Our 2019-2020 field trip calendar will open August 14!

Academic field trip programs blend the benefits of outdoor education and inquiry-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education while meeting North Carolina Essential Standards.

Time spent with Arboretum educators is time on task. Lessons incorporate curriculum goals and integrate hands-on field experiences within the 434 acre campus. All programs serve as an excellent means to introduce and reinforce topics in a dynamic and enriching way.

The Arboretum’s popular guided field trip programs are offered Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The schedule opens in late August for field trips in September through May. Scheduling several months in advance is highly recommended. Reference the table below to select a program or programs that best fit the curriculum and group needs. Cost is $6 per student/parent chaperone for one program or $9 per student/parent chaperone for two programs. Teachers with the school are always free. To schedule a field trip contact Michelle Pearce, Youth Education Coordinator, at mpearce@ncarboretum.org or 828-665-2492 ext. 624.

Looking for a program for a group of preschool aged children? Ask about our Saplings Pre-K Programs, each with a different monthly nature discovery theme.


Program Title

Grade Level

K 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Amazing Arthropods X X X
Branching Out in Botany X
Budding Botanists X
Down and Dirty with Soil X X
Habitats & Adaptations X
Exploring Ecology X X
Ecosystems & Food Webs  X
Freshwater Ecology X
Geocaching &Team Building  X  X  X
Meteorological Methods X
Terrific Trees X
Wonders of Weather  X
Tree Math X X X
Wet and Wild X
Wildlife Adventures X X X
More than Metamorphosis  X

Sept 21-Jan 12: Tree Houses: Look Who’s Living in the Trees!