Education Opportunities for Children and Families

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden welcomes school groups, families and other children's organizations to enjoy our beautiful and educational gardens.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden doesn’t just offer educational programming during the school day! Our out-of-school options include summer camps, family and group overnights and a variety of scout programs. We also offer programming for homeschool families during the school day.

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

Group Overnights

Group Overnights
April 14, 2018
May 26, 2018

Groups with children ages 5-12
6:00pm-9:00 am
$55 per person ($50 members)

View the Overnights FAQ

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, scouts, church or school groups! Groups that wish to bring their own content can also be accommodated. Sleeping arrangements will be inside the Exploration Center, unless prior arrangements are approved.

Groups that wish to bring their own content can also be accommodated.

Register for Group Overnights

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Group Night Owls

April 28, 2018
May 12, 2018

6 pm – 10 pm
$35 per person ($30 members)

Group Night Owls participants will take part in the Texas Native Wetlands, Pure Energy and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike. A light snack is included. We are happy to host you child’s birthday party, scouts, church or school groups! Groups that wish to bring their own content can also be accommodated.

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Homeschool Winter Workshops | January and February

Homeschool Winter Workshops
10:00am-12:30pm
January 15 and 29 | February 12 and 26

$55 per non-member family | $45 per member family

Join us in January and February for our series of hashtag-worthy family workshops. Each session includes a mix of hands-on building or creating, teacher-led content and ideas for further exploration in the garden. Follow up your workshop with a visit throughout the Main Garden. Any time of year, we are always in bloom!


#InsectHotels | January 15

Build an insect condo for tiny residents in this unique family workshop. As we tidy our gardens and lawns by removing dead material from our landscapes, we take away prime habitats for beneficial insects, spiders and other bugs. Learn how to create a one-of-a-kind home for these creatures and discover why pollinators and other bugs can be good for our gardens. Then, take it home to beautify your own backyard! Reservation includes one insect hotel kit per family, but you are welcome to register for more than one kit. Registration closes January 8.

Register for Insect Hotels


#Plants2Dye4 | January 29

Many fabric colors come from dyes created using plants that grow all around us. We will experiment with natural color, fibers and fixatives to create a swatch of color to incorporate into a unique piece of art for each student to take home. Students will also discover the sources of natural dyes from plants that may be grown in their own yard.

Register for Plants 2 Dye 4


#Paper2Plant | February 12

Have you ever grown a garden from a piece of paper? Now you can learn how in this homeschool workshop. We will discover how paper was made before we had machines, as well as work with recycled materials and seeds to make paper that you can plant at home this spring. Each student will go home with their own unique plantable paper!

Register for Paper 2 Plant


#MiniGarden | February 26

Connect nature, art and gardening in this unique family experience. Homeschool families will investigate the diversity of plants suited for growing in a pallet garden and then build and plant their very own minigarden to take home. Arboretum educators will help students decide how to best maintain their garden and find the ideal location for their artistic piece. Reservation includes one mini pallet garden kit per family, but you are welcome to register for more than one kit. Registration closes February 19.

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Spring Homeschool Days | March - May

Spring Homeschool Days

Join us for our Spring 2018 Homeschool Days! Reserve your student’s spot in our Dallas Arboretum educator-led programs to discover the fascinating world of earth and life science!

Programs will be held in the Main Garden Classroom Labs (Gate 1). Parents are welcome to observe classes or participate with students. After the program, explore the rest of the Main Garden and Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, included with your reservation. Please note the recommended age range/grade equivalency for each program. Our classrooms are located adjacent to one another for your convenience during simultaneously scheduled programs.

Pre-Registration Required. For series discount or questions, please contact the Education Reservations Department by email at education@dallasarboretum.org or by phone at 214-515-6540.

Cost Per Program
Student Nonmembers: $10
Student Members: $8
Adult Nonmembers: $8
Adult Members: Free
Parking pre-pay online: $8
Parking day of event: $15
Parking Members: Free


Plant Detectives
K-3rd (5 - 8 years old)
March 12th, 2018
10:00am-11:00am

[Registration opens soon]

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. Students will explore how the structures of plants allow them to meet their needs.


CSI in the Garden
4th-8th (9 - 13 years old)
March 12th, 2018
10:00am-11:00am

[Registration opens soon]

Chemistry is everywhere, even in the soil beneath our feet. 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 examine the chemical properties of various soil samples to determine if fictional suspects were at the scene of a crime.


What’s for Dinner?
K-3rd (5 - 8 years old)
March 26th, 2018
10:00am-11:00am

[Registration opens soon]

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.


Disappearing Act
3rd-8th (8 - 13 years old)
March 26th, 2018
10:00am-11:00am

[Registration opens soon]

What happens when an organism in an ecosystem disappears? Students play a game to 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.


Treeworks
K-8th (5 - 13 years old)
April 9th, 2018
10:00am-11:00am

[Registration opens soon]

Trees are not only beautiful, but they are an amazing resource for the environment and humans. Some trees at the Arboretum are over 100 years old! Students discover the science of studying trees and, through hands-on activities, investigate what they need to live a long life.


