Nature Detectives

Full—Waitlist Started

Monday, August 7, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017 – 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Who or What is Wreaking Havoc in Our Gardens? All New Garden Mysteries this Year!

group planting in white garden

Our young Nature Detectives learn a variety of green and growing lessons as they trail a "Mad Gardener" who does everything in the garden exactly the WRONG way.

Designed by elementary education and horticulture specialists, this active, outdoor curriculum gives campers the satisfaction and confidence that comes from solving problems with their newly acquired knowledge.

pictures of children at camp

This camp always has a wait list, so we're adding a second session this year. Pick between a week in June or August for your detective to join us!

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

Other Camps for rising 1st through 3rd graders
We have three great camps for rising 1st through 3rd graders, two sessions of Nature Detectives and one week of Artists in the Garden. Check out these weeks of camp for your camper:

  • Nature Detectives camp (June)

  • Artists in the Garden camp (July)

  • Age
    Rising 1st to 3rd 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 year-long 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.
    Need directions? Click here.
    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.