Garden Explorers

Full—Waitlist Started

Monday, July 10, 2017 through Friday, July 14, 2017 – 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Campers harness exciting technology to become Citizen Scientists and share their findings with the world.


Campers dive deep into the gardens and discover its secrets.

How many bird nests can they find in the gardens? What pollinators can they find? Campers collect and load their findings into on-line databases used by scientists worldwide.


Drawing on the expertise of the arboretum staff and research powerhouse NC State University, Garden Explorers combines technology, outdoor fun, and scientific research in a unique and meaningful program that teaches campers they CAN make a difference.

Enrollment is limited to 15 campers. Campers bring a bagged lunch and snack from home.

Rising 4th to 6th graders.
$225.00 for members, $255.00 for nonmembers.

Wait list has started. Please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at or 919-513-7011 to be placed on the wait list.

Member registration begins on January 30, 2017. Public registration begins February 13, 2017. A link to registration will appear on the Web page once it opens.

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

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.

We work with community organizations to provide scholarships. If you have questions about scholarships, contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator at


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.

JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Camp drop off and pick up will be in the brick circle at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center.
Please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at or (919) 513-7011.