Since its founding, Education has been a part of the mission of the Dallas Arboretum. However, few people realize that the Arboretum has become a major educational facility in the city, teaching life and earth science to nearly 100,000 children annually. With the opening of the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, we will set the gold standard for children’s outdoor educational facilities.
The Garden is designed for preschool to middle school children to address the state and national standards for life and earth science. It is really an 8 acre laboratory with 17 outdoor and indoor galleries, each designed around a key science theme. In each of these galleries there are many hands-on exhibits and real plants and animals that are examples of these science concepts. The children will be immersed in nature; walking on boardwalks through grass tunnels, exploring a full-acre wetlands, walking along the Texas Skywalk through the tree canopy and under a waterfall. They will explore a “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” world where everything is giant-sized, learn that their food comes from plants and the critical people-plant-animal connections- outdoors where nature is real.
The indoor Discovery Center will enable children to discover even more using technology and the tools of science. They will visit a plant lab, a soil lab, a 3-D mini theater; solve a CSI mystery and much more.
The site of this amazing and innovative new garden is at the north end of the Arboretum on the hillside overlooking White Rock Lake. This precious lake-view will also encourage children to see the beauty of nature while unlocking its mysteries.
We invite you to watch this 10 minute animated film to learn how the education, the beauty and the fun are woven together into a unique and magical experience for the whole family.
|Rory Meyers Children's
|Opening Sept. 21, 2013|