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Children’s Adventure Garden

Children's Adventure Garden Learning Galleries
Monday–Friday
K-8th Grade
$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free

Includes Main Garden access

Come explore our unique 8-acre adventure dedicated to making science and nature come alive for your students. All program reservations in the Children's Adventure Garden include pre- and post-visit resource guides to use in your classroom and access to our entire garden. All content is customized for your specific grade level needs.

Little Sprouts Garden Adventures
Squirrel Adventure
K–1st Grade
This fun, interactive outdoor program focuses on living and nonliving things and their interactions within habitats. Other features include a big book story children can act out and a puppet show in our Little Sprouts outdoor theater in the Children’s Adventure Garden. [Offered August-December]

TEKS:

K.2(A), K.8(B), K.9(B)
1.2(A), 1.8(B), 1.8(C), 1.9(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

Butterfly Adventure
K–1st Grade
This exciting, engaging outdoor program brings growth, change and metamorphosis to life with a big book story children can act out and a puppet show in our Little Sprouts outdoor theater in the Children’s Adventure Garden. [Offered March-June]

TEKS:

K.2(A), K.8(B), K.9(B), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.8(B), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Moody Oasis
K–6th Grade
New! Monarch Mania
Texas is a prime spot to observe monarch butterflies - it lies between the breeding grounds to the north and the overwintering areas of Mexico. Our certified Monarch Waystation is the perfect place to observe monarchs and many other pollinators. In this class, children learn all about the fascinating life of the monarch butterfly and what you can do to help them survive. You may even spot some in the garden! [Peak times are typically early October and late March]

TEKS:

K.2(D), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.4(B),
K.2(A), K.2(B), K.2 (C), K.9(A), K.9(B), K.10(A)
1.2(B), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(B),
1.9(A), 1.9(C), 1.10(A)
2.2(B), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.2(F), 2.3(B), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(C)
3.2(E), 3.3A, 3.3(A), 3.9(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(C)
4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.4(A),
4.10(C)
5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(C), 5.10(A), 5.10(C)
6.3(A), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.4(A), 6.12(A), 6.12(C), 6.12(E)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

Path to Pollen
Are insects our friends or foes? Are they pests? No! 75% of all flowering plants need animal pollinators. This includes the majority of the plant foods in our diet. Learn about the important relationships between plants and insects and how each are adapted to benefit from one another.
TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.10(A), K.10(B)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.9(B), 1.10(A), 1.10(B)
2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(B)
3.2(C), 3.2(E), 3.2(F), 3.4(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(B)
4.1(A), 4.3 (C), 4.3(D), 4.4(A), 4.10(C)
5.2(A), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(C), 5.10(A), 5.10(C)
6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(A), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.4(A),

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Living Cycles
1st–5th Grade
This program is all about growth and change. Students compare the physical appearance of adults and offspring to assess how plants and animals change over time. Students investigate pollinators and their role in the ecosystem. In the gallery, students identify and observe the role of decomposers, methods of seed dispersal and pollination.

TEKS:

K.2(A), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A, K.10(C), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.4(A), 1.9(B), 1.9(C), 1.10(A), 1.10(B), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)

2.2(A), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(B), 2.10(C)
3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(B), 3.10(C)
4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.10(A), 4.10(B), 4.10(C)
5.2(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.10(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Habitats
K-5th Grade
Students explore the basic needs of plants and animals by modeling a food web in a giant eagle’s nest with larger than life eggs. Students then explore the Discovery Loop Trail, using a grade-specific trail guide through a woods and a meadow to investigate what lives in a rotting log, a tree snag and in the tree tops.

TEKS:

K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(D), K.2(E), K.3(A), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A), K.9(B)

1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.4(A), 1.9(A), 1.9(B), 1.9(C), 1.10(A)
2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.4(A), 2.9(A), 2.9(C)
3.2(F), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.9(B), 3.9(C)
4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.9(B)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.9(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change


Incredible Edible
K–6th Grade

Which foods provide us with the most energy? How much of our plates should be fruits and vegetables? Where do we get our food? In this program, students explore healthy food choices, uncover where food comes from and investigate new techniques currently used in urban farming.

