A Natural Artist (July 8-12)
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, make art with materials you find in the woods, pattern a t-shirt, and even work with clay. Make an original masterpiece every day!
Price: $255; Camp times: 9 am – 4 pm
Girls in Science (July 15-19)
In this camp we’ll break away from the idea of lab coats and beakers to get outside for hands-on exploration. The group will take field trips to local research centers and get to participate in field studies in and around the Arboretum. Girls will have a chance to investigate some of the many sciences of western North Carolina and meet female professionals in these different areas.
Price: $270; Camp times: 9 am – 4 pm
Wilderness Explorers (July 29-August 2) – FULL
Sign up for Wilderness Explorers to learn essential outdoor skills such as, Leave No Trace principles, backcountry navigation, and backcountry camping! Purify water, cook outdoors, make a shelter, and learn to read maps and use a compass to accomplish an orienteering course. You’ll experience heightened senses during awareness games that will help you master the art of observation. At the end of the week, your skills will be put to the test in an overnight camping trip in the beautiful forest at the Arboretum.
Price: $270; Camp times: 9 am – 4 pm and one overnight
Mountain Sports Camp (August 12-16) – FULL
Get out and get active for this fun-filled week of outdoor adventure! Head to Dupont State Forest for fishing and swimming, spend the day tubing down the French Broad River, and try your hand at disc golf. Learn a bit about bike safety and tune-up basics with staff from Motion Makers before we embark on a mountain bike trek along the Arboretum’s forested trails.*Participants are required to bring a bike and helmet in good working order and be able to confidently ride on gravel roads in order to participate in biking activities.
Price: $280; Camp times: 9 am – 4 pm
Rising Grades 6-8
Before Care: Available from 8:00 am – 9:00 am for an additional fee.
After Care: Available from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm for an additional fee.
Eco Trek (June 17-21)
Become a field ecologist for week as we explore the impact and interconnections of the five elements of nature – Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and the Space around you. We’ll learn how these elements shape the land around us, and how humans impact these natural forces. This camp offers a unique experience combing ecological study and adventure with day trips to Linville Caverns, Holmes State Educational Forest, Mount Mitchell, and enjoy swimming and a camp out at Lake James on Thursday!
Price: $310; Camp times: 9 am – 4 pm and one overnight
Discovery Guides Session 2 – Outdoor Skills (July 15-19) – FULL
**This opportunity is limited to only five youth each week, and a short essay is required prior to acceptance. Please send essays to email@example.com**
Have you spent your summers at the Arboretum as a camper, and would like to take on a new challenge? Discovery Guides are youth in grades 6-8 who experience the Arboretum like never before as they aid Arboretum staff in leading lessons for our youngest campers, feed and care for our classroom animals and complete other special projects. After interacting with our Pre-K aged campers in the morning you’ll join us in nature and outdoor skill field trips and meet special visitors and guest speakers.
Price: $235; Camp times: 9 am – 4 pm
Asheville Artist Adventure (July 22-26)
Learn why many artists call Western North Carolina home by visiting points of inspiration along the Blue Ridge Parkway and along the trails and streams at the Arboretum. See how working artists create their art by visiting their studios and observing their processes. Campers will then be provided the art supplies and studio time to create their own unique works of art as well as a group installation that will be shown to friends and parents at the end of the week.
Price: $285; Camp times: 9 am – 4 pm