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Children's Garden Programs
$8 per child, $10 per adult (teacher free), includes Children’s Garden program and entry
Be among the first to explore this unique 8-acre adventure garden dedicated to making science and nature come alive for your students and featuring over 150 hands-on exhibits in 12 exciting learning galleries. Each learning gallery has been designed based on the national and state life and earth science standards for elementary and middle school. Your students will walk on a sky walk through the tree tops, look through scopes over White Rock Lake and follow a stairway through a giant tree to see how trees work from the inside, out!
Children’s Garden Learning Galleries
Reserve a learning gallery for a one-hour instructor led program. Enjoy the many other areas in this eight-acre laboratory. Be sure to pack a lunch and picnic in the Incredible Edible Garden.
Only groups with a reserved Children’s Garden or Classroom Lab program will be permitted to enter the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure garden.
PLANTS ARE ALIVE
Pre-K through 2nd grade
Your students will enter a magical world of giant plants and flowers as they discover that plants really are alive! A teacher-led lesson includes investigating plant parts and functions as well as plant life-cycle activities, sorting plant/animal/mineral magnets, putting a giant 3-D flower puzzle together and following a trail with a search card looking for leaves, stems, flowers, and roots.
Pre-K through 8th grade
Your class will begin in a eagle’s giant nest with larger-than-life eggs as your instructor introduces your students to the components of a habitat. Your students will explore the Discovery Loop Trail, investigate who lives in a rotting log and tree snag, and examine real nests. The hour-long program concludes with a climb up a spiral staircase through the center of a tree so that your students can walk in the clouds and see what it’s like to live among the tree tops.
1st through 5th grade
The Living Cycles Gallery is all about growth and change. From the changing of the seasons to a plant’s life cycle from seed back to soil, your students will explore different kinds of plant and animal life cycles. They will investigate pollinators and examine their role in the plant life cycle, view the stages of metamorphosis and explore decomposition in compost bins. Students will be engaged with an instructor-led program packed with exploration and discovery.
2nd through 8th grade
The Earth is always changing. Many of the changes to the Earth’s surface come about through the processes of weathering, erosion and deposition and the movement of tectonic plates. From the layers of the Earth to the farthest planet in our Solar System, your students will be engaged in hands-on exploration and discovery. A weather machine allows students to make wind, rain, fog, a tornado in a tube, check temperatures, and test the barometric pressure. Students will experiment with a giant stream table to witness the forces of erosion and deposition first hand.
2nd through 8th grade
Students will discover the importance of wetlands and how they help our environment. They will investigate Texas wetlands to see how plants and animals are adapted to live in water. Students will also take pond dippings, do aquatic studies and take a guided trip down Dripping Springs Trail to the water hole.
3rd through 5th grade
Explore the connection between nature, art and math. Your students will experiment with a giant kaleidoscope, investigate the fibonacci sequence and build their own knot garden. Students will investigate patterns, symmetry and fractals, have the opportunity to create their own designs, and examine the plants around them to discover patterns in nature.
5th through 8th grade
Your students will explore three islands, each one focused on a different type of renewable energy source from nature. On the water island, students will experiment with a Hydroelectricity activity station and an Archimedes' screw. On the wind island, students will feel the power of wind and learn how it can be transformed into electricity. The solar island features a solar tree and many exciting activities designed to give your students a new understanding of alternative energy sources and the transfer of energy.
Little Sprouts Garden Adventures
$6 per child, $8 per adult (teacher free), includes admission. (Does not include Children’s Garden admission)
Butterfly Adventure Spring only, Squirrel Adventure Fall only
Exciting, interactive three-part programs, specially designed for pre-K, Kindergarten and first grade students. The butterfly program brings growth and change and metamorphosis to life. The squirrel program focuses on living and non-living things and their interactions within habitats. Both programs feature a big book story the children can act out, a puppet show in our Little Sprouts outdoor theater and a guided hunt through the garden.
$6 per child, $8 per adult (teacher free), includes admission (Does not include Children’s Garden admission)
Scholarships and Bus Stipends available
Trees are the giants of the plant world and provide an exciting avenue for children to explore plant parts and their functions, the interdependence of life in a system, competition for resources and the plant-people connection. This one-hour program of discoveries, hands-on activities and a guided tour helps children develop connections and understanding of life science concepts. Scholarships are available for this program and transportation funds are available upon request.
Middle School and High School Tours
$7 per child, $9 per adult (teacher free), includes admission (Does not include Children’s Garden admission)
Let us customize a program designed just for your middle school or high school students. Our educators will work with you to create a hands-on program to meet the TEKS objectives you select. All programs include entrance to the Arboretum and a one-hour interactive program led by Arboretum staff.