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Dallas Arboretum

Self-Guided Field Trip: Our Place at Your Pace (Main Garden Only)

Time Frames
During School Day, After School, Summer, Weekend
Field Trip
Pre K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, Community/Fam., Talented/Gifted, Special Ed, Bilingual


Create your own adventure as students explore Dallas’s most beautiful classroom: the Dallas Arboretum. This option includes access to the Arboretum’s Main Garden, where students can experience the mist in the Palmer Fern Dell, investigate the fossils in the water walls at the Lay Ornamental Garden and identify Texas native plants in the Waterwise Garden. We will provide grade-specific exploration journals to use during this self-guided visit. Pre-Kinder- Grade 8: Don’t forget your pencils! High school groups will be given a Photography Scavenger Hunt so each group will need a camera (like your mobile phone).

Students Will

  • Use their senses to make observations and discoveries.
  • Be immersed in the beauty and wonder of nature.
  • Take a nature hike.
  • Investigate plants and habitats.
  • Learn plant parts and plant and animal interdependency.


Dates: Any Day
Times: Open
Duration: Variable
School Fee: $9 per student/ 1 free teacher per 8 students/ $15 per additional adult / Does not include entry to Children's Adventure Garden
Minimum Attendance: 15
Maximum Attendance: 800
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs:
Other Information: Garden Hours 9am-5pm

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 schedule your visit. Payment in full is due at least two weeks prior to 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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