Garden Chefs

Monday, August 2, 2021 through Friday, August 6, 2021 – 9:00 am–3:30 pm

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Spark Healthy Habits That Can Last a Life Time!

Young Chefs go from garden to table in this week-long, hands-on gardening and cooking class. Campers learn about growing fresh 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.

Campers bring a bagged lunch and snack from home.

Camp registration will open with ten 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.

Note: Both weeks of Garden Chefs camp will use the same activities and recipes. Please do not sign your camper up for both weeks since activities will be repeated.

Rising 4th to 6th graders.
$330.00 for Arboretum Family/Dual level or above members, $360.00 for Nonmembers

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!


Participants wishing to withdraw from a camp must provide a written request by May 21, 2021, to Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at 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.

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.