8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218


Children observing plant life in an indoor environment

Homeschool Programs

Join us for our Spring 2019 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 from 9am-5pm.

Homeschool Programs are presented by Coram Deo Academy

Cost per program:

Non-Members Members
Students $10 $8
Adults $8 FREE
Parking $15 (day of)
$9 (Pre-pay online)

Pricing may not be valid for all programs, including club or family workshops.

Each event includes full access to Main and Children’s Adventure Gardens. (March-December)

Spring Homeschool Family Workshops

Family Workshops are for families who want to dive deep into a project together, such as building a bird house or mini pallet garden. Creativity and teamwork are highly encouraged!

Nature Journaling

February 11, 2019
10:00-12:00 p.m.

Cost per family package:
Member: $20
Nonmember: $25
Parking pre-pay online: $9
Parking day of event: $15
Parking Members: Free

One registration includes admission for the entire family!

Join us, with poet Robin Turner from The Writer’s Garret, as we assemble, embellish, and stitch together our own small journals using inspiring papers and repurposed/found materials. Weather permitting, we will take a nature walk down one of the Arboretum’s nearby wooded paths to breathe deep and collect an earth remnant or two to tuck into our journals’ secret pockets. We will play with words and images in fresh, imaginative ways, and then record our experiments in our journals as poems, story fragments, and observations – all inspired by the natural world waiting just outside.

Register for Nature Journaling

Spring Homeschool Days Programs

February – April

Rocks Rock!

K-2nd Grade (Ages 5-8)
February 25, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

Did you know that the earth is a giant rock factory? In this program, we’ll take a peek inside our planet and model how different kinds of rocks and soil are formed. At the end, students will take home their own real fossil!

Register for Rocks Rock

It’s a Bug’s Life

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
March 11, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

The Arboretum is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including many bugs! In this program, students observe live organisms to identify the traits that make insects different from other arthropods. Students look closely at various arthropod adaptations that support survival in different environments and investigate the unique life cycles of different organisms.

Register for It’s a Bug’s Life

Pickle Powered

3-6th Grade (Ages 8-12)
March 25, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

How much power is in a pickle? In this lesson students will identify examples of different kinds of energy, then put that knowledge to use by creating a traditional circuit with batteries. Finally, they will turn pickles into batteries and try to harness their power to turn on a light!

Register for Pickle Powered

Stomp Rockets

K-6th (Ages 5-12)
April 8, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

All across the garden, force and motion can be seen in plants, animals, people, and machines! In this program, students will harness these science concepts as they design and craft a paper rocket ship to test on a stomp rocket launcher! How far will your rocket travel? Families will leave with instructions on how to make their own stomp rocket launcher at home!

Register for Stomp Rockets

Wetlands Biologist

K-6th (Ages 5-12)
April 22, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

How healthy is our habitat? In this program, students explore our Texas Native Wetlands on our outdoor island classroom. They will collect scientific data by examining live macroinvertebrates using cutting edge scientific tools. Students will then make connections between the living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem to determine the health of our waterway.

Register for Wetlands Biologist

Homeschool Club

Homeschool Club is a weekly program over a 6-week period. This format allows homeschool students to get to know each other and an intriguing topic through science-based games, activities, and garden exploration.

Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!

Starts March 20

K-2nd Grade (Ages 5-8)
Wednesdays from March 20 to April 24, 2:00pm-3:30

Student Nonmembers: $120
Student Members: $100

This club, based on lessons from Junior Master Gardeners, will incorporate educational content about nutrition and growing food, physical activities, and fresh, healthy snacks – plus it will provide plenty of opportunities to help you create your own at-home garden!

Contact us at education@dallasarboretum.org for more information

Homeschool Frequently Asked Questions

What types of Homeschool programs do you offer?

Classroom Labs are hour-long programs with engaging hands-on activities combined with content-based instruction. Students become true scientists as they investigate soil, plants, insects, water, and more!

Family Workshops are for families who want to dive deep into a project together, such as building a bird house or mini pallet garden. Creativity and teamwork are highly encouraged!

Rory Meyers Children’s Gallery Lessons take place in the garden galleries, each featuring a different fascinating life and earth science topic.

Homeschool Club is a weekly program over a 6-week period. This format allows homeschool students to get to know each other and an intriguing topic through science-based games, activities, and garden exploration.

What is the registration fee for Homeschool educational programs?

Each type of program has a different registration fee based on length of the program and materials needed. 

What is included in my registration?

Your registration includes an educator-led, hand-on program, admission to the Main Garden, and entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden (except during our winter close Jan-Feb) to be enjoyed before and after your scheduled program.

What is the fee for parking?

Parking is $15 if purchased on-site. Discounted parking may be purchased online for $9. Parking is free for members.

Is it possible to change my registration to another program or time?

If you need to reschedule your reservation, please contact the Reservations Department (education@dallasarboretum.org) at least two weeks before your scheduled visit in order to apply the payment to a new program date.

How will I receive my confirmation and tickets?

You will receive a payment confirmation email that includes your tickets.

Can I participate with my student?

Of course! We encourage the level of parental participation that best fits with your family’s learning style.

What should I bring?

Please bring a copy of the tickets you received with your confirmation email. You can also just show your email confirmation at the gate. A copy of the map you received with your confirmation may also be helpful.

While some programs are held indoors, the Dallas Arboretum is a primarily outdoor venue. Sunscreen, hats, water and rain gear are all great ideas to bring depending on the weather.

Where does my program meet?

You will receive a confirmation email with your reservation which gives complete arrival instructions. It will indicate if you should enter through Gate #1 (Main Gate) or Gate #3 (Children’s Adventure Garden). You will then proceed to the Classroom Labs in the Main Garden or the indicated meeting spot in the Children’s Garden.

When should we arrive?

Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled program. Note that parking and entering through the ticket booth may take longer during festival times or holidays, so you may want to give yourself extra time.

Can you accommodate participants with special needs?

We work to ensure that all learners have a positive experience during our programs and will do our best to accommodate special needs. We have safety ear muffs available for students who are sensitive to noise. The Dallas Arboretum is accessible for wheelchairs. If you have particular concerns, please reach out to us at education@dallasarboretum.org.

Can I schedule a specific program and date for my co-op?

Groups with 15 or more students may book a specific program and date. Learn more about our field trip programs here.

Family Educational Activities

The curriculum doesn’t just stop at our Homeschool programs. We offer many different ways for families and organizations to learn.