EarthKeepers Educational Programming

Choose from one of our TEKS-based programs

Gardening for Children (PreK - 2nd grade)
Learn about basic seed structure and plant parts, and then explore the gardens on a guided tour. Each student plants a seed to take home.

Skies of Butterflies (PreK - 8th grade)
Explore a butterfly’s life cycle and learn about fascinating monarchs. Discover the differences between butterflies and moths.

Art in the Garden (PreK - 8th Grade)
Use your senses to explore art installations throughout our Gardens and explore the concepts of inspiration, abstract art, and realistic art.

Butterflies, Bugs, and Botany (K - 8th grade) Explore the amazing lives of insects and learn about adaptation, habitat, and pollination. We feature bees, butterflies and flies.

Compost Alive! (1st - 8th grade)
Recycling and decomposition come alive as students discover how an ecosystem is powered by a complex web of creatures and energy. Students make a take-home compost starter bucket.

Terrarium Worlds (2nd - 8th grade)
Follow a water droplet’s journey as we explore the water cycle. Build a take-home terrarium and see the carbon dioxide-oxygen cycle in action!

Math in Nature (2nd - 8th grade)
Math becomes a real-world tool as students visit garden habitats and record data like time, temperature and measurements.

Jungle in the City (2nd – 8th grade)
Travel to a rainforest as we explore the ecological relationships of forest life, including flora, predators and prey.

 

Pricing and Booking

Programs are available on weekdays, hourly, from 10 am to 4 pm. When scheduling your visit, allow an hour per program and 20 to 30 minutes per walk through of the Butterfly House. Schedule enough time to visit our 7.5 acres of organically-maintained gardens, Snakes of Texas Exhibit, Tropical Butterfly House, and Discovery Art Gallery.

We provide a teacher’s guide that helps you lead your class through our grounds. We also have pre-visit Discovery Packets for extension activities upon request.

There are picnic tables and ample picnic blanket space within our fenced-in grounds. Our classroom holds 50 students. Larger groups can be split and rotated through our program, butterfly house and gardens.

Program and Butterfly House Combo (Includes Butterfly House Admission): 10 student min/50 student max per hour; $8/student; One chaperone free/10 children; $8/adult; Required if booking Skies of Butterflies or Jungle in the City.

Single Program (No Butterfly House Entry)*: 10 student min/50 student max per hour; $5/student; One chaperone free/10 children; $5/adult; Includes Garden & Lobby access but not Butterfly House access. We highly recommend upgrading to the combo option.

*If cost is a concern for your school, full or partial scholarships are available through our Moody Foundation Scholarship Program, while funding lasts on an annual basis. 

Outreach: Several of our Earthkeepers Programs are offered offsite. Each program comes with a student take-away. There is a $75 Outreach fee, plus $5/student. The minimum class size is 10 students.

Booking procedure:
1. Fill out our Reservation Request Form with your ideal dates. Our Booking Coordinator is also happy to assist you with this process if you have questions.
2. Submit a 50% non-refundable deposit. We accept check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and/or cash.
3. Booking confirmation will be emailed or faxed to you as a completed invoice.
4. Remaining fees and all changes are due 2 weeks prior to arrival.

To book a program or check availability, contact Chesley Hinds, Education Administrative Coordinator, at Booking@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org or (214) 428-7476 x 343.

For questions regarding program content or advice in selecting a program for your grade, contact Erin Shields, Education Manager, at EShields@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org or (214) 428-7476 x 270.