Get Ready for Discovery Camp in 2021

Although Discovery Camp will look and feel a little different this year, we can’t wait to welcome rising 2nd through 7th 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 2021 Is Open!

Register your child for Discovery Camp this year! We are currently planning to offer camps each week from June 7 - July 2 and July 19 - August 13.

Additional details are listed on this webpage as well as in N.C. Arboretum Society membership communications. For more information about the Discovery Camp program, contact Discovery Camp Coordinator Rich Preyer at rpreyer@ncarboretum.org or Education Director Jonathan Marchal at jmarchal@ncarboretum.org

The titles of each camp are the links to the registration page.

2021 Camp Programs - All Camps are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Aquatic Adventures 1 (Rising Grades 2 & 3)  – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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.

     We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Aquatic Adventures 2 (Rising Grades 2 & 3)  – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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.

     We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Wilderness Explorers 1 (Rising Grades 4 & 5) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Wilderness Explorers 2 (Rising Grades 4 & 5) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.
  • Aquatic Adventures 3 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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.

     We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Aquatic Adventures 4 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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.

     We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Wilderness Explorers 3 (Rising Grades 4 & 5) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Wilderness Explorers 4 (Rising Grades 4 & 5) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.
  • Junior Mountaineers 1 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Junior Mountaineers 2 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Walk on the Wild Side 1 (Rising Grades 4 & 5) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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! 

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Walk on the Wild Side 2 (Rising Grades 4 & 5) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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! 

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.
  • Junior Mountaineers 3 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Junior Mountaineers 4 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Walk on the Wild Side 3 (Rising Grades 4 & 5)

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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! 

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Walk on the Wild Side 4 (Rising Grades 4 & 5)

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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! 

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.
  • Eco Detectives 1 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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.

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Eco Detectives 2 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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.

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.
  • Eco Detectives 3 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) 

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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.

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Eco Detectives 4 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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.

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Junior Mountaineers 5 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Outdoor Artists (Rising Grades 6 & 7) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $351; Non-Members: $390

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.
  • Active Adventurers 1 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – FULL

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Active Adventurers 2 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Junior Mountaineers 6 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Wildlife Trek (Rising Grades 6 & 7) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $351; Non-Members: $390

    Join us as we encounter the incredible diversity of wildlife and habitats of the Southern Appalachians, the salamander capital of the world! We’ll go on hikes around the Arboretum grounds and learn how to safely collect, identify, measure and release wildlife for scientific study. Perfect for those interested in learning more about local wildlife! 

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.
  • Active Adventurers 3 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Active Adventurers 4 (Rising Grades 2 & 3) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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!

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Mountain Sports 1 (Rising Grades 4 & 5) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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. 

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

    Mountain Sports 2 (Rising Grades 4 & 5) – Full

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Members: $324; Non-Members: $360

    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. 

    We are incorporating rigorous safety protocols regarding COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals as well as input from families that completed our survey. 

    • All classes will be limited to 8 students and be co-instructed by a minimum of two staff.
    • Masks will be required of all staff and participants when within six feet of someone outside of their household both indoors and outdoors.
    • Rigorous sanitation protocols for equipment will be followed.
    • Children will receive health checks upon arrival.
    • Brief restroom/indoor breaks of less than 15 minutes will occur.

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Keeping Campers Safe:

Discovery Camps will feature a safety-first approach to protect the safety of our campers and staff. As such, group sizes are limited to just 8 campers and two staff. 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 Michelle Pearce, School and Public Programs Coordinator, at 828-665-2492 ext. 624.