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Children’s Adventure Garden

Children's Adventure Garden Learning Galleries
Monday–Friday
K-8th Grade
$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
$15 per additional chaperone

Includes Main Garden access

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.

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

At Home in the Wild
Kinder–2nd Grade
Students first explore the basic needs of plants and animals by modeling a food web in a giant eagle’s nest with larger than life eggs. 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-8th 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. Experience how trees live and thrive in a woodland ecosystem. Walk through the gallery’s Discovery Trail Loop to explore how trees provide shelter and food to the organisms that live there and discover how they are adapted to survive in changing habitats.

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)
7.1(A), 7.2(E), 7.8(A), 7.10(A), 7.10(B), 7.10(C), 7.11(A), 7.11(B), 7.12(C), 7.12(D)
8.1(A), 8.2(E), 8.3(B), 8.3(C), 8.11(A), 8.11(B)

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-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 role of decomposers, methods of seed dispersal 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

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)
7.2(C), 7.2(E), 7.3(B), 7.11(B)

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 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)
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)

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


PLANTS ARE ALIVE

Pumpkin Powered (September 24 - November 16)
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 (August 01 - September 21 and 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 through hands-on activities and songs. 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

Wetlands Biologist
1st – 8th 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(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)
7.1(A), 7.1(B), 7.2(C), 7.2(E), 7.3(D), 7.4(A), 7.10(A), 7.10(B), 7.12(A)
8.1(A), 8.1(B), 8.2(C), 8.2(E), 8.3(D), 8.4(A), 8.11(A)

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

Freshwater Ecologist
4th – 8th Grade
Join us as students learn about the diversity of life a freshwater ecologist might find in a wetland ecosystem. Using grade-appropriate scientific equipment, students learn to make their own wet slides from a water sample and make observations and inferences about the creatures living in our Texas Native Wetlands. Students will explore organisms from various kingdoms that make up the unseen freshwater ecosystem.

TEKS:
4.1(A), 4.1(B), 4.2(B), 4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.2(E), 4.2(F), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.9(B)
5.1(A), 5.1(B), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.2(G), 5.3(C), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.9(C), 5.10(A)
6.1(A), 6.1(B), 6.2(C), 6.2(D), 6.2(E), 6.4(A), 6.12(A), 6.12(B), 6.12(C), 6.12(D), 6.12(E)
7.1(A), 7.1(B), 7.2(C), 7.2(D), 7.2(E), 7.4(A), 7.10(A), 7.10(B), 7.11(A), 7.12(A), 7.12(D)
8.1(A),8.1(B), 8.2(C), 8.2(D), 8.2(E), 8.4(A), 8.11(B)

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



EARTH CYCLES

Earth from Space
2nd – 8th 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 – 8th 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, your students will 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)
7.2(E), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.8(A), 7.8(B), 7.8(C)
8.2(E), 8.3(B), 8.3(C), 8.9(A), 8.9(B)

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


KALEIDOSCOPE

3rd–8th Grade
Explore how science is the study of natural patterns and how humans make use of these patterns. Students will first identify patterns regularly found in nature and then investigate how patterns can be analyzed with math by looking at the Fibonacci sequence. Students will then explore the gallery and quantify the most commonly observed shapes in plants. They will 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)
7.2(C), 7.2(D), 7.2(E), 7.3(B), 7.3(D), 7.4(A), 7.11(B)
8.2(C), 8.2(D), 8.2(E), 8.3(D)
Art
3.1(B)
4.1(B)
5.1(B)
6.1(B)
7.1(B)
8.1(B)
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)

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


PURE ENERGY

3rd-8th 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-8th 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), 4.3(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)
7.2(E), 7.3(A), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.3(D), 7.9(A)
8.2(E), 8.3(A), 8.3(B), 8.3(C), 8.3(D), 8.7(A), 8.8(A), 8.8(B)

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

Powerful Oceans
3rd-8th 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)
7.3(A), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.3(D), 7.8(A)
8.2(E), 8.3(A), 8.3(B), 8.3(C), 8.3(D), 8.10(A), 8.10(B), 8.10(C), 8.11(C)

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

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Classroom Lab Programs

Classroom Lab Field Trip Programs
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.

