Cultivating Science Camp
Children's Program

Monday, June 24, 2019 through Friday, June 28, 2019 – 8:30 am–4:00 pm

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Dive into a Week of "Ag-ventures" Exploring the Natural World

students looking at bee hive

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. This highly interactive camp aims 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 four 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.

Age
Rising 7th and 8th graders.
Cost
$300.00 for Arboretum Family Members, $330.00 for Nonmembers
Registration

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 a camp t-shirt and all program resources and materials required for camp. Campers are responsible for providing 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 elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu.

Cancellation

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.

Location
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Directions
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Parking
Camp drop off and pick up is at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center.
Questions
Try our frequently asked questions, or contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu or (919) 513-7011.