8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Children’s Adventure Gardens Field Trips

Children's Garden scene with water and tower

Children’s Adventure Garden Learning Galleries

Come explore our unique 8-acre adventure dedicated to making science and nature come alive for your students. All program reservations in the Children’s Adventure Garden include pre- and post-visit resource guides to use in your classroom and access to our entire garden. All content is customized for your specific grade level needs.

Details

  • Open Monday–Friday
  • Programs available for K-8th Grade
  • $10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
  • $15 per additional chaperone
  • Also includes access to Main Garden

Learning Topics on this Page: Little Sprouts | Habitats | Living Cycles | Moody Oasis | Incredible Edible | Plants are Alive | Texas Native Wetlands | Earth Cycles | Kaleidoscope | Pure Energy | OmniGlobe


Little Sprouts

Squirrel Adventure

August-December
Kinder–1st Grade
Help Nuts the Squirrel find a new home! This interactive outdoor program focuses on the changing seasons and animals’ habitat needs. Students listen to a big book story about the life of a squirrel and engage with characters in an outdoor puppet show.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.8(B), K.9(B)
1.2(A), 1.8(C), 1.9(B), 1.10(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

Butterfly Adventure

March-May
Kinder–1st Grade
What will happen to Cathy Caterpillar? This fun, interactive program brings metamorphosis to life with a big book story about the butterfly life cycle and an outdoor puppet show.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.8(B), K.9(B)
1.2(A), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Habitats

Experience how plants and animals live and thrive together in a woodland ecosystem. Walk through the gallery’s Discovery Trail Loop to explore how habitats provide shelter, space, food and water to the organisms that live there and investigate how organisms are adapted to survive in changing habitats.

At Home in the Wild

Kinder–2nd Grade
Students first gather in a giant eagle’s nest with larger than life eggs to explore the basic needs of plants and animals by modeling a food web. Then, students walk through a wooded habitat and a meadow, using a grade-specific trail guide to investigate what lives in a rotting log, a tree snag and in the tree tops.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(D), K.2(E), K.3(A), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A), K.9(B)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.4(A), 1.9(A), 1.9(B), 1.9(C), 1.10(A)
2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.4(A), 2.9(A), 2.9(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models

Tree Trek

3rd-6th Grade
Trees are amazing! How do many of these giant plants outlive humans? Students discover the science of studying a tree and, through hands-on activities, investigate what these organisms need to live a long life in a woodland ecosystem. Students walk through the gallery’s Discovery Trail Loop to explore how trees provide shelter and food to other organism and discover how trees are adapted to survive in changing habits.

TEKS:
3.2(F), 3.3(B), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.9(B), 3.9(B), 3.9(C)
4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(B), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.9(B)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.2(G), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.9(C)
6.1(A), 6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.4(A), 6.12(E), 6.12(F)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Scale, Proportion, and Quantity, Energy and Matter, Structure and Function, Stability and Change



Living Cycles

Kinder-4th Grade
Explore the growth and change of a diverse set of organisms. Students first compare the physical appearance of adults and offspring to assess how plants and animals change over time and then investigate pollinators and their role in life cycles. In the gallery, students identify and observe the roles of decomposers, methods of seed dispersal, organisms in different stages of their life cycle and the process of pollination.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A, K.10(C), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.4(A), 1.9(B), 1.9(C), 1.10(A), 1.10(B), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)

2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(B), 2.10(C)
3.2(B), 3.2(F), 3.9(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(B)
4.2(B), 4.2(F), 4.9(A), 4.10(A), 4.10(B)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.9(A), 5.10(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Moody Oasis

While it’s a great place to sit and rest, this rooftop garden also provides several important functions. It insulates the building below which reduces our overall energy consumption and provides a vital habitat for pollinators. In fact, this garden is a certified Monarch Waystation and the entire Children’s Adventure Garden is a National Wildlife Federation certified Wildlife Habitat. Enjoy the panoramic view of White Rock Lake from Moody Oasis.

Monarch Mania

Kinder–6th Grade
Texas is a prime spot to observe monarch butterflies – it lies between the breeding grounds to the north, in Canada, and the overwintering areas to the south, in Mexico. Our certified Monarch Waystation is the perfect place to observe monarchs and many other pollinators. In this program, students learn all about the fascinating life of the monarch butterfly and what humans can do to help them survive. Students may even spot monarchs in the garden! [Peak times are typically early October and late March.]

