Nature Detectives

Full—Waitlist Started

Monday, June 25, 2018 through Friday, June 29, 2018 – 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 is always a big hit, so we have two sessions again this summer. Pick between a week in June or August for your detective to join us!

Enrollment is limited to 16 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:

Rising 1st to 3rd graders.
$225.00 for Arboretum Family Members, $255.00 for Nonmembers.

Member registration begins on January 29, 2018. Public registration begins February 12, 2018. 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 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 25, 2018. If the withdrawal request is received by May 25, 2018, 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 25, 2018.

JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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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.