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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

The Children’s Adventure Garden is closed at this time. Upon reopening, we will update field trip options.

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
  • Teacher-led programs available for 3rd-6th Grade
  • Self-guided programs available for PK-6th Grade
  • $10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
  • $15 per additional chaperone
  • Also includes access to Main Garden

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Habitats: 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

3rd-5th 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:
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

3rd–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:
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

3rd – 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:
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

3rd–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
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
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)


Texas Native Wetlands

3rd–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:
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

3rd – 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:
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)


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)

Art
3.1(B), 4.1(B), 5.1(B), 6.1(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, an Arboretum teacher will guide students’ space exploration as they view 360-degree imagery of the planets through NASA satellite views projected on our five-foot-tall OmniGlobe. Students will 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, an Arboretum teacher will guide student exploration as they 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