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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
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Countless Ways to Explore
The Children’s Garden encompasses several galleries, each designed to be age-specific, but not age-restrictive.
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.
This walled garden allows the youngest visitors to play in natural settings and be introduced to science. Its safe and enchanting features include a caterpillar maze, a sandbox, giant acorns and insects, mushroom seats and tables, a potting shed, a tree house, a babbling brook and a plant petting zoo.
The Incredible Edible Garden
Vegetables, grains and interactive exhibits help children, particularly urban children, learn that food comes from plants. In this garden, they learn about good nutrition, the multicultural aspects of food and economic botany.
The Orchard and Vineyard
This area is a beautiful extension of the Incredible Edible Garden, which teaches that food also comes from trees, shrubs and vines.
Plants are Alive
An inside look at the life of plants that helps young children discover how plants live and grow. In this area the plants are large, including 16-foot-tall flower-filled pots. Activities include a plant-part scavenger hunt and an area that teaches the parts of a flower by assembling a 3-D flower puzzle.
An elevated walk that’s 240 feet long through the tree canopy in the heart of the children’s garden, The Skywalk invites visitors to discover the benefits of trees and demonstrates what lives in the treetops.
This 500-linear-foot trail through a woodland ecosystem helps children learn about the interconnections among people, plants and animals. An adventure bridge, a 30-foot tree snag and a canopy walk above the habitat trail add excitement and challenge.
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In this learning room, children observe change and the circle of life, from changing seasons and plant and animal life cycles to pollination, metamorphosis and decomposition.
Amazing Secret Garden
This maze offers children engaging rewards along the way to the secret garden. Changeable panels make the maze either more or less challenging for different age groups, and questions at turning points speed children to their goal.
The Walk on the Wild Side
This discovery trail includes switchbacks with tracks in the path along the way to help visitors guess which native animal or plant is hiding around the next turn.
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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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.