We know that time and transportation can limit your availability to visit the garden, but we can come to you with our Nature Naturally and Auditorium programs! Outreach programs from the Dallas Arboretum will help you build a connection to science that reaches beyond the classroom walls. All programs available for Learning Partners funding for DISD campuses.


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Auditorium Programs

Auditorium Programs


K – 2nd Grade
$250 each program Oct-Nov / Mar-May
$220 each program Aug-Sept / Dec-Feb
Minimum of 2 bookings per school

Wishing for Wings
K-2nd grade

Students learn about the characteristics of butterflies including their basic needs, the unique stages of their life cycle and metamorphosis through an interactive puppet show, costumes and larger-than-life models.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.9(A), K.9(B)
1.2(A), 1.8(C), 1.9(A)
2.2(B), 2.9(A), 2.10(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Nuts the Squirrel
K-2nd grade

Students are introduced to the concepts of seasonal change, adaptations and habitats through an interactive puppet show, costumes and larger-than-life models.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.8(B), K.9(B)
1.2(A), 1.8(C), 1.9(A)
2.8(B), 2.9(A), 2.9(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Travel Fees Outside of Dallas County:
Collin, Rockwall, Tarrant $30
Cook, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Parker, Van Zandt, Wise $60
Anderson, Bosque, Delta, Fannin, Freestone, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Rains, Smith, Somervell, Wood $90

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Nature Naturally

Nature Naturally

K – 12th Grade
$100 per class Oct-Nov / Mar-May
$75 per class Aug-Sept / Dec-Feb
(A minimum of four class bookings per school)

We know that many schools are unable to visit the Arboretum, and we have options for you! For the first time ever, we are now able to offer all of our classroom lab programs - from Pumpkin Circle to Disappearing Act - at your campus. Choose from the following topics:

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 Chang


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.


Travel Fees Outside of Dallas County:
Collin, Rockwall, Tarrant $30
Cook, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Parker, Van Zandt, Wise $60
Anderson, Bosque, Delta, Fannin, Freestone, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Rains, Smith, Somervell, Wood $90

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Niños y la naturaleza

Niños y la naturaleza

K-1st Grade
$125 for first class | $100 each additional
(Available Fridays only)

¿Está vivo?

How do you know whether something is living or nonliving? In this lesson, students use hands-on exploration to discover the characteristics of all living things, determine their basic needs and sort living and nonliving objects.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(C), K.4(B), K.9(A), K.9(B)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.9(A), 1.9(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models


¡Las estaciones y yo!

How does the weather change with the seasons? How do seasonal changes affect people, plants and animals? In this lesson, students distinguish changes associated with each season, determine which season certain activities are limited to, use descriptive words to talk about the weather and uncover how it all relates to them and the natural world.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.4(B), K.8(A), K.8(B)
1.2(A), 1.8(A), 1.8(B), 1.8(C), 1.8(D)

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


¿¡Las rocas también se comen!?

Rocks come in different colors, textures, sizes and shapes. They are all around us, but how much do you really know about them? In this lesson students investigate the world of rocks, discover their properties and explore the many ways we use them.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(C), K.4(B), K.7(A), K.7(B), K.7(C)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.7(A), 1.7(B), 1.7(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Energy and Matter, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


¡Semillas, raices, tallos! ¡Y más!

How do the different parts of the plant work together to keep it alive? What is the unique role of the roots, stem, leaves and flower? In this lesson, students explore the parts of the plant, determine the function of each part and navigate through its life cycle.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.10(B), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.10(A), 1.10(B), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)

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


Piel, plumas y patas

Did you know that a duck’s feathers are waterproof or that a bull does not actually see red? In this lesson students examine animal characteristics, sort them based on their similarities and investigate how these characteristics determine their habitat, food, and movement.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(B), K.2(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.10(A), K.10(B), K.10(C), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.2(B), 1.2(C), 1.10(A), 1.10(B), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)

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


NEW! Renacuajo y sus amigos

What do all living organisms have in common? Do all living things begin their life as an egg? Find out in this fun filled interactive lesson about plant and animal life cycles. Students will observe, investigate, and record the changes that living things experience in their life cycles.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(D), K.2(E), K.4(B), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.10(D)