Looking for classroom lab programs at your school? Explore our Nature Naturally offerings!

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 9/24-10/31 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 & Effect; Structure & Function

Seedsational (August 1-September 21 & November 26, 2018-July 31, 2019)
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 & Effect; 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, 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(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. 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

CSI in the Garden
6th-8th Grade
Chemistry is everywhere, even in the soil beneath our feet. During this lab, students assume the role of a crime scene investigator and use a soil test kit to look at the chemical components of various soil samples to determine if fictional suspects were at the scene of a crime. Students learn about the importance of one of Earth’s most valuable resource, soil, and the chemical components that support plant growth.

TEKS:
6.1(A), 6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(A), 6.4(A), 6.4(B), 6.5(A), 6.5(B), 6.12(E)
7.1(A), 7.2(C), 7.2(E), 7.3(A), 7.4(A), 7.4(B), 7.6(A)
8.1(A), 8.2(C), 8.2(E), 8.3(A), 8.4(A), 8.4(B), 8.5(E)

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:
Patterns; Stability and 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; Energy and matter

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.br>
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:
Scale, Proportion, & Quantity; Cause & Effect; Systems & System Models; Stability & Change

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

Garden Design Challenge
4th-12th Grade
What environmental factors and landscape design choices must our horticulture staff consider when designing our seasonal plantings? In this new offering, 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:
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)
7.2(C), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.4(A), 7.10(A), 7.11(B), 7.13(A)
8.2(C), 8.2(E), 8.2(B), 8.3(C), 8.4(A), 8.11(A)
B.2(G), B.2(H), ES.3(A)
130.21 LDM.1(A), LDM.1(B), LDM.1(E), LDM.2(B), LDM.3(A), LDM.3(B), LDM.3(E), LDM.3(F), LDM.3(G), LDM.4(B)
130.23 HS.1(A), HS.1(B), HS.2(B), HS.3(D)

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. 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 br>

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

Plant Parents: Propagation 101
6th-8th Grade
Investigate how one plant can become many. All plants can do this on their own, but often, people - farmers, gardeners, scientists and kids - help in various ways. Sometimes seeds are not the easiest way to get new plants. Over time, plants have adapted many ways to survive. In this hands-on lab, learn about a few of the other ways plants propagate.

TEKS:
6.1(A), 6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(A), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.4(A), 6.12(D), 6.12(E)
7.1(A), 7.2(C), 7.2(E), 7.3(A), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.4(A), 7.10(B), 7.11(B), 7.11(C), 7.12(D), 7.14(A), 7.14(B), 7.14(C)
8.1(A), 8.2(E), 8.3(A), 8.3(B), 8.3(C), 8.4(A), 8.11(A), 8.11(B)

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

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Texas Native Plant Lab

TEXAS NATIVE PLANT LAB

3rd – 8th Grade
Monday–Friday
$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
$15 per additional chaperone

Children’s Adventure Garden access included.

From plains to the coast, and mountains and basins, Texas is home to a great diversity of flora. This program focuses on plants which are specially adapted to survive in diverse ecosystems. Through hands-on investigations utilizing digital equipment, students refine their scientific observation skills while exploring cacti, succulents, grasses and wildflowers in this educational garden. Get up close and personal with some of our state's most fascinating plants!

TEKS:
3.1(A), 3.2(F), 3.3(B), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.9(C), 3.10(A)
4.1(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(D), 4.2(F), 4.3(B), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.10(A)
5.1(A), 5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.2(F), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(C), 5.10(A), 5.10(B)
6.1(A), 6.2(C), 6.2(E), 6.3(B), 6.3(C), 6.4(A), 6.12(A), 6.12(C), 6.12(D), 6.12(E)
7.1(A), 7.2(C), 7.2(E), 7.3(B), 7.3(C), 7.4(A), 7.8(A), 7.10(A), 7.10(B), 7.10(C), 7.12(D)
8.1(A), 8.2(C), 8.2(E), 8.3(B), 8.3(C), 8.4(A), 8.11(A), 8.11(B)

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

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Nature’s Works of Art

NATURE’S WORKS OF ART
Kinder – 5th Grade

Monday–Friday
$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
$15 per additional chaperone

Children’s Adventure Garden access included

The beauty and wonder of trees and flowers have enchanted artists for centuries. In this Arboretum educator-led program, students will explore color, shape and texture in nature and investigate the artistic skills used in a variety of jobs at the Arboretum.


