Brazos Bend State Park
Volunteer Organization   
Gator Hatch

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

Grade 5 - Science

Program - Reptile Program

Description - This program will explain basic characteristics of reptiles and what they have in common.   We will look at basic life history of snakes and alligators.  Live animals will be used in this program.  Students will be allowed to touch an alligator and a snake at the conclusion of the program.

Time required - Approximately 45 minutes

Size requirements - 50 students or less


Guided Nature Hikes (Creekfield Lake and 40 Acre Lake)

  •   1 - 20 Students - $40.00 
  • 21 - 40 Students - $60.00  
  • 41 - 60 Students - $80.00  
  • 61 - 80 Students - $100.00  
  • 81-100 Students - $120.00  

Classroom Programs
Unfortunately all classroom programs have been suspended indefinitely.

  • Reptile Program
    • 1 - 50 Students - $20.00
  • Mammal Program
    • 1 - 50 Students - $20.00
  • Bird Program
    • 1 - 50 Students - $20.00
  • Aquatic Invertebrate Program (available for grades 3 - 5)
    • 1 - 30 students - $60.00

No charge for Nature Center

Reservations must be made in advance and are subject to availability 

The following Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Grade 5 Science will be addressed with this program

§112.7. Science, Grade 5

(a)  Introduction.

     (3)  Students learn that adaptations can improve the survival of members of a species, and they explore an organism's niche within an ecosystem. Students continue the study of organisms by exploring a variety of traits that are inherited by offspring from their parents and study examples of learned characteristics.

(b)  Knowledge and skills

     (9)  Science concepts. The student knows that adaptations may increase the survival of members of a species. The student is expected to:
      (A)  compare the adaptive characteristics of species that improve their ability to survive and reproduce in an ecosystem;
      (B)  analyze and describe adaptive characteristics that result in an organism's unique niche in an ecosystem; and
      (C)  predict some adaptive characteristics required for survival and reproduction by an organism in an ecosystem.
    (10)  Science concepts. The student knows that likenesses between offspring and parents can be inherited or learned. The student is expected to:
      (A)  identify traits that are inherited from parent to offspring in plants and animals; and
      (B)  give examples of learned characteristics that result from the influence of the environment.

Updated: Aug 19, 2011