The Dallas Arboretum uniquely guides more than 100,000 young learners in scientific inquiry each year. Designed in house by a team of highly qualified educators, our nature-immersive lessons inspire K-6 students to investigate, explore, and play like scientists.
Our education programs are designed to:
- Reinforce life and earth science education standards for K-6 students.
- Boost children's interest in the sciences.
- Improve children's enthusiasm and respect for the environment.
- Improve science education accessibility by distributing bus stipends and financial assistance to Title I schools.
- Train teachers in best practices for science education through professional development workshops.
The Dallas Arboretum's most innovative educational resource is the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden (RMCAG), an 8-acre outdoor science museum complete with hands-on exhibits based on K-6 curriculum standards, degreed teachers and unconventional outdoor living classrooms. Each of 11 learning galleries explore a fundamental earth and life science topic: the life cycle, nature's repeating mathematical patterns, plant structure, etc.
RMCAG is the only experience of its kind in the country. The garden not only immerses children in the very subject they are exploring-the natural world- but our team also explicitly worked with its contracted designers to ensure RMCAG materials and exhibits supplemented K-6 curriculums like the TEKS. This unique strategy created a highly unique, adaptable, and teacher-friendly learning environment that has won a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Science/Discovery Garden.
Independent evaluations continue to show that statistically significant numbers of students gained interest, clarity, knowledge, and confidence in life and earth sciences after participating in STEM lessons with the Dallas Arboretum.
The world as we all have known it has changed. Needs are so great on every level, and we are all anxious to return to the lives we used to have.
The number one activity people are so anxious to enjoy after the past 18 months, is to be outside and enjoy the comfort, health benefits and beauty of the natural world around us. After every other major tragedy or event that has affected our country, there was a rush to be outside again and contact others with a walk together or with family, or just to have the peace that a stroll on your own can provide. Your support will help us to maintain the garden at the internationally acclaimed level that it is known to provide and the programming that has made us distinctive and notable.
It is also so imperative we continue adjusting our K-6 aged STEM education programs to meet the changing needs of the school districts while still being able to provide the best education in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden, through our outreach programs into local schools both virtually and in person, and to the public that visit the garden. Studies have shown that kids are healthier, happier and smarter by spending time outdoors. Can we count on your support for our children's STEM education programming this year?
Thank you for your investment in the Arboretum's future and in the future of the children impacted through our STEM education programming. Your support will benefit our community and our community's children for years to come.