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


Travel Fees Outside of Dallas County:
Collin, Rockwall, Tarrant $30
Cook, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Parker, Van Zandt, Wise $60
Anderson, Bosque, Delta, Fannin, Freestone, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Rains, Smith, Somervell, Wood $90

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Afterschool Programs

Afterschool Programs

1st – 5th Grade
7 week residency program | One 90-minute session each week | $1250 flat rate
(Discounts for multiple units purchased)

Plants for Survival
1st-3rd Grade

Students discover plant parts, their functions and life cycles as they investigate real plants. They learn how a plant is an important part of food chains and webs and how living organisms depend on plants. They explore ecosystems and plant adaptations resulting from environmental changes. Students record their learning in a nature journal as they investigate real plants in the classroom and outdoors in the schoolyard.

TEKS:
2.1(A), 2.2(A), 2.2(B), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.3(A), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(B)
3.1(A), 3.1(B), 3.2(C), 3.2(D), 3.2(E), 3.2(F), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.4(B), 3.5(B), 3.9(A), 3.9(B), 3.9(C), 3.10(A), 3.10(B), 3.10(C)


Butterflies, Bees and Blossoms
1st-3rd Grade

Students discover the parts and purpose of the flowering plant, examine insect life cycles and investigate the interdependence between flowering plants and insects. Students dissect real flowers and explore their own schoolyard to investigate pollinators in this interactive and fascinating unit.

TEKS:
2.1(A), 2.2(A), 2.2(B), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.3(A), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.10(A), 2.10(B), 2.10(C)
3.1(A), 3.1(B), 3.2(C), 3.2(D), 3.2(E), 3.2(F), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.4(B), 3.7(A), 3.9(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(B), 3.10(C)


Diversity of Life
3rd-5th Grade


Students learn that within an ecosystem there are producers, consumers, decomposers, predators and prey. All of these work together to form food chains and food webs which enable an ecosystem to survive. Students investigate different plant and animal adaptations through hands-on activities and experiments.

TEKS:
4.1(A), 4.2(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2(F), 4.3(A), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.4(B), 4.7(C), 4.8(B), 4.9(A), 4.9(B), 4.10(A), 4.10(B)
5.1(A), 5.2(A), 5.2(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(E), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.4(B), 5.8(B), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.9(C), 5.9(D), 5.10(A), 5.10(B)


Eco-Quest
3rd-5th Grade

Students learn about the sun’s role in producing energy and the flow of energy from the sun to plants to people. They investigate and compare renewable and non-renewable energy sources, explore alternative energy and conduct experiments to better understand electricity. Hands-on activities, role-playing and outdoor activities make this a fun and active learning experience.

TEKS:

4.1(A), 4.1(B), 4.2(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2(F), 4.3(A), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.4(B), 4.6(A), 4.6(B), 4.6(C), 4.7(C)
5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.2(A), 5.2(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(E), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.4(B), 5.5(A), 5.6(A), 5.6(B), 5.7(C)


NEW! Learn, Grow, Eat & Go
1st-6th Grade

LGEG grows good kids through an interdisciplinary program combining academic achievement, gardening, nutrient-dense food experiences, physical activity, and school & family engagement. Looking to get more out of an existing garden on your campus? This customizable unit is the perfect afterschool program for you!

TEKS:

1.2 (C), 1.2(D), 1.3(B), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.7(A), 1.7(B), 1.8(C), 1.10(B)
2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.3(A), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.4(B), 2.8(B), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.9(C), 2.10(B)
3.1 (A), 3.1(B), 3.2(A), 3.2(B), 3.2(C), 3.3(B), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(C)
4.1(B), 4.2(B), 4.4(A), 4.7(A), 4.9(A), 4.10 (A), 4.10(B), 4.10(C)
5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(F), 5.3(B), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(D), 5.10(A)
6.1(A), 6.1(B), 6.2(C), 6.3(C), 6.4(A)

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


Travel Fees Outside of Dallas County:
Collin, Rockwall, Tarrant $30
Cook, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Parker, Van Zandt, Wise $60
Anderson, Bosque, Delta, Fannin, Freestone, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Rains, Smith, Somervell, Wood $90

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