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.

Summer Camps

Plan the perfect activity for your child. Organized by age, these camps cater to your child's interests and needs for an unforgettable adventure!

See Full Camp Listings & Register your Child


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

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Family Overnights

Family Overnights
Remaining Spring 2017 dates: May 12 | June 2, 3, 16 and 23
Families with children ages 5-12
6:00pm-9:00am
$55 per person ($50 members)

View the Overnights FAQ

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

Group Overnights
Remaining
Spring 2017 dates: April 22 | May 5, 6 and 20 | June 10
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!

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

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Growing Up WILD

$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!

Spring 2017 series

3/20/17 Seed Need

Children explore seeds as food for people and animals. How do seeds get moved around to grow plants in new places? Discover how animals spread seeds. This program includes scientific exploration, music, art and a seed filled snack!

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4/3/17 Bird Beak Buffet

How does the structure and function of different bird beaks influence the bird’s ability to gather food? Children are introduced to adaptations for animal survival. This program includes scientific exploration, music, art and a bird-friendly snack!

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4/17/17 Owl Pellets

What did the owl have for lunch?Children dissect an owl pellet and learn about what owls eat. This program includes scientific exploration, music, art and a wise snack!

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5/1/17 Aqua Charades

How do people, animals and plants use water? Though scientific exploration, music, art, children discover the importance of water. This program includes a snack to discover how water changes our food!

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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.

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Girl Scouts

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.

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Boy Scouts

Tiger 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
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.

Register for Tigers in the Wild

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 .

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.

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Programs for Children During Festivals

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

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Children's Adventure Garden Activities

May Homeschool Day: The Artistry of Geology

May Homeschool Day: The Artistry of Geology

May 8th, 2017

Join us for a very special Artistry of Geology Homeschool Day featuring ZimSculpt on Monday, May 8th, 2017. Reserve your student’s spot in our Dallas Arboretum educator-led classroom learning experience to discover the fascinating world of geology. After your program, explore the role of geology in the inspiring rock sculptures of the Zimbabwean artists of ZimSculpt.

Programs will be held inside our classrooms at the Visitor Education Pavilion in the Main Garden (Gate 1). Parents are welcome to observe classes and participate with students. After the program, explore the rest of our Main Garden and Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure 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

Scoop on Soil
<>nd (4-8 years)
10:00-10:50am or 11:00-11:50am

Introduce your students to the world of geology as they explore the uses of rocks and discover how soils are formed. Students will participate in hands-on discovery to investigate rock characteristics, soil characteristics, and weathering.

Registration will Open April 1.
Register for Scoop on Soil

Rock and Roll
3rd-6th (8-12 years)
10:00-10:50am or 11:00-11:50am

Students will model how rocks are formed and investigate the properties of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Students will also explore the many uses of rocks in our everyday lives.

Register for Rock and Roll

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