Garden Critters
Children's Program

Full—Waitlist Started

Monday, June 15, 2020 through Friday, June 19, 2020 – 9:00 am–12:30 pm

Preschool campers spend time in our gardens searching for butterflies, frogs and so many more critters....

pictures of children at camp

What child doesn't love to discover a butterfly, dig for worms, or hold a frog in their hand?

camper looking into pond

Our Garden Critters camp builds on a child's innate curiosity and fascination finding a new critter each day during garden explorations, lessons, games, and crafts. The camp week concludes with smiles, new friends, and a keepsake craft with each day's critter.

Limited to just 14 campers, this half-day, week-long adventure is one of our most popular camps and is a great opportunity to introduce your little garden critter to the Arboretum.

Campers bring a bagged lunch and snack from home.

4 and 5 year olds. Campers must be at least 4 years old by the first day of camp and fully potty-trained.
$145.00 for Arboretum Family/Dual level or above members, $175.00 for Nonmembers

Registration begins on January 27, 2020, for Arboretum members at the Family/Dual level or above.

Public registration begins February 10, 2020.

Registration is completed through our online system, Reporter. A link to registration will appear on each camp Web page once registration opens. Camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. When a camp fills, a waitlist will be started.

Campers are responsible for providing a snack and lunch each day of camp. Registration fees include a camp T-shirt and all program resources and materials required for camp.

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 must be at the Family/Dual level or above to take advantage of the early registration.

Registrations received during the members-only period (January 27, 2020–February 9, 2020) not associated with a current Family/Dual level or above membership will be refunded minus a 15% administrative fee. To make sure your registration is completed, join now!

We work with community organizations to provide scholarships. If you have questions about scholarships, contact Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator at


Participants wishing to withdraw from a camp must provide a written request by May 22, 2020, to Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at If the withdrawal request is received by May 22, 2020, a refund will be processed minus a 15% cancellation fee per child, per camp. No fees will be refunded if registration is canceled after May 22, 2020.

If the Arboretum cancels the camp, a full refund will be made.

Membership donations made in association with a camp registration are not refundable.

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.