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.

Overnights

Overnights

Overnights are the perfect opportunity to explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at a time that no one else can – at night! Guests will participate in Tree Trek, Texas Native Wetlands and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike and stargaze with experienced Arboretum staff. Participants will learn how to make their own eco-pots to take home. A light evening snack and continental breakfast are included. We are happy to host your child’s birthday party, scouts, church or school groups! Sleeping arrangements will be inside the Exploration Center, unless prior arrangements are approved. This event may combine individual families or groups.

Open to families or groups with children ages 5-12. Children must be accompanied by parent.

6:00 p.m. (overnight) - 9:00 a.m.

2018:
September 29
November 3

Register for Fall Dates Now

2019:
March 23
April 13
May 4

Child Nonmember: $55
Child Member: $50
Adult Nonmember: $55
Adult Member: $50
Parking: included with purchase

View the Overnights FAQ

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Night Owls

Experience the wonder of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at night! Guests will participate in Texas Native Wetlands, Pure Energy and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike with experienced Arboretum staff. We are happy to host your child’s birthday party, scouts, church or school groups! A light snack is included. This event may combine individual families or groups.

Open to families or groups with children ages 5-12. Children must be accompanied by parent.

6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Available Dates:
October 13, 2018
March 30, 2019
April 27, 2019
May 18, 2019

Register for Fall Dates Now

Child Nonmember: $35
Child Member: $30
Adult Nonmember: $35
Adult Member: $30
Parking: included with purchase

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Fall Homeschool Days | October - December

Fall Homeschool Days

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

Parents are welcome to observe classes or participate with students. After the program, explore the rest of the Main Garden and the 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: $9
Parking day of event: $15
Parking Members: Free

Science of Pumpkins

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
Oct. 8, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Sold Out!)
11:15
a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (Sold Out!)
12:30-1:30 p.m. (Sold Out!)
2:00-3:00pm (Sold Out!)

3:15-4:15pm Limited spaces remain!

Pumpkins make great pies and festive decorations, but they’re also full of potential for science discoveries! In this special seasonal program, students will navigate fun pumpkin experiments which are sure to make them never look at this favorite fall fruit the same way again!

Register for Science of Pumpkins Now!


Nature’s Works of Art

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
Nov. 5, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Additional session added!

Art is all around us, if we know where to look! Students will gain new insight to color, shape, line, texture, and more throughout the natural world that has enchanted artists for centuries. No artistic skill required!

Register for Nature's Works of Art Now!


Planetary Voyage

3rd-8th (Ages 8-14)
Nov. 19, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Travel through the solar system and beyond in our Globe Theatre. During this program, students view 360 degree imagery of the planets through NASA satellite views projected on our five-foot-tall OmniGlobe. They discover what makes each planet unique, including our irreplaceable planet Earth. This program takes place in the Exploration Center of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

Register for Planetary Voyage Now!


12 Days Math

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
Dec. 3, 2018
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
12:30-1:30 p.m.

This seasonal STEM program is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! The Arboretum’s 12 Days of Christmas gazebos are beautiful, but they also contain a wealth of math and science waiting to be explored! In this program, students will open their minds to the exciting world of math outside of a textbook setting.

Register for 12 Days Math Now!

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Homeschool Club: Garden Robots

Homeschool Club: Garden Robots

3rd-6th Grade (Ages 8-12)
Wednesdays from October 10 to November 14
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Student Nonmembers: $120 Autumn at the Arboretum Special: $100
Student Members: $100

Robots are increasingly becoming part of our daily life, but can nature and robots coexist? Homeschool students will investigate this question as they explore technology as it is used to innovate within and further our knowledge of gardening, agriculture and the natural world. In this 6-week series, students will learn to design, build and program the Arboretum’s brand new fleet of mBot and Vex robots.

Register for Homeschool Club: Garden Robots Now!

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Fall Homeschool Family Workshops | September - November

Fall Homeschool Days

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

Parents are welcome to observe classes or participate with students. After the program, explore the rest of the Main Garden and the 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 family package:
Member: $45
Nonmember: $55
Parking pre-pay online: $9
Parking day of event: $15
Parking Members: Free

Instant Garden
September 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Gardening may seem a little intimidating, but we’ll help you get a head start! Learn tried and true gardening techniques and create a garden to test your new skills at home with a variety of plants to cultivate from seeds and sprouts.

Register for Instant Garden Family Homeschool Workshop


Nature Writing
October 22, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Nature can be so beautiful that it’s hard to find the words to express our emotions! October’s brilliant colors provide boundless inspiration as parents and students experiment with different writing techniques to tap into their inner wordsmith. Then, visit our breathtaking Autumn at the Arboretum fall pumpkin display, featuring over 90,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds!

Register for Nature Writing Family Homeschool Workshop

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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! 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



Fall Girl Scouts in the Garden

Bugs Badge
Brownie Girl Scouts
Saturday, September 29, 2018
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Register Now For Bugs Badge

Bugs might be a little creepy, but they’re a vital part of the environment! Discover what makes bugs such an important part of the Dallas Arboretum gardens. Look at bugs up close to explore what helps them survive (and how they help people and animals too!). Brownies will design a bug poster to teach others what they’ve learned and make a butterfly craft to take home.


Painting Badge
Brownie Girl Scouts
Saturday, September 29, 2018
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Register Now for Painting Badge

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.


Flowers Badge
Junior Girl Scouts
Saturday, October 20, 2018
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Register Now for Our Flowers Badge Program

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.


Geocacher Badge
Junior Girl Scouts
Saturday, October 20, 2018
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Register for Geocacher

Juniors will enhance their adventures by learning important orienteering skills, including how to navigate using a compass. They will make a survival keychain, then use a GPS enabled device on a Geocaching scavenger hunt through the garden. The fun continues as the troop takes an official Travel Bug to follow on its Geocaching journey!


Trees Badge
Cadette Girl Scouts
Saturday, November 10, 2018
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Register Now for Trees Badge

We depend on trees in our everyday lives in ways that may be surprising! Cadette Scouts will discover amazing adaptations that help trees thrive, explore trees at the Dallas Arboretum, and investigate how to take care of trees in central Texas. They will also learn how to transfer a group photo onto a piece of wood to take home and display!


Eating for You Badge
Junior Girl Scouts
Saturday, November 10, 2018
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Register for Eating for You

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!



Spring Girl Scouts in the Garden

The dates below are available to book for any of the badge programs offered by the Dallas Arboretum. 10 scout minimum. Contact us at education@dallasarboretum.org to book your spring date(s):

  • January 26
  • February 16
  • March 2
  • March 23
  • April 13


Outdoor Art Adventure
All Girl Scouts
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
[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. 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. This event will be located in the picnic area of the Incredible Edible gallery of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.



Self-guided Scout Groups


Scouts/siblings (over 2 years of age): $8 per person
Adults: $10 per person
Parking: $9 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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Boy Scouts

Self-guided Scout Groups

Scouts/siblings (over 2 years of age): $8 per person
Adults:
$10 per person
Parking: $9 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 Overnight

Junior Bronze Blitz

Kick off your Bronze award with an Arboretum Overnight in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden! Juniors will take part in a night sky citizen science project, travel to distant planets with our OmniGlobe program, venture out on a flashlight night hike and stargaze with experienced Arboretum staff. A light evening snack and continental breakfast are included. Sleeping arrangements will be inside the Exploration Center. Girl Scout safety-wise ratios apply.

Register Now

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 a.m.
September 22-23
October 27-28, 2018

Child Nonmember: $55
Child Member: $50
Adult Nonmember: $55
Adult Member: $50
Parking: included with purchase

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