Lunch and Lit in the Garden, Grades 5-8


Thursdays, September 15 through November 3, 2022 – 12:00 pm–2:00 pm

Register Register

Who doesn't love a great story? Bring lunch and listen to a timely tale told by a tree named Red Oak, who's "two hundred and sixteen rings old!"

Students reading by tree

Through this touching book, Wishtree by Katherine Applegate, the author explores the meaning of community while deftly focusing on the birds and animals who find shelter in the tree year-round. Each week we will explore the garden and complete a variety of hands-on nature activities inspired by the day's reading. Includes a little literary analysis, a bit of nature study, some artistic endeavors, science and more!

Suggested for students in 5th through 8th grades.
$175.00 per student for the 8 week series.
Advance registration is required and available through our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 12 participants and is considered complete when payment is received.
Program cancellations can be made up to one week before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
Need directions? Click here.
Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please contact Joy Burns, school program coordinator, at for more information about this program.