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Nature Thru the Lens Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Dallas Arboretum Hosts “Nature Thru the Lens” Early Morning Photo Stroll

Children and family invited to other Year of the Children’s Garden events this summer


 Early yesterday morning, about 40 students and parents participated in the “Nature Thru the Lens” early morning photo stroll. The stroll was free and open to all students entering grades 6 to 12. This event is one of the events celebrating the inaugural Year of the Children’s Garden.

Marc Barta, an enthusiastic photographer, led the photo stroll. He told the participants, “Early morning is the best time to take photos because it is before the sun is high in the sky. Evening right before the sun sets is also a magical time with great natural light.” He told them to be creative with both close-up shots and panoramic views.

The students have the option of submitting their work to the Student Photo Contest and Exhibition in Rosine Hall on September 14, from 3-5 p.m. The top four student photographers will get to have a conversation with nature photographer David Gibson in his studio. David Gibson is world-renown and has his art is shown in galleries in Europe, Asia, and the Unites States and is a favorite of collectors. He will have a limited exhibition of his work at the Arboretum in celebration of the student exhibit.

Other Year of the Children’s Garden events include the following:

"Into the Garden" Fundraiser

Monday, June 16 from 9-11 a.m.

Sounds of sheer delight and merriment will drift from this morning fundraising event that will be held in the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden. Chair Marisa Huckin and her committee are planning an exclusive opportunity for children, parents and or grandparents to have the Children's Garden to themselves. Docents will be in each gallery to help guests learn how science and fun become one. Special entertainment includes puppet shows, music, Arboretum characters, family photos and other surprises. Morning refreshments will be served close to the Incredible Edible Garden. There will also be refreshments from Children’s Adventure Garden Café by Two Sisters. This merry event will benefit programs for the Children's Garden.

Tickets prices:

-Contributor: $100 per family (up to 5 tickets for adults and children from one household and a digital family photo file)

-Family: $50 (up to 5 tickets for adults and children from one household)

-Single tickets: $20 adults; $10 children

For more information, contact Torie Parsons at 214.515.6520 or


"Gardenlicious Kids Cook-off"

Sunday, June 29 from 1-3 p.m.

Camp House

To complement the educational takeaways of the Incredible Edible Garden at the Children's Adventure Garden, Chairwoman Carol Goglia has enlisted the help of beloved Dallas chefs Kent Rathbun and Scott Gottlich and restaurateur Lynae Fearing for a children's healthy food cook-off. Using at least one ingredient grown in the Incredible Edible Garden, children will cook and submit a healthy item to be judged by celebrity chefs. The tables will turn when children get to judge dishes from the participating chefs. 

For more information, contact Torie Parsons at 214.515.6520 or


“Designing with Flowers, Sticks and Stones”

Tuesday, July 22, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Camp House

Elementary and Middle school students (Grades 1-8)  will learn tricks of design for fun, whimsical, beautiful or out-of-this-world arrangement in this arts and crafts activity. Event is free, but registration is required.


Wings of Life Movie Night

Tuesday, July 29, 6 p.m.

Rosine Hall

The Dallas Arboretum will host a family nature movie night to show the acclaimed Disneynature documentary Wings of Life. Narrated by Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, the film employs stunning imagery to showcase the unsung heroes of the world’s food supply, showcasing the relationship between flowers and the increasingly threatened bees, butterflies, birds and bats that enable plants to reproduce.  Adding to the ambiance of a movie-going experience, snacks, such as $1 popcorn and $1 hotdogs, will be available for purchase. Adult tickets are $5, children are $2, and children under 3 are free. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended, but tickets, if available, can be purchased onsite.

For more information on these events or to register, visit



About the Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $10.  The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.   

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