Science TEKS:

K.1(C), K.9(B)
1.1(C), 1.9(A)
2.1(C), 2.9(A)
3.1(B), 3.9(B)
4.1(B), 4.9(A), 4.9(B)
5.1(B), 5.9(B)
6.1(B)

Health TEKS:
K.1(B), K.9(B)
1.1(A)
2.1(C), 2.1(D)
3.1(A), 3.1(C), 3.2(D)
4.1(A), 4.1(B), 4.1(F)
5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.1(C)
6.1(A), 6.1(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Energy and Matter, Stability and Change


Plants Are Alive
K-2nd Grade
New! Pumpkin Powered
Each autumn, the Arboretum is transformed by thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squash. During our seasonally-spiced version of Plants are Alive, students will learn about the differences between living and nonliving things and then explore the structures and functions of the parts of a pumpkin plant. Students can even take seeds back to school for planting and observation! Don’t miss our breathtaking pumpkin display in the Main Garden before or after your class.
[Offered 9/25-11/17 only]

TEKS:

K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A), K.9(B), K.10(B), K.10(C), K.10(D)

1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.9(A), 1.10(B)
2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.10(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

Root to Fruit
How do we know that plants are alive? In this program, students learn about living and nonliving things through hands-on activities and songs. Students investigate the similarities and differences between the same parts of different plants and explore the gallery to report back on their findings.

TEKS:

K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A), K.9(B), K.10(B), K.10(C), K.10(D)

1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.9(A), 1.10(B)
2.2(A), 2.2(B), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.10(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Texas Native Wetlands
Wetlands Biologist

1st–8th Grade
How healthy is our habitat? Bring your students to an outdoor island classroom to collect data in our Texas Native Wetlands. Students will make connections between living and nonliving parts of the environment to determine the health of our waterway using cutting edge scientific tools.

TEKS:

1.1(A), 1.1(C), 1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.9(A), 1.9(C), 1.10(A), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)
2.1(A), 2.1(C), 2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.2(F), 2.3(B), 2.3(C), 2.4(A), 2.9(A), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(C)
3.1(A), 3.1(B), 3.2(B), 3.2(A), 3.2(D), 3.2(E), 3.2(F), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(C)
4.1(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2(F), 4.3(D), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.10(A), 4.10(C)
5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(D), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(C), 5.9(D), 5.10(A), 5.10(C)
6.1(A), 6.1(B), 6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(D),6.4(A), 6.12(E)
7.1(A), 7.1(B), 7.2(C), 7.2(E), 7.4(A), 7.10(A), 7.10(B), 7.12(A)
8.1(A), 8.1(B), 8.2(C), 8.2(E), 8.4(A), 8.11(A), 8.11(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Energy and Matter, Stability and Change


Freshwater Ecologist
4th–8th Grade
Join us as students learn about the diversity a freshwater ecologist might find in the wetlands. Explore creatures from various kingdoms that are part of the unseen freshwater ecosystem. Using grade-appropriate scientific equipment, students learn to make their own wet slides from water samples. Then, students use observation skills to make inferences about the creatures living in the wetlands.

TEKS:

4.1(A), 4.1(B), 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2(F), 4.3(D), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.9(B), 4.10(A)

5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.2(G), 5.3(D), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.9(C), 5.10(A)
6.1(A), 6.1(B), 6.2(C), 6.2(D), 6.2(E), 6.4(A), 6.12(A), 6.12(B), 6.12(C), 6.12(D), 6.12(E)
7.1(A), 7.1(B), 7.2(C), 7.2(D), 7.2(E), 7.4(A), 7.10(A), 7.10(B), 7.11(A)), 7.12(A), 7.12(D)
8.1(A),8.1(B), 8.2(C), 8.2(D), 8.2(E), 8.4(A), 8.11(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Energy and Matter, Stability and Change


Earth Cycles
Earth from Space
2nd-–8th Grade
Life on Earth is dominated by regular and repeating patterns. In this program, students learn all about the relationships between the seasons, moon phases, shadows and planets through hands-on demonstrations and a focused student activity in the gallery. If you’ve been struggling to show the connections between these topics, this is the class for you!

