The Dallas Arboretum is using digital engagement to educate children of all ages about nature and science. The recently opened Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden boasts an expansive eight acres of themed learning galleries and draws close to 1 million visitors annually. The Children’s Adventure Garden includes over 150 interactive digital displays and exhibits, running more than 600 educational games in 17 learning galleries.
The Children’s Adventure Garden creates a unique learning environment. The digital experience starts upon entry with an interactive Directory Kiosk. The garden features a 500-linear-foot trail, an adventure bridge, a 30 foot tree snag, a canopy walk, a 9,100 square-foot indoor Exploration Center and more. Children can play CSI to solve plant mysteries and interact with displays and exhibits to learn about the interconnections between people, plants and animals.
Children can also visit the Globe Theater, an interactive digital globe that shows near real-time weather, global ecosystems, and atmospheric changes of the solar system. While exploring the garden, animated characters appear to teach children about life in their unique habitats. Kids can catch a nature play in the puppet theater and live science demonstrations are continuously taking place throughout the 17 learning galleries in the garden.
Galleries Include: Entry Plaza, The Cascades, The Moody Oasis, The Texas Skywalk, First Adventure, Petroglyph Walk, Plants are Alive, Kaleidoscope, Puppet Theatre in the Glade, T. Boone Pickens Pure Energy, Texas Native Wetlands, Walk in the Clouds, Exploration Center & Plaza, Earth Cycles, Living Cycles, Walk on the Wild Side, The Amazing Secret Garden, Orchard & Vineyard, and The Incredible Edible Garden.