Nature Detectives

Monday, June 28, 2021 through Friday, July 2, 2021 – 9:00 am–3:30 pm

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Who or What Is Wreaking Havoc in Our Gardens?

Our young Nature Detectives learn a variety of green and growing lessons as they trail a "Mixed-up Gardener" who does everything in the garden exactly the wrong way.

Designed by elementary education and horticulture specialists, this active, outdoor curriculum gives campers the satisfaction and confidence that comes from solving problems with their newly acquired knowledge.

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Have a Nature Detective from a previous year? No worries, curriculum is on a three-year rotation to allow campers to attend multiple years without repeating activities!

Campers bring a bagged lunch and snack from home.

Camp registration will open with 10 campers per session and may increase as allowed by University, state and federal gathering limits. Campers will be required to follow NC State University Community Standards.

Other Camps for Rising 1st Through 3rd Graders

Want more time in the garden this summer? Check out these camps for your camper:

Note: This week of Nature Detectives camp will be the same activities as the Nature Detectives camp in July. Please do not enroll your camper in both weeks.

Age
Rising 1st to 3rd graders.
Cost
$310.00 for Arboretum Family/Dual level or above members, $340.00 for Nonmembers
Registration

Registration begins on February 22, 2021, for Arboretum members at the Family/Dual level or above.

Public registration begins March 8, 2021.

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

Full payment for camp will be due on May 7, 2021. You will receive an e-mail notice prior to the payment deadline. No payments will be taken at the time of registration.

Campers are responsible for providing a snack and lunch each day of 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 early registration.

Registrations received during the members-only period (February 22, 2021–March 7, 2021) 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!

Cancellation

Participants wishing to withdraw from a camp must provide a written request by May 21, 2021, to Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at elizabeth_overcash@ncsu.edu. If the withdrawal request is received by May 21, 2021, 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 21, 2021.

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

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

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 will be in the brick circle 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.