TEKS:

2.2(A), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.8(A), 2.8(B), 2.8(C), 2.8(D)

3.2(B), 3.2(C), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.8(A), 3.8(B), 3.8(C), 3.8(D)
4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.8(A), 4.8(B), 4.8(C)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.2(G), 5.4(A), 3.8(D), 5.8(A), 5.8(B), 5.8(C), 5.8(D)
6.2(D), 6.2(E), 6.3(C), 6.4(A)
7.2(D), 7.2(E), 7.3(C), 7.4(A)
8.2(D), 8.3(C), 8.4(A), 8.7(A), 8.7(B), 8.7(C), 8.10(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change

Dynamic Earth
4th–8th Grade

The Earth is always changing. Weathering, erosion and deposition and the movement of tectonic plates cause changes to the Earth’s surface. In this program, your students will participate in hands-on inquiry with actual rock samples and observe natural processes of change at our interactive stream table. A focused student activity helps students discover the dynamic, natural world as they explore the gallery. Bring Earth science to life in our outdoor learning lab!

TEKS:

4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.7(A), 4.7(B)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.2(G), 5.4(A), 3.8(D), 4.7(A), 5.7(A), 5.7(B)
6.2(D), 6.2(E), 6.3(C), 6.4(A), 6.10(A), 6.10(B), 6.10(C), 6.10(D)
7.2(D), 7.2(E), 7.3(C), 7.4(A), 7.8(A), 7.8(B), 7.8(C)
8.2(D), 8.3(C), 8.4(A), 7.8(C), 8.9(A), 8.9(B), 8.9(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change


Kaleidoscope
3rd–8th Grade
Students explore how science is the study of natural patterns and how these patterns can be of use to humans. Students will first investigate patterns regularly found in nature and then explore how patterns can be analyzed with math by looking at the Fibonacci sequence. The experience continues as students explore the gallery and quantify the most commonly observed shapes in plants, how that shape could be an adaptation and how humans have made use of that shape.

Science TEKS:

3.2(B), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(C), 3.3(D), 3.4(A), 3.10(A)
4.1(B), 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(C), 4.3(D), 4.4(A), 4.10(A)
5.1(B), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(D), 5.10(A)
6.2(D), 6.2(E), 6.3(B), 6.3(D)
7.2(C), 7.2(D), 7.2(E), 7.3(B), 7.3(D), 7.4(A)
8.2(C), 8.2(D), 8.2(E), 8.3(D)

Art TEKS:
3.1(B)
4.1(B)
5.1(B)
6.1(B)
7.1(B)
8.1(B)

Math TEKS:
3.1(A), 3.1(D), 3.1(E), 3.1(F), 3.1(G), 3.8(A)
4.1(A), 4.1(D), 4.1(E), 4.1(F), 4.1(G), 4.9(A)
5.1(A),5.1(D), 5.1(E), 5.1(F), 5.1(G),5.9(A)

6.1(A), 6.1(D), 6.1(E), 6.1(F), 6.1(G), 6.5(A), 6.12(A), 6.13(A)
7.1(A), 7.1(D), 7.1(E), 7.1(F), 7.1(G), 7.5(A), 7.5(C), 7.6(C), 7.6(F), 7.6(H)
8.1(A), 8.1(D), 8.1(E), 8.1(F), 8.1(G), 8.3(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function


OmniGlobe
Planetary Voyage
3rd–8th Grade
Explore the planets in our solar system in our Globe Theatre. Watch as the 5 foot tall sphere transforms NASA maps of the planets. Discover what makes each planet unique, including our irreplaceable planet Earth. This captivating program ensures great student engagement and allows for student feedback to shape the experience. Investigate space like never before!

TEKS:

3.1(B), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(A), 3.3(C), 3.3(D), 3.6(C), 3.8(B), 3.8(D)
4.1(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(A), 4.3(C), 4.3(D)

5.1(B), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.3(D), 5.8(C), 5.8(D)
6.2(E), 6.3(A), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.3(D), 6.11(A), 6.11(B), 6.11(C)
7.2(E), 7.3(A), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.3(D), 7.9(A), 7.9(B)
8.2(E), 8.3(A), 8.3(B), 8.3(C), 8.3(D), 8.7(A), 8.8(A), 8.8(B), 8.8(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Structure and Fuction

Powerful Oceans
3rd–8th Grade

Discover the incredible role of oceans in creating and regulating weather on the largest OmniGlobe in Texas! Students will watch as the giant sphere models animations of ocean currents and hurricanes from satellite data and explore why we depend on the health of this valuable resource.