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.10(A), K.10(B)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.10(A), 1.10(B)
2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.9(B), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(B)
3.2(C), 3.2(F), 3.4(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(B)
4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.10(C)
5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(C), 5.10(A)
6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(A), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.4(A), 6.12(A), 6.12(C), 6.12(E)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

Path to Pollen

Kinder – 6th Grade
Are insects our friends or foes? Are they all pests? No! 75% of all flowering plants need animal pollinators. This includes the majority of the plant foods in our diet. In this program, students learn about the important relationships between plants and pollinators and how each are adapted to benefit from one another.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.10(A), K.10(B)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.10(A), 1.10(B)
2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(B)
3.2(C), 3.2(F), 3.4(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(B)
4.3 (C), 4.4(A), 4.10(C)
5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(C), 5.10(A)
6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(A), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.4(A), 6.12(A), 6.12(C), 6.12(E)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Incredible Edible

Kinder–6th Grade

Which foods provide us with the most energy? How much of our plates should be fruits and vegetables? Where do we get our food? In this program, students explore healthy food choices, uncover where food comes from and investigate new techniques currently used in urban farming.

TEKS:
Science
K.1(B), K.9(B)
1.1(B), 1.9(A)
2.1(B), 2.9(A)
3.1(B), 3.9(B)
4.1(B), 4.9(A), 4.9(B)
5.1(B), 5.9(B)
6.1(B
)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

Health
K.1(B), K.9(B)
1.1(A)
2.1(C), 2.1(D)
3.1(A), 3.1(C), 3.2(D)
4.1(A), 4.1(B), 4.1(F)
5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.1(C)
6.1(A), 6.1(B)


Plants are Alive

Pumpkin Powered

[Offered 9/23-10/31/2019]
Kinder – 2nd Grade 

Each autumn, the Arboretum is transformed by thousands of pumpkins, gourds and squash. In this seasonally-spiced version of our Plants are Alive program, students learn about the differences between living and nonliving things and explore the structures and functions of a pumpkin plant. Each class receives pumpkin seeds to take back to school for planting and further observation! Don’t miss our breathtaking pumpkin display in the Main Garden before or after your program.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A), K.9(B), K.10(B), K.10(C), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.9(A), 1.10(B)
2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.10(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

Root to Fruit

[Offered 8/01-9/20/2019 and 11/1/2019-05/29/2020]
Kinder – 2nd Grade

August 01 – September 21
November 26 – July 31, 2018
Kinder – 2nd Grade
How do we know that plants are alive? In this program, students learn about living and nonliving things and plant parts and their functions through hands-on activities, songs, and dramatic play. Students explore the gallery to investigate the similarities and differences between the same parts of different plants and share out their findings.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A), K.9(B), K.10(B), K.10(C), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.9(A), 1.10(B)
2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.10(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Texas Native Wetlands

Texas Native Wetlands

1st – 6th Grade

How healthy is our habitat? In this program, students explore our Texas Native Wetlands as they collect data on our outdoor, island classroom. Students make connections between the living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem to determine the health of our waterway using cutting edge scientific tools.

TEKS:
1.1(A), 1.1(B), 1.2(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.9(A), 1.9(C), 1.10(A), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)
2.1(A), 2.1(B), 2.2(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.2(F), 2.3(B), 2.3(C), 2.4(A), 2.9(A), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(C)
3.1(A), 3.1(B), 3.2(A), 3.2(B), 3.2(D), 3.2(E), 3.2(F), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(B)
4.1(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2(F), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.10(B)
5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(C), 5.10(A)
6.1(A), 6.1(B), 6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(D),  6.4(A), 6.12(E)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Energy and Matter


Earth Cycles

Learn about the forces that affect our ever-changing planet. Some of these changes are found all over Earth in regular and repeating patterns, while others can cause rapid change with great impact on human activities. Explore erosion, cave formation, earthquakes, the weather cycle, the interaction of our planet with the sun and moon and so much more in this astounding Earth science learning gallery.

Earth from Space

2nd – 6th Grade
Life on Earth is dominated by regular and repeating patterns. In this program, students learn all about the relationships between the seasons, moon phases, shadows and planets through hands-on demonstrations and a focused student activity in the gallery. If you’ve been struggling to show the connections between these topics, this is the class for you!

TEKS:
2.2(A), 2.3(B), 2.8(B), 2.8(C)
3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.8(B), 3.8(D)
4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(B), 4.7(B), 4.8(B), 4.8(C)
5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(B), 5.8(A), 5.8(B), 5.8(C), 5.8(D)
6.2(E), 6.3(C), 6.3(D), 6.11(A), 6.11(B), 6.11(C)
7.2(E), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.9(A), 7.9(B)
8.3(B), 8.3(C), 8.7(A), 8.7(B), 8.7(C), 8.8(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change


Dynamic Earth

4th – 6th Grade
The Earth is always changing. Weathering, erosion and deposition and the movement of tectonic plates cause slow and rapid changes to the Earth’s surface. In this program, students participate in hands-on inquiry with actual rock samples and observe natural processes of change at our interactive stream table. A focused student activity helps students discover the dynamic, natural world as they explore the gallery. Bring Earth science to life in our outdoor learning lab!

