Discovery Camp 2022

Registration is OPEN!

Although Discovery Camp will look and feel a little different this year, we can’t wait to welcome rising Kindergarten through 8th grade campers back to the Arboretum this summer, with protocols in place to keep everyone safe and healthy! Kids can spend a week exploring the great outdoors in the beauty of our 434-acre campus, starting in June.

Registration for 2022 Discovery Camp opened on Monday, February 14 at 11 a.m. for Arboretum Society Members and the general public. Options for rising grades K-8 are included. Camps will be held Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Financial Need-based Camperships Now Closed

This year, up to 23 children can receive a Campership that allows children to attend a free week of camp. Qualification for Camperships is based on household size and annual income. Campership applications are now closed. For those who have applied, accepted applicants will be notified of their registration by February 14.

The Arboretum is committed to making Discovery Camps accessible and getting all kids out and in nature, regardless of family income. If you would like to help more children attend camp please click here.


 

Spring Discovery Camps

Registration for Spring Break camps are now closed.

Spring Break: April 11 - 15

  • Join us as we explore all the amazing classic camp adventures waiting for you at the Arboretum. Bring your friends and meet new ones as we hike in search of critters, splash in creeks, and play games outside. Each day will be different and you’ll get to make at least one craft to remember your time here!

    April 11 – 15

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • Join our Nature Ranger team! Learn all about many animals that live in the Southern Appalachian mountains, how to spot them and where they live. Observe salamanders, insects and fish as you explore Bent Creek. Scout for tracks and other wildlife signs as you explore the homes of lizards, birds and mammals. Special wildlife mysteries will put you to the test as you examine evidence left behind by creatures of the forest. You never know what animals we may encounter!

    April 11 – 15

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

 

Summer Discovery Camps

Rising Kindergarteners & 1st Graders

  • Embark on an outdoor adventure every day as a little mountaineer. Learn how to get ready for a hike, discover how to read trail maps, and explore the trails and woodlands of the Arboretum on age-appropriate excursions. Don’t miss out on this week of fun in the great outdoors!

    Sorry, these camps are now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1:  June 6 – 10

    Session 2: June 6 – 10

    Session 3: August 8 – 12

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • Creeks and ponds and puddles, oh my! Come along as we visit the many aquatic habitats found in our forests and along our trails. We’ll use nets and magnifying lenses in search of fish, salamanders, dragonflies and other animals. There’s no telling what sort of water critters we’ll encounter! Water games and crafts will serve as a great way to cool off this summer!

    Sorry, these camps are now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1:  July 11 – 15

    Session 2: July 18 – 22

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

Rising 2nd & 3rd Graders

  • Get “unplugged” and have fun outside this summer with a different outdoor, active adventure every day! Spend your days hiking the Arboretum trails, exploring the creeks, and playing outdoor games. Make friends, have fun, and challenge yourself as we explore the trails and woodlands of the Arboretum. We’ll even hunt for treasures using a GPS device. Don’t miss out on this week of fun and adventure in the great outdoors!

    Sorry, these camps are now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1: July 18 – 22

    Session 2: July 25 – 29

    Session 3: August 1 – 5

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • Discover the diversity of aquatic life in our natural environment. Explore aquatic wonders on creek walks, pond investigations, a salamander safari, and a trip to Lake Powhatan. Learn to use kick nets and dip nets to capture and observe a variety of life; and most importantly, learn how to protect our amazing aquatic habitats.

    Sorry, these camps are now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1: June 20 – 24

    Session 2: June 20 – 24

    Session 3: June 27 – July 1

    Session 4: June 27 – July 1

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • Animals are everywhere at the Arboretum, but seldom seen. Learn how to spot the many critters that live in the mountains and discover how to identify them. Through interactive games and hikes, we will further grasp the importance of these animals to their habitats. We’ll look for tracks and other wildlife signs as we explore the homes of lizards, birds, and mammals that inhabit our ecosystem.

    Sorry, these camps are now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1: June 6 – 10

    Session 2: June 6 – 10

    Session 3: June 13 – 17

    Session 4: June 13 – 17

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • This camp offers all sorts of outdoor skills, games and activities, like making shelters out of found materials, fire building, and learning how to use a map while on a hike. Create nature themed crafts, splash in a creek, and play outdoor games. Get ready for a week of outdoor fun!

    Sorry, these camps are now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1:  July 18 – 22

    Session 2: July 25 – 29

    Session 3: August 8 – 12

    Session 4: August 8 – 12

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

Rising 4th & 5th Graders

  • Become a true Wilderness Explorer by learning essential outdoor skills such as Leave No Trace principles and survival skills, and find the best places to practice them! You’ll experience heightened senses during awareness games that will help you master the art of observation. Put your new skills to the test with treks that go beyond the normal trails and out into the less visited places within the Arboretum’s 434 acres. Who knows what wildlife we will encounter!

