Additional opportunities for children
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden welcomes school groups, families and other children's organizations to enjoy our beautiful and educational gardens.
For more information on available children's programming outside of school, please click the links below.
Growing Up WILD! at the Dallas Arboretum
$50 ($40 members) per pair for one session
$190 ($150 members) per pair for entire season (4 sessions)
$550 ($450 members) per pair for entire year (12 sessions)
3-6 year old with one guardian
Add an additional child for $25 per session
Price includes Children’s Adventure Garden admission
We believe a young child’s connection to nature is essential and our Growing Up WILD! at the Dallas Arboretum programs are sure to engage you just as much as your youngster. Join us as we discover nature through hands-on explorations, stories, song and dance, crafts and even a themed snack. Each program also includes fun things parents, guardians and children can do together at home after the class.
Purchase a single class up to an entire year – the choice is yours, but you’ll have a WILD time learning together!
Winter 2016 series
1/9/17 Wildlife is Everywhere
Children make observations and understand that wildlife is all around us.
1/23/17 Hiding in Plain Sight
Children play a game of hide and seek to learn about important adaptations in many wild animals.
Children explore animal tracks and make and compare tracks of their own.
2/20/17 Who Lives in a Tree?
Children develop an awareness of trees and some of the animals that call them “home.”
Spring 2017 series
3/20/17 Seed Need
Children explore seeds as food for people and animals and learn how animals spread seeds.
4/3/17 Bird Beak Buffet
Children learn about the special functions of bird beaks.
4/17/17 Owl Pellets
Children dissect an owl pellet and learn what owls eat.
5/1/17 Aqua Charades
Children explore the importance of water for people, animals and plants.
Programs are held rain or shine.
Please contact the Reservations Department by phone at 214.515.6540, by fax at 214.515.6578 or by email at email@example.com with questions.
Winter Homeschool Day
Buzz About Bees Homeschool Day | December 12th, 2016
Adult Nonmembers: $8
Adult Members: Free
Parking pre-pay online: $8
Parking day of event: $15
Join us to discover what all the buzz is about bees on Monday, December 12th as we offer our TEKS and NGSS aligned classroom programs for homeschool students! Reserve your student’s spot in our Dallas Arboretum Educator-led classroom learning experience. Programs will be held inside our classrooms at the Visitor Education Pavilion in the Main Garden. Parents are welcome to observe classes or enjoy the garden while students participate in their class. After the program, explore our Twelve Days of Christmas exhibit in the Main Garden and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, all included with your reservation. Check in for all classes will be from 9:45-10:15am (you may explore the garden before your class).
Flight of the Honeybee
10:00am | 11:00am
K-2nd (5-8 years)
Students investigate the interdependence of plants and bees, discover the unique clues flowers use to attract pollinators and the special ways pollinators are able to find the flowers just right for them.
Bees and Quiet
10:00am | 11:00am
3rd-6th (8-12 years)
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 explore what they can do to help.
Spring 2017 dates: March 17, 18 and 31 | April 1, 28, and 29 | May 12 | June 2, 3, 16, 23 and 24
Families with children ages 5-12
$55 per person ($50 members)
Arboretum Family Overnights will allow family groups an unprecedented experience in the Children’s Adventure Garden: overnight access. Visitors will participate in Texas Native Wetlands, Pure Energy and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike and create seed bombs to take home with them. A light snack and continental breakfast are included.
Spring 2017 dates: March 24 & 25 / April 7, 8, 21, & 22 / May 5, 6, 19, 20 / June 9 & 10
Groups with children ages 5-12
$55 per person ($50 members)
Arboretum Group Overnights are perfect opportunity to explore the Arboretum at a time that no one else can – at night! Groups will participate in Texas Native Wetlands, Pure Energy and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike and create seed bombs to take home with them. A light snack and continental breakfast are included. We are happy to host you child’s birthday party!
Groups that wish to bring their own content can also be accommodated.
We are pleased to offer reduced admission to the entire Garden, including the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops.
Scouts/siblings (over 2 years of age): $8 per person
Adults: $10 per person
Parking: $8 discounted parking available online
A minimum of 10 tickets must be purchased to receive this rate
To make a reservation and secure these rates, call 214.515.6540 at least two weeks prior to your desired visit date. Please have your troop number and credit card ready when calling.
Badge-Earning Programs for Girl Scouts
Reserve a Dallas Arboretum Educator-led program designed to meet all 5 badge requirements. At the close of the program, the scouts will receive a specially designed Dallas Arboretum Fun Day patch, as well as having earned their badge which the leader/parent can purchase at their local GS shop. Badge-Earning Programs are held in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.
Fall dates: November 12 and 19
Spring dates: April 8, 22, and 29 / May 13, 20, and 27
Programs are 2 hours long and may be reserved for 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. A minimum of 8 scouts is required to reserve a program. Cost is $20 per scout, $10 per adult and includes all-day access to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and Main Garden. To check availability and the schedule your program at least two weeks in advance, or for more information, contact the Reservations Department by phone at 214.515.6540, by fax at 214.515.6578 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brownie Badge Programs
Bugs are an important part of gardens. Explore how bugs can both help and prevent the Dallas Arboretum gardens from flourishing.
At the Dallas Arboretum, learn ways to paint, color, and interpret your world using nature as your backdrop.
It’s great to have a clean, green home. Explore how we can use science to help your family save energy, water, and the planet.
Junior Badge Programs
Discover the amazing anatomy of flowers and the many adaptations that make flowers so diverse and beautiful.
Explore the Dallas Arboretum to discover the many possible functions of gardens and what to consider when planning your own garden. Use this knowledge to design and plant a garden you can take home.
Learn drawing techniques and let the Dallas Arboretum gardens inspire your masterpiece.
Learn to use latitude and longitude coordinates to navigate then learn to use your own internet-capable device (smartphone, tablet, or laptop) to navigate the gardens for hidden caches.
Cadette Badge Programs
Discover the importance of trees in many ecosystems, including the Dallas Arboretum, and the adaptations that help them thrive. Explore just how much humans rely on trees in our everyday lives.
Plan the perfect activity for your child. Organized by age, these camps cater to your child's interests and needs for an unforgettable adventure!
What do parents say about camps at the Arboretum?
“I thought this camp was perfect, and the counselors were terrific!” Parent of a 9-year-old boy
“Thank you so much for having these camps. Our family loves the Arboretum camps and the kids look forward to it every year! We will continue coming!” Parent of a 7-year-old boy
“My daughter has attended camps at the Arboretum since she was 5 – we love your camps!” Parent of an 8-year-old girl
“My child loved every minute of camp. Keep up the great job!” Parent of a 4-year-old girl
“I feel very safe dropping my children off to camp” Parent of 5 & 6-year old girls
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