Upcoming Events at Texas Discovery Gardens

Take a look at what Texas Discovery Gardens has to offer! We have events going on all year long.

We're excited to offer a shopping cart, so that you may sign up for multiple classes at once. If it's easier, you may also register over the phone at (214) 428-7476 x343. Online registration usually closes two days prior to the event. *Please note that we do not send out tickets for events. We enter your name on our class lists once we receive your payment! So if you get a receipt from PayPal, you're good to go!

New in 2016! We have a scholarship opportunity for our 2016 adult classes, thanks to a grant from the South Dallas/Fair Park Trust Fund. Contact Fran at FThompson@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org for details.

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Daily Butterfly Release Talk

John Watts leading a Butterfly Release at Texas Discovery Gardens

Inside the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House and Insectarium

Join us Daily at Noon for a talk and butterfly release as we let newly-emerged butterflies out into the conservatory.

Enjoy the two-level butterfly house with hundreds of free-flying tropical butterflies. See more than 60 species of tropical plants. Looking for more than butterflies? In our lobby, we have rotating insect and arthropod displays. See eye-to-eye with exotic stick insects, hissing cockroaches, pillbugs and tarantulas!

Butterfly House Discovery Tour
First Saturdays at 11 am
Join entomologist John Watts for a family friendly tour of the Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House, followed by our noon butterfly release! Included with admission ($8/adults, $6/ages 60+ and $4/ages 3-11).
Garden Explorers Walk
Second Saturdays from March -- September at 11 am
Explore with us as we discover what’s growing out in the Gardens! Ends in time for the Butterfly Release talk at noon in our conservatory. Included with admission.

February

Stories and More!
February 4, 2016 at 11 am
Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. $8/child 3-11; $6/members $3/child 1-3; $2/members Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
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Rose Pruning Workshop
February 13, 2016 from 10 am – 12 pm
Dr. Peter Schaar dispels rose myths and teaches proper pruning with a sharp wit and sharper tools! Take home a rose bush and put your new-found knowledge to use. $25, $20/Members.
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Love is in the Air
February 13, 2016 from 3 pm - 5 pm
Stroll through our romantic Butterfly House and release ladybugs. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres featuring chocolate covered insects. while John Watts talks bug love, or insect reproduction. $35 individual, $50 for a couple. $24/$40 for members.
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Year Round Blooms (New!)
February 27, 2016 from 10 am – 12 pm
Dallas County Master Gardener Roseann Ferguson shares how to add year-long color to your garden in this brand new and sought-after class. Take home a curated selection of plants. $60, $48/members.
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March

Stories and More!
March 3, 2016 at 11 am
Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. $8/child 3-11; $6/members $3/child 1-3; $2/members Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
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Spring Break Safari Week

March 14-18, 2016 from 11 am - 3:30 pm
Get out of the house and into the gardens with your family during Spring Break. Enjoy discovery-themed activities and crafts each day! Included with admission.

April

Butterfly Gardening Workshop
April 2, 2016 from 9:30 am – 12 pm
If you plant it, they will come! Discover how easy it is to attract native butterflies with Horticulture Director Roger Sanderson & Entomologist John Watts. Bring home a starter flat of host and nectar plants. $60, $48/members.
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Stories and More!
April 7, 2016 at 11 am
Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. $8/child 3-11; $6/members $3/child 1-3; $2/members Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
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Plant Sale Safaris
April 8, from 3 pm - 4 pm (Allows entry to Members’ sale)
April 9, from 9 am - 10 am
This pre-sale tour by Director of Horticulture Roger Sanderson shows you how to incorporate native and adapted plants into your landscape. $16, $12/members.
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Butterfly Plant Sale
Member’s Preview Sale: April 8, 2016 from 4 pm – 7 pm
Public Sale: April 9 and 10, 2016 from 10 am - 2 pm
Rare native pollinator-friendly plants are our specialty. Many are hard to find in local nurseries! Our Members’ Plant Sale allows you to shop before the Saturday rush! Members also receive 10% off plants.