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    Session 1: June 13 – 17

    Session 2: June 13 – 17

    Session 3: June 20 – 24 : Sorry, this camp is now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 4: June 20 – 24

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • We’ll follow our curiosities as we learn about plants and animals. Through exciting games, hands-on activities and off trail adventures, we’ll use all our senses, deepen our natural awareness and build outdoor skills. Join us as we walk on the wild side of the Arboretum!

    Sorry, these camps are now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1: June 27 – July 1

    Session 2: July 11 – 15

    Session 3: July 25 – 29

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • **Please only sign up for this camp if you have a working bike that can go on gravel trails**

    Get out and get active for this fun-filled week of outdoor adventure! Bring your hiking shoes as we’ll hit many of the Arboretum’s trails and beyond. We’ll search for rarely found Geocaches, hone our fishing skills at Lake Powhatan, creek-hike through parts of Bent Creek that have never been explored by campers before, design and play on your own disc golf course, and breeze through the Arboretum’s gravel trails on your bike.

    We do not have any bikes available for campers, so please only sign up for this camp if your camper has a working bicycle that can traverse gravel trails.

    Sorry, these camps are now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1: August 1 – 5

    Session 2: August 8 – 12

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • Many artists have found inspiration in nature, and through journaling, sketching, and painting, you’ll have a chance to commune with a multitude of animals and plants in the national forest. Take a hike on a trail to sketch a mountain vista and observe live animals to inspire the artist within you. Get in touch with your creative side as you paint and draw from nature, using the rippling streams and majestic mountains of the Arboretum as your muse. Make an original masterpiece every day!

    Sorry, this camp is now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1: August 1 – 5

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

Rising 6th-8th Graders

  • Get ready to experience all of the fun, adventure, and skill-building found in video games outdoors! ecoQUEST camp weaves outdoor activities with video game elements like strategy, puzzles, balancing risk and rewards, quests, teamwork, storytelling, crafting, and survival skills. Participants will use the skills they have practiced in video games to solve puzzles and express themselves, while encountering helpful guides along the way!

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    Session 1: July 18 – 22

    Session 2: August 1 – 5 : Sorry, this camp is now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Members:  $355.50

    Non-Members:  $395.00

  • Many artists have found inspiration in nature, whether from the shape of a delicate flower, the rushing waters of a mountain stream, or the vivid colors of a songbird. Discover the many trails and secret spots of the Arboretum that will ignite the inner artist in you. Using natural materials and/or art supplies, this camp will offer open space and time to hone your unique artistic voice and create original works of art you might not have known you were capable of creating!

    Sorry, this camp is now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1: July 25 – 29

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • Lights! Camera! Action! Have you ever dreamed of making your own nature inspired films? Well this camp is for you! Campers will use the Arboretum as a film set and work collaboratively to write, film, direct, act, and edit an original movie. And of course, the week will also include classic camp activities such as games, fort building, and a creek investigation. Come discover your inner filmmaker! No prior experience or equipment required!

    Sorry, this camp is now SOLD OUT! Please join our Wait List HERE!

    Session 1: June 27 – July 1

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

Keeping Campers Safe:

Discovery Camp  features a safety-first approach to protect the safety of our campers and staff. As such, group sizes are limited to just 12 campers accompanied by a minimum of two staff at all times. In addition, sanitation of program equipment and materials will be maintained and instruction will take place exclusively outdoors. The program will follow current guidelines regarding items such as health screenings, face coverings and social distancing. Our policies, procedures and schedule are subject to change depending upon guidance from local, state and/or federal agencies.

Medical and Legal Liability Form – Spring Break 2022

Medical and Legal Liability Form – Summer 2022

What we require of participants:

In order to participate in Discovery Camp at the Arboretum, families must commit to the following procedures to ensure a safe experience for your group, our visitors and our staff:

  • Be responsible and abide by all policies and procedures the Arboretum deems necessary including, but not limited to, such practices as: maintaining six feet of distance from Arboretum staff and participants outside one’s own household/family/group unit; wearing a protective face mask; and frequently washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer.
  • Please review our Safety Guidelines.
  • Complete a medical and liability waiver prior to participating.
  • Maintain an understanding that Arboretum policies and procedures may change related to schedule and that refusal to follow Arboretum policies and procedures may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

Youth Education’s policy regarding mask use is based upon the current Buncombe County Community COVID-19 Level, according to the CDC. This is effective beginning Friday, March 11, 2022. Note that we are presently within the Yellow category.

Green: Low

CDC Guidance: Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines; Get tested if you have symptoms

TNCA Youth Education: Masks are optional for staff and participants indoors and outdoors.

Yellow: Medium

CDC Guidance: If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions; Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines; Get tested if you have symptoms

TNCA Youth Education: Masks are optional for staff and participants outdoors, but required indoors.

High: Red

CDC Guidance: Wear a mask indoors in public; Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines; Get tested if you have symptoms; Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

TNCA Youth Education: Masks are required for staff and participants outdoors and indoors.


 

For more information about the Discovery Camp program, contact Rich Preyer, Discovery Camp Director, at rpreyer@ncarboretum.org or 828-665-2492.