The Arboretum is excited to be a part of Our Gardens, Your Home, a nation-wide movement that connects you virtually with your favorite gardens and arboreta across America. During these uncertain times, nature is always near! The Arboretum is dedicated to carrying our mission and provide you with educational resources and inspiration to connect you with our beautiful campus and the natural world.

Visit Us Virtually

Spring has sprung and we are excited to share with you all the wonderful blooms and plants that are awakening right now. Take a virtual tour of our gardens and trails and see what's beautiful today at The North Carolina Arboretum.

Learn from Home

Families and adults are invited to explore a variety of online programming to keep your minds growing and going safely in your own home or backyard.


Children in grades K-8 can sign up for the Arboretum’s free, online-based program, ecoEXPLORE. Participants are encouraged to go outside and find plants and animals in their backyard, take a picture of what they find and upload their observations to their secure online account where they can earn points, which can be redeemed for prizes, badges and more!

ecoEXPLORERS and their parents will also receive a free weekly e-newsletter with other at-home activities and tips to help your child explore and learn. Plus, we will post a live video from the Arboretum’s team of trained educators every weekday at 2 p.m. on Facebook.

Sign up Here

Adult Education Programs

The Arboretum will be offering a variety of online programming to help you appreciate the beauty and diversity of the natural world from the safety of your own home. Join us every Thursday at 3 p.m. for a free online class that will introduce students to different technologies and ways to appreciate nature followed by deeper dives into subjects like botany and ecology. These are a mix of free and fee-based programs, and donations are always welcome.

Learn More Here

Connect with Us Online

Check out our blog and discover an array of tips and tricks that will help you cultivate your love for nature. Featuring interviews from staff and volunteers, learn how to improve your gardening skills, expand your knowledge of the natural world and receive hands-on techniques that you can implement at your own home.

Give to Your Arboretum

As a member, donor, volunteer, student, friend or guest, we appreciate your continued support during this time of crisis. We are working hard to serve all of you with each new day. Please consider donating to the Arboretum to keep our grounds and gardens intact and allow us to continue to deliver Our Gardens to Your Home. Any donation – large or small – will help us ensure that we can continue delivering our mission and educational programming for our community.

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