As part of the NC State University campus, all visitors to the JC Raulston Arboretum are required to follow NC State University Community Standards. The most current guidelines regarding COVID-19 will be communicated to the tour coordinator as the field trip date approaches.
Homeschoolers are invited to participate in a variety of activities from private tours and custom programming to grade-level classes, garden-wide events, and more!
I Spy! Tours (PreK–Grade 8)
Homeschool students have the opportunity to tour the gardens through our interactive I Spy! Tour program. Perfect for a family or group of up to ten participants, each tour includes a guided walk through the Arboretum while exploring a topic of interest along the way. Tours are purposely kept small to help maintain social-distancing while allowing students and families to explore the garden, make observations, have fun, and learn something new together.
Advance booking is required since tours are offered on a limited schedule. Registration fee is paid by the tour organizer when booking the tour through our online e-store.
For more information, current tour topics, or to book a tour, visit the I Spy! Tour information page.
Lunch & Lit in the Garden (Grades 5–8)
Who doesn't love a great story? Students bring lunch and listen to a classic read-aloud while relaxing under the shade of our trees! Each week, the group explores a different part of the Arboretum and completes a nature activity inspired by the day's reading. It's a little literature, a bit of nature study, some artistic endeavors plus science, geography, and more!
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A beloved classic, this is a story of rebirth as a result of the power of love. Mary Lennox, a sickly and contrary little girl, is orphaned and sent to her uncle's gloomy English estate. Her only friend is a bed-ridden boy named Colin whose prospects might actually be worse than hers! But when Mary finds the key to a secret garden, transformation falls within their reach.
Wednesdays, February 2–April 27, 2022 (12 week series, no class April 13, 2022)
12:00 pm–1:30 pm
$125.00 per student
If you have a large group, class, co-op, or are looking for a program related to a specific science topic or curriculum, please contact Joy Burns, school program coordinator, to discuss possible programming options to meet the needs of your students.