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.
Dive deeper into the science of the garden! Join us on a Homeschool Day for guided learning stations with hands-on science activities to enrich your studies. Extend your stay with a picnic lunch with friends and more time exploring the gardens.
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. Fee is paid when booking the tour through our online e-store.
For more information, current tour topics, or to book a tour, click here. (link to the I Spy! page)
Lunch & Lit in the Garden (Grades 6–8)
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 Arbroetum's gardens 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!
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Tuesdays, September 14–November 16, 2021 (10 weeks)
12:00 pm–1:30 pm
$100.00 per student
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
More details coming soon.
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, our school program coordinator, to discuss possible programming options to meet the needs of your students.