What You Will See When You Come
This 8-acre, outdoor, "museum without walls" features 17 indoor/outdoor galleries designed to demonstrate scientific concepts for children in preschool to middle school, aligned with state and national curriculum standards for life and earth sciences. Whether your child already loves science and the outdoors or you are looking to increase his/her excitement about learning, this is the place to visit this year.
More than 150 interactive exhibits are in place including a 500-linear-foot trail, adventure bridge, 30-foot tree snag, canopy walk, 9100-square-foot Exploration Center, plant lab, solvable CSI mysteries, soil lab, the fascinating OmniGlobe and so much more.
The garden is funded with support from the City of Dallas and private and corporate donors, and was named by the family of Rory Meyers, a well-known civic leader, volunteer and longtime member of the Arboretum Board and Chair of the Education Committee.
Science scores of American children are the lowest of all academic areas tested, with earth science scores the lowest of all. We are doing our part to help, as about 100,000 students visit the Dallas Arboretum annually, with attendance expected to rise with the launch of the Children’s Adventure Garden.
There will be surprises in store when you visit. At certain times there will be costumed characters that appear in the garden that tell you about life in a tree or their own habit. Or maybe it is a nature play in the puppet theater, coordinated by Kathy Burks. There is much to discover in this wonderful new garden.