Discovery Camp 2022

Registration Opens Monday, February 14 at 11 a.m.

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 will open on Monday, February 14 at 11 a.m. for Arboretum Society Members and the general public. Options for rising grades K-8 will be included. Camps will be held Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Please check back for live, online registration at that time.

Financial Need-based Camperships Available

This year, up to 20 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. To determine if you qualify for a campership and to apply for a Campership for your child(ren) click the button below. Campership applications will be accepted through February 6th, 2022.

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.

Rising Kindergarteners & 1st Graders

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!

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    Session 1: July 18 – 22

    Session 2: July 25 – 29

    Session 3: August 1 – 5

    Session 4: 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.

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    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.

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    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!

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    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

    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!

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    Session 1: June 27 – July 1

    Session 2: July 11 – 15

    Session 3: July 25 – 29

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • 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 splash and play in different bodies of water, search for rarely found Geocaches, hone our fishing skills, and design and play on our own disc golf course.

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    Session 1: August 1 – 5

    Session 2: August 8 – 12

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

  • Check back soon for details!

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    Session 1: August 1 – 5

    Members:  $315.00

    Non-Members:  $350.00

Rising 6th-8th Graders

  • Check back soon for details!

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    Session 1: July 18 – 22

    Session 2: August 1 – 5

    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!

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    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!

    Register by clicking the dates below:

    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 2021

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 or covering; and frequently washing hands and/or using hand sanitizer.
  • Complete a medical and liability waiver prior to participating.
  • 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.

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