Fall Registration opens 9/5/2023 at 11am

Join us this fall as we explore the wild and discover animals that live among our woods! With magnifying glasses in hand, we will be able to identify characteristics and habitats of even the smallest woodland creatures!

Due to popular demand, we will be opening two program options for each session (morning and afternoon option).

Children ages two to five will delight in short nature walks, stories, crafts and live animal visits from the Arboretum’s classroom critters. The Arboretum’s environmental educators introduce a whole host of nature topics that invite children to explore the natural world as well as their own interests and abilities.

Please check that the session you'd like to sign up for is sold out before filling out the waitlist!

If someone drops out of their spot, you will be contacted to sign up if you are first on the waitlist.

  • Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Younger siblings under two years of age as well as adults attend free of charge. To ensure a quality program, older siblings (above age five) are not permitted to attend.  Up to two adults and one child under 2 may attend each session free of charge with their registered 2-5 year old.
  • All participants should be dressed for an outdoor program and ready to explore!


Session 1 will occur from September 22 to October 20 on Fridays, totaling 5 sessions.

Session 2 will occur from October 27 to December 1, excluding 11/24 on Fridays, totaling 5 sessions.

This season, we will open Wee Nats programming to include a morning and afternoon class for both sessions!

For the morning program, the classroom opens for exploration at 9:30 a.m., the program begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 11:00 a.m.

For the afternoon program, the classroom opens for exploration at 12:00 p.m., the program begins promptly at 12:30 p.m. and concludes at 1:30 p.m.

Wee Nats Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your purchase more than 30 days prior to the program start date, the whole amount paid is refunded. If you cancel your purchase(s) 30-11 days prior to the program start date, half the total fee is refundable. If cancellation occurs 10-0 days prior to the start date, none of the total fee is refundable, with the exception of a COVID-19 related reason (documented positive exposure or contact-traced positive exposure or quarantine order). In this case please contact the Director of Education, Jonathan Marchal, at jmarchal@ncarboretum.org.

Additional details are listed on this webpage as well as in N.C. Arboretum Society membership communications. For additional information please email youtheducation@ncarboretum.org, or contact OAK Coordinator, Rich Preyer, at rpreyer@ncarboretum.org.


Please email youtheducation@ncarboretum.org with any questions.  You can also call Rich Preyer at (828) 412-8558 for questions about programming, or Katie Gorman at 828-567-3165 for help with registration.