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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.

Growing Up WILD Click for More

Growing Up WILD! at the Dallas Arboretum


$40 ($30 members) per pair for one session


3-6 year old with one guardian
Add an additional child for $15 per session

10:00-11:30am

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

1/23/17 Hiding in Plain Sight

Animals come in all shapes and sizes and live in all kinds of environments. In this session, children play a game of hide and seek after creating their own camo vest, explore creatures that call our garden home, and learn about important adaptations in many wild animals.

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2/6/17 Tracks!

In this session, children explore animal tracks, both in our classroom and in the garden, and make and compare tracks of their own. They will test their skill at matching actual tracks with the animals that made them. Participants will even make their own "tracks" themed snack!

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2/20/17 Who Lives in a Tree?

What do beetles, squirrels, frogs, bats and birds all have in common? Attend our final winter session of Growing Up WILD with your toddler (age 3-6) to find out! Children develop an awareness of trees and some of the animals that call them “home.” This program include scientific exploration, music, art and even a tree-rific snack!

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Spring 2017 series

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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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.

Homeschool Day: World of Water Click for More

The World of Water Homeschool Day

Join us to discover the wondrous world of water on Monday, February 13th 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 (Gate 1). Parents are welcome to observe classes or enjoy the garden while students participate in their class. After the program, explore all of our Main Garden, included with your reservation. Check in for all classes will be from 9:30-10:45am.

Students: $10

Adult Nonmembers: $8

Adult Members: Free

Parking pre-pay online: $8

Parking day of event: $15


Wonders of Water

preK-2nd (4-8 years)

10:00-10:50am or 11:00-11:50am

Explore the wonderful world of water! Students take a journey as a drop of water, investigate properties of water, and discover the different forms of water through interactive, hands-on activities.

Register for Wonders of Water


H2 OH!

3rd-6th (8-12 years)

10:00-10:50am or 11:00-11:50am

Although water may look like a simple molecule, it has some amazing properties! Students test and investigate surface tension, water’s relationship to cohesion and adhesion and how plants move this essential substance from roots to leaves.

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Family Overnights Click for More

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

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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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 Girl Scout troops.

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.

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

Discover what makes bugs such an important part of the Dallas Arboretum gardens. Look at bugs up close to explore the different parts that help them survive and the many different habitats in which we can find them. You’ll also design a bug posters to teach others what you’ve learned and make a butterfly craft to take home.

Painting

Discover ways to paint, color, and interpret your world using nature as your backdrop. We’ll explore different styles of art, experiment with ways to paint without using brushes, and create a mural to tell a story.

Household Elf

What does it mean to have a green home? Take a journey as a drop of water, make your own self-watering planter, and explore the Pure Energy Islands to reveal how we can use science to help your family take care of the environment.

Junior Badge Programs

Flowers

Dissect a flower to discover its amazing anatomy and explore how flowers and pollinators have adapted to help each other survive. Then, we’ll reveal the many uses flowers have today and put flowers to use by making floral perfume and a corsage to take home.

Gardener

What kinds of plants will attract butterflies? How do I choose the right plants for my windowsill garden? Explore the Dallas Arboretum to discover the many different reasons gardens are planted and learn how to plan your own garden. We’ll use this knowledge to design and plant an herb garden to take home.

Animal Habitats

We’ll search the Dallas Arboretum Children’s Garden for an incredible diversity of animal habitats and investigate what makes each habitat special. Finally, we’ll learn how to protect habitats of the world and then plant seeds to help animal habitats in your neighborhood.

Drawing

Let the Dallas Arboretum gardens inspire your masterpiece. Using nature as your subject, discover how to use shading and perspective to make your pictures come alive and experiment with different mediums to find a favorite.

Geocacher

We’ll introduce you to the world of Geocaching while you make a trade item for a hidden cache. Then you’ll discover how to use latitude and longitude coordinates to navigate and use your own internet-capable device (smartphone, tablet, or laptop) to navigate the gardens for hidden multi-caches. At the final cache, your troop will receive a Travel Bug so you can continue the adventure!

