School Groups

Let the JC Raulston Arboretum become your living classroom! Our field trip programs have been developed to engage your students with hands-on exploration of the gardens and to align with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Science.

Each field trip program is an interactive, outdoor experience. Students learn at guided stations about plants, weather, recycling, and many more garden science topics. To request a field trip program, please complete the online Tour and Field Trip Request form.

Current Field Trip Offerings

Kindergarten – Five Senses in the Garden

Available all year. Limited to 75 students per trip. Interact with the garden exploring each one of your 5 senses.

First Grade – Living Things

Available all year. Limited to 70 students per trip. Explore how the garden provides the basic needs of living things while discovering the in's and out's of recycling and composting. Each class takes home seeds planted in recycled materials to grow in their classroom.

Second Grade – Life Cycles and Weather

Available all year. Limited to 100 students per trip. Study life cycles of plants and animals in the garden. Measure the weather and experience how the sun's energy warms the air and ground while searching the garden for variations between Japanese maples.

Third Grade – Plants and Soil

Available all year. Limited to 60 students per trip. Plant science lessons come alive as students watch seeds germinate, dissect a plant, and investigate soils. Each class takes home an experiment to test what plants need to grow.

School Tours

Preschool, middle school, and high school tours are available and developed to compliment your current studies.

For more information or questions, please contact our school program coordinator.