Cuna

Imagine your students experiencing a cultural voyage through the eyes of the Cuna! The Cuna, a vibrant extant culture, live in and rely on their "Tropical American Mall."

Price: $100.00/ Presentation (maximum of five presentations per day) Reservations more than sixty miles from Galveston will include a mileage fee. 

Reservations are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance. Call 409-683-4331 or e-mail us at outreach@moodygardens.com for information and reservations.

Birthday Parties

Looking to Plan a Birthday Party?!

Birthday Party at Moody Gardens Aquarium

Leave the planning to us! Celebrate your child’s birthday at Moody Gardens with one of our exciting birthday party packages. Packages include cake, paper goods, invitations, a private party room for two hours, entry to a corresponding exhibit and more!

Advance reservations are required. For additional information or to make reservations, call 409-683-4325 or e-mail us at education@moodygardens.org

CLICK HERE for party themes and pricing

Field Trips

Let the pyramids become your classroom and experience the natural world firsthand. Supplement your TEKS requirements with a field trip to Moody Gardens. Guided and unguided programs available. 

Reservations for Exploration and Funday Programs are required and must be made at least two weeks in advance. In order to qualify for group rates, a minimum of 20 participants is required.

Exploration Program

Join us for a guided rainforest or ocean-themed presentation and tour. Prices start at $7.95 per person.

Funday Programs

Custom-design your learning experience with this unguided option. Prices range from $5.95 for one attraction to $36 for all attractions. (Palm Beach and special exhibits not included.)

Title 1 discounts are available for visits between August and February. 

CLICK HERE for more information

CLICK HERE for Meal Deals

Please call 409-683-4203 or 409-683-4362 for more information and reservations.

Giant River Otter at Moody Gardens
Penguin at Moody Gardens
Orchid at Moody Gardens

Animal Information 

Moody Gardens is one of the premier educational and recreational facilities in the Southwest and offers visitors the opportunity to view and visit with a very diverse collection of animals. In fact, over 5,500 animals representing 650 different species currently reside at Moody Gardens.

Scavenger Hunts

General

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 Aquarium

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Rainforest

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