8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Homeschool

Homeschool Programs

Join us for our 2019-2020 Homeschool Programs! Reserve your student’s spot in our Dallas Arboretum educator-led programs to discover the fascinating world of earth and life science!

Homeschool Programs are presented by Coram Deo Academy

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.

The Dallas Arboretum understands that at times younger siblings or other family members may need to attend with the registered parent. We offer $8 admission for these participants by pre-purchase only with the Education Reservations Department. All parties entering the garden must pre-register.

For questions, please contact the Education Reservations Department by email at education@dallasarboretum.org
or by phone at 214-515-6540.


Fall Homeschool Programs | September – December

Fall Homeschool Labs
Cost Per Program:

Student Nonmembers: $10 | Members: $8
Adult Nonmembers: $8 | Members: Free
Parking Pre-pay Online: $9 | Day of event: $15 | Members: Free
Each event includes full access to Main and Children’s Adventure Gardens

Kaleidoscope

3rd-6th Grade (Ages 8-12)
September 23, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

What does your ear have in common with a hurricane? In this program, students will find the answer as they investigate the connections between math and the natural world. They’ll investigate the Kaleidoscope gallery in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden to determine where and why we see certain shapes and patterns in plants. Finally, students will make their own unique patterns to take home!

Register for Kaleidoscope


Owl Pellet Dissection

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

What can we learn from an owl’s lunch or a coyote’s teeth? In this program, students will dissect owl pellets to discover what these birds of prey eat and where they fall on the food chain. They’ll also observe furs and skulls of different animals to learn more about adaptations and predator/prey relationships.

Register for Owl Pellet Dissection

12 Days Stem Walk

K-6th (Ages 5-12)
December 9, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

This seasonal STEM program is sure to get you in the holiday spirit! The Arboretum’s 12 Days of Christmas gazebos are beautiful and festive, but they also contain a wealth of math and science waiting to be explored! In this program, students will open their minds to the exciting world of STEM outside of a textbook setting.

Register for 12 Days STEM Walk


Fall Homeschool Workshops

Cost Per Program:
Student Nonmembers: $20 | Members: $16
Adult Nonmembers: $10 | Members: Free
Parking Pre-pay Online: $9 | Day of event: $15 | Members: Free
Each event includes full access to Main and Children’s Adventure Gardens

Project Pumpkin

K-6th (Ages 5-12)
October 14, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

Pumpkins make great pies and festive decorations, but they’re also full of potential for science discoveries! In this 2-hour special seasonal program, students will navigate fun pumpkin experiments and activities which are sure to make them never look at this favorite fall fruit the same way again!

Register for Project Pumpkin

Thanksgiving STEM

K-6th (Ages 5-12)
November 25, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

Thanksgiving is about eating delicious food, spending time with family, and… science! In this 2-hour holiday workshop, students will learn something to gobble about as they investigate seasonal foods and discover the science behind Thanksgiving traditions.

Register for Thanksgiving STEM

Christmas Village Tour

K-6th (Ages 5-12)
December 23, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

In this 2-hour holiday program, students will enjoy the festive season with a step back in time as we tour the Dallas Arboretum’s Family Christmas village! After the tour, students will return to the classroom to get hands-on experience with some of the careers featured in the village, such as candle making!

Register for Christmas Village


Spring Homeschool Programs | January-May

Spring Homeschool Labs

Cost Per Program:
Student Nonmembers: $10 | Members: $8
Adult Nonmembers: $8 | Members: Free
Parking Pre-pay Online: $9 | Day of Event: $15 | Members: Free
Each event includes full access to Main and Children’s Adventure Gardens
(March-May)

Bubble Science

K-6th (Ages 5-12)
March 30, 2020
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

Bubbles are not only beautiful, but scientific as well! Students will learn about the fascinating science of bubbles, test different bubble solutions, craft their own bubble wands, and of course make bubbles galore!

Register for Bubble Science

Texas Native Plant Lab

3rd-6th Grade (Ages 8-12)
April 20, 2020
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

They might look like Jurassic plants, but they’re from right here in Texas! In this program, students will explore an educational garden dedicated to cacti, succulents, and other native plants of Texas. Through hands-on investigations using scientific tools, they will learn about the interesting adaptations these plants use to survive in diverse ecosystems.

Register for Texas Native Plant Lab


Spring Homeschool Workshops

Cost Per Program:
Student Nonmembers: $20 | Members: $16
Adult Nonmembers: $10 | Members: Free
Parking Pre-pay Online: $9 | Day of Event: $15 | Members: Free
Each event includes full access to Main Garden and Children’s Adventure Garden
(March-May)

Ready for Spring

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
January 20, 2020
10:00-12:00 p.m.
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Spring may seem far away, but it’s just around the corner! In this 2-hour program, students will get ready for warmer weather by making wildflower seed bombs and a nest helper for birds. They will also explore how animals survive the cold conditions of winter.

Register for Ready for Spring

Scientist Profile: George Washington Carver

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
February 17, 2020
10:00-12:00 p.m.
2:00-4:00 p.m.

George Washington Carver was a botanist and inventor who revolutionized agriculture in the south and discovered hundreds of uses for peanuts and sweet potatoes. In this 2-hour program, students will Join learn about this amazing scientist and do their own plant experiments!

Register for George Washingington Carver

Blooms Bonanza

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
March 16, 2020
10:00-12:00 p.m.
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Our Blooms festival showcases the outstanding beauty of flowers, but there is even more to investigate if we take a closer look! In this workshop, students will take a dive inside flowers with flower dissections, DIY models, and more!

Register for Blooms Bonanza

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.