Due to weather, tonight's members-only Family Night has been rescheduled to August 6. Tickets for the August event will be emailed tomorrow, July 18.

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.

2024 – 2025 Homeschool Programs

Join us for our 2024-2025 Homeschool Learning Days! Reserve your spot in our Dallas Arboretum educator-led programs to discover the fascinating world of earth and life science and STEM.

All homeschool program purchases must include at least one accompanying adult ticket. 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.


Homeschool Classroom Labs

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 the Main Garden and Children’s Adventure Gardens.


Tour of Texas

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
September 23, 2024

Embark on an educational odyssey through Texas’s diverse ecoregions! Students will delve into the Piney Woods and Blackland Prairies, unravel marsh mysteries along the Gulf Coast, and brave the rugged Trans-Pecos desert. Engaging activities, expert insights, and environmental stewardship await. Let curiosity lead the way!

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Creepy Creatures

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
October 21 & 22, 2024

Join us for a  thrilling educational journey dedicated to the mysterious world of spiders and bats. Dive into the intricate structure and function of these nocturnal creatures, understanding their unique anatomies and the pivotal roles they play in our ecosystems. Enhance the learning experience by constructing a bat house, fostering a hands-on understanding of wildlife conservation and the importance of bats in maintaining ecological balance. This engaging curriculum not only enlightens young minds about the wonders of nature but also instills a sense of stewardship for our planet’s diverse inhabitants.

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Project Squirrel

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
November 18, 2024

Discover the wonders of nature and science right from your backyard with Project Squirrel! This engaging citizen science project invites homeschoolers to become part of a nationwide network of observers, contributing to vital ecological research. It’s simple: spot a squirrel, report your findings, and help scientists track and understand squirrel populations and behaviors. Whether you’re a family looking for a fun educational activity or a student seeking a hands-on science experience, Project Squirrel is your opportunity to explore wildlife in a meaningful way. Join the adventure and make a difference with every squirrel you spot!

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Wind Racer Engineering Design Challenge

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
December 16, 2024

This hands-on course invites young minds to engineer their very own wind-powered racers, blending physics and fun in an exhilarating race to the finish line. Spark a love for learning and innovation as students design, build, and test their creations in a supportive, collaborative environment. Enroll now and watch your child’s imagination soar to new heights!

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The Phenomenal Night Sky

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
January 27, 2025

Unlock the mysteries of the cosmos from the comfort of your home with our “Phenomenal Night Sky” homeschool class! Designed for curious minds of all ages, this course offers a unique opportunity to explore the wonders of the universe. Engage in interactive lessons that bring the stars closer to you, and inspire a lifelong passion for astronomy. Enroll now and embark on an educational journey that transcends the boundaries of traditional learning. The sky is not the limit; it’s just the beginning!

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Wonders of the Water Cycle

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
February 24, 2025

Dive into this interactive lesson that reveals the journey of a single drop of water, from the depths of the ocean to the heights of the clouds. This class is designed to captivate young minds, fostering a sense of awe and respect for nature’s most vital resource. Enroll your child today and watch their curiosity blossom as they explore the endless cycle that sustains all life on Earth.

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Tree-mendous Adventures

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
March 24, 2025

Watch your little sapling blossom in this interactive course inviting students to explore the fascinating world of trees, from the whispering leaves to the sturdy roots. With fun hands-on activities such as observing tree cookies and learning how to identify trees by leaf and bark patterns, your child will grow their knowledge of some of our largest plants and foster their love for the environment.

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What’s the Weather?

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
April 14, 2025

Let your child become the neighborhood weather expert! In this class students will craft their own weather instruments, engage in hands-on activities to record real-time data, and unravel the science behind forecasting. This interactive course not only teaches the fundamentals of meteorology but also empowers young learners to predict the weather like the pros.

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Plant Superpowers

K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
May 12, 2025

Embark on a fascinating journey through the plant realm! Unveil the secret world of photosynthesis, where plants transform sunlight into the very essence of life. Witness the remarkable adaptations that enable flora to flourish in the most extreme habitats. This adventure will not only feed your child’s curiosity but also sow the seeds of love and respect for nature’s ingenious architects.

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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!

What is the registration fee for Homeschool educational programs?

Student nonmembers are $12 and student members are $10. Adult nonmembers are $12 and adult Members are $5. All programs include admission the both the Main Garden and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

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 $11. 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?

Most homeschool programs are held in the classrooms. You will receive a confirmation email with your reservation which gives complete arrival instructions. 

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.