Field Trips and Tours
Since 2004, The Longhorn Project has provided the STEM-based lessons to over sixty thousand (60,000) of students. In the 2015-2016 school year, over 7,000 Clear Creek ISD 3rd and 7th graders and students from Dickison and Pasadena school district and several private schools visited the project site and participate in a “hands-on” genetics lesson utilizing the Texas registered longhorns for data and visual evaluation. In addition, students learned about animal husbandry, fruit and vegetable cultivation, pond management, aquaculture, soil research and recycling technologies, and how this knowledge relates to the future of human space flight.
Field trips are offered to school age students from third grade through high school. The field trip curriculum, based on the TEKS (Texas Education Knowledge Skills), was developed through a collaborative effort between the Clear Creek ISD Elementary Level Science Coordinator, the Secondary Level Science Coordinator, and an agriculture science teacher. Although the curriculum was designed based on the educational requirements for the third and seventh grade history and science program, the curriculum can be tailored to meet the needs of the student audience.
Field Trip Educational Components and Objectives
Animal Science - Students will:
• learn about the history on the longhorns and lessons on the distinct characteristics of the longhorn and basic genetics;
• have the opportunity to tour the longhorn barn and feed the animals, as well as, learn about the basic daily and medical care required to raise longhorns;
• about the various agricultural programs offered by their local county extension 4-H club, high school FFA chapters, and competitive showing opportunities offered.
Horticulture and Aquaculture Science – Students will:
• tour the garden area that includes twenty (20) beds with a variety of flowing plants, fruits, vegetables, herbs and cactus;
• tour the greenhouse, that is managed by Texas Master Naturalists, where prairie grasses and forbes are grown, and eventually, planted along the wetlands of south Texas;
• receive lessons on the ponds where they will learn how to identify various fish and how the minnows are introduced to the water without help from a human.
Sustainability - Students will learn about the basic principals of sustainability and have the opportunity to:
• observe four composting containers; one natural environment composting container and three in-bed containers;
• observe a small-scale bio-digester built to produce fertilizer and methane gas from the manure collected from the longhorns;
• learn about reusable recycling programs and the basic principles of technologies as related to agriculture and farming in space;
• incorporate the various elements from the garden area into the lab lessons where they can view everyday things in the science lab through the microscope
Field Trip Schedule & Operating Hours
Saturn V Mission and Rocket Park - This lesson is taught in the NASA Rocket Park, where students will:
• observe one of the original Saturn V Rockets;
• learn about the history of the rocket, as well as, the first missions into outer space and lunar landings.
Monday – Friday during the school year and by appointment during holiday and summer months. The field trips are generally conducted for 3.0 hours as follows:
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Students may bring their lunch and enjoy a picnic in the garden patio, on the grounds, or in the open style Western Heritage Pavilion, built and donated by the Houston Livestock and Rodeo™. The Longhorn Project provides water.
Students should wear comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather, closed toe shoes, a hat and sunscreen.
The Longhorn Project can accommodate small groups or large group of 100 – 140 guests per field trip.
Audience: Public, private, & home school students and youth and adult organizations
NASA Johnson Space Center 2101 NASA Parkway Houston, Texas 77058
For information on group rates and/ or to schedule a field trip, please contact Susan Parker, Lead Science Teacher & Field Trip Coordinator, at (832) 755-8165 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For other inquiries, please click below on Contact Us.