Registration Dates

 

Tuesday, Feb 1; 12:00 noon: Early registration for Household Level & above Members

*An early access code with registration instructions will be sent to the email address on file with your membership by 5:00 p.m. the day before registration opens, or Jan 31.

  • You must be an active Household, Sustainer, or Director’s Circle member by Jan 27 in order to take advantage of early registration. Become a member or renew your membership today!
  • To confirm your membership status, contact Allison Essen, Membership Coordinator & Donor Stewardship, 919-962-0642.
  • To verify the email we have on file for you to ensure that you receive the early registration access code, contact Allison Essen, Membership Coordinator & Donor Stewardship, 919-962-0642.
  • A Household, Sustainer, or Director’s Circle membership does not guarantee a spot in camp. Camps fill quickly! Register as soon as possible for the best chance to get a spot. If the camp you want is full, we encourage you to join the waitlist.
  • If you have not received your access code by 5 p.m. on Jan 31, please check your spam filter. If not there, please contact David Michaud at 919-962-4882. Access code requests must be submitted no later than 10:00 a.m. on Feb 1 to ensure that we can get back to you before registration begins.
  • Registration will temporarily close at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Feb 3 and reopen at 12:00 noon to the public.

 

Thursday, Feb 3; 12:00 noon: Registration opens to the public

 


Camp Flytrap Overview

 

Join us for a week of hands-on outdoor discovery and natural science learning on our beautiful campus — featuring native plant gardens, woodland trails, ponds, stream, and LEED-certified Education Center. Kids will explore the wonders of North Carolina plants, wildlife, and habitats through nature hikes, games, stories, arts/crafts, and more. Camps feature small group sizes (camper to staff ratio of 4:1), experienced environmental educators and naturalists, and loads of fun!Our unique program is designed to:

  • connect children to nature through direct experiences,
  • foster respect and appreciation for the environment,
  • cultivate a love for science-learning, and
  • promote conservation ethics.

All camps offer a balance of indoor learning and outdoor field experiences designed and taught by staff educators, certified in CPR/First Aid, and supported by trained volunteer teen Counselors-in-Training (CIT).

 


COVID-19 Precautions

(updated 5/5/2012)

 

The health and safety of our campers, staff, and volunteers is our highest priority. Camp will follow UNC-Chapel Hill and CDC guidelines and implement the following safety measures.

  • Increased cleaning protocols
  • Leaving classroom windows and doors open to promote air flow
  • Spending as much time outdoors (of course, that’s what we do anyway!), including eating snack and lunch outside

 

Mask Policy

In line with updated UNC System guidance, and based on Orange County Health Department, CDC, and NC DHHS policies, masks for visitors and program participants are now optional at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Click here for more information. We encourage campers and camp staff to wear a mask, and respect the decision each visitor and program participant makes that best suits their comfort level and concerns about risk.

 

Guardians will receive ongoing communication about COVID-19 health and safety protocols before and during camp. Questions? Email Elisha Taylor or call 919-537-3770.

All camps are subject to change or cancellation. If the Garden cancels a camp, registrants will receive a full refund. Membership fees are non-refundable.

4-5 year-olds

SENSING NATURE

June 6-10; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

June 13-17; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

June 20-24; 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the herb garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play.

Fee: $170 ($153 Members)

6-7 year-olds

THINGS WITH WINGS

July 25-29; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Aug 1-5; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Aug 8-12; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*Aftercare available (3:00 - 5:00 p.m.)

Learn about native bats, birds, bugs, and even seeds that fly as we search the gardens, forest, and ponds for nature's winged wonders. Campers will investigate the lives and habitats of our high-flying neighbors and enjoy hikes, games, stories, and crafts.

Fee: $340 ($306 members)

8-10 year-olds

JUNIOR NATURALISTS

June 27-July 1; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

July 11-15; 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*Aftercare available (3:00 - 5:00 p.m.)

Whether your child is interested in plants, bugs, or birds, this is the camp for kids who love nature! Campers will hone their naturalist skills and develop an understanding of ecology while exploring the Garden’s woodlands and wetlands. Guest naturalists, art projects, and field trips will enrich our nature study and fun!

Fee: $340 ($306 Members)

Camp Scholarships

OVERVIEW: The Garden offers a limited number of partial camp scholarships. Scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis based on need and availability. In order to assist as many families as possible, we can offer only one (1) week of camp per recipient. Child must be able to attend all 5 days of camp in order to receive a scholarship. No exceptions. Submission of this application does not guarantee a scholarship.

*NOTE: Applicants do not need to register for camp before submitting the scholarship application.

HOW TO APPLY: Please complete the application in the link below. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on March 4, 2022. All scholarship applicants will be notified by email on or before March 7. Award recipients will have 48 hours to confirm acceptance and pay their camp fee balance in full. If you have questions, please contact Elisha Taylor at taylores@email.unc.edu or 919-537-3770.