May

Stories and More!
May 5, 2016 at 11 am
Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. $8/child 3-11; $6/members $3/child 1-3; $2/members Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
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Mother's Day Concert & Butterfly Release
May 8, 2016 from 2 pm - 4 pm
Our annual Mother’s Day Concert with The Women’s Chorus of Dallas ends with a special finale inside the Butterfly House. Details online soon!
Edible Wild Plants
May 21, 2016 from 10 am - 1 pm
Many of our local plants – especially common weeds – are extremely nutritious! Director of Horticulture Roger Sanderson shares which are tasty – and which are not! Sample some of the native fare. $25; $20/members.

June

Stories and More!
June 2, 2016 at 11 am
Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. $8/child 3-11; $6/members $3/child 1-3; $2/members Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
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Outdoor Art Summer Camp
June 13-17, 2016 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. 2nd-4th Grade
Explore different artistic methods as we learn how to recreate what we see in nature! $200; $170/members. (Pre/Post care available).
Fangs! A family festival of herpetological proportions
June 18, 2016 from 10 am - 3 pm
Learn all about native Texas snakes and other reptiles. Included with admission.
Wiggly Week Bug Camp; Session 1
June 20-24, 2016 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. 3-5 years old
Have fun learning all about bugs and meet our six legged friends! $200; $170/members. (Pre/Post care avail.)
Water-Wise Organic Gardening
June 25, 2016 from 10 am - 12 pm
Learn how to organically conserve a precious natural resource, water, with Dr. Peter Schaar. Free with RSVP. To RSVP, email Fran at FThompson@TexasDiscoveryGardens.org.
All About Bugs Day Camp
June 27, 2016 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. 3-6 years old
Our day is full of bug encounters, songs, games and crafts! $35; $30/members. (Pre/Post care available).
Teacher Tuesdays; Bugs on the Blackboard!
June 28, 2016 9 am – 12 pm
Earn CPE Credits and discover how insects have natural ties to many areas of your curriculum – Math, ELA and Science are just the ‘bug’-ining! Geared for Elementary Educators. $15; $12/members.
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Bitty Bugs Half Day Summer Camp
June 29, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm. 3-4 years old
Young ones can learn all about the bugs in their backyard – and get home by naptime! $20; $17/members.
Butterfly Tea Party featuring “Bonjour Butterfly”
June 30, 2016 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Enjoy ‘fancy’ activities, crafts, tea, and snacks, as we celebrate the book, “Bonjour Butterfly,” by Jane O'Connor! We end our party with our noon butterfly release. Fancy Nancy Series © 2009 Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. $12/child 3-11; $10/member $3/child 1-3; $2/member Adults pay regular admission. At door; $2/child surcharge.
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July

Stories and More!
July 7, 2016 at 11 am
Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. $8/child 3-11; $6/members $3/child 1-3; $2/members Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
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Backyard Buddies Summer Camp
July 11-15 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. 4-5 yrs old; 1st-4th Grade
Discover new creatures daily and learn how they help our garden grow. Includes a trip to the Children’s Aquarium! $200; $170/Members. (Pre/Post care available).
Land to Sea Summer Camp with the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park
July 18-22, 2016 from 9 am - 3 pm. 4th-5th Grade
Take a journey from land to sea! We start the week at Texas Discovery Gardens, learning all about what lives in a garden. Includes a sleepover Thursday night at the Aquarium. Details at www.childrensaquariumfairpark.com.
Fascinating World of Butterflies
July 23, 2016 from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Dale Clark, co-founder of the Dallas County Lepidopterist Society, shares his fascination with butterflies, beginning at Texas Discovery Gardens and ending with a caravan to his butterfly farm south of Dallas. This is your chance to explore on a behind-the-scenes tour! $30; $24/members.
Chrysalis Day Camp
July 25, 2016 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. 3-6 years old
Explore the stages of a butterfly’s life cycle and meet our fascinating caterpillars! $35; $30/members.
Teacher Tuesdays; Winged Wonders! (CPE Credits)
July 26, 2016 9 am – 12 pm
Learn how to view the life-cycle of lepidoptera in your classroom and how to start a school butterfly garden! Geared to Elementary Educators. $15; $12/members.
Bitty Butterflies Half Day Summer Camp
July 27, 2016, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. 3-4 years old
Young ones can learn all about the bugs in their backyard – and get home by naptime! $20; $17/members.
Butterfly Tea Party featuring “Bonjour Butterfly”
July 28, 2016 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Enjoy ‘fancy’ activities, crafts, tea, and snacks, as we celebrate the book, “Bonjour Butterfly,” by Jane O'Connor! We end our party with our noon butterfly release. Fancy Nancy Series © 2009 Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. $12/child 3-11; $10/member $3/child 1-3; $2/member Adults pay regular admission. At door; $2/child surcharge.

