Garden Chefs

Full—Waitlist Started

Monday, August 5, 2019 through Friday, August 9, 2019 – 9:00 am–3:30 pm

Spark Healthy Habits That Can Last a Life Time

campers cooking

Young Chefs go from garden to table in this week-long, hands-on gardening/cooking class. Campers prepare morning smoothies from a diverse list of ingredients, learn about growing fresh fruits and veggies at home, participate in daily taste tests, and prepare recipes from scratch.

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Basic cooking and gardening skills are covered. Campers are closely supervised as they practice kitchen techniques like slicing, chopping, and using kitchen gadgets.

Enrollment is limited to 12 campers. Campers are provided with daily morning smoothie, five senses tasting snack, and Friday lunch. Campers will need to bring a bagged lunch, Monday through Thursday.

Other Camps for rising 4th through 6th graders
Want more time in the garden this summer? We have other summer camps for rising 4th through 6th graders. Check out these camps for your camper:

Rising 4th to 6th graders.
$280.00 for Arboretum Family Members, $310.00 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 a camp t-shirt and all program resources and materials required for camp. Campers are responsible for providing lunch Monday through Thursday. Lunch is provided for campers on Friday.

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.
Need directions? Click here.
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.