TEKS:

3.1(B), 3.2(D), 3.3(A), 3.3(C), 3.3(D), 3.9(A), 3.9(C)
4.1(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(A), 4.3(C), 4.3(D), 4.7(C), 4.8(B)
5.1(B), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.3(D), 5.8(A), 5.8(B), 5.9(A), 5.9(C)
6.2(E), 6.3(A), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.3(D), 6.9(A), 6.9(B)
7.3(A), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.3(D), 7.6(A), 7.8(A)
8.2(E), 8.3(A), 8.3(B), 8.3(C), 8.3(D), 8.10(A), 8.10(B), 8.10(C), 8.11(D)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function


Pure Energy
4th–6th Grade
Students will first discuss forms and sources of energy and create a living circuit. Then, small teams explore our water, solar and wind islands to record data. Each island focuses on a different type of renewable energy. This program helps students develop a new understanding of alternative energy sources and the transfer of energy!

TEKS:

4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.4(A), 4.6(A), 4.6(C), 4.7(C)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.4(A), 5.6(A), 5.6(B), 5.7(C)
6.2(C), 6.2(E), 5.4(A), 6.7(A), 6.8(A), 6.9(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change

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Classroom Lab Programs

Monday–Friday
K-8th Grade
$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free

Includes Children’s Adventure Garden access

Pumpkin Circle
K–2nd Grade
After distinguishing between living and nonliving things, students explore the basic needs, parts and functions of pumpkin plants. Students discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin and plant their own seeds to take back to school for observation. A walk through the Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village is the perfect culmination of this lesson. [Offered 9/25-11/17 only]

TEKS:
K.1A, K.1C, K.2C, K.2E, K.3B, K.4B, K.9A, K.9B, K.10D
1.1A, 1.1B, 1.1C, 1.2C, 1.2D, 1.2E, 1.3B, 1.4A, 1.9A, 1.10B
2.1A, 2.1B, 2.1C, 2.2C, 2.2E, 2.3B, 2.4A, 2.9A, 2.10B

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Structure and Function


Seedsational
K–2nd Grade
Students classify living and nonliving things and explore the fascinating world of plants they see throughout the garden by investigating their basic needs, parts and functions. Students discuss plant life cycles and plant their own seeds to take back to school for observation.

TEKS:
K.1A, K.1C, K.2C, K.2E, K.3B, K.4B, K.9A, K.9B, K.10D
1.1A, 1.1B, 1.1C, 1.2C, 1.2D, 1.2E, 1.3B, 1.4A, 1.9A, 1.10B
2.1A, 2.1B, 2.1C, 2.2C, 2.2E, 2.3B, 2.4A, 2.9A, 2.10B

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Structure and Function


Flight of the Honeybee
K-2nd Grade
In this lab, your students will take on the roles of honeybees and flowers to act out the process of pollination and explore the interdependent relationship between these organisms. All students will closely examine honeybee and flower specimens to better understand how flowers attract pollinators and honeybees gather nectar and pollen.

TEKS:
K.1A, K.1B, K.1C, K.2C, K.2E, K.3B, K.4A, K.4B, K.10A, K.10B
1.1A, 1.1B, 1.1C, 1.2C, 1.2E, 1.4A, 1.4B, 1.9B, 1.9C, 1.10A, 1.10B
2.1A, 2.1B, 2.1C, 2.2C, 2.2E, 2.3B, 2.4A, 2.4B, 2.9C, 2.10A, 2.10B

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function


NEW! What’s For Dinner?
K-2nd Grade
Like all ecosystems, the Arboretum is a complex and active place, filled with interconnected organisms. In this lab, students explore two small but significant members of our ecosystem: pill bugs and millipedes. Terrariums with live organisms will be used to investigate living and nonliving things, basic needs of organisms and energy transfer through food chains.

TEKS:
K.1A, K.1B, K.1C, K.2B, K.2C, K.2D, K.2E, K.3C, K.4A, K.4B, K.9A, K.9B
1.1A, 1.1B, 1.1C, 1.2C, 1.2D, 1.2E, 1.3B, 1.3C, 1.4A, 1.9A, 1.9B, 1.9C
2.1A, 2.1B, 2.1C, 2.2C, 2.2D, 2.2E, 2.2F, 2.3B, 2.3C, 2.4A, 2.9C

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Energy and Matter


NEW! Plant Detectives
K-2nd Grade
Do all leaves look the same? What about stems and roots? In this lab students identify basic plant parts and investigate plant diversity by comparing and contrasting the unique structures of plants from various ecoregions in Texas. 2nd grade students will explore how the structures of plants allow them to meet their needs.

