8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Classroom Lab Programs

Classroom Lab Field Trip Programs

Details

  • Monday–Friday
  • K-12th Grade
  • $10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
  • $15 per additional chaperone
  • Children’s Adventure Garden access included

We book sessions based on 25 students per class.
We may ask you to combine students for smaller class sizes.

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Learning Topics on this Page: Life Cycles | Earth Materials and Landforms | Properties of Matter: Water | Ecosystems | Structure and Function


Life Cycles

Pumpkin Circle

Kinder–1st Grade
After distinguishing between living and nonliving things, students explore the basic needs, parts and functions of pumpkin plants. Students discuss the life cycle of a pumpkin and plant their own seeds to take back to school for observation. Compliment this program with a walk through the Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village [9/23-10/31 only]. Note: If this class is booked outside of pumpkin season, we may replace the pumpkin with another squash.

TEKS:
K.1(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A), K.9(B), K.10(B), K.10(D)
1.1(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.4(A), 1.9(A), 1.10(B)
2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.9(A), 2.10(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns; Cause & Effect; Structure & Function


Earth Materials and Landforms

Earth Rocks!

Kinder – 2nd Grade
Introduce your students to the world of geology as they take a closer look at rocks. In this program, students observe a diverse sample of rocks and sort the rocks by size, shape, color and texture. Students also observe a variety of everyday products that are made from rocks and identify the properties of the rocks used to make each product.  

TEKS:
K.1(A), K.2(C), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.5(A), K.7(A), K.7(C)
1.1(A), 1.2(B), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.5(A), 1.7(A), 1.7(C)
2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.2(F), 2.3(C), 2.4(A), 2.4(B), 2.5(A), 2.7(A), 2.7(C)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns; Scale, Proportion, & Quantity

The Scoop on Soil

Kinder – 2nd Grade
Take a closer look at soil! Students work in groups to observe a soil sample from the Arboretum grounds and sort out the components that make up the soil. Groups then compare their observations with each other and discuss how scientists learn from samples. Students explore how water moves through different types of sediment and discuss the characteristics of soils that support plant growth.

TEKS:
K.1(A), K.2(C), K.3(B), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.5(A, K.7(C) 1.1(A), 1.2(B), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.5(A), 1.7(A), 1.7(C)
2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.2(F), 2.3(C), 2.4(A), 2.4(B), 2.5(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns; Cause and effect; Scale, Proportion, & Quantity



Restless Earth

3rd-5th Grade
Every place has a story. In this lab, students explore the slow processes that create geological change: weathering, erosion and deposition. 3rd and 4th grade students investigate how these processes lead to the formation of soils and use this information to explain why soils have different properties. 5th grade students identify how these processes lead to the formation of landforms and use this information to explain why certain places look the way they do and predict how areas could change in the future.

TEKS:
3.1(A), 3.2(B), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(A), 3.4(A), 3.7(A)
4.1(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.3(A), 4.3(B), 4.4(A), 4.7(B)
5.1(A), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.3(A), 5.3(B), 5.4(A), 5.7(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Cause & Effect; Scale, Proportion, & Quantity; Stability & Change


Ecosystems

Disappearing Act

3rd-6th Grade
What happens when an organism in an ecosystem disappears? Students first investigate 3 organisms: white-tailed deer, post oak trees and grey wolves and then create a model of the Post Oak Savannah to actively simulate how the local extinction of wolves in this area affects all components of the ecosystem. Each student acts as either a wolf or a deer in this engaging, interactive lab.

TEKS:
3.1(A), 3.2(B), 3.2(C), 3.2(D), 3.2(E), 3.2(F), 3.3(B), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.9(B)
4.1(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2(F), 4.3(B), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.9(B), 4.10(A)
5.1(A), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(E), 5.2(F), 5.2(G), 5.3(B), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.9(C)
6.1(A), 6.2(C), 6.2(D), 6.2(E), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.12(E), 6.12(F)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Scale, Proportion, & Quantity; Cause & Effect; Systems & System Models; Stability & Change

Flight of the Honeybee

Kinder-3rd Grade
In this lab, students take on the roles of honeybees and flowers to act out the process of pollination and explore the interdependent relationship between these organisms. Students closely examine honeybee specimens and a flower model to better understand how flowers attract pollinators and honeybees gather nectar and pollen.

TEKS:
K.1(A), K.2(C), K.2(E), K.3(B), K.4(A), K.4B, K.10(B)
1.1(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.4(A), 1.4(B), 1.9(B), 1.9(C), 1.10(A), 1.10(B)
2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.4(B), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(B)
3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(B), 3.9(B), 3.10(A)  

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



Garden Design Challenge

3rd-6th Grade
What environmental factors and landscape design choices must our horticulture staff consider when designing our seasonal plantings? In this multi-disciplinary lab, students work with actual Arboretum plant lists and design notes to create a landscape in the garden. Follow up the class with a visit to the space students just designed!

TEKS:
3.1(B), 3.2(C), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(B), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.10(A)
4.1(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(A), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.10(A), 4.10(B)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.2(G), 5.3(A), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.10(A), 5.10(B)
6.2(C), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.4(A), 6.12(D), 6.12(F)

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


Structure and Function

Plant Detectives

Kinder-2nd Grade
Do all leaves look the same? What about stems and roots? In this lab students identify basic plant parts and investigate plant diversity by comparing and contrasting the unique structures of live plants. 1st and 2nd grade students explore how different structures allow plants to meet their needs.

TEKS:
K.1(A), K.2(C), K.2(D), K.2(E), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(B), K.10(A), K.10(B)
1.1(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.4(A), 1.10(A), 1.10(B)
2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.3(B), 2.4(A), 2.10(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns; Structure & function


Edible Plant Parts

Kinder – 2nd Grade
In this delicious lab, students identify and compare the basic parts of plants and their functions. Students make observations of common edible plant parts and determine which edible plant part the class prefers to eats. Each student plants a sunflower seed to take home for further observation. A visit to the Incredible Edible Garden in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden before or after this class will help students investigate the life cycles of the plant parts we eat, too!

TEKS:
K.1(A), K.1(B), K.2(A), K.2(C), K.2(E) K.4(A) K.4(B)  K.5(A), K.10(A), K.10(B)
1.1(A), 1.1(B), 1.2(C), 1.2(E), 1.5(A), 1.10(B)    
2.1(A), 2.1(B), 2.2(C), 2.2(E), 2.4(A), 2.5(A), 2.10(B)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns; Structure & Function 



It’s a Bug’s Life

2nd-5th Grade
The Arboretum is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including many bugs! In this program, students identify ‘bug’ as an informal name given to terrestrial arthropods and observe live organisms to identify the traits that make insects different from other arthropods. Students look closely at various arthropod adaptations that support survival in different environments and investigate the unique life cycles of different organisms.

TEKS:
2.1(A), 2.2(C), 2.2(D), 2.2(E), 2.2(F), 2.3(C), 2.4(A), 2.10(A), 2.10(C)
3.1(A), 3.1(B), 3.2(B), 3.2(D), 3.2(E), 3.2(F), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.10(A), 3.10(B)
4.1(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2F, 4.3(A), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.10(A), 4.10(C)
5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(E), 5.2(F), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.10(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns; Structure & Function

Field Trip Request

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