Cultivating Science
Children's Program

Full—Waitlist Started

Monday, July 13, 2020 through Friday, July 17, 2020 – 8:30 am–4:00 pm

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.

Cultivating Science camp is based on a proven model of garden work, field trips, connections, and learning developed through a partnership with 4-H, NCSU Department of Horticultural Sciences, and the JC Raulston Arboretum.

In the morning, campers help care for the gardens around the Education Yurt at the Arboretum. Campers claim a plot and tend to it during the week ending with sharing their harvest through yummy recipe creations.

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 22 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.

Rising 7th and 8th graders.
$310.00 for Arboretum Family/Dual level or above members, $340.00 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.
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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.