TEKS:
K.1A, K.1B, K.2C, K.2D, K.2E, K.4A, K.4B, K.9B, K.10A, K.10B
1.1A, 1.1B, 1.2C, 1.2E, 1.4A, 1.10B
2.1A, 2.1B, 2.2C, 2.2D, 2.2E, 2.3B, 2.4A, 2.10B

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Structure and Function


NEW! Earth Explorers
K-2nd Grade
Introduce your students to the world of geology as they take a closer look at rocks and soils. Students will make close observations of diverse rock and soil samples and explore how we use these natural resources every day.

TEKS:
K.1A, K.2C, K.3B, K.3C, K.4A, K.4B, K.4A, K.7A, K.7C
1.1A, 1.2B, 1.2C, 1.2D, 1.2E, 1.3C, 1.4A, 1.4B, 1.5A, 1.7A, 1.7C
2.1A, 2.1B, 2.2C, 2.2D, 2.2 E, 2.2F, 2.3C, 2.4A, 2.4B, 2.5A, 2.7A, 2.7C

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Scale, Proportion and Quantity


Wonders of Water
K-2nd Grade

Explore the wonderful world of water! In this lab students will first use tools to observe the properties of water and then identify how we use water every day. Students will discuss natural sources of water and work together to create a filter that can remove debris from a freshwater sample.

TEKS:
K.1A, K.1C, K.2C, K.2E, K.3A, K.4B, K.5A, K.5B, K.7C
1.1A, 1.1C, 1.2E, 1.3A, 1.4A, 1.5A, 1.5B, 1.7B, 1.7C
2.1A, 2.1C, 2.2E, 2.2F, 2.3A, 2.5A, 2.5B, 2.5C, 2.5D, 2.7B

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models


NEW! Restless Earth
3rd-5th Grade
Every place has a story. In this lab, students study maps to identify features of Earth’s surface. Then, they explore the slow processes that create geological change: weathering, erosion and deposition. Students use this information to explain why a certain place looks this way it does and predict how the area could change in the future.

TEKS:
3.1A, 3.2B, 3.2D, 3.2F, 3.3A, 3.4A, 3.7A
4.1A, 4.2B, 4.2D, 4.3A, 4.3C, 4.4A, 4.7B
5.1A, 5.2C, 5.2D, 5.3A, 5.3C, 5.4A, 5.7B

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Energy and Matter, Stability and Change


H2 Oh!
3rd-5th Grade
Water has some amazing properties! Students take a closer look at the physical properties of water and work in teams to create a usable water wheel, showing how this natural resource can serve as renewable source of energy.

TEKS:
3.1A, 3.1B, 3.2B, 3.4A, 3.5A, 3.6A, 3.7D
4.1A, 4.1B, 4.2B, 4.2F, 4.3C, 4.4A, 4.5A, 4.6A, 4.7C
5.1A, 5.1B, 5.2C, 5.2D, 5.2F, 5.4A, 5.5A, 5.6A, 5.7A

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function


It’s A Bug’s Life
2nd-5th Grade
The Arboretum is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including many bugs! Students will identify ‘bug’ as an informal name given to terrestrial arthropods and observe live organisms to identify the traits that make insects different from other bugs. Students will look closely at insect adaptations and life cycles. Older students will also identify and describe the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis.

TEKS:
2.1A, 2.1C, 2.2C, 2.2D, 2.2E, 2.2F, 2.3C, 2.4A, 2.10A, 2.10C
3.1A, 3.1B, 3.2B, 3.2C, 3.2D, 3.2E, 3.2F, 3.3D, 3.4A, 3.10A, 3.10C
4.1A, 4.1B, 4.2B, 4.2C, 4.2D, 4.2E, 4.2F, 4.3D, 4.4A, 4.10A, 4.10C
5.1A, 5.1B, 5.2C, 5.2D, 5.2E, 5.2F, 5.2G, 5.3D, 5.4B, 5.10A, 5.10C

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models


NEW! Plant Secrets
3rd-5th Grade
Although the Arboretum is home to many plants, not all the plants in our gardens are adapted to thrive in the Dallas area. In this lab, students make observations of a diverse selection of plants from the ecoregions of Texas and explore how each plant’s structures allow it to survive in a particular environment. Emphasis will be placed on supporting claims with evidence.

