Wee Naturalist

A Hands-on, Outdoor Learning Experience for Pre-Kindergarten

Join us for a wee-adventure at the Arboretum!  Every lesson includes age-appropriate activities for ages 2 to 5 such as nature walks, garden exploration, stories, crafts and visits from our classroom animals.

Cost:  $7.00 for one child age 2-5; $3.00 for each additional child aged 2-5 in your family. Use Coupon Code WN2KIDS for two paying children, or WN3KIDS for three paying children.  
Younger siblings (under 2 years old) and adults are free of charge when accompanied by a paid participant.  Check availability for drop-in spaces.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as only 20 spaces per program are available. To pre-register, CLICK HERE visit our online registration page. The registration page does not function on the Safari web browser. 

Programs begin in the EcoLab at the ground floor of the Education Center on Mondays and Tuesdays. 

Participants are welcome to come as early as 9:30 am to explore the classroom and engage in self-led activities.  The formal program begins at 10:00 am and runs until 11:30 am.  


A parent or guardian is required to attend the full duration of the program.   All participants should be dressed for an outdoor program.  For more information contact Michelle Pearce, Youth Education Coordinator at mpearce@ncarboretum.org or (828) 665-2492 ext. 224.



For a schedule of Wee Naturalist Programs visit our online registration page