Education Group

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Education at Moody Gardens

We provide learning experiences for our guests that instill enthusiasm, appreciation and stewardship for the natural world and its inhabitants.

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  2. Scout Programs
  3. Overnight Adventures

 

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  2. Scavenger Hunts
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Little Boy and Microscope

Learn Wild! Home School 

Join us for our all-new Learn Wild Home School, taking place each month here at Moody Gardens! These 3-hour-long programs have been created for home school families/groups of all grade levels. Enjoy a focused educational experience each month with different combinations of elements to explore a featured attraction, ambassador animal presentations, and documentary movies and engage with our Educators in walk-up hands-on activities.

Check-in will be 9:30 am in the Visitor Center. Programs start promptly at 10 am. Each family will receive a digital education guide for all grade levels to download at check-in that corresponds to the monthly focus topic to use as part of your home classroom curriculum.

Come to Moody Gardens for exciting mornings of various theme-related educational activities with a corresponding attraction! 

December 6: Miraculous Movement: Jamming with Trains
January 3: Creepy Crawly: Interesting Insects
February 7: Feather Friends: Penguin Pals
March 7: Otter-ly Fantastic: Roaming with River Otters
April 4: Ocean Adventures: Swimming with Sharks
May 9: Day of the Dinos: Blast to the Past
 

NON-Member: $18 (per person adult & youth 3-17; children under 3 free)

Member: $10 (per person adult & youth; youth 3-17 children under 3 free)

Advanced registration is required for both adult and youth participants ages 3-17. (Children must be accompanied by an adult guardian.)

Call 409-683-4290 or email teaching@moodygardens.org​ for more information.

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Learn Wild! Tours and Programs 

Topic-focused guided tours & educational programs are available to book for schools, home school groups, clubs or private families. Call 409-683-4558 or email AttractionSales@moodygardens.org​ for more information.

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NEW! Learn Live! Pre-K Expeditions - For Learners Ages 3-5

Join other early learners for fun-filled Pre-K Expeditions at Moody Gardens once a month.  Enjoy theme-related games, crafts, experiments, storytime, and admission into the corresponding attraction. Our education staff will even send home with you more “at-home activity ideas” to keep the learning connections going. Morning or afternoon sessions are available to fit into your little one's routine.

Call 409-683-4290 or email teaching@moodygardens.org for more information.

Pre-K Expeditions are designed for children 3-5 years old with an adult participating. Older siblings and additional adults may attend as a participant with ticket purchase. Babies up to 2 years old are free, but will not be considered a participant.

  • $15 per person adult and children 3 years old and up. Tickets are required for all adults and youth.
  • Morning Session: 10 am-noon  (Online pre-registration closes at 5 pm the day before the program)
  • Afternoon Session: 2 pm – 4 pm (Online pre-registration closes at 9 am the day of the program)
  • *Day of Tickets may be purchased at the Visitors Center Membership Ticket Counter if occupancy is available.

Maximum of 24 attendees per session.

All Pre-K Expeditions Check In: Lower Level of the Aquarium by the Food Court & Gift Shop - Coral Room

December 14, 2022: Creepy Crawly Confidants (Rainforest Attraction)

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Learn Live! - Private On or Off Property Programs

Available to book for daycares, schools, home schools, churches, companies, or private families for Private On or Off Property programs.

​Call 409-683-4558 or email AttractionSales@moodygardens.org​ for more information.

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NEW! Learn Live! - On or Off Property Beyond Biofacts Programs

These multi-sensory and interdisciplinary lessons include elements of history, geography, culture and conservation. The lessons are geared toward learners of all ages and not only provide an engaging discussion about the topics at hand, but also a presentation of real biofacts.

Available to book for schools, clubs or private families. Call 409-683-4290 or email teaching@moodygardens.org​ for more information.

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Scout Programs

Booking for Private Workshops for all Ages and Ranks in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA and Girl Scouts. 

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 Attraction Sales at 409-683-4558

Call 409-683-4231 or email 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

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Scouts BSA Merit Badge Workshops

Don't just earn it, learn it! Scouts ages 11-17 can complete most or all requirements of a badge in a single day while social distancing. Additional experiences may include exhibit and property tours and guest speakers from various departments.

December 11, 2022  Insect Study
November 13, 2022 – Reptile & Amphibian Study
December 11, 2022 – Insect Study
January 8, 2023 – Fish & Wildlife Management
January 22, 2023 – Mammal Study
February 2, 2023 – Sustainability
February 19, 2023 – Oceanography
March 5, 2023 – Reptile & Amphibian Study
March 19, 2023 – Environmental Science
April 30, 2023 – Bird Study
May 7, 2023 – Insect Study
May 21, 2023 – Fish & Wildlife Management
June 4, 2023 – Emergency Preparedness
July 16, 2023 – Nature Study
August 20, 2023 – Sustainability
September 3, 2023 – Mammal Study
September 17, 2023 – Emergency Preparedness
October 1, 2023 – Oceanography
October 15, 2023 – Environmental Science
November 5, 2023 – Bird Study
November 12, 2023 – Insect Study
December 3, 2023 – Nature Study
December 17, 2023 – Reptile & Amphibian Study

Pricing: $30/Scout
Maximum of 36 participants for each workshop.

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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.

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Private Scout Workshops

Don’t just earn it, Learn it!

We offer private workshops and Sleepover Adventure add-ons for youth participants in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA,   Venturing, Girl Scouts and American Heritage. Each program is formatted to help scouts complete the requirements for an Adventure, Badge or Conservation Award. 

Call 409-683-4231 or email scouts@moodygardens.org​ for more information on your personal development of a private Workshop.

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Overnight Adventures

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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: 6:30PM - 8AM
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 409-683-4558 or email AttractionSales@moodygardens.org​ for more information and reservations.


Creatures of the Night

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

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 and a tour of the Aquarium Pyramid.

Already participated in a sleepover? Fill out a sleepover evaluation.

Educator Programs

Educator Open House

Stay Tuned for 2023 Date

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.

Pre-Registration Required - No Walk-in Availability 

Educator Workshops

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.

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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

Scavenger Hunts

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