TEKS:
3.1A, 3.2D, 3.2F, 3.3C, 3.4A, 3.10A
4.1A, 4.2B, 4.2D, 4.2F, 4.3C, 4.4A, 4.10A
5.1A, 5.2C, 5.2D, 5.2F, 5.4A, 5.10A

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Structure and Function


Buzz On Bees
3rd-5th Grade
Honeybees are essential to our food production and their numbers have declined in recent years. In this problem-based lab, students collect and analyze data from different hives to identify the likely causes of colony collapse disorder and explore what they can do to help.

TEKS:
3.2A, 3.2B, 3.2C, 3.2D, 3.2E, 3.2F, 3.3C, 3.3D, 3.4A, 3.9B, 3.9C
4.2A, 4.2B, 4.2C, 4.2D, 4.2E, 4.2F, 4.3C, 4.3D, 4.4A, 4.9B
5.2C, 5.2D, 5.2E, 5.2F, 5.2G, 5.3C, 5.3D, 5.4A, 5.9A, 5.9C

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Disappearing Act
3rd-6th Grade
What happens when an organism in an ecosystem disappears? Students create a model of a Post Oak Savannah habitat and actively simulate how the local extinction of wolves in this area affects all components of the ecosystem.

TEKS:
3.1A, 3.1B, 3.2B, 3.2C, 3.2D, 3.2E, 3.2F, 3.3C, 3.3D, 3.4A, 3.9A, 3.9B
4.1A, 4.1B, 4.2B, 4.2C, 4.2D, 4.2E, 4.2F, 4.3C, 4.3D, 4.4A, 4.9B, 4.10A
5.1A, 5.1B, 5.2C, 5.2D, 5.2E, 5.2F, 5.2G, 5.3C, 5.3D, 5.4A, 5.9A, 5.9B, 5.9C
6.1A, 6.1B, 6.2C, 6.2D, 6.2E, 6.3B, 6.3C, 6.12E, 6.12F

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change


NEW! CSI in The Garden
5th-8th Grade
Chemistry is everywhere, even in the soil beneath our feet at the garden. During this lab, students will learn about the importance of Earth’s most valuable resource, soil, and its chemical properties. Students assume the role of a crime scene investigator and use a soil test kit to look at the chemical properties of various soil samples to determine if fictional suspects were at the scene of a crime.

TEKS:
5.1(A), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(E), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.3(D), 5.4(A), 5.5(A), 5.9(A)
6.1(A), 6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(A), 6.4(A), 6.4(B), 6.5(A), 6.5(B), 6.12(E)
7.1(A), 7.2(C), 7.2(E), 7.3(A), 7.4(A), 7.4(B), 7.6(A), 7.10(A)
8.1(A), 8.2(C), 8.2(E), 8.3(A), 8.4(A), 8.4(B), 8.11(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns and Change, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Energy and Matter


Special Request Program
K–12th Grade
Interested in a topic that you don’t see listed here? Additional programs are available, including custom labs on solar ovens, the rock cycle and more. Our staff educator will work with you to design a program that meets your students’ specific needs.

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Texas Native Plant Lab

Monday–Friday
3rd-8th Grade
$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
Includes Children’s Adventure Garden admission


Texas is home to a great diversity of flora and this program focuses on plants which are specially adapted to survive
on the plains, mountains and basins, including cacti and succulents, grasses and wildflowers. Through hands-on investigations utilizing digital equipment, students refine their scientific observation skills while exploring our newest educational garden. Get up close and personal with some of our state's most fascinating plants!

TEKS:
3.1(A), 3.2(B), 3.2(C), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.9(C), 3.10(A)
4.1(A), 4.2(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.4(A), 4.9(A). 4.10(A)
5.1(A), 5.2(A), 5.2(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(C), 5.9(D), 5.10(A), 5.10(B)
6.1(A), 6.2(A), 6.2(B), 6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.4(A), 6.12(A), 6.12(C), 6.12(D), 6.12(E)
7.1(A), 7.2(A), 7.2(B), 7.2(C), 7.2(E), 7.4(A), 7.10(A), 7.10(B), 7.10(C), 7.12(D), 7.14(B)
8.1(A), 8.2(A), 8.2(B), 8.2(C), 8.2(E), 8.4(A), 8.11(B), 8.11(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

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Tree Works

Monday-Friday
$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free | $15 per additional adult
K-6th Grade
Price includes Children’s Adventure Garden admission

Trees are amazing! How do many of these giant plants outlive humans? Some trees at the Arboretum are over 100 years old!Students discover the science of studying a tree and, through hands-on activities, investigate what they need to live a long life.

