Education Opportunities for Children and Families

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden welcomes school groups, families and other children's organizations to enjoy our beautiful and educational gardens.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden doesn’t just offer educational programming during the school day! Our out-of-school options include summer camps, family and group overnights and a variety of scout programs. We also offer programming for homeschool families during the school day.

Join us for our Spring 2019 Homeschool Programs! Reserve your student’s spot in our Dallas Arboretum educator-led programs to discover the fascinating world of earth and life science!

Parents are welcome to observe classes or participate with students. After the program, explore the rest of the Main Garden and the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, included with your reservation. Please note the recommended age range/grade equivalency for each program. Our classrooms are located adjacent to one another for your convenience during simultaneously scheduled programs.


Pre-Registration Required. For series discount or questions, please contact the Education Reservations Department by email at education@dallasarboretum.org or by phone at 214-515-6540.

For more information on available children's programming outside of school, please click the links below.

Spring Homeschool Family Workshops | January - February

Spring Homeschool Family Workshop: Build a Bluebird House

Cost per family package:
Member: $45
Nonmember: $55
Parking pre-pay online: $9
Parking day of event: $15
Parking Members: Free

One registration includes admission for the whole family, but if you’d like to build more than one bird house, please register for 2 packages.

January 21, 2019
10:00-12:00 p.m.

Native Texas bluebirds are facing rapid habitat loss. You can help these beautiful birds by building a special home just for them! Nesting season runs from mid-February to July, so your family just might get to see and study the fascinating habits of a bluebird family! We provide the all the birdhouse materials, tools, and take-home information you need to build and care for your new bluebird neighbors’ habitat.

Register for Build a Bluebird House


Spring Homeschool Family Workshop: Nature Journaling

Cost per family package:

Member: $20
Nonmember: $25
Parking pre-pay online: $9
Parking day of event: $15
Parking Members: Free

One registration includes admission for the entire family!

February 11, 2019
10:00-12:00 p.m.

Join us, with poet Robin Turner from The Writer’s Garret, as we assemble, embellish, and stitch together our own small journals using inspiring papers and repurposed/found materials. Weather permitting, we will take a nature walk down one of the Arboretum's nearby wooded paths to breathe deep and collect an earth remnant or two to tuck into our journals' secret pockets. We will play with words and images in fresh, imaginative ways, and then record our experiments in our journals as poems, story fragments, and observations – all inspired by the natural world waiting just outside.

Register for Nature Journaling

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Spring Homeschool Days | February - April

Spring Homeschool Days

Cost Per Program:
Student Nonmembers: $10
Student Members: $8
Adult Nonmembers: $8
Adult Members: Free
Parking pre-pay online: $9
Parking day of event: $15
Parking Members: Free
Each event includes full access to Main and Children’s Adventure Gardens

Rocks Rock!
K-2nd Grade (Ages 5-8)
February 25, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

Did you know that the earth is a giant rock factory? In this program, we’ll take a peek inside our planet and model how different kinds of rocks and soil are formed. At the end, students will take home their own real fossil!

Register for Rocks Rock


It’s a Bug’s Life
K-6th Grade (Ages 5-12)
March 11, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

The Arboretum is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including many bugs! In this program, students 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.

Register for It's a Bug's Life


Pickle Powered
3-6th Grade (Ages 8-12)
March 25, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

How much power is in a pickle? In this lesson students will identify examples of different kinds of energy, then put that knowledge to use by creating a traditional circuit with batteries. Finally, they will turn pickles into batteries and try to harness their power to turn on a light!

Register for Pickle Powered


Stomp Rockets
K-6th (Ages 5-12)
April 8, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

All across the garden, force and motion can be seen in plants, animals, people, and machines! In this program, students will harness these science concepts as they design and craft a paper rocket ship to test on a stomp rocket launcher! How far will your rocket travel? Families will leave with instructions on how to make their own stomp rocket launcher at home!