Cadette Badge Programs

Trees

We’ll reveal how much we depend on trees in our everyday lives, discover amazing adaptations that help trees thrive, and explore how to take care of trees in central Texas. Then, you’ll learn how to transfer a picture onto a piece of wood to take home and display.

Eating For Beauty

Explore how different foods affect our bodies and how to manage nutrition and activity levels to grow strong and healthy. We’ll perform a science experiment to determine Vitamin C levels in different beverages, make delicious fruit-infused water, do some fun exercise, stretch our minds and bodies, and explore the Incredible Edibles Garden to see where our food comes from.

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.

Boy Scouts Click for More

Tiger and Wolf Adventure Day

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

10:00-11:45am

Scouts and Adults: $10

Adult Members: $5

Pre-paid Parking: $8

Parking Day of Event: $15

Join us for Dallas Arboretum Educator-led programs tailored to help Cub Scouts complete their adventure requirements. After your program, enjoy the rest of the Main Garden and Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, all included with your reservation.

Tigers in the Wild

10:00-11:45am

Tiger Scouts will discover the ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ of outdoor adventures to make sure they not only have fun, but stay safe and protect the environment. Then, they’ll take a hike through the Dallas Arboretum and along the way learn to identify plants and animals that call central Texas their home. Please note, Tiger Scouts will need to bring their Tiger Handbook, and Cub Scout Six Essentials in a backpack.


The Dallas Arboretum requires a Scout to chaperone ratio of 8:1 at all times.

For questions, contact the Reservations Department at 214.515.6540 or education@dallasarboretum.org.

Register Tiger Scouts for Tigers in the Wild

Grow Something

10:00-11:45am

Wolf Scouts will investigate why plants are so important to people and animals, and how all the parts of the plant help it to survive. Then, scouts will discover how to plant and take care of their own grass buddies and terrariums to bring home. Please note, Wolf Scouts will need to bring their Wolf Handbook.


The Dallas Arboretum requires a Scout to chaperone ratio of 8:1 at all times.

For questions, contact the Reservations Department at 214.515.6540 or education@dallasarboretum.org.

Register Wolf Scouts for Grow Something

Bear and Weblos Adventure Day

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

10:00-11:45am

Scouts and Adults: $10

Adult Members: $5

Pre-paid Parking: $8

Parking Day of Event: $15

Join us for Dallas Arboretum Educator-led programs tailored to help Cub Scouts complete their adventure requirements. After your program, enjoy the rest of the Main Garden and Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, all included with your reservation.

Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

10:00-11:45am

Bear Scouts will explore the amazing diversity of habitats in central Texas and why it’s so important to protect them. Scouts will use binoculars to help them search high and low for habitats as they take a hike through the Arboretum. After Scouts return from their hike, they’ll learn why composting has helped to make the Dallas Arboretum soil such a good habitat for all the plants we grow here, then they’ll plant a windowsill herb garden to take home. Please note, Bear Scouts will need to bring their Bear Handbook and Cub Scout 6 Essentials in a backpack.


The Dallas Arboretum requires a Scout to chaperone ratio of 8:1 at all times.

For questions, contact the Reservations Department at 214.515.6540 or education@dallasarboretum.org.

Register for Bear Scouts for Fur Feathers and Ferns

Into the Woods

10:00-11:45am

Weblos Scouts will discover some of the amazing adaptations of plants that help them survive in such different environments. Scouts explore the science of tree trunks and learn to read a tree cookie. Then, Scouts will go on a hike to identify native trees of central Texas and investigate why these plants are important to central Texas ecosystems. Scouts will finish by planting their own native seeds to take home and care for. Please note, Weblos Scouts will need to bring their Weblos Handbook and a list of items in their home that are made from wood.

The Dallas Arboretum requires a Scout to chaperone ratio of 8:1 at all times.

For questions, contact the Reservations Department at 214.515.6540 or education@dallasarboretum.org .

Register Weblos for Into the Woods

Self-Guided Scout Group

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.

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

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