Classes & Programs
The Biodiversity Education Center (BEC) creates an approachable bridge to the outdoors through natural space, the Nature Explore Area, and hands-on environmental education programs. Participants of education programs develop a deeper connection to their environment as they learn about local flora, fauna, natural processes, and sustainability issues. Register for upcoming hikes online. If you would like to receive our weekly emails, please let us know by emailing us.
Register for Summer!
Summer registration is now open to Coppell residents, and this summer, we have something for everyone! Find out all about youth camps and programs, adult athletic leagues, happenings at the Coppell Arts Center, upcoming trail days, and more! Take a look at our summer catalog and register for a class.
Spring 2021 Recreation Catalog
Find fun new ways to recreate with us this spring! You can find the course and program offerings for March through May in our online recreation catalog.
Tell Us About Your Experience
If you have attended a program at the BEC or just explored Coppell Nature Park, tell us about your experience by filling out this short survey. We would love hear what you loved, what can be improved and what you would love to see here in the future!
EcoExplorer Activity Kits
The EcoExplorer program is venturing outdoors! Drop by to learn about the BEC, Coppell Nature Park, and the seasonal programs offered. While you're here, pick up a free activity kit to learn about a theme in nature.
Weekly themes are posted on the BEC Facebook events page. EcoExplorer Activity Kits contain instructions to complete learning activities throughout the trails of Coppell Nature Park. Kits will be available for pick up at the office window during normal EcoExplorer visitor hours. Limit one kit per child. No registration required.
Nature Adventure Packs
The BEC offers Nature Adventure Packs! Each pack contains all the instructions and materials you need for hands-on learning in nature. Children and parents can complete age-appropriate activities together using Coppell Nature Park as an outdoor laboratory. Supplies are limited. Provide proof of purchase upon pick-up during normal visitor hours.
EcoExplorer Kits and Nature Adventure Packs are available for pick up:
- Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 9 AM to 12 PM
Junior Master Naturalist
Inspired by one of our own volunteers, the BEC offers the Junior Master Naturalist program to 4th through 6th graders. This program is modeled after curriculum from the Perot Museum. The experience combines hands-on explorations and outdoor adventures to help young people develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of Texas ecosystems.
Self-Guided Education Activities
Wildflower Scavenger Hunt
Monday, March 1 – Tuesday, June 1
The race is on! Go on nature’s ultimate scavenger hunt for wildflowers. Spring is wildflower season, and each species has a turn in the spotlight. Don’t forget to go on one of many naturalist-led hikes this spring for extra help. Here's how to participate:
- Visit Coppell Nature Park each week to discover what’s in bloom.
- Print off a list of native North Texas Wildflowers.
- Complete your list by uploading photos to iNaturalist and stop by the Biodiversity Education Center during normal visitor hours to receive a Texas native wildflower seed pack prize!
Coppell Nature Park Virtual Self-Guided Hikes
Explore the beauty of Coppell Nature Park with these self-guided hikes. Discover the unique characteristics of each habitat found within the nature park. Take the following steps to start your self-guided adventure today!
- Download the Flyover Country app on your phone.
- Click the hammer/rocks icon at the bottom left of the screen.
- Type in "Habitats of Coppell Nature Park" into the search bar at the top of the screen and selecting it from the list below.
- Once you are in the field guide, you can tap points of interest on the map and find background information from the drop-down menus.