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:  $6.00 for children ages 2 to 5.  Younger siblings (under the age of two) and adults are free of charge when accompanied by a paid participant. Siblings older than 5 are not permitted. Pre-register online for a reduced cost of $5.00!  No charge for parking when you pre-register online prior to class!

Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as only 20 spaces per participant are available. To pre-register, CLICK HERE visit our online registration pagePrograms 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 11:00 am.  Participants are welcome to explore the classroom 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