Arboretum Honors

Dallas family go-to destination wins accolade for wildlife friendliness

Dallas family go-to garden wins accolade for wildlife friendliness

Cascade waterfall at Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden
The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden was named a Certified Wildlife Habitat for improving the habitat of area birds, butterflies and more. Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum

There are plenty of humans who enjoy the natural splendor at the Dallas Arboretum, but it's the denizens of the animal kingdom that have garnered the botanical garden its latest honor.

The National Wildlife Federation has recognized the Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden at the Dallas Arboretum as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat site. The 18-month-old garden was praised for creating a space that improved the habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife with natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise their young.

"Providing a home for wildlife in our communities — whether it's at home, or in schools, businesses or parks — is the demonstration of a healthy and active ecosystem," said David Mizejewski, naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation, in a statement. "There is no more rewarding way to stay connected to nature right outside your door."

The Rory Meyers Children's Adventure Garden now joins a list of more than 150,000 certified habitats nationwide. NWF's program has helped people take action on the behalf of wildlife for more than 40 years.

The Dallas Arboretum has a variety of special activities planned during spring break, going through March 15, for kids and their parents to enjoy the wildlife habitat. Additionally, kids between 8 and 14 years old can sign up to become an Adventure Ambassador, giving them another way to connect with nature and engage with the garden.