Project PLANTS Summer Camp

Monday, July 23, 2018 through Friday, July 27, 2018 – 8:30 am–4:00 pm

Dive into a week-long adventure exploring the natural world!

students looking at flower

Rising 7th and 8th graders will see nature and science from a new angle. This field trip based camp will present STEM topics in horticulture and agriculture to campers through hands-on building activities, experiments, recipes, and field trips. Project PLANTS is a highly interactive camp that hopes to inspire a new appreciation and curiosity for everyday science and plant the seeds for a lifelong interest in horticultural and agricultural sciences.

Developed over the past three years as a partnership between 4-H, NCSU Department of Horticultural Sciences, and the JC Raulston Arboretum, Project PLANTS is a proven model of garden work, field trips, connections, and learning. In the morning, campers help care for the gardens around the Education Yurt at the Arboretum. Campers claim a plot and tend to it, harvesting and sharing their produce. A new theme is explored each day through hands-on building projects and experiments like solar ovens, hydroponics systems, beehives, and connected further with visits to local farms and industries where campers meet scientists, owners, researchers, and farmers connected to the day's theme. In past years, campers have visited Bayer Bee Care, Sweet Pea Urban Farms, the Well-Fed Community Garden, and toured the horticultural facilities at NCSU among other destinations.... and we have many more exciting destinations for this summer!

Project PLANTS activities

Camp is limited to 24 campers. Snacks are provided, but campers bring their own lunch. Campers will need to provide their own transportation to and from camp, but transportation for field trips throughout the day is included in the registration fee.

Partial and full need-based scholarships are available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please complete the online scholarship application. Scholarship applications will be accepted until the scholarship spaces are filled. (This scholarship application is for Project PLANTS camp scholarships only. For information about scholarships to other camps, please contact the children's program coordinator.)

Rising 7th and 8th graders.
$300 for Arboretum Family Members, $330 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.


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