Earth Explorers
K-3rd (5 - 8 years old)
April 23rd, 2018
10:00am-11:00am

[Registration opens soon]

Introduce your students to the world of geology as they take a closer look at rocks and soils. Students will make detailed observations of diverse rock and soil samples and explore how we use these natural resources every day.


Restless Earth
3rd-8th (8 - 13 years old)
April 23rd, 2018
10:00am-11:00am

[Registration opens soon]

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.


Wonders of Water
K-3rd (5 - 8 years old)
May 7th, 2018
10:00am-11:00am

[Registration opens soon]

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.


H2Oh!
3rd-8th (8 - 13 years old)
May 7th, 2018
10:00am-11:00am

[Registration opens soon]

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.


Texas Native Plant Lab
K-8th (5 - 13 years old)
May 21st, 2018
10:00am-11:00am

[Registration opens soon]

Texas is home to a great diversity of flora. This program focuses on plants which are specially adapted to survive on the plains, mountains and basins: 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!

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Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts in the Garden Badge Programs

Reserve your Girl Scouts’ spots in a Dallas Arboretum Educator-led program this spring! Each program is designed to help Scouts accomplish all requirements to earn the corresponding Girl Scout badge, which can be purchased at your local GS shop. Troop leaders and chaperones are encouraged to join the fun and participate with their Scouts. At the close of the program, Scouts will receive a specially-designed Dallas Arboretum fun patch. Girl Scouts in the Garden Badge Programs include a combination of educational content, hands-on activities and guided exploration in the garden.

Pre-registration is required and includes all-day access to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and Main Garden. If you have any questions, please contact the Reservations Department by email at education@dallasarboretum.org or by phone at 214.515.6540.

Cost Per Person/Program
Scouts: $15
Adult Nonmembers: $10
Adult Members: Free
Parking pre-pay online: $9
Parking day of event: $15
Parking Members: Free


Clover Petal

Daisy Girl Scouts
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
10:00am to 11:45am

[Registration opens soon]

Daisies will explore different types of resources and put their ideas into practice with a fun engineering challenge. Then, they’ll use recycled materials to make special seed paper that can be planted to grow wildflowers! They’ll also take a short guided tour to see how the Dallas Arboretum uses resources wisely.


Painting

Brownie Girl Scouts
Saturday, March 10th, 2018
1:00pm to 2:45pm

[Registration opens soon]

Brownies will develop their own style as artists as they learn to interpret and paint the world around them. After exploring different types of art, scouts will paint a landscape and a still-life using the garden as inspiration. They will also experiment with painting without using brushes and work together to create a mural.


Geocacher

Junior Girl Scouts
Saturday, April 7th, 2018
10:00am to 11:45am

[Registration opens soon]

Juniors will enhance their adventures by learning important orienteering skills, including how to navigate using a compass. They will make a survival item to trade at the final cache, then use a GPS enabled device on a Geocaching scavenger hunt through the garden.


Eating for You

Cadette Girl Scouts
Saturday, April 7th, 2018
1:00pm to 2:45pm

[Registration opens soon]

Cadettes will investigate food science and learn ways to manage nutrition and activity levels to grow strong and healthy. They will perform a chemistry experiment to determine Vitamin C levels in different beverages, make delicious fruit-infused water, and explore the new A Tasteful Place garden. They’ll also make a lavender sachet to help them get some much needed sleep!


Rosie Petal

Daisy Girl Scouts
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
10:00am to 11:45am

[Registration opens soon]

Daisies will brainstorm ways to help make the world a better place. They will take a short tour in the garden to search for plants, animals, and insects doing just that. Then, they will make seed balls to take home and plant somewhere in need of beautiful wildflowers.


Flowers

Junior Girl Scouts
Saturday, April 28, 2018
1:00pm to 2:45pm

[Registration opens soon]

Juniors will dissect a flower to discover its amazing anatomy and explore how flowers help both humans and animals. They will explore some of the beautiful varieties of flowers at the Dallas Arboretum on a short tour, then put flowers to use by making their own fragrant floral spray. They’ll also learn the language of flowers by making a silk bouquet to keep or give to a friend.


Outdoor Art Adventure

All Girl Scouts
Saturday, May 19th, 2018
10am to 2pm

[Registration opens soon]

Outdoor Art Adventure is open to all Girl Scouts from Daisy to Ambassador! Join us for a day of nature-focused arts and crafts in this come-and-go event. In addition to make and take activities, we will have special visits from women in science and art careers to inspire Scouts in thinking about their future. Each registered Scout will receive a Dallas Arboretum Fun Patch and complete most, if not all, of the requirements to obtain their Outdoor Art Badge.

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Boy Scouts

Self-guided Scout Groups

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, email education@dallasarboretum.org at least two weeks prior to your desired visit date. Please include your troop number when submitting a request.

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Girl Scout Cadette Overnight

March 24, 2018
6 pm March 24 to 9 am March 25
$60 ($55 members) (per person)

Come earn two Cadette badges and experience the magic of nighttime in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden! Sleep under the cosmos in Texas’ largest OmniGlobe theater.

What’s included:

  • Admission
  • Parking
  • Snack
  • Continental breakfast
  • Badge activities, includes badges and fun patch
  • Outdoor Art Apprentice and Night Owl activities, including badges
  • Dallas Arboretum fun patch

Safety wise ratios apply.

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