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Dallas Arboretum

It's a Bug's Life Classroom Lab - During School Day

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During School Day
Field Trip
3rd, 4th, 5th


The Arboretum is home to hundreds of plant and animal species, including many bugs! In this lab students will identify ‘bug’ as an informal name given to terrestrial arthropods and then observe live organisms to identify the traits that make insects different from other bugs. Students will look closely at insect adaptations and life cycles. Older students will also identify and describe the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis.

Students Will

  • Explore diverse adaptations of insects using real specimens
  • Explore the interdependence of plants, people and insects
  • Investigate complete and incomplete metamorphosis


Dates: Monday - Friday
Times: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00
Duration: 1 hour
School Fee: $10 per child/ 1 free teacher per 8 students/ $15 per additional adult / Includes entry to Children's Adventure Garden
Minimum Attendance: 15
Maximum Attendance: 30
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs:
Other Information: Maximum 30 students per session; Maximum 8 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
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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