August

Wiggly Week Bug Camp; Session 2
August 1-5 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. 4-5 years old; 1st-3rd Grade
Have fun learning all about bugs and meet our six legged friends! $200; $170/members. (Pre/Post care avail.)
Stories and More!
August 4, 2016 at 11 am
Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. $8/child 3-11; $6/members $3/child 1-3; $2/members Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
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Jr. NEAT Camp
August 9-10; 15-19. from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm 6th-8th Grade
Middle Schoolers: join the Junior Nature Educators At TDG! At our Counselor-in-training style camp, learn more about plants and build a leadership team. Then, assist our youngest campers of the summer! $225; $190/members.
Butterfly Tea Party featuring “Bonjour Butterfly”
August 11, 2016 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Enjoy ‘fancy’ activities, crafts, tea, and snacks, as we celebrate the book, “Bonjour Butterfly,” by Jane O'Connor! We end our party with our noon butterfly release. Fancy Nancy Series © 2009 Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. $12/child 3-11; $10/member $3/child 1-3; $2/member Adults pay regular admission. At door; $2/child surcharge.
Butterflies and Bugs! Family Festival
August 13, 2016 from 10 am - 3 pm
Join us for our annual celebration of insects! Discover live and pinned insects, activities, butterfly house tours, crafts and more. Included with admission.
Budding Botanists Summer Camp
August 15-19, 2016 from 9:30 am - 3:30 pm. 3-5 years old
Learn all about how plants, people and animals need each other’s help to keep growing! $200; $170/members. (Pre/Post care available).
Covered in Chitin
August 27, 2016 from 10 am – 11:30 am
One out of every four animal species on Earth is a beetle! Learn about their fascinating diversity with Entomologist John Watts. $25; $20/members.

September

Stories and More!
September 1, 2016 at 11 am
Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. $8/child 3-11; $6/members $3/child 1-3; $2/members Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
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November

Stories and More!
November 3, 2016 at 11 am
Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. $8/child 3-11; $6/members $3/child 1-3; $2/members Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.
Fall Plant Sale Safaris –
Nov. 4, from 3 pm - 4 pm (Allows entry to Members’ sale)
Nov. 5, from 9 am - 10 am
This pre-sale tour by Director of Horticulture Roger Sanderson shows you how to incorporate native and adapted plants into your landscape. $16, $12/members.
Fall Plant Sale Member’s Preview Sale: Nov. 4, 2016 from 4 pm – 7 pm
Public Sale: Nov. 5, 2016 from 10 am - 2 pm
Rare native pollinator-friendly plants are our specialty. Many are hard to find in local nurseries! Our Members’ Plant Sale allows you to shop before the Saturday rush! Members also receive 10% off plants.
Stories and More!
December 1, 2016 at 11 am
Join our butterflies for story time! We make crafts, read a book, meet special friends and enjoy themed snacks. $8/child 3-11; $6/members $3/child 1-3; $2/members Adults pay regular admission. At door: $2/child surcharge.

Questions? Prefer to pay for your class over the phone? Contact Fran, our Guest Relations Manager, at (214) 428-7476 x 343   or FThompson@texasdiscoverygardens.org for details on classes and events.