Outreach - Let us come to you!
If transportation is an issue, we can come to you with our Nature Naturally, Science on the Grow and Auditorium programs. Outreach programs from the Dallas Arboretum will help you build a connection to science that reaches beyond the classroom walls. Scholarships and bus stipends are available.
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To make a reservation please contact the Reservations Department by phone at 214.515.6540, by fax at 214.515.6578 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PK – 2nd Grade
$250 each program Oct-Nov / Mar-May
$220 each program Aug-Sept / Dec-Feb
A puppet show, costumes and larger-than-life models make these 45-minute programs an experience your students won’t forget. Program fee includes up to 100 students. Choose from the following topics:
Wishing for Wings
Students learn about the characteristics of butterflies including their basic needs, the unique stages of their life cycle and metamorphosis.
Nuts the Squirrel
Students are introduced to the concepts of seasonal change, adaptations and habitats.
PK – 2nd Grade
$250 each program Oct-Nov / Mar-May
$220 each program Aug-Sept / Dec-Feb
Pumpkins come to life in this auditorium program. Your students explore the full life cycle of our favorite fall plant through a visual journey narrated by Danny Glover, a dramatic reading of I’m a Seed and the opportunity to grow like a pumpkin. This is our most splendid seasonal offering!
Complete the Outreach form and choose Custom Program to begin registering. (see links above)
Pre-K – 6th Grade
$100 per class Oct-Nov / Mar-May
$75 per class Aug-Sept / Dec-Feb
(A minimum of four class bookings per school)
We know that many schools are unable to visit the Arboretum, and we have options for you! For the first time ever, we are now able to offer all of our classroom lab programs - from Pumpkin Circle to Disappearing Act - at your campus. Choose from the following topics:
Pumpkin Circle (Fall Only) PK-2nd Grade
After distinguishing between living and non-living things, we explore the pumpkin life cycle, as well as plant their own seed to take back to school for observation. The perfect ending for this lesson is a walk through the Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village.
Seedsational (Spring Only) PK-2nd Grade
After classifying everyday items as living or non-living, students discover the fascinating world of plants they see throughout the garden by exploring their basic needs, parts and functions. Students plant their own seed to take back to school.
NEW! Flight of the Honeybee K-2nd Grade
Students investigate the interdependence of plants and bees and discover the unique clues flowers use to attract pollinators, including the special ways pollinators are able to find the flowers just right for them.
NEW! Here Comes the Sun K-2nd Grade
Like any other ecosystem, the Arboretum is a complex and active place requiring a lot of energy to grow and thrive. But where does that energy come from? And how is it used? Students explore trophic relationships to learn about consumers and producers and to generate a food chain.
NEW! Plant Detectives K-2nd Grade
Although the Arboretum is home to many plants, not all plant species are suited to thrive in the Dallas area. In this class, students learn about biomes and plant adaptations and examine leaves to infer characteristics of the plant’s habitat.
NEW! The Scoop on Soil K-2nd Grade
Introduce your students to the world of geology as they explore the uses of rocks and discover how soils are formed. Experiments and hands-on discovery make this a great program to enrich your earth science curriculum.
NEW! Wonders of Water K-2nd Grade
Explore the wonderful world of water! Students investigate the properties of water, the water cycle and the different forms of water through interactive, hands-on activities.
NEW! Go with the Flow 3rd-5th Grade
Despite being separate recreational areas, the Arboretum and White Rock Lake are closely connected by nature. Students learn how to use topographic maps and investigate soil erosion to ensure the Arboretum maintains a healthy relationship with its neighbor.
H2 OH! 3rd-5th Grade
Although water may look like a simple molecule, it has some amazing properties! Students learn about surface tension, its relationship to cohesion and adhesion and how plants move this essential substance from roots to leaves.
