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The Dallas Arboretum will be open from 9am-5pm today.

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

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    Our Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden has 17 interactive learning galleries to explore. Since its opening in the fall of 2013, the Dallas Arboretum has hosted nearly 700,000 students in formal education programs and more than 1,000,000 visitors have walked through our beautiful butterfly gates.
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    Passing through the main butterfly gates, you’ve entered the Children’s Adventure Garden. Cool off in the timed fountains and get the first aerial view of the entire garden. A welcoming orientation area, our Entry Plaza is large enough to comfortably accommodate 200 people.
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    Here, children investigate how energy from the natural sources of wind, sun and water can be transformed into electricity for our use. An energy tower, shooting water pistols and sun blasters are additional features that teach these concepts.

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Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden was designed to connect children with nature. Education is a central focus of our mission, which is why we are delighted to be able to teach life and Earth science to both school children and their teachers as well as families.

Highlights

  • Daily science labs
  • Exploration Center with Omni Globe
  • Incredible Edible Garden
  • Texas Native Wetlands
  • Energy Island
  • 17 indoor/outdoor galleries
  • 150 interactive science games
  • Water features throughout

The Dallas Arboretum’s Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is a truly spectacular addition to this community—brilliantly conceived and beautifully executed. Kids of all ages will have an engaging and entertaining experience, all while learning more about the wonders of our planet.

– Boyd Matson, Host, National Geographic Weekend

Upcoming Programming in the Children’s Adventure Garden

  • Learn More about Habitats

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Students first explore the basic needs of plants and animals by modeling a food web in a giant eagle’s nest with larger than life eggs.
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    Habitats

    Friday, February 22 at
  • Learn More about OmniGlobe

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Travel through the solar system and beyond in our Globe Theatre.
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    OmniGlobe

    Sunday, February 24 at
  • Learn More about Plants Are Alive

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Each autumn, the Arboretum is transformed by thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squash.
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    Plants Are Alive

    Saturday, February 23 at
  • Learn More about The Scoop on Soil

    Located at Children’s Adventure Garden

    Students work in groups to observe a soil sample from the Arboretum grounds and sort out the components that make up the soil.
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    The Scoop on Soil

    Monday, February 25 at
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Learn more about the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden

Daily Programming is designed to inspire young minds to explore a world of educational adventure!

  • Thea Award recipient for Outstanding Achievement as a Science/Discovery Garden.
  • Certified as a Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation.
  • A certified Monarch Waystation
  • A Texas Aquatic Science certified field site
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Start Your Adventure Here

With so many paths to take, visiting the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is one of the most intriguing ways in all of Dallas to spend a day outdoors with children.