Academic field trip programs blend the benefits of outdoor education and inquiry-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education while meeting North Carolina Essential Standards.

Time spent with Arboretum educators is time on task. Lessons incorporate curriculum goals and integrate hands-on field experiences within the 434 acre campus. All programs serve as an excellent means to introduce and reinforce topics in a dynamic and enriching way.

The Arboretum’s popular guided field trip programs are offered Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The schedule opens in late August for field trips in September through May. Scheduling several months in advance is highly recommended. Reference the table below to select a program or programs that best fit the curriculum and group needs. To schedule a field trip contact Michelle Pearce, Youth Education Coordinator, at or 828-665-2492 ext. 624.

Looking for a program for a group of preschool aged children? Ask about our Saplings Pre-K Programs, each with a different monthly nature discovery theme.

Home-school families can register for our Tree House Series. Each themed month offers a grades K-5 and a grades 6-8 program option. Programs require pre-registration. Click here to register.


Program Title

Grade Level

K 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Amazing Arthropods X X X X
Branching Out in Botany X
Budding Botanists X
Down and Dirty with Soil X
Habitats & Ecosystems X X
Exploring Ecology X X
Freshwater Ecology X
Geocaching &Team Building X X X
Meteorological Methods X
Terrific Trees X
Tree Math X X X
Wet and Wild X
Wildlife Adventures X X X
Wonders of Weather  X
 EXHIBIT: Wicked Plants  X  X