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.
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
April 11, April 18, May 2, May 9 and May 15
9:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Minimum of 8 scouts are required for the program. Cost is $20 per each scout.
$75 ($65 members)
Our popular program for parents and children ages 18-36 months is now being offered in September.
Each one-hour class is packed with hands-on activities focused on a particular nature-related theme. The fun begins
in our classroom with songs, a book and a craft, followed by a short walk to a garden location for more exploration and games. Closed-toed shoes, water bottles for both parent and child, and a stroller are recommended.
Registration fees include the series of three classes for one child accompanied by one adult caregiver.
Registration will open later in the summer.
September 9, 16 and 23
September 10, 17 and 24
September 11, 18 and 25
Plan the perfect summer activity for your child. Organized by age, these camps cater to your child's interests and needs for an unforgettable summer 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
Learn About Birds
Look through the scopes on the Oasis and the Energy Tower to see all the migrating birds on White Rock Lake. Visit the 9,100-square-foot Exploration Center to watch “See the Unseen,” a spin browser that captures amazingly close details of a hummingbird in flight, pollen on a bat and more. Discover what birds are lurking through the Wildlife Blind in the Texas Native Wetlands. Identify various bird calls, along with bird and animal tracks, along the Dripping Springs Trail.
How Sweet Is It? Plant Lab
If you were a bee, which flowers would be your favorite? Make a hypothesis, use a refractometer to test nectars, and analyze your results. To see a list of daily activities, visit the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden page.
Take a stroll through Habitats with an eagle eye to see for yourself where creatures make their homes. Can you find a walking stick, squirrel, and owl? Why are they so hard to spot?
Are You a Pollinator?
What is pollination and why is it important? We will talk about the fascinating ways plants disperse their seeds.
Walk on the Wildside
Did you notice those animal tracks on the ground? What animal made those tracks? Come over to the wild side and learn about Texas native wildlife.
Join us for a book reading in our cool, misting pergola every Thursday and Saturday. Learn about nature, animals, plants, and other exciting things you’ll be able to see in our garden.
Color Me Healthy (“Eat the Rainbow”)
Take a tour of our Incredible Edible Garden and learn how the colors in our foods tell us a bit about them.
What is compost? Did you know worms can help make your garden healthier and more productive?
Our Texas Native Wetlands are home to many wondrous creatures- frogs, turtles, fish, but there are even more creatures that you may have never seen. Examine a sample of our pond water and discover the hidden treasure lurking inside.
Tour our Moody Oasis and find different types of pollinators busy at work. How many pollinators do you see? Why is their work so important?
You Are What You Eat
Foods can help build your muscles, increase your brain power, and sharpen your senses.
Solids, Liquids, and Gases OH MY! See how the sun’s energy changes things.
Leaf an Impression
Make your very own leaf rubbing. Examine the shapes of the Buckeye, Sugar Gum, Willow, Oak, and Elm tree leaves.
Autumn is the season where we see the leaves start to change colors and fall off the trees. That’s why the season is also called Fall. Let’s look at different tress and discuss why this happens.
Twice a year, our daytime and night time are the same length and we call that an equinox. Come hang out on our giant Energy Tower and get the Equinox Experience.
Reflections of You
Look into a mirrored world. Have you ever tried to read and write upside-down and backwards? Test your eye-hand coordination. Only the best can complete our mirror maze!
Seed Popping Fun!
Experience the popping power of seed dispersal with our parachute! Bring your little ones for some billowy fun.
Monarchs on the Move
Join us in search of Monarchs traveling to their winter home. Learn when, how, and why they travel so far.
Take a walking tour of the Texas Skywalk and learn to identify a variety of trees in the canopy. Which tree is which? Why do some tree leaves change colors? Why do some drop leaves? Did you know there are boy and girl trees?
Join us for story time in the Eagles Nest, where we’ll learn what every animal needs to have in its home.
There are more than 300 birds that migrate through Texas and the Skywalk Energy Tower gives you a bird’s eye view of their route.
Sounds of the Garden
What sounds can you hear in an urban garden? Can you hear birds? Rushing water? Cars? Planes? Squirrels? Join us for an exercise in the senses.
Explore the world of physics with leaves and seeds.
The Great Exchange
When you go on vacation, you almost always bring a souvenir back. Columbus did just that. Find out what Columbus brought to the America’s and took back as souvenirs.
La Nina, La Pinta, and Santa Maria
Set sail with our courageous explorers and learn how they used wind and water energy to connect two continents.
Trees Tell Tales
Out of this World (“Tour Our Solar System”)
Walk into our incredible OmniGlobe Theater for an out of this world experience! Visit each planet in our solar system and discover what makes Earth so special.
The Quest for Life in Our Solar System
What is life? What are scientists looking for in our solar system? What makes Earth so special?
Hurricanes, Tsunamis, and Typhoons
These incredibly powerful and destructive forces of nature affect the lives of people living all over the world. Enter into our OmniGlobe Theater to see past natural disasters and learn about all three.
The Earth has changed dramatically over hundreds of millions of years. Watch on our OmniGlobe animation of the moving land masses starting 600 million years ago.
Shakin’ and Quakin’ in my Boots
Earthquakes, volcanoes, and the plates- Did you know that earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountains often appear in the same places? Come to the OmniGlobe Theater to see how plate tectonics explains this activity.
Where in the World are Biomes?
From the tropical rainforests of the equator, to the arctic tundras of the Earth’s Northern hemisphere, biomes define the living geography of the Earth’s surface. They are a generalized classification of major plant and animal communities that have adapted to a particular environment. Usually they share a latitude and therefore similar climate characteristics. Learning about biomes gives a macro view of all the Earth’s ecosystems.
Wet ‘N’ Wild
Ocean Currents – The ocean is not just a large body of water; it is a dynamic system of currents. Explore how we use these ocean currents and how it affects temperature and weather.
Explore the ancient art of map making with one of Columbus’s own cartographer.
Use nature’s resources to create your own silly squizzly squirrel.
Use the world around you to create your own autumn fairy.
Autumn with Mr. Tree
Join Mr. Tree, the puppet, while he explores why leaves change color and fall off.