Summer Garden Camps

Summer Garden Camps at the JCRA invite your child to investigate nature during half or full day camps.  Campers tend to the garden, harvest vegetables, catch insects, and create crafts from the garden all while making new friends and deepening their appreciation for the natural world around them.

Camps range from preschool to rising eighth graders.

Garden Critters

Garden Critters

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Preschool

June 15–19, 2020
9:00 am–12:30 pm

Preschool campers delight searching for a different critter each day. Camp days include garden investigations and games, stories, and art projects.

4 and 5 year olds. More Information

Nature Detectives

Nature Detectives

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Elementary

June 22–26, 2020
9:00 am–3:30 pm

A mysterious Mixed-Up Gardener is in the gardens leaving funny mysteries for our detective campers to solve. Our rotating camp curriculum keeps the fun new for campers each year.

Rising 1st through 3rd graders. More Information

Backyard Farm

Backyard Farm

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Elementary

June 29–July 1, 2020
9:00 am–3:30 pm

The Yurt Yard transforms into an urban farm for this three-day camp. Campers will spend time in the vegetable garden, learn about chickens, and celebrate with an end of camp farmer's market.

Rising 2nd through 4th graders. More Information

Garden Explorers

Garden Adventures

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Elementary

July 8–10, 2020
9:00 am–3:30 pm

This new three-day camp allows campers to maximize their time outside exploring, learning, playing, and creating. Daily activities include time tending the Yurt Yard garden, games, crafts, and camper driven explorations.

Rising 1st through 5th graders. More Information

Artists in the Garden

Garden Creations

Elementary

July 20–24, 2020
9:00 am–3:30 pm

Why are plants so important?  Campers take a look at how plants are colorful, helpful, healing, and tasty while finding inspiration for making artistic creations.

Rising 4th through 6th graders. More Information

Artists in the Garden

Artists in the Garden

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Elementary

July 27–31, 2020
9:00 am–3:30 pm

The Arboretum's gardens will whisk your artists around the world inspiring their daily art projects. The week concludes with an art show to display the campers' creativity.

Rising 1st through 3rd graders. More Information

Garden Chefs

Garden Chefs

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Elementary

August 3–7, 2020
9:00 am–3:30 pm

In the mornings, campers use the Yurt Yard to learn how to grow vegetables.  Afternoons are for whipping up culinary creations using the produce from the garden!

Rising 4th through 6th graders. More Information

Project PLANTS

Cultivating Science

Middle School

July 13–17, 2020
8:30 am–4:00 pm

Dig into science with fun "ag-ventures" and hands-on projects in horticulture and agriculture. Local field trips and interactive experiences get middle schoolers thinking about the green industry while making connections with other middle schoolers and mentors in the local community.

Rising 7th and 8th graders. More Information

Registration

Registration begins on January 27, 2020, for Arboretum members at the Family/Dual level or above.

Public registration begins February 10, 2020.

Registration is completed through our online system, Reporter. A link to registration will appear on each camp Web page once registration opens. Camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. When a camp fills, a waitlist will be started.

Campers are responsible for providing a snack and lunch each day of camp. Registration fees include a camp T-shirt and all program resources and materials required for camp.

If you would like to become a member to enjoy early registration, discounted camp registration fees, and other year-long benefits, please visit our membership page membership page.  Membership must be at the Family/Dual level or above to take advantage of the early registration.

Registrations received during the members-only period (January 27, 2020–February 9, 2020) not associated with a current Family/Dual level or above membership will be refunded minus a 15% administrative fee. To make sure your registration is completed, join now!

If you have any questions prior to camp, please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7011.

Cancellations and Refunds

Participants wishing to withdraw from a camp must provide a written request by May 22, 2020, to Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu. If the withdrawal request is received by May 22, 2020, a refund will be processed minus a 15% cancellation fee per child, per camp. No fees will be refunded if registration is canceled after May 22, 2020.

If the Arboretum cancels the camp, a full refund will be made.

Membership donations made in association with a camp registration are not refundable.

Waitlist

When a camp session fills, a waitlist will be started.

During the members-only registration period (January 27, 2020–February 9, 2020), only Arboretum Family/Dual level or above members are placed on the waitlist. Nonmembers registering for the waitlist during this period will be reordered behind any Arboretum members registered for the waitlist during the members-only registration.

If a space becomes available, families will be contacted and given the opportunity to accept or decline the space. The open camp spot will be held for 48 hours. Upon accepting the open space, payment will be due to finalize registration for the camp.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about our summer camps? Try our Frequently Asked Questions to get more information. If you still have questions, please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7011.