The Grow Box

The Grow Box is a program of garden fun for your family delivered to your door from North Carolina 4-H and the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

children with Grow Boxes

Science Exploration at Home

The Grow Box gives youth and their families the opportunity to explore their backyard or the natural spaces near them with guided activities designed to develop their science skills. You'll grow plants together, search for seeds, observe pollinators, and get creative with the hands-on activities in each box. 

Every Two Months

The Grow Box will be delivered to your door packed with engaging, hands-on activities for your family. Inside you'll find plants or seeds, tools for outdoor exploring, an activity book packed full of information including fun garden games, and a garden journal to document your garden adventures. There are also more activities online extending the lessons and activities from the box as well as highlights from the JC Raulston Arboretum's gardens!

Seasonal Lessons

Activities change bringing new topics to your family with each box.  Here are some of the themes from our 2020–2021 boxes:

  • September/October: fall vegetable gardening
  • November/December: changing leaves and propagation
  • January/February: evergreens and cones  
  • March/April: spring and pollinators

Purchasing Options

The Grow Box can be purchased for $30.00 per box. Order one for the entire family or one for each child in your house. Just make sure to order by the deadline to ensure that your family receives their box.

A limited number of boxes will be produced each rotation, so make sure to sign up early! You'll be notified by e-mail when the box ships so you know to watch the mailbox for its arrival.

Addresses must be a street address that can receive USPS mail. We can only ship within North Carolina.

Register Now

We hope that during this time of a pandemic, the Grow Box will bring North Carolina 4-H and the JC Raulston Arboretum to your doorstep.

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What's Inside the November/December Grow Box

Plants, seeds, and so much more to get you started propagating plants! Each Grow Box comes with a magazine full of activities from North Carolina 4-H and the JC Raulston Arboretum. There are also more activities online that will keep the learning and fun going for your gardeners!

For more information or questions, please contact Elizabeth Overcash at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu.