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
October 21, 2017
April 14, 2018
May 26, 2018

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

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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.

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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

Fall Homeschool Days in the Children’s Adventure Garden

By popular demand, we've added additional educators to meet the needs of K-5th grade in each program!

Join us for our Fall 2017 Homeschool Days in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden learning galleries. Reserve your student’s spot in our Dallas Arboretum educator-led gallery programs to discover the fascinating world of science from geology to biology! After the program, explore the rest of our Main Garden and Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, included with your reservation.

K-5th Grade
Students $10 nonmember | $8 members
Adults $8 nonmember | Free members

Also includes Main Garden access

Programs will be held in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (Gate 3). 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. Please arrive with sufficient time to park and walk to your program meeting place.

Pre-Registration Required. For series discount, or for questions contact the Education Reservations Department by phone at 214-515-6540, by fax at 214-515-6578, or by email at education@dallasarboretum.org.

What parents are saying about our homeschool programs:

"We have always homeschooled and thus have been to many homeschool days by now. This was by far the best homeschool day we've been to as far as "classes" offered. The hands on experience with the Texas Native Wetlands was huge! We do have our own microscope but to get hands on equipment like that at a homeschool day is rare."


Wetlands Biologist in Texas Native Wetlands
K-5th Grade [5-12 Years Old]
September 18th, 2017
10:15am-11:00am or 11:00-11:45am
Registration closes Friday, September 15th

How healthy is our habitat? Bring your students to an outdoor island classroom to collect data in our Texas Native Wetlands. Students will make connections between living and nonliving parts of the environment to determine the health of our waterway using cutting edge scientific tools, including digital microscopes and probes.

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Path to Pollen in The Moody Oasis
K-5th Grade [5-12 Years Old]
October 2nd, 2017
10:15am-11:00am or 11:00-11:45am
Registration closes Friday, September 29th

Are insects our friends or foes? Are they pests? No! 75% of all flowering plants need animal pollinators. This includes the majority of the plant foods in our diet. Learn about the important relationships between plants and insects and how each are adapted to benefit from one another through interactive, hands-on learning activities. The program concludes with examination of flowers and insects in the Moody Oasis Rooftop Garden to observe color, shape, and pollen, using age appropriate scientific tools.

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Kaleidoscope
K-5th Grade [5-12 Years Old]
October 16th, 2017
10:15am-11:00am or 11:00am-11:45am
Registration closes Friday, October 13th

Students explore how science is the study of natural patterns and compare the ways in which structural patterns relate to function.Students will first investigate patterns regularly found in nature and then explore how patterns can be analyzed with math by looking at the Fibonacci sequence. The experience continues as students explore the gallery and quantify the most commonly observed shapes in plants, how that shape could be an adaptation and how humans have made use of that shape.

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Living Cycles
K-5th Grade [5-12 Years Old]
October 30th, 2017
10:15am-11:00am or 11:00am-11:45am
Registration closes Friday, October 27th

This program is all about growth and change. Students compare the physical appearance of adults and offspring to assess how plants and animals change over time. Students investigate pollinators and their role in the ecosystem. In the gallery, students identify and observe the role of decomposers, methods of seed dispersal and pollination.

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Earth from Space in Earth Cycles
K-5th Grade [5-12 Years Old]
November 13th, 2017
10:15am-11:00am or 11:00am-11:45am
Registration closes Friday, November 10th

Life on Earth is dominated by regular and repeating patterns. In this program, students learn all about the relationships between the seasons, moon phases, shadows and planets through hands-on demonstrations and a focused student activity in the gallery. If you’ve been struggling to show the connections between these topics, this is the class for you!

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Incredible Edible
K-5th Grade [5-12 Years Old]
November 27th, 2017
10:15am-11:00am or 11:00am-11:45am
Registration closes Friday, November 24th

Which foods provide you with the most energy? How much of our plate should be fruits and vegetables? Where do we get our food? In this program, K-2 students explore food groups and healthy choices using the USDA MyPlate program. Then, through guided exploration of the gallery, they uncover where their food comes from and discover which foods they eat each day are Go, Slow or Whoa foods. 3-5 students explore these concepts through food labels for everyday lunch items, and then discover the cutting-edge urban agriculture techniques we employ at the Arboretum, including rooftop gardens and hydroponics.

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Have a group of 15 or more? Book any field trip program for your group!

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Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts in the Garden Badge Programs

Reserve your 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 Day patch. Girl Scouts in the Garden Badge Programs are held in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and include a combination of seated hands-on activity and instruction as well as guided exploration in the garden.

Pre-registration required; $15 per scout, $10 per adult 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 phone at 214.515.6540, by fax at 214.515.6578, or by email at education@dallasarboretum.org.

October Girl Scouts in the Garden

Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Registration closes Monday, October 9th

Daisy: Clover Petal (10:00am-11:45am) – Explore what natural resources are and why it’s important to conserve them. Then, use recycled materials to make paper to take home.
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Brownie: Bugs Badge (10:00am-11:45am) – 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 varied habitats where we can find them. You’ll also design a bug poster to teach others what you’ve learned and make a butterfly craft to take home.
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Junior: Flowers Badge (1:00pm-2:45pm) – 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 how humans benefit from flowers and put flowers to use by making floral perfume to take home.
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Cadette: Trees Badge (1:00pm-2:45pm) – 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. You’ll also learn how to transfer a picture onto a piece of wood to take home and display.
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November Girl Scouts in the Garden

Saturday, November 11th, 2017
Registration closes Monday, November 6th

Daisy: Rosie Petal (10:00am-11:45am) – Explore how growing plants can help make the world a better place. Then, discover what plants need to survive and how to make seed balls to take home and plant somewhere in need of flowers.
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Brownie: Household Elf Badge (10:00am-11:45am) – 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.
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Junior: Gardener Badge (1:00pm-2:45pm) – 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.
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Cadette: Eating for Beauty Badge (1:00pm-2:45pm) – 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.
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Group Rates

Self-Guided Group Rates (minimum 10 tickets)
Scouts/siblings (over 2 years of age): $8 per person
Adults: $10 per person
Parking: $8 discounted parking available online

To make a reservation contact our Reservations Department by phone at 214.515.6540 at least 2 weeks prior to your desired visit date. Please have your troop number and credit card ready when calling.

Private Badge Program (minimum 10 Scouts)
$20 per Scout
$10 per Adult
$8 discounted parking available online
Fall private programs are taught at 10:00am or 1:00pm on the following dates:
October 22nd, October 28th, and November 18th
Programs offered:
Daisy - Rosie, Clover
Brownie - Bugs, Painting, Household Elf
Junior - Flowers, Gardener, Animal Habitats, Drawing, Geocacher
Cadette - Trees, Easting for Beauty
To make check availability and make a reservation, contact our Reservations Department by phone at 214.515.6540 or by email at education@dallasarboretum.org at least 2 weeks prior to your desired program date.

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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 Brownie & Junior Overnight

October 14, 2017
6
pm-9 am
$60 ($55 members)

Registration is required and closes October 8th.

Come earn two Girl Scout badges and experience the magic of nighttime in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden!
Brownies will earn the Hiker & Outdoor Art Creator badges, while Juniors earn the Camper & Outdoor Art Explorer badges.

What’s included:

  • Admission
  • Parking
  • Snack
  • Continental breakfast
  • Badge activities, includes badges and fun patch

Safety wise ratios apply.

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