Art TEKS:
K.1(B)
1.1(B)
2.1(B), 2.3(C)
3.1(B), 3.3(C)
4.1(B), 4.3(C)
5.1(B), 5.3(C)

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

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Exploring Elements of Photography

EXPLORING ELEMENTS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Kinder – 5th Grade

Monday–Friday
$10 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
$15 per additional chaperone

Children’s Adventure Garden access included

In this Arboretum educator-led program, students investigate the basic elements of photography and analyze a photographer's process in capturing an image of nature. Students should bring their own technology (either a personal or campus device) to create their own nature-inspired art during the program.


Art TEKS:
K.1(B), K.2(A)
1.1(B), 1.2(A)
2.1(A), 2.1(B), 2.2(A)
3.1(A), 3.2(A), 3.2(B), 3.3(C)
4.1(A), 4.2(A), 4.2(B), 4.2(C)
5.1(A), 5.2(A), 5.2(B), 5.2(C)

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

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Art at the Arboretum

ART AT THE ARBORETUM
Kinder – 5th Grade

Monday–Friday
$8 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
$15 per additional chaperone

Children’s Adventure Garden access not included
Not eligible for financial aid

Immerse your students in nature as they explore the beauty and wonder of Dallas's outdoor science laboratory. A teacher's guide and student journals are provided at check-in for this self-led, art-infused trip around the Main Garden. Don't forget your pencils!


Art TEKS:
K.1(A), K.1(B), K.2(A)
1.1(A), 1.1(B)
2.1(A), 2.1(B)
3.1(B), 3.2(A)
4.1(B), 4.2(B)
5.1(B), 5.2(A)

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

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Our Place at Your Pace

OUR PLACE AT YOUR PACE SELF-GUIDED
PK – 12th Grade

Monday–Friday
$8 per child | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
$15 per additional chaperone

Children’s Adventure Garden access not included
Not eligible for financial aid

Looking for something more flexible? Create your own adventure as students explore Dallas’s most beautiful classroom: the Arboretum’s 66-acre garden. This option includes access to the Arboretum’s Main Garden, where students can experience the mist in the Palmer Fern Dell, investigate the fossils in the water walls at the Lay Ornamental Garden and identify Texas native plants in the Waterwise Display. We will provide grade-specific exploration journals to use during this self-guided visit, so don’t forget your pencils!


Art TEKS:
K.2(A), K.4(A), K.9(A), K.9(B), K.10(A), K.10(B), K.10(C), K.10(D)
1.2(A), 1.4(A), 1.9(A), 1.9(B), 1.9(C), 1.10(A), 1.10(B), 1.10(C), 1.10(D)
2.2(A), 2.4(A), 2.9(A), 2.9(B), 2.9(C), 2.10(A), 2.10(B), 2.10(C)
3.2(A), 3.2(C), 3.2(D), 3.3(C), 3.4(A), 3.9(A), 3.9(B), 3.9(C), 3.10(A), 3.10(B)
4.2(C), 4.2(D), 4.3(C), 4.4(A), 4.9(A), 4.9(B), 4.10(A), 4.10(B)
5.2(C), 5.2(D), 5.4(A), 5.9(A), 5.9(B), 5.10(A), 5.10(B)
6.2(C), 6.2(D), 6.2(E), 6.4(A), 6.12(E)
7.2(C), 7.2(E), 7.4(A), 7.10(A), 7.10(B), 7.11(A), 7.12(A), 7.13(A), 7.13(B)
8.2(C), 8.2(E), 8.4(A), 8.11(A), 8.11(B)

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

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Custom Programs

Monday–Friday
K – 12th Grade
$15 per student | 1:8 teacher/chaperone free
$15 per additional chaperone
Not eligible for financial aid

Let us create an instructor-led program designed just for your students. Topics include: plant adaptations, solar ovens, plant dissections, landscape photography, trial gardens investigation and light in the garden.

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