TEKS:
K.1(A), K.1(B), K.2(A), K.2(C), K.4(B), K.10(A), K.10(B)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.9(C), 1.10(B)
2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.2(F), 2.3(B), 2.3(C), 2.4(A), 2.4(B), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.9(C), 2.10(B)
3.2(B), 3.2(F), 3.3(D), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.9(B), 3.9(C), 3.10(A), 3.10(C)
4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.9(B), 4.10(A), 4.10(C)
5.2(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.9(C), 5.9(D), 5.10(A), 5.10(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

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Nature’s Works of Art

Monday–Friday
K – 5th Grade
$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
Main Garden access only

Students complete three stations investigating the beauty and wonder of trees and flowers that have enchanted artists for centuries. An Arboretum educator leads students on an investigation to explore color, shape and texture in nature and highlights artistic skills in a variety of jobs at the Arboretum.

Art TEKS:
K.1(B)
1.1(B)
2.1(B), 2.3(C)
3.1(B), 3.3(C)
4.1(B), 4.3(C)
5.1(B), 5.3(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Structure and Function

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Exploring Elements of Photography

Monday–Friday
K – 5th Grade
$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
Includes Children’s Adventure Garden admission

Students investigate the basic elements of photography and analyze the photographer's process in capturing an image of nature in this Arboretum educator-led program. Students should bring personal or campus technology to create their own nature art during the program.

Art TEKS:
K.1(B), K.2(A)
1.1(B), 1.2(A)
2.1(A), 2.1(B), 2.2(A)
3.1(A), 3.2(A), 3.2(B), 3.3(C)
4.1(A), 4.2(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(C)
5.1(A), 5.2(A), 5.2(B), 5.2(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Structure and Function

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Art at the Arboretum

Monday–Friday
K – 5th Grade
$8 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free

Main Garden access only

Immerse your students in nature as they explore the beauty and wonder of Dallas' outdoor science laboratory. A teacher's guide and student journals are provided at check-in for this self-led artful trip around the Main Garden. Don't forget your pencils!

Art TEKS:
K.1(A), K.1(B), K.2(A)

1.1(A), 1.1(B)
2.1(A), 2.1(B)
3.1(B), 3.2(A)
4.1(B), 4.2(B)
5.1(B), 5.2(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Structure and Function

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Our Place at Your Pace

Monday–Friday
Pre-K – 12th Grade Main Garden only
$8 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free | $15 per additional adult
Main Garden access only

Looking for something a little more flexible? Explore Dallas’ most beautiful classroom: the Arboretum’s 66-acre educational adventure on White Rock Lake. Explore the Main Garden, including the mist in the Palmer Fern Dell and investigate the fossils in the water walls at the Lay Ornamental Garden. Your students will be immersed in nature as they explore the beauty and wonder of Dallas’ outdoor science laboratory. We will even provide you with exploration materials to use during your self-guided visit.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.4(A), K.9(A), K.9(B), K.10(A), K.10(B), K.10(C), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.4(A), 1.9(A), 1.9(B), 1.9(C), 1.10(A), 1.10(B), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)
2.2(A), 2.4(A), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(B), 2.10(C)
3.2(A), 3.2(C), 3.2(D), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.9(B), 3.9(C), 3.10(A), 3.10(B), 3.10(C)
4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.9(B), 4.10(A), 4.10(B), 4.10(C)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.10(A), 5.10(B)
6.2(C), 6.2(D), 6.2(E), 6.4(A), 6.12(E), 6.12(F)
7.2(C), 7.2(E), 7.4(A), 7.10(A), 7.10(B), 7.11(A), 7.12(A), 7.13(A), 7.13(B)
8.2(C), 8.2(E), 8.4(A), 8.11(A), 8.11(B)

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Custom Programs

Monday–Friday
K – 12th Grade
$15 per student | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free

Let us create an instructor-led program designed just for your students. Topics include: plant adaptations, solar ovens, plant dissections, landscape photography, trial gardens investigation, propagation and light in the garden.

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