8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Homeschool

Homeschool Programs

Check out our homeschool series dates or book a custom homeschool program from any of our educational experiences listed on our field trip programs page for groups of 15 or more.

Fall Homeschool Programs

Join us for our 2022 Fall 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 Children’s Adventure Garden, included with your reservation. Please note the recommended age range/grade equivalency for each program.

Pre-registration required. All participants, including parents and children, must be registered to attend. For questions, please contact the Education Reservations Department by email at education@dallasarboretum.org or by phone at 214.515.6540.


Cost Per Program:

Student Nonmembers: $12; Student Members: $10
Adult Nonmembers: $12; Adult Members: $5
Parking (pre-pay online): $11; Parking (day of event): $15; Member parking : Free

Each event includes full access to Main and Children’s Adventure Gardens.


Jack and the Beanstalk’s Bean Growing Machine

K–6th Grade (Ages 5–12)
Sept 19, 2022
10–11 am • 11:15-12:15 pm • 1-2 pm • 2-3 pm

How you ever wondered how Jack’s beanstalk grows? Join us for an a-MAZE-ing experiment to discover how plants respond to light.  Participants will create their own plant maze to take home and watch as the plant grows and navigates obstacles.

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Pumpkin Science

K–6th Grade (Ages 5–12)
Oct. 17, 2022
10–11 am • 11:15-12:15 pm • 1-2 pm • 2-3 pm

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

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Fairy Tale STEM

K–6th Grade (Ages 5–12)
Nov. 7, 2022
10–11 am • 11:15-12:15 pm • 1-2 pm • 2-3 pm

Come enjoy Autumn at the Arboretum: A Fall Fairy Tale while applying the engineering design process to help the Three Little Pigs find a better solution! In the STEM challenge, participants will be tasked with building a structure that even the Big Bad Wolf won’t be able to blow down.

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From Bulbs to Tulips An Inside Look!

From Bulbs to Tulips: An Inside Look!

K–6th Grade (Ages 5–12)
Dec. 12, 2022
10–11 am • 11:15-12:15 pm • 1-2 pm • 2-3 pm

Get an inside look at our most iconic flowers before they are flowers! Students will dissect a tulip bulb to learn how this special structure allows plants to survive winter temperatures. Then participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at bulb planting at the Dallas Arboretum. Don’t forget to come back in the spring to see your flowers!

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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.

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 $10. 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.