TEKS:
4.2(C), 4.2(F), 4.7(A), 4.7(B)
5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.2(G), 5.7(A), 5.7(B)6.2(E), 6.3(B),6.3(C), 6.10(B), 6.10(D)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change


Kaleidoscope

3rd–6th Grade

Explore how science is the study of natural patterns and how humans make use of these patterns. Students first identify patterns regularly found in nature and then investigate how patterns can be analyzed with math by looking at the Fibonacci sequence. Students then explore the gallery and quantify the most commonly observed shapes in plants. They then discuss how shapes are adaptations and how humans have used natural shapes as inspiration for our designed world.

TEKS:
Science
3.2(B), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(B), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.10(A)
4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(B), 4.3(C), 4.4(A)
5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(C), 5.10(A)
6.2(D), 6.2(E), 6.3(B), 6.3(D)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function

Math
3.1(A), 3.1(D), 3.1(E), 3.1(F), 3.1(G), 3.8(A)
4.1(A), 4.1(D), 4.1(E), 4.1(F), 4.1(G), 4.9(A)
5.1(A),5.1(D), 5.1(E), 5.1(F), 5.1(G),5.9(A)
6.1(A), 6.1(D), 6.1(E), 6.1(F), 6.1(G), 6.5(A), 6.12(A), 6.13(A)
7.1(A), 7.1(D), 7.1(E), 7.1(F), 7.1(G), 7.5(A), 7.5(C), 7.6(C), 7.6(F), 7.6(H)
8.1(A), 8.1(D), 8.1(E), 8.1(F), 8.1(G), 8.3(A)


Art
3.1(B), 4.1(B), 5.1(B), 6.1(B), 7.1(B), 8.1(B)


Pure Energy

4th-6th Grade
In this program students develop a new understanding of alternative energy sources and the transfer of energy. Students first discuss forms and sources of energy and work together to create a living circuit. Then, small teams explore the water, solar and wind islands to record data on these three sources of renewable energy

TEKS:
4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.4(A), 4.6(A), 4.6(C), 4.7(C)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.4(A), 5.6(A), 5.6(B),
6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.4(A), 6.7(A), 6.8(A), 6.9(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change


OmniGlobe

Planetary Voyage

3rd-6th Grade
Travel through the solar system and beyond in our Globe Theatre. During this program, students view 360-degree imagery of the planets through NASA satellite views projected on our five-foot-tall OmniGlobe. They discover what makes each planet unique, including our irreplaceable planet, Earth. This captivating program ensures high student engagement as they become the experts on a wide range of science topics.

TEKS:
3.1(B), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(A), 3.3(B),  3.3(C), 3.6(C), 3.8(B), 3.8(D)
4.1(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(A), 4.3(C)

5.1(B), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.3(C), 5.8(B), 5.8(C), 5.8(D)
6.2(E), 6.3(A), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.3(D), 6.11(A), 6.11(B), 6.11(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Energy and Matter, Structure and Function


Powerful Oceans

3rd-6th Grade
Earth’s oceans play an incredible role in creating and regulating weather, climate and other vital environmental systems. In this program, students discover these powerful bodies of water from an astronaut’s perspective on the largest OmniGlobe in Texas! As students observe animated ocean currents, hurricanes and real-time weather patterns from satellite data projected on a five-foot sphere, they explore why organisms across our planet depend on the health of the oceans.  

TEKS:
3.1(B), 3.2(D), 3.3(A), 3.3(B), 3.3(C), 3.9(A), 3.9(B), 3.9(C)
4.1(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.3(C), 4.7(C), 4.8(B)
5.1(B), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.3(A), 5.3(C), 5.8(A), 5.8(B), 5.9(A), 5.9(C)
6.2(E), 6.3(A), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.3(D), 6.9(A), 6.9(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Energy and Matter, Stability and Change

The Glade

The Glade contains a puppet theater that invites guests to enjoy fun songs, dramatic characters and educational tales inspired by happenings in nature. The Glade is a natural space where visitors can take a seat and become part of the stories presented by our educators and puppeteers. After the show the stories come to life in the plants, animals, and insects found throughout the garden.

Little Sprouts Squirrel Adventure

[Offered August-December]
Kinder – 1st Grade

Help Nuts the Squirrel find a new home! This interactive outdoor programs focuses on the changing seasons and animals’ habitat needs. Students listen to a big book story about the life of a squirrel and engage with characters in an outdoor puppet show.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.8(B), K.9(B)
1.2(A), 1.8(C), 1.9(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change


Little Sprouts Butterfly Adventure

[Offered February-May]
Kinder – 1st Grade

What will happen to Cathy Caterpillar? This fun, interactive program brings metamorphosis to life with a big book story about the butterfly life cycle and an outdoor puppet show.

TEKS:
K.2(A), K.8(B), K.9(B), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns, Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

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