Garden Discovery

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Rising 2nd through 5th Graders

Monday, August 12, 2024 through Friday, August 16, 2024 – 9:00 am–3:30 pm

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Our gardens and the campers' curiosity create a week-long experience!

camper touching a flower

Each day, the gardens reveal something new to discover. After they are introduced to the day's topic, campers help shape the day by choosing how they want to explore the day's theme. By allowing the campers' interests to drive the activities, this camp will allow campers to slow down and really spend time enjoying what they love best — the plants, critters, and time in the gardens.

collage of campers in the gardens

Each day starts with the topic of the day. Campers share what they know, what they wonder, and what they want to learn about the day's theme. Jumping from there, campers might spend the day exploring the garden, researching to learn more or creating art projects to express what they have discovered.

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

Other Camps for Rising 2nd Through 5th Graders

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

Rising 2nd through 5th graders.
$330.00 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.