Spring 2023 Field Trips at the Arboretum

To schedule a self-guided visit, please contact us at groups@ncarboretum.org.

The Outdoors is Our Classroom!

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. All programs serve as an excellent means to introduce and reinforce topics in a dynamic and enriching way.

Spring Registration will open in early January

We're excited to welcome your school group back to the Arboretum in the spring!

Field Trip dates are every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from February 28 - May 18, 2023.

TUESDAY - THURSDAY
Morning and afternoon guided programs and self-guided options available.

Please read through the information below on our guided programs and pricing. If you would like to be contacted when spring registration opens, please fill out the Google Form below.

Tuesday – Thursday:

Group Size Limit: Groups are limited to 120* participants maximum for Tuesday – Thursday field trips. Students will be in smaller learning groups of 20 students maximum, a parent chaperone(s) and a teacher, and 1-2 Arboretum Staff Members.

*If a group of 61-120 attends in a single day, their programming options will only be 1 guided program and self-guided time, then switching after lunch.

Groups of 15-60 can schedule two guided programs in a day.

Program Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Please review our Safety Guidelines.


Programs at the Arboretum

Program Title

Grade Level

K 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Amazing Arthropods X X X X
Down and Dirty with Soil X X
Geocaching & Team Building X X X
Photo Ark Exhibit X X X
Wet and Wild X
Wildlife Adventures X X X
Wonders of Weather X

Cost**

Participants Visit Fee Lunch Location Fee Program Fee Total Cost Total Cost/ Person
15-25 $65.00 $20.00 $105.00 $190.00 $12.67 to $7.60
26-50 $65.00 $20.00 $210.00 $295.00 $11.34 to $5.90
51-75 $95.00 $20.00 $315.00 $430.00 $8.43 to $5.73
76-100 $95.00 $20.00 $420.00 $535.00 $7.04 to $5.35
101-120 $150.00 $20.00 $525.00 $695.00 $6.88 to $5.79

**Pricing is subject to change for Spring 2023


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 recommended 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 recommended for staff and participants outdoors and indoors.


To schedule a self-guided visit, please contact us at groups@ncarboretum.org.