Backyard Farm Camp

Full—Waitlist Started

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 and Thursday, June 13, 2019 – 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Tend vegetable beds. Take care of chicks. It's a mini-camp where your camper is an urban farmer!

child with chicken

Spend two days learning how a backyard can be a farm! We are teaming up with Mary Fosnaught, the 4-H and Youth Development Extension Associate in NCSU's Prestage Department of Poultry Science to transform the Yurt Yard into a backyard urban farm.

Campers will become farmers during camp learning how to tend to the veggies growing in the garden as well as meet some feathered friends and others that turn an ordinary backyard into a productive urban farm. This 2-day mini camp will be sure to keep your camper engaged with hands-on activities.

Be sure to join us on Thursday afternoon at pickup for an end of camp Farmer's Market.

child with chicken

Enrollment is limited to 16 campers. Campers bring lunch and snack.

Rising 2nd through 5th graders
$130.00 for Arboretum Family Members, $150.00 for Nonmembers

Member registration begins on January 28, 2019. Public registration begins February 11, 2019. 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 24, 2019. If the withdrawal request is received by May 24, 2019, 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 24, 2019.

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.
Try our frequently asked questions, or contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at or (919) 513-7011.