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Dallas Arboretum

Disappearing Act (On Campus) - During School Day

Time Frames
During School Day, Summer
On Campus Program
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th


What happens when an organism in an ecosystem disappears? Students will work in teams to create a model of a Post Oak Savannah habitat and then play a game to explore how the local extinction of wolves in this area affects all components of the ecosystem. Students will examine the adaptations of wolves and deer that support their survival as predator and prey and describe the flow of energy in the original ecosystem and then discuss how that flow has been altered due to the disappearance of wolves.

Students Will

  • Explore the interconnection between plants, people and animals
  • Investigate the interdependence of organisms within an ecosystem
  • Draw conclusions based on evaluation of data
  • Design solutions to the problem identified within the ecosystem


Dates: Monday - Friday
Times: E-mail [email protected] or call to scheduled your time
Duration: 60 minutes
School Fee: $200 per session, minimum of 3 sessions per day
Minimum Attendance: 15
Maximum Attendance: 30
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs:
Other Information: Maximum 30 students per session; Maximum 8 sessions per day; Minimum 4 sessions per booking

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: To request a program date, complete a program reservation request form on the Dallas Arboretum Education webpage at *Please note: A program reservation request form must be completed on our website in order to reserve your program. An email with desired program and voucher number is not sufficient to reserve your spot.* Financial Aid may be available to reduce the cost of your field trip. See the Dallas Arboretum Education webpage for full details. For additional information, e-mail us at [email protected] (preferred) or call (214) 515-6540.
Deadline: Please e-mail [email protected] or call 214.515.6540 to book your program. Payment in full is due at least two weeks before your desired date.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: A non refundable deposit or an Arts Partners voucher and approval code is due within 10 business days of booking your program. Your remaining balance is due two weeks before your scheduled visit date. A program is confirmed when you receive your contract by e-mail. Should inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances prevent the program from taking place as scheduled, the Arboretum will work with you to reschedule. Changing dates for a program can be made with no less than two weeks advance notice and we will make every effort to reschedule your program to an alternate date. *No refunds will be given for absent students. All programs will begin promptly at the time scheduled. The Dallas Arboretum is not responsible for groups who arrive late. *Cancellation of the program after confirmation is subject to full payment.
After School Policy: After School Policy: An on site teacher or after school staff person must be present for the duration of the workshop. All student participants must adhere to the policies and procedures of the provider program as well as the rules and regulations of the school/ site itself. School/site must provide a clear, clean space or classroom for each session.

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