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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.

Learn about the Children's Adventure Garden

For more information on available children's programming outside of school, please click the links below.

Family Overnights Click for More

Fall 2016 dates: October 1, 7, 8, 21 and 22

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

6:00pm-9:00am

$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.

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Group Overnights Click for More

Fall 2016 dates: Oct 14 & 15 / Nov 4 & 5

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

6:00pm-9:00 am

$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.

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Growing Up WILD Click for More

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)

3-5 year old with one guardian

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!

Fall 2016 series

Sign up for the entire Fall season

9/26/16 First Impressions

Children combine movement and math to show how they think and feel about animals.

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10/10/16 Looking at Leaves

Children practice their observation skills by comparing leaves.

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10/24/16 What’s Wild?

Children engage in stories comparing the lives of a wild and a tame animal, then sort animals into categories.

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11/7/16 Terrific Turkeys

Children learn about wild turkeys.

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Winter 2016 series

Sign up for the entire Winter season

1/9/17 Wildlife is Everywhere

Children make observations and understand that wildlife is all around us.

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1/23/17 Hiding in Plain Sight

Children play a game of hide and seek to learn about important adaptations in many wild animals.

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2/6/17 Tracks!

Children explore animal tracks and make and compare tracks of their own.

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2/20/17 Who Lives in a Tree?

Children develop an awareness of trees and some of the animals that call them “home.”

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Spring 2017 series

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3/20/17 Seed Need

Children explore seeds as food for people and animals and learn how animals spread seeds.

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4/3/17 Bird Beak Buffet

Children learn about the special functions of bird beaks.

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4/17/17 Owl Pellets

Children dissect an owl pellet and learn what owls eat.

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5/1/17 Aqua Charades

Children explore the importance of water for people, animals and plants.

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Sign up for the entire Spring season

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 education@dallasarboretum.org with questions.

Fall Homeschool Day Click for More

Check back soon for our Winter Homeschool Day!

Join our homeschool mailing list to stay informed of future events.


Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Click for More

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.

Group Rates

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: October 8, 15, 22, and 29, 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 education@dallasarboretum.org.


Brownie Badge Programs

Bugs

Bugs are an important part of gardens. Explore how bugs can both help and prevent the Dallas Arboretum gardens from flourishing.

Painting

At the Dallas Arboretum, learn ways to paint, color, and interpret your world using nature as your backdrop.

Household Elf

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

Flowers

Discover the amazing anatomy of flowers and the many adaptations that make flowers so diverse and beautiful.

Gardener

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.

Drawing Badge

Learn drawing techniques and let the Dallas Arboretum gardens inspire your masterpiece.

Geocacher

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

Trees

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.

Children's Camps Click for More

Plan the perfect activity for your child. Organized by age, these camps cater to your child's interests and needs for an unforgettable adventure!

Learn More About Children's Camps


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

Great Contributors Click for More

$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free | $15 per additional adult

3rd – 8th Grade


Price includes Children’s Adventure Garden admission

Bring your student group to explore our special exhibition, Great Contributors, in the Main Garden. This one-hour Arboretum educator-led program focuses on the lives and times of eight historic figures, including Shakespeare, Lincoln, and the Wright Brothers – all artfully cast in bronze and placed throughout the garden. Each student will receive an interactive exhibit guide and will explore the art, culture, and history of the notable figures, their contemporaries, and Dallas during their day. Scholarships are available for this program and transportation funds are available upon request.

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 education@dallasarboretum.org.

Programs for Children During Festivals Click for More

During Autumn at the Arboretum and Dallas Blooms, parents can bring their children to Mommy and Me Mondays and Tiny Tot Tuesdays for face painting, music, petting zoos and other seasonal fun. Family Fun Fridays offers the same exciting programming during Summer at the Arboretum.

Learn more about Seasonal Festivals

Children's Adventure Garden Activities Click for More