Schools and youth groups of 10 youth or more wishing to explore the Arboretum on their own may pre-register at a fee of $2.00 per person. School employees who accompany the group are not charged. The parking fee is waived for groups provided registration occurs a minimum of 10 days in advance.
To schedule a visit contact Michelle Pearce, Youth Education Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-665-2492 ext. 224.
Groups must arrive at a predetermined time and will be met by a guide, who will provide suggestions for activities and provide a lunch location if needed.
June through August
- Self-led groups are permitted Monday through Friday
September through May
- Self-led groups only are permitted Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays only
Self-guided groups are encouraged to:
- Visit the traveling exhibit at the Baker Exhibit Center
- Learn how to help scientists study wildlife in the EcoLab
- Borrow a Discovery Day Pack to aid in exploring the gardens and trails
- Seek the Arboretum’s geocaches with personal equipment or borrow a geocaching packet
- Have a picnic lunch in an approved location with access to recycling and composting stations