Register   |    Reset Password

Dallas Arboretum

Models: Sun, Earth & Moon (Field Trip)

Time Frames
During School Day, Summer
Field Trip


Take a bird’s-eye view of space! Students first create a human-sized model to demonstrate the relative positions of the Sun, Earth and Moon and the orbits of the Earth and our Moon. Then, they use 3D printed models to demonstrate the same concepts, in a different way. Finally, students are challenged to create their own 2D model to demonstrate their understanding.

Students Will

  • set up a class model that shows the position of the Sun, Earth and Moon in space and demonstrates the rotations of the Sun, Earth and Moon and the orbits of the Earth and Moon.
  • work with their groups to create a 3D model using 3D printed spheres.
  • create a diagram to show the positions, relative size, rotations and revolutions of the Sun, Earth and Moon in space
  • identify which model they think best shows the relative positions, size, and movements of the Sun, Earth, and Moon in space and explain why they chose the model they did.


Dates: Monday-Friday
Times: Request your time when making a reservation
Duration: 60 minutes
School Fee: $12 per child/ 1 free teacher per 8 students/ $15 per additional adult / Includes entry to Children's Adventure Garden ($6-$12 per student with financial aid)
Minimum Attendance: 15
Maximum Attendance: 30
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs:
Other Information:

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: Booking through 9/30/2024
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.

Curriculum Information

Lesson Plans

No lesson plans available to view


Select grade level(s) for standards to be displayed: