Get your kids and entire family hooked on plants and nature at one of the many youth and family programs at the North Carolina Botanical Garden! From preschool classes to family workshops to summer camp, our engaging, hands-on programs are designed to connect children with the natural world and cultivate a lifelong love for science-learning.

 

We also offer opportunities for families to explore and play on their own – outdoors in the Children’s Wonder Garden and indoors in the Peacock Discovery Room (temporarily closed).
Designed for ages 5-9

Nature Boxes

Kids need a break from screen time? Ready for some hands-on, outdoor exploring? Try a Nature Box! A Nature Box also makes a great holiday gift! Each box is full of fun, seasonally themed activities, crafts, tools, and experiments that get kids learning outdoors. This winter, dissect an owl pellet, create your own evergreen paintbrush, learn common animal tracks, make a critter snowflake, and more. Supplies and materials included. Quantities limited.
Ages 4-5

Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature

Learning comes naturally during this drop-off series that fosters a sense of wonder for nature and science. Preschoolers explore seasonal themes, including seeds, trees, and insects, through hands-on activities, nature walks, stories, crafts, and group play. Healthy snack provided. The Garden’s experienced early childhood educators lead the program, which is uniquely tailored to meet the learning needs and curiosities of ages 4-5. Program is offered in fall, winter, and spring; each series is 6 sessions.

Family Workshops

Explore nature’s wonders as a family! A variety of weekend workshops – from carnivorous plants to backyard birds – offer an exciting opportunity for you to partner in your child's learning and get outside together.

Camp Flytrap

Does your child love being outdoors and exploring nature? Are you looking for an engaging and enriching summer camp that features hands-on learning, small group sizes, experienced educators, and loads of fun? Camp Flytrap is for you!
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Children's Wonder Garden

Explore and play in this space designed for children of all ages. It's a work in progress, but we invite you to discover the fun features we have completed. You can jump tree stumps . . . build with natural blocks . . . dig in the dirt . . . write a note to the fairies . . . bird watch at the bird blind . . . and much more. Come back often and watch us grow!
A Guide for Boosting Children's Healthy Development and Creativity

Nature Play at Home

We recommend that parents and educators take a look at a new publication by the Natural Learning Initiative (NC State University) — “Nature Play at Home: A Guide for Boosting Children’s Healthy Development and Creativity.” Developed by the National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative, this guide is a tool for creating enticing outdoor play spaces in your backyard, patio, or balcony.