It’s a Bug’s Life 3rd-5th Grade
We are home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including many creepy crawlies living in the soil. But what exactly is an insect? Students learn the common characteristics that all insects share, examine their adaptations using models and real specimens and differentiate between complete and incomplete
NEW! Plant Secrets 3rd-5th Grade
Plants can’t talk to us, but their leaves provide us with so much information (if you know where to look). Students learn about plant adaptations and investigate a diverse selection of leaves to observe how adaptations are suited to specific environments.
NEW! Bees and Quiet 3rd-6th Grade
Bees are essential to food production and their numbers have declined in recent years. In this simulation, students analyze different hives to determine the likely causes of colony collapse disorder and what they can do to help.
NEW! Disappearing Act 3rd-6th Grade
Ecosystems are not organisms, but they do respond to changes in their parts. What happens when an organism in an ecosystem disappears? Students simulate a real world case of an animal disappearing from an ecosystem and the environmental impact of this forced removal.
Special Request Program PK-12th Grade
Minimum 100 students
Interested in a topic that you don’t see listed here? Additional programs are available, including custom labs on soils, the rock cycle and more. Our staff educator will work with you to design a program that meets your students’ specific needs.
Niños y la naturaleza
$125 for first class / $100 each additional
(Available Fridays only)
NEW! ¿Está vivo?
How do you know whether something is living or nonliving? In this lesson, students use hands-on exploration to discover the characteristics of all living things, determine their basic needs and sort living and nonliving objects.
NEW! ¡Las estaciones y yo!
How does the weather change with the seasons? How do seasonal changes affect people, plants and animals? In this lesson, students distinguish changes associated with each season, determine which season certain activities are limited to, use descriptive words to talk about the weather and uncover how it all relates to them and the natural world.
NEW! ¿¡Las rocas también se comen!?
Rocks come in different colors, textures, sizes and shapes. They are all around us, but how much do you really know about them? In this lesson students investigate the world of rocks, discover their properties and explore the many ways we use them.
NEW! ¡Semillas, raices, tallos! ¡Y más!
How do the different parts of the plant work together to keep it alive? What is the unique role of the roots, stem, leaves and flower? In this lesson, students explore the parts of the plant, determine the function of each part and navigate through its life cycle.
NEW! Piel, plumas y patas
Did you know that a duck’s feathers are waterproof or that a bull does not actually see red? In this lesson students examine animal characteristics, sort them based on their similarities and investigate how these characteristics determine their habitat, food, and movement.
1st – 6th Grade
7 week residency program | One 90-minute session each week | $1250 flat rate
(Discounts for multiple units purchased)
1ST–3RD GRADE UNITS
Students are introduced to the Earth’s materials through investigations of soil and decomposition and examinations of rocks and weathering. They learn about volcanoes, earthquakes and different landforms, and learn about sources of water and the water cycle.
Plants for Survival
Students discover plant parts, their functions and life cycles as they investigate real plants. They learn how a plant is an important part of food chains and webs and how living organisms depend on plants. They explore ecosystems and plant adaptations resulting from environmental changes. Students record their learning in a nature journal as they investigate real plants in the classroom and outdoors in the schoolyard.
Butterflies, Bees and Blossoms
Students discover the parts and purpose of the flowering plant, examine insect life cycles and investigate the interdependence between flowering plants and insects. Students dissect real flowers and explore their own schoolyard to investigate pollinators in this interactive and fascinating unit.
4TH–6TH GRADE UNITS
Rock and Roll
Students discover how shifting tectonic plates result in earthquakes and volcanoes, that together with glaciers and rivers, change the surface of the Earth. They investigate the properties of soil and rocks, perform experiments with weathering and erosion and engage in activities to understand Earth’s changing surface.
Diversity of Life
Students learn that within an ecosystem there are producers, consumers, decomposers, predators and prey. All of these work together to form food chains and food webs which enable an ecosystem to survive. Students investigate different plant and animal adaptations through hands-on activities and experiments.
Students learn about the sun’s role in producing energy and the flow of energy from the sun to plants to people. They investigate and compare renewable and non-renewable energy sources, explore alternative energy and conduct experiments to better understand electricity. Hands-on activities, role-playing and outdoor activities make this a fun and active learning experience.