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Front Desk General Information
214 428-7476 x 341

Hon. Ron Natinsky
Executive Director
214 566 6800
[email protected]

Marketing Manager
214 428 7476 x 230
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B. Wilkerson
Guest Services Manager
214 428 7476 x 261
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Kerry Gray-Harrison
Botanical Director
214 428 7476 x 210
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John Watts

Butterfly House, Insectarium,
and Snake and Reptile House Manager

214 428 7476 x 220
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Scout Woodward
Education Manager
214 428 7476 x 270
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214 428 7476 x 340
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Teresa Choate
Event Sales & Venue Manager

214 702 5013
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Our Most Frequently Asked Questions

While we appreciate organic fertilizer, we don't want that kind of fertilizer in the gardens! Please leave Fido at home. Service Dogs are always welcome.


Please do! We encourage photography both indoors and outdoors as long as you are not taking photos for commercial purposes. Professional photographers (i.e. if you're selling your photos or plan to) please see our Photography Policy.

If you are taking photos that could include others that are not in your party, please advise them accordingly and ask permission.

We have picnic tables in various locations throughout the gardens and welcome you to bring a picnic to enjoy on our lawns. Food or drink is not allowed inside the Butterfly House. Catering restrictions apply for rentals. A picnic is family members/individuals picnicking. For birthday parties and other events, please visit our birthday parties page.

Texas Discovery Gardens has small packaged snacks available in the gift shop and drink machines in the front lobby.

Yes! Email [email protected] for questions or find more details here.

We maintain several hundred butterflies in the exhibit. Depending on shipments, this number varies.

  • For insect questions, call our Entomologist, John Watts at (214) 428-7476 x 220.
  • For plant questions, contact Gardens Manager Kerry Gray-Harrison at (214) 428-7476 x 210.
  • We also recommend calling the Dallas County Master Gardeners Hotline at (214) 904-3053 regarding plants.

The butterflies in our indoor butterfly house are exotic and come from all over the world. They are not suited to be released into an outdoor environment locally and in fact it is illegal under FDA regulation. Enjoy releasing them in our butterfly house.

Call our friends at DFW Wildlife Rescue at 972.234.9453.

Contact Ryan Giesecke at Honey Bee Relocation Services. 214.577.9562

It’s the last Friday in September through the third Sunday in October every year. Don’t forget that TDG free parking is not available and State Fair admission applies if you want to visit Texas Discovery Gardens during the Fair.

As a TDG Member you can utilize the State Fair tickets TDG provides for admission to the State Fair pursuant to the rules.

By Car:

Exit from I-30 at the Second Ave exit, keep to the right, whcih turns into Robert B Cullum Blvd. Proceed through the first traffic light for Gate 5/Grand Ave, keep going to Gate 6/Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Turn left into Fair Park, then make a right Second Ave, then an immediate right into our parking lot. Cross the street and up the sidewalk to our front door.

By Train/DART:

From any line on the DART system, take a train to connect with the GREEN Line Train. You can get off at the Fair Park Station (A little longer walk from TDG) or the MLK Station (1 block from Gate 6).