The Discovery Program at Camp Allen provides "hands on" educational experiences that enhance classroom learning. The experiences are integrated into a complete program that helps participants gain a well-rounded understanding of current issues, environmental respect, history, and human relationships.

The Program

In the spring of 1990 the Discovery Program, an outdoor and environmental education program, was conceived. The Discovery Program currently provides experiential learning for over 6,800 students and adults annually. Our goal is to continue growing and serving students of all ages and backgrounds who are excited about learning in the outdoors.

In an effort to provide the ideal program for each group, several elements (length of stay, student needs, requirements, class blocks, etc) are determined cooperatively by the classroom teachers and Discovery Instructors. These tailored Discovery Program sessions range from one-day programs with six hours of instruction to four-day programs with 32 hours of instruction.

In addition to the sessions offered for students at the Camp Allen facility, the Discovery Program conducts teacher workshops, outreach programs to students in the classroom and short, interpretive programs for groups that hold weekend retreats at Camp Allen.

Study Opportunities

Environmental Studies: Forest Ecology & Explorations, Aquatic Biology & Explorations, Astronomy, Botany, Organic Gardening & Farming, Conservation Ecology, Entomology, Herpetology, Ornithology, Mammology, Archaeology and Water Quality.

Group Development: Challenge Course, Initiatives, Canoeing, Games, Orienteering, and Outdoor Living Skills.

Wilderness Education: Outdoor Living Skills, and Orienteering.

Social Studies: Native American Studies, and The Texas Living History Experience.

Night Activities: Campfire, Night and Sensory Hikes, Astronomy, and Cities (Adaptation & Survival Game)

Discovery Staff

All Discovery Instructors have been trained to teach children outdoors. Each holds a bachelors or masters degree to support their expertise, and all are experienced in working with children. These Discovery Instructor's talents combined with their dedication to teaching ensure maximum student enrichment and enjoyment from the Discovery Program.


Overnight Programs range from$70-100 per day for 8 hours instruction, lodging, and meals. Day Programs begin at $20.00 per day, lunch is an additional $7.50 per person.

For more information on the Discovery Program or group development challenge experiences, contact Candy Moore, Director, at (936) 825-7175 or email her at .