Nature Explorers Summer Camp

Registration for 2015 camp begins Monday, February 9 at 9:00 am. Registration is exclusively online! A camp brochure and more information will be posted mid-January. In the meantime, you are welcome to browse through materials from our 2014 camps found below.

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Words cannot express how wonderful this experience was for my child. Thank you! —Camp parent

It was an excellent program overall and a beautiful way for children to get acquainted or reacquainted with nature. —Camp parent

Camp Overview

Nature Explorers Summer Camps offer children ages 4 - 12 an exciting opportunity to explore North Carolina's ecology and natural history on 10+ acres of native gardens, forest, and wetlands at UNC's North Carolina Botanical Garden (NCBG) in Chapel Hill. Our unique camps are designed to foster respect and appreciation for the environment and to inspire a sense of wonder through direct experiences with the natural world. Weeklong sessions include hands-on activities, animal and plant encounters, nature hikes, outdoor games, puppet shows, stories, and craft projects. Our green Education Center classrooms provide beautiful, spacious indoor areas for learning and rest during the camp day, but the great outdoors will be our place for play and discovery.

We’ve planned 7 camp sessions for young nature explorers this year that feature small group sizes (camper-to-staff ratio of 5:1), engaging science learning, and loads of fun. All sessions are taught by experienced environmental educators and supported by trained high school volunteer Counselors-in-Training (CIT). Camp counselors are certified in CPR/First Aid. Register early as space is limited!

2014 Camps

View the CAMP BROCHURE for camp descriptions, registration instructions, and policies.


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1. Choose your camp: Use the camp descriptions in this brochure to choose the camp that matches your child's age level and your schedule.

2. Register Online:

  • Access the online registration system via the yellow Register Now button here.
  • Select the camp session from the calendar
  • Create a login and password (if you don't have one already). Please be sure to add your child as an additional registrant under your account when registering
  • Follow the prompts to register and pay.

3. Submit Required Forms: You will receive an email confirmation after completing the online registration process. Print the attached set of required release forms, fill out, and submit to NCBG immediately. We reserve the right to cancel your registration if these forms are not submitted by the due date, May 1, 2014. Your child cannot attend camp unless we receive these forms.

Required Release Forms

Please note: THIS IS NOT A REGISTRATION FORM. Do not submit Release Forms until AFTER you have received a registration confirmation e-mail.
Camp Release Forms 2014

You may fax completed forms to 919-962-3531 OR scan and email to Elisha Taylor ( OR hand-deliver to the reception desk in the Education Center during regular business hours OR mail to:

ATTN: Elisha Taylor, Camp Director
North Carolina Botanical Garden
UNC-CH, Campus Box 3357
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


The Garden offers limited need-based scholarships to those who could not otherwise participate in camp. To apply for a scholarship, please complete and submit the 2014 Camp Scholarship Application. Applications must be received by April 1. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 8. Please contact Elisha Taylor ( with questions.

Donate to the NATURE EXPLORERS SCHOLARSHIP FUND! Please help give all children the opportunity to experience summer camp and the wonders of nature! Donate online now: (select "Nature Explorers Scholarships for Children (525267)" in the select-a-fund drop-down box).

Teen Counselors-in-Training (CIT)

The North Carolina Botanical Garden welcomes teen volunteers to serve as assistants to camp counselors during Nature Explorers Summer Camp. CITs help with set-up and clean-up; preparing crafts and projects; and engaging children during nature hikes, games, crafts, and hands-on activities. CITs participate in a required orientation and training in early June. Applicants must be rising 9 - 12 graders (or 15 years of age) and be able to assist with at least 2 weeks of camp. Being a CIT is a great opportunity to fulfill high school service-learning hour requirements and gain experience in environmental education!

To apply, please complete and submit the 2014 CIT Application by April 15 (extended deadline!). High school students should complete the application and make any inquiries personally to the Camp Director, not parents! The Camp Director will review applications and interview finalists in April. Please contact Elisha Taylor with questions.

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Updated on December 16, 2014 at 10:01:22 am.

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