Garden Explorers

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Monday, July 10, 2023 through Friday, July 14, 2023 – 9:00 am–3:30 pm

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Send a week exploring the tastes, science and fun of the garden!

This camp is a sampler of the best parts of all our camps. There is time to slow down and observe what's happening in the garden and learn how to make observations. Campers also transform into garden scientists and report their observations for citizen science projects.

pictures of campers in the garden

The garden also provides a chance for campers to dig in the dirt, taking care of the "Yurt Yard" vegetable garden and enjoying the tasty rewards of their labor. Before the week is over, campers will dabble in the arts, science, and fun that the garden has to offer.

campers working on a project

Campers bring a bagged lunch and snack from home. Camp size is 15 campers.

Other Camps for Rising 4th Through 6th Graders

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

Rising 4th to 6th graders.
$330.00 per camper.

Registration begins on January 30, 2023, for Arboretum members at the Family/Dual level or above.

Public registration begins February 13, 2023.

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 camp registration 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 30, 2023–February 12, 2023) 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 19, 2023, to Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at If the withdrawal request is received by May 19, 2023, 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 19, 2023.

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, NC 27606.
Need directions? Click here.
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.