Register for Stomp Rockets


Wetlands Biologist
K-6th (Ages 5-12)
April 22, 2019
10:00-11:00 a.m.
11:15-12:15 p.m.

How healthy is our habitat? In this program, students explore our Texas Native Wetlands on our outdoor island classroom. They will collect scientific data by examining live macroinvertebrates using cutting edge scientific tools. Students will then make connections between the living and nonliving parts of the ecosystem to determine the health of our waterway.

Register for Wetlands Biologist

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Homeschool Club: Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! | Starts March 20

Homeschool Club: Learn, Grow, Eat & Go!
K-2nd Grade (Ages 5-8)
Wednesdays from March 20 to April 24, 2:00pm-3:30

Student Nonmembers: $120
Student Members: $100

This club, based on lessons from Junior Master Gardeners, will incorporate educational content about nutrition and growing food, physical activities, and fresh, healthy snacks – plus it will provide plenty of opportunities to help you create your own at-home garden!

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Overnights

Overnights

Overnights are the perfect opportunity to explore the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at a time that no one else can – at night! Guests will participate in Tree Trek, Texas Native Wetlands and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike and stargaze with experienced Arboretum staff. Participants will learn how to make their own eco-pots to take home. A light evening snack and continental breakfast are included. We are happy to host your child’s birthday party, scouts, church or school groups! Sleeping arrangements will be inside the Exploration Center, unless prior arrangements are approved. This event may combine individual families or groups.

Open to families or groups with children ages 5-12. Children must be accompanied by parent.

6:00 p.m. (overnight) - 9:00 a.m.

Spring 2019 Dates:
March 23
April 13
May 4

Register for March 23 Now
Register for April 13 Now
Register for May 4

Child Nonmember: $55
Child Member: $50
Adult Nonmember: $55
Adult Member: $50
Parking: included with purchase

View the Overnights FAQ

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Night Owls

Experience the wonder of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden at night! Guests will participate in Texas Native Wetlands, Pure Energy and OmniGlobe programs, as well as venture out on a flashlight night hike with experienced Arboretum staff. We are happy to host your child’s birthday party, scouts, church or school groups! A light snack is included. This event may combine individual families or groups.

Open to families or groups with children ages 5-12. Children must be accompanied by parent.

6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Available Dates:
March 30, 2019
April 27, 2019
May 18, 2019

Register for March 30
Register for April 27
Register for May 18

Child Nonmember: $35
Child Member: $30
Adult Nonmember: $35
Adult Member: $30
Parking: included with purchase

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Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts in the Garden Badge Programs

Reserve your Girl Scouts’ spots in a Dallas Arboretum Educator-led program! Each program is designed to help Scouts accomplish all requirements to earn the corresponding Girl Scout badge, which can be purchased at your local GS shop. Troop leaders and chaperones are encouraged to join the fun and participate with their Scouts. At the close of the program, Scouts will receive a specially-designed Dallas Arboretum fun patch. Girl Scouts in the Garden Badge Programs include a combination of educational content, hands-on activities and guided exploration in the garden.

Pre-registration is required and includes all-day access to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden and Main Garden. If you have any questions, please contact the Reservations Department by email at education@dallasarboretum.org or by phone at 214.515.6540.

Cost Per Person/Program
Scouts: $15
Adult Nonmembers: $10
Adult Members: Free
Parking pre-pay online: $9
Parking day of event: $15
Parking Members: Free


Spring Girl Scouts in the Garden

The dates below are available to book for any of the badge programs offered by the Dallas Arboretum. 10 scout minimum. Contact us at education@dallasarboretum.org to book your spring date(s):

  • January 26
  • February 16
  • March 2
  • March 23
  • April 13

Rosie Petal | Daisy Girl Scouts

Daisies will brainstorm ways to help make the world a better place. They will take a short tour in the garden to search for plants, animals, and insects doing just that. Then, they will make seed balls to take home and plant somewhere in need of beautiful wildflowers.

