Garden Critters

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Preschool, Half-Day Camp

Monday, June 10, 2024 through Friday, June 14, 2024 – 9:00 am–12:30 pm

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Young campers roam our gardens in search of ladybugs, grasshoppers and more....

pictures of children at camp

What child doesn't love to hold a ladybug, play hide and seek with lizards or jump like a grasshopper?

Our Garden Critters camp builds on a child's innate curiosity and fascination finding a new critter each day during garden explorations, lessons, games and crafts. The camp week concludes with smiles, new friends and a keepsake craft with each day's critter.

camper looking into pond

This half-day, week-long adventure is one of our most popular camps and is a great opportunity to introduce your little garden critter to the Arboretum.

Campers bring a bagged lunch and snack from home. Camp size is 14 campers.

Note: This week of Garden Critters camp will be the same activities as the Garden Critters camp in July. Campers should not be registered for both weeks of camp since activities will be repeated.

4 and 5 year olds. Campers must be at least 4 years old by the first day of camp and fully potty-trained.
$200.00 per camper.

Registration begins at 12:30 pm on January 29, 2024, for Arboretum members at the Family/Dual level or above.

Public registration begins February 5, 2024.

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 29, 2024–February 4, 2024) 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 24, 2024, to Elizabeth Overcash, at If the withdrawal request is received by May 24, 2024, 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 24, 2024.

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.
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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, at or (919) 513-7011.