Nature Detectives

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Monday, August 1, 2022 through Friday, August 5, 2022 – 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 be limited to 15 campers. Campers will be required to follow NC State University Community Standards.

Early Camp Drop-off

Early Camp Drop-off from 8:00 am to 9:00 am will be offered for an additional fee of $50.00. The minimum enrollment needed to offer this extended time is 4 campers. To enroll, add Early Camp Drop-off to your camp registration in the cart when registering for camp in the Reporter registration system.

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 June. Please do not enroll your camper in both weeks.

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

Registration begins on January 31, 2022, for Arboretum members at the Family/Dual level or above.

Public registration begins February 14, 2022.

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 at the time of registration.

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 (January 31, 2022–February 14, 2022) 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 20, 2022, to Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at If the withdrawal request is received by May 20, 2022, 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 20, 2022.

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.