Clover Petal | Daisy Girl Scouts

Daisies will explore different types ofresources and put their ideas into practice with a fun engineering challenge. Then, they’ll use recycled materials to make special seed paper that can be planted to grow wildflowers! They’ll also take a short guided tour to see how the Dallas Arboretum uses resources wisely.

Bugs Badge|Brownie Girl Scouts

Bugs might be a little creepy, but they’re a vital part of the environment! Discover what makes bugs such an important part of the Dallas Arboretum gardens. Look at bugs up close to explore what helps them survive (and how they help people and animals too!). Brownies will design a bug poster to teach others what they’ve learned and make a butterfly craft to take home.

Painting Badge | Brownie Girl Scouts

Brownies will develop their own style as artists as they learn to interpret and paint the world around them. After exploring different types of art, scouts will paint a landscape and a still-life using the garden as inspiration. They will also experiment with painting without using brushes and work together to create a mural.

Flowers Badge | Junior Girl Scouts

Juniors will dissect a flower to discover its amazing anatomy and explore how flowers help both humans and animals. They will explore some of the beautiful varieties of flowers at the Dallas Arboretum on a short tour, then put flowers to use by making their own fragrant floral spray. They’ll also learn the language of flowers by making a silk bouquet to keep or give to a friend.

Geocacher Badge| Junior Girl Scouts

Juniors will enhance their adventures by learning important orienteering skills, including how to navigate using a compass. They will make a survival keychain, then use a GPS enabled device on a Geocaching scavenger hunt through the garden. The fun continues as the troop takes an official Travel Bug to follow on its Geocaching journey!

Trees Badge | Cadette Girl Scouts

We depend on trees in our everyday lives in ways that may be surprising! Cadette Scouts will discover amazing adaptations that help trees thrive, explore trees at the Dallas Arboretum, and investigate how to take care of trees in central Texas. They will also learn how to transfer a group photo onto a piece of wood to take home and display!

Eating for You Badge | Cadette Girl Scouts

Cadettes will investigate food science and learn ways to manage nutrition and activity levels to grow strong and healthy. They will perform a chemistry experiment to determine Vitamin C levels in different beverages, make delicious fruit-infused water, and explore the new A Tasteful Place garden. They’ll also make a lavender sachet to help them get some much needed sleep!



Self-guided Scout Groups


Scouts/siblings (over 2 years of age): $8 per person
Adults: $10 per person
Parking: $9 discounted parking available online

A minimum of 10 tickets must be purchased to receive this rate

To make a reservation and secure these rates, email education@dallasarboretum.org at least two weeks prior to your desired visit date. Please include your troop number when submitting a request.

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Girl Scouts Outdoor Art Adventure | April 27

Girl Scouts Outdoor Art Adventure

Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Register Here

Outdoor Art Adventure is open to all Girl Scouts from Daisy to Ambassador! Join us for a day of nature-focused arts and crafts in this come-and-go event. Each registered Scout will receive a Dallas Arboretum Fun Patch and complete most, if not all, of the requirements to obtain their Outdoor Art Badge. This event will be located in the picnic area of the Incredible Edible gallery of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden.

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Boy Scouts

Self-guided Scout Groups

Scouts/siblings (over 2 years of age): $8 per person
Adults:
$10 per person
Parking: $9 discounted parking available online
A minimum of 10 tickets must be purchased to receive this rate

To make a reservation and secure these rates, email education@dallasarboretum.org at least two weeks prior to your desired visit date. Please include your troop number when submitting a request.

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Girl Scout Overnight

Junior Bronze Blitz

Kick off your Bronze award with an Arboretum Overnight in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden! Juniors will take part in a citizen science project, travel to distant planets with our OmniGlobe program, venture out on a flashlight night hike and stargaze with experienced Arboretum staff. A light evening snack and continental breakfast are included. Sleeping arrangements will be inside the Exploration Center. Girl Scout safety-wise ratios apply.

Check Back in Early 2019 for Spring Dates

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Child Nonmember: $55
Child Member: $50
Adult Nonmember: $55
Adult Member: $50
Parking: included with purchase

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