The DeGolyer House will be closed April 18th-25th and will reopen on the 26th for Artscape.

8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218

Nature Naturally

Nature Naturally

We know that many schools are unable to visit the Arboretum, and we have options for you! We offer most of our classroom lab programs – from Pumpkin Circle to Disappearing Act – at your campus. Choose from the following topics:

K-12th Grade

  • $125 per class Oct-Nov / Mar-May
  • $100 per class Aug-Sept / Dec-Feb
  • A minimum of four class bookings per school required. We book sessions based on 25 students per class. We may ask you to combine students for smaller class sizes. *Required: 1 teacher in attendance per session

Travel Fees Outside of Dallas County:

  • Collin, Rockwall, Tarrant = $30
  • Cook, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Parker, Van Zandt, Wise = $60
  • Anderson, Bosque, Delta, Fannin, Freestone, Henderson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Jack, Montague, Palo Pinto, Rains, Smith, Somervell, Wood = $90

Life Cycles

Pumpkin Circle (September 24 – November 16)

Kinder–2nd 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. A walk through the Arboretum’s Pumpkin Village is the perfect culmination of this lesson. [Offered 9/25-11/17 only]

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 and Effect, Structure and Function


Seedsational (August 1 – September 31 & November 26 – July 31)

Kinder–2nd Grade

Students classify living and nonliving things and explore the fascinating world of plants they see throughout the garden by investigating their basic needs, parts and functions and life cycles. Students explore how fruits act as a suitcase for seeds and plant their own seeds to take back to school for observation.

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 and Effect, Structure and 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, including complete and incomplete metamorphosis.

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 and 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(C)
1.1A, 1.2B, 1.2C, 1.2D, 1.2E, 1.3C, 1.4A, 1.4(B), 1.5A, 1.7A, 1.7C
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


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. After discussing characteristics of soils that support plant growth, students set up an investigation to determine what kind of soil carrots grow best in. Each class will take two pots of planted carrot seeds back to school to complete the investigation.

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)
1.1A, 1.2B, 1.2C, 1.2D, 1.2E, 1.3C, 1.4A, 1.4(B), 1.5A, 1.7A, 1.7C
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 study maps to identify features of Earth’s surface. They then explore the slow processes that create geological change: weathering, erosion and deposition. 3rd grade student investigate how these processes lead to the formation of soils. 4th and 5th grade students identify how these processes lead to the formation of landforms. Students use this information to explain why certain places looks 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


Properties of Matter: Water

Wonders of Water

Kinder-2nd Grade

Explore the wonderful world of water! Students first use tools to observe the physical properties of water in the solid, liquid and gas states. They then investigate how this essential natural resource supports plant growth.

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

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Cause & Effect; Systems & System Models;Structure & Function 


Water Works!

3rd-5th Grade

Water has some amazing properties! Students take a closer look at the physical properties of water and work in teams to create a usable water wheel, showing how this natural resource can serve as renewable source of energy.

TEKS:
3.1(A), 3.1(B), 3.2(B), 3.4(A), 3.5(A), 3.6(A), 3.7(C)
4.1(A), 4.1(B), 4.2(B), 4.2(F), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.5(A), 4.6(A), 4.7(C)
5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.4(A), 5.5(A), 5.6(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Cause & Effect; Systems & System Models;Structure & Function 


Ecosystems

What’s For Dinner?

Kinder-2nd Grade

Like all ecosystems, the Arboretum is a complex and active place, filled with interconnected organisms. In this lab, students explore a small but significant members of our ecosystem: pill bugs. Students observe terrariums with live organisms to investigate living and nonliving things, basic needs of organisms and energy transfer in food chains.

TEKS:
K.1(A), K.1(C), K.2(C), K.2(D), K.2(E), K.3(C), K.4(A), K.4(B), K.9(A), K.9(B)
1.1(A), 1.2(C), 1.2(D), 1.2(E), 1.3(B), 1.3(C), 1.4(A), 1.9(A), 1.9(B), 1.9(C)
2.1(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)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns; Systems & Systems Models; Structure & Function


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)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns; Systems & Systems Models; Structure & Function


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 has the opportunity to act 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:
Patterns; Systems & Systems Models; Structure & Function


Buzz on Bees

4th-6th Grade

Honeybees are essential to our food production and their numbers have declined in recent years. In this problem-based lab, students collect and analyze data from different hives to identify the likely causes of colony collapse disorder and explore what they can do to help.

TEKS:
4.2(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2(F), 4.3(B), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.9(B)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(E), 5.2(F), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.9(C)
6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.3(D), 6.4(A), 6.12(E)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Cause & Effect; Systems & System Models; Structure & Function; Stability & 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. 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


Plant Secrets

3rd-5th Grade

Although the Arboretum is home to many plants, not all the plants in our gardens are adapted to thrive in the Dallas area. In this lab, students make observations of a diverse selection of plants from the ecoregions of Texas and explore how each plant’s structures allow it to survive in a particular environment. Emphasis is placed on supporting claims with evidence.

TEKS:
3.1(A), 3.2(D), 3.2(F), 3.3(B), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.10(A)
4.1(A), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(B), 4.4(A), 4.10(A)
5.1(A), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.4(A), 5.10(A)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns; Structure & Function


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