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We offer many learning opportunities for adults and children, including home gardening workshops, nature walks, free Lunchbox Talks, and summer camps, just to name a few. We also offer certificate programs in Native Plant Studies, Botanical Art & Illustration, and Therapeutic Horticulture. Offerings range from one-hour lectures, to short classes, to longer, multi-day courses and certificate programs. We have something for everyone!

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Adult Programs

We offer many learning opportunities for adults, including home gardening workshops, botanical art classes, nature walks, and free Lunchbox Talks, just to name a few! We also offer certificate programs in Native Plant Studies, Botanical Art & Illustration, and Therapeutic Horticulture.
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Youth & Family Programs

The Botanical Garden is a wonderful place for families and children. From storytime and explorations for pre-schoolers to after-school nature clubs, there is plenty to do.
Field trips are fun!

School Field Trips

The North Carolina Botanical Garden offers a variety of hands-on, age-appropriate field trip programs for school groups. Guided programs are designed to connect students to plants and natural science through positive outdoor learning experiences.

Education News

Intro to Therapeutic Horticulture begins in August

Starting in mid-August, we will offer a six-week, online Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture class in partnership with NC State Extension Gardener. The Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture course is the first in an intended series of online courses that teach the theory, practice, and profession of therapeutic horticulture. Students will gain an overview of historical uses…

Upcoming Wildflower Excursions

We are excited to announce an expanding partnership with the Friends of Plant Conservation (FoPC). Through education, resource development, and advocacy, FoPC supports the NC Plants Conservation Program to preserve rare plants in unique habitats throughout North Carolina. This expanding partnership has made possible several Excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some our state’s rarest…

Sims Lecture: 50 Years of Wildflower Conservation

Join us for our annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture, as Julie Moore, botanist and endangered species biologist, takes us on a virtual journey through the past 50 years of wildflower conservation in North Carolina. She will share her firsthand experience with the Garden’s early role, and how the Garden and numerous other organizations…

"It was an excellent program overall and beautiful way for children to get acquainted or reacquainted with nature"

Nature Explorers Summer Camp

Does your child love being outside and exploring nature? Are you looking for an exciting and enriching summer camp that features discovery-based learning, small group sizes (camper to staff ratio of 4:1), experienced educators, and loads of fun? Nature Explorers Summer Camp is for you!

Group Tours

Experience the beauty of our unique native plant gardens and learn what makes the NCBG one of the premier conservation gardens in the U.S. by scheduling a private guided tour for your adult or senior group.