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8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218


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.

Winter and Spring Homeschool Programs

Join us for our 2022 Winter 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 the Main Garden and Children’s Adventure Gardens.

Propagation- Super Rooters

K–6th Grade (Ages 5–12)
Jan. 23, 2023
10–11 am • 11:15-12:15 pm • 1-2 pm • 2-3 pm

Join us for a deeper look into different plant-growing methods. Did you know that not all plants are grown from seeds? Through observation and investigation, students will discover how propagation can be used to grow new plants from plant parts.


Backyard Habitats: Building a Nest Bobble

K–6th Grade (Ages 5–12)
February 27, 2023
10–11 am • 11:15-12:15 pm • 1-2 pm • 2-3 pm

Learn how you can attract birds to nest in your backyard. Surprisingly, you don’t have to regularly feed them. Students will learn how to make their backyard a suitable habitat for birds and create a bird nest bobble to get birds started.


Great Contributors: Amelia Earhart

K–6th Grade (Ages 5–12)
March 20, 2023
10–11 am • 11:15-12:15 pm • 1-2 pm • 2-3 pm

Join us to see how History and STEM come together as we explore some of the Great Contributors of the past.  Participants will soar to success as they discover the aviation contributions Amelia Earhart, learn about the basic principles of aerodynamics, and use the engineering design process to apply their knowledge as they test and refine their own paper airplanes. 


Texas Native Wetlands Investigation

K–6th Grade (Ages 5–12)
April 10 and 11, 2023
10–11 am • 11:15-12:15 pm • 1-2 pm • 2-3 pm

How can you determine the health of a habitat? In this program, students will explore our Texas Native Wetlands and collect data from our outdoor, island classroom located in the Rory Meyers’s Children’s Adventure Garden. Students will make connections between the living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem and discover how to determine the health of our waterway using scientific tools.


“Have seeds, will travel”: STEM Design Challenge

K–6th Grade (Ages 5–12)
May 15, 2023
10–11 am • 11:15-12:15 pm • 1-2 pm • 2-3 pm

Learn how to connect engineering practices to life science TEKS with the Dallas Arboretum! In this hands-on session, participants will first observe a collection of seeds and discuss the structures that enable them to disperse in different ways. Then, they will use the engineering design process to design and test a seed prototype that can travel by water, wind, or animal.


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.