VS&R Ltd, MKW + Associates LLC and Dattner Architects join forces to create Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden
On Saturday 21 September the gates will open to a magical new development in Dallas, Texas designed primarily for the enjoyment and education of children. The Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is a joint venture between VS&R Ltd, MKW + Associates LLC and Dattner Architects and sees 8 acres of interactive gardens for children to play in and learn from. The project was funded by the City of Dallas with both private and corporate gifts including a major donation by Howard Meyers and his sons in honour of his wife and their mother. The garden has therefore been named after her.
Considering the importance of a garden targeted at young people, Dallas Arboretum Board Chairman Brian Shivers explains: “The Dallas Arboretum is widely recognised as one of the leading botanic gardens in the world with nearly a million visitors annually, but few realise that it is also a premier educational facility that teaches life and earth science to more than 100,000 children every year. The opening of the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden will allow us to reach even more children and introduce them to the wonders of the world we live in through interactive exhibits based on the national and state curriculum standards for life and earth science."
Considered a ‘museum without walls’, the 8-acre garden incorporates 17 interior and external galleries. These are targeted at all ages of children, from pre-nursery to middle school, and offer 150 interactive exhibitions and natural elements designed to excite and educate young people. The Garden has been specifically designed to incorporate the national curriculum, teaching subjects such as photosynthesis, pollination, erosion and energy in real-world environments.
One of the highlights in the development is the OmniGlobe, a rare teaching tool that is currently one of only 50 in the entire world. Located within a 9,100 sq ft Exploration Center, the device uses interactive animations to create real-time weather with an 8-second time delay, educating the children on ecosystems, climates, atmospheric changes and the solar system. Other major features of the park include a 240ft treetop skywalk and a Honey I Shrunk the Kids-inspired area focusing on plantlife.
Former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Honorary Chair of the $62m Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, said: “Science scores of American children are the lowest of all academic areas tested, with earth sciences the lowest of all. If our education system is going to keep up with the needs for our country, we have to interest children at a much earlier age in science, engineering and math. I believe that the Dallas Arboretum’s Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden does that by teaching science creatively.”