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Dallas Arboretum

Living Cycles Learning Gallery Program - During School Day

Time Frames
During School Day, Summer
Field Trip
Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th


The Living Cycles gallery is all about growth and change. Predict how the changes in each season correspond to a plant’s life cycle from seed back to soil. Investigate pollinators and their role in the development of some plants. Explore the growth of various plants and animals and identify the importance of decomposition in the cycle of life. Program description: Explore the growth and change of a diverse set of organisms. Students first compare the physical appearance of adults and offspring to assess how plants and animals change over time and then investigate pollinators and their role in life cycles. In the gallery, students identify and observe the role of decomposers, methods of seed dispersal and the process of pollination.

Students Will

  • Explore the many cycles found in nature including life cycles of plants and the seasons of the year
  • Investigate the role of pollinators in the life cycle of flowering plants
  • Discover the different types of metamorphosis
  • Learn the role of decomposition in the plant life cycle by observing different stages of real compost
  • Identify pollinators
  • Compare methods of seed dispersal


Dates: Monday - Friday; closed Jan - Feb
Times: 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15
Duration: 45 minutes
School Fee: $10 per child/ 1 free teacher per 8 students/ $15 per additional adult / Includes entry to Main Garden ($5-$7.50 per student with financial aid)
Minimum Attendance: 15
Maximum Attendance: 25
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs:
Other Information: Maximum 25 students per session; Maximum 5 sessions per day

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: For additional information or to make a reservation, e-mail us at [email protected] (preferred), call (214) 515-6540 or fax your reservation to (214) 515-6578. Reservation forms can be found on the Education page at at *Please note: A field trip or outreach request form must be completed 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 education website for full details.
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 sufficient 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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