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
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

Click Here for Family Overnights

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Group Night Owls

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.

Register for Group Night Owls

Click Here for Family Night Owls.

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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: $9
Parking day of event: $15
Parking Members: Free


Wonders of Water
K-3rd (5 - 8 years old)
May 7th, 2018
10:00am or 11:15am

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.

Register for Wonders of Water


H2Oh!
3rd-8th (8 - 13 years old)
May 7th, 2018
10:00am or 11:15am

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.

Register for H20h!


Texas Native Plant Lab
K-8th (5 - 13 years old)
May 21st, 2018
10:00am or 11:15am

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!

Register for Texas Native Plant Lab

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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


Flowers

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

Register for Flowers

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

Register for Outdoor Art Adventure

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.


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

Full Dates Coming soon!
$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 patches

Safety wise ratios apply.

Until registration opens, book a Group Overnight.

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