The DeGolyer House will be closed April 18th-25th and will reopen on the 26th for Artscape.

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Homeschool

Children observing plant life in an indoor environment

Homeschool Programs

We just wrapped up our spring homeschool series, so please check back on August 1, 2019 for next school year’s NEW lineup of programs.

We are pleased to offer discounted group admission all summer long. Homeschool groups of 15 or more can book an educational visit to the Children’s Adventure Garden for just $5 per student. Submit a summer field trip request now.

Parents are welcome to observe classes or participate with students, and we do ask all parents in attendance to please register for the program so that we may accurately anticipate attendance. 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 11am-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)
FREE

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 Days Programs

February – April

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!

Please check back on August 1, 2019 for next school year’s NEW lineup of programs.


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.

Please check back on August 1, 2019 for next school year’s NEW lineup of programs.


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.

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.