8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Classroom Lab Programs

Classroom Lab Field Trip Programs


TEKS-aligned classroom lab programs are offered for 3rd–6th grade on-site in the Main Garden. We also offer seasonal programs for Kinder–2nd grade.

  • Monday–Friday
  • Kinder-6th Grade
  • $12 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.

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K–2nd Grade Seasonal Offerings

We offer several seasonal programs for Kindergarten through 2nd grade that allow you to get the most out of our favorite traditions.

Pumpkin Circle

Available September 19–November 11
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.

Christmas Village Guided Tour

Available November 14–December 20
Take a trip around the world this winter without leaving Texas! Explore the Arboretum’s new Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Family Christmas Village while students learn about winter traditions from across the globe that have found their way to Texas. Discover traditional food and music as well as cultural meanings of winter flowers and plants from our state and beyond. Connect with your favorite winter traditions this year at the Dallas Arboretum.


Available February 20–June 2
In this lab, students will discuss characteristics of living things and use those characteristics to differentiate between living and non-living things. They will explore the life cycles of plants, learning about the different ways seeds travels. Students will then observe seeds inside a cantaloupe and compare cantaloupe seeds to a variety of other seeds. Students will dissect a lima bean seed, discuss how a new plant grows from a seed, and then plant their own seed for continued observation at home.

3rd–6th Grade Classroom Labs

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.

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

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!

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

It’s a Bug’s Life

3rd-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.

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

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.

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