Current Group Program Offerings

  • Who:  School and Home School groups, Teachers (pre-service & practicing), Summer Camps, Scouts, Service and Continuing Education groups, others
  • What:  Topics listed below, many are suitable for either children or adults
        Class size: 30 participants or fewer; at least a 1:5 adult chaperone:student ratio
        Cost:  $50 per program
  • How: Contact Kim Smart at, 919.707.8880.
    All scheduling is dependent on staff availability.

Selected Topics

  • Green Features: How many inches of rain does it take to fill our cistern? Could our solar panels or wind turbine power your entire house? Find the answers to these and other questions about living sustainably.
  • Hiking Tour of Prairie Ridge: Take a naturalist-led nature hike through Prairie Ridge Ecostation, visiting