Youth Education at The North Carolina Arboretum delivers educational experiences that create a purposeful, engaging and experiential approach to science and outdoor education. It is the mission of Youth Education to provide every student with adventure, exploration and environmental awareness that will foster their interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers and fields. The Arboretum utilizes this approach to cultivate students who value natural resources, learn how to recognize their impact on the world around them and are equipped with the skill and knowledge of sustainability, conservation and environmental sciences in the 21st Century.

Values of Youth Education

  • Children Benefit from Time Spent Outdoors.
  • Outdoor Education is Essential to STEM Education.
  • Outdoor Play Fosters Environmental Values.
  • Every Child Has a Right to Safe, Quality, and Enriching Outdoor Experiences.

Youth & Family Programs

Want to get involved in the Arboretum’s expansive youth and family educational programs? Click on one of the links below to learn how you can get your child outdoors and appreciating nature!

Youth Educators

The Arboretum’s team of professional environmental educators relishes in the opportunity to share the wonders of plants and animals, and our connections to them.

Meet Our Educators

School Programs

The Arboretum provides students and teachers with engaging, hands-on experiences to discover the wonders of the natural world in a safe learning environment. The Arboretum offers on- and off-site programs for schools, including:

  • Field Trips – Self-guided and guided visits
  • Project EXPLORE – Citizen-science school outreach initiative

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North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Grants $1 Million to Expand The North Carolina Arboretum’s Youth Education Programs Statewide

Thanks to a generous grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation, The North Carolina Arboretum will expand its three K-12 project-based outdoor education programs, ecoEXPLORE, Project EXPLORE and Project OWL, to all 100 North Carolina counties over the next five years.