Camp Registration + Policies 

 

  • Registration is exclusively online and first-come, first-served through our registration system Learning Stream.
  • Early registration with 10% discount opens for Household, Sustainer + Director’s Circle Members on Feb 1 at 12:00 noon. Public registration opens on Feb 3 at 12:00 noon.
  • You must become a Household, Sustainer, or Director’s Circle member by Jan 27, 2022 in order to be eligible for early registration. There is no opportunity to become a member or renew membership during registration.
  • Household, Sustainer + Director’s Circle membership does not guarantee a spot in camp.
  • If you register as a member but do not have current qualifying membership, your registration is subject to cancellation and your fees refunded, minus a 20% administrative fee. Membership status is subject to verification.
  • Full payment is due at the time of registration.
  • Your child can participate only in those camps designed for the ages listed for each session. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Your child can participate in a camp of the same name only once during the summer. For example, a camper can only attend one session of “Things with Wings”.
  • Aftercare is open to all campers enrolled in full-day camps: Things with Wings + Junior Naturalists. The fee is $35 per week. Aftercare includes free play in the classroom (e.g. games, books, art) and outdoors in the children’s garden, as well as an afternoon snack (brought from home). There will be an option to add aftercare during registration.
  • You can register more than one child during the registration process. NOTE: You must add your child(ren) to your account in order to ensure that you register your child(ren) and not yourself.)
  • No pro-rated daily rates.
  • No refunds for missed days of camp.
  • Look for a confirmation email after you complete registration. If you do not receive this email within 30 minutes, please check your spam filter.
  • You will receive a Camp Welcome Packet via email one month before your camp’s start date that includes important information about what to bring, what to expect, learning themes, health and safety protocols, and camp release forms. Camp forms will be due two weeks before your camp start date. NOTE: If you do not receive the Camp Welcome Packet one month before your camp start date, please check your spam folder. Otherwise, please contact Elisha Taylor at taylores@email.unc.edu or 919-537-3770.

 

PRO-TIPS:

  • Don’t wait to register! Space is limited and camps sell out fast. Your best bet is to register at 12noon.
  • Get your registration login/password ready before registration opens! Don’t have an account yet? Click “Create Account” in the top right corner HERE. Forgot your login/password? Click “Login” in the top right corner HERE and select “Forgot Your Login ID and/or Password?”.
  • Add your child(ren) to your account: You must add your child as a registrant to your account. After logging in, select the “Add Another Person to Your Account” button. You can add more than one child to your account. During registration, select your child as the registrant. *NOTE: If you skip this step, you will register yourself as an adult for camp!

 

WAIT LIST

If the camp you have selected is full, we encourage you to join the wait list during online registration. You will be notified by email if a spot comes available and 48 hours to accept or decline. Full payment is due upon acceptance.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • If you cancel before April 14, 2022, you are eligible for a refund of the camp fee minus a $50 processing charge per camp session.
  • If you cancel after April 14, 2022, but before May 13, 2022, you will receive a 50% refund for fees paid for that camp minus a $50 processing charge per camp session.
  • If you cancel on or after May 13, 2022, you are not eligible for any refund. If we are alerted as soon as possible of a child’s illness or family emergency before camp begins, we will do our best to provide a refund, minus the $50 processing fee.
  • If the Garden cancels a camp, you will receive a full refund of fees paid for that camp. The Garden reserves the right to cancel a camp if enrollment is low or due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Membership fees are non-refundable.
  • To cancel your registration, select the cancellation link found in your original registration confirmation email, or submit your cancellation request by email to David Michaud.

Questions

For questions about registration, email David Michaud or call 919-962-4882.

For all other questions about camp, email Elisha Taylor or call 919-537-3770.

Teen Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) volunteer program is open to all students in rising grades 9-12 who have an interest in and enthusiasm for working with children in an outdoor setting and gaining experience in environmental education. CITs volunteer under the supervision of camp staff to assist with week-long nature camps for children ages 4-10. Responsibilities include engaging and overseeing children during camp activities, e.g. outdoor explorations, games, crafts, puppets shows; set-up and cleanup, snack and lunch; and after care. Service-learning hours granted. This is not a paid position.

TIME COMMITMENT: Minimum of 2 weeks; 20-40 hours per week, depending on session

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Must be student in rising grades 9-12
  • Enthusiasm for and experience working with children, especially ages 4-10
  • Self-motivated, responsible, flexible, team player, positive attitude (sense of humor a plus!)
  • Interest in science and nature
  • Willingness to work outdoors in summer
  • Must be able to attend mandatory camp training in late May/early June

NOTE: CITs must be fully vaccinated against COVID and adhere to camp safety protocols, which may include but are not limited to daily health screening, wearing a mask, and physical distancing.

HOW TO APPLY: Please complete the application in the link below. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2022. Finalists will be contacted by email to schedule interviews in April. Questions? Email Elisha Taylor or 919-537-3770.

Testimonials

“This is my son’s hands-down favorite summer experience. The educators are great and he loves the activities.”

“It was just lovely. I’ve already raved to anyone who would listen about the great time my child had. We’ll definitely be back next year!”

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