Summer Garden Camps

Summer Garden Camps are a great way for your child to spend more time outdoors exploring nature. Campers participate in hands-on science lessons; garden investigations; arts and crafts; and fun, engaging games and activities all while gaining a deeper appreciation for the environment that surrounds them.

2017 Summer Camps

Project PLANTS

Project PLANTS

June 12–17, 2017
8:30 am–4:00 pm           

Dig into science through exploratory trips and projects in horticulture and agriculture! Project PLANTS examines the scientific world through a variety of lenses based on camper interests, and aims to create projects and curriculum that address agricultural and environmental issues with positive solutions.

Rising 7th graders.

Garden Critters

Garden Critters

June 19–23, 2017
9:30 am–12:30 pm

Full – Wait–list Started

Preschool campers will delight in learning about different garden critters each day. Camp days include garden activities and games, stories, and art projects.

4 and 5 year olds.

Nature Detectives

Nature Detectives

June 26–30 and August 7–11, 2017
9:00 am–3:30 pm

Full – Wait–list Started

All new mysteries this summer! Campers discover the gardens and the creatures living in them through daily mysteries (June and August). The daily mysteries will encourage campers to work together answering questions, learning from the garden, and ultimately solving the mystery.

Rising 1st through 3rd graders.

Garden Explorers

Garden Explorers

July 10–14, 2017
9:00 am–3:30 pm

Full – Wait–list Started

Our gardens are diverse and packed full of exciting things to discover.  Campers become citizen scientists for a week investigating daily questions about what’s in the garden by learning to observe, document, and report on their observations.

Rising 4th through 6th graders.

Artists in the Garden

Artists in the Garden

July 17–21, 2017
9:00 am–3:30 pm

Full – Wait–list Started

The gardens will whisk your artists around the world and introduce famous artists to inspire daily art projects. Each day is a different theme filled with creativity. The week concludes with an art show filled with garden inspired creations.

Rising 1st through 3rd graders.

Garden Chefs

Garden Chefs

July 31-August 4, 2017
9:00 am–3:30 pm

Full – Wait–list Started

Explore the vegetable garden with us. Through a combination of indoor and outdoor activities, campers learn how our food is produced and how good it tastes from their garden.

Rising 4th through 6th graders.

Registration

Member registration begins on January 30, 2017, through our online registration e-store.

Public registration begins February 13, 2017.

Want the advantage of early registration, discounted camp registration fees, and other yearlong benefits? Become a member today! Visit our membership page. Membership must be at the Family/Dual level to receive camp benefits.

Registrations received during the member only period that are not associated with a current family/dual membership will be moved to the wait list.  These registrations will be completed during public registration only if there are spaces still available. To make sure your registration is completed, join now!

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

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.

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Cancellations and Refunds

Registration fees are 100% refundable when the Arboretum cancels the camp. Memberships are not refundable.

Participants wishing to withdraw from a camp that has not been canceled by the Arboretum must provide a written request by May 26, 2017. If the withdrawal request is received by May 26, 2017, a refund will be given minus a 15% administrative fee per child per camp. No fees will be refunded if registration is canceled after May 26, 2017.

Wait List

A wait list will be started when camp sessions fill up. If space opens in your desired camp session, you will be contacted and given the opportunity to accept or decline the space. Upon accepting the space, registration fees and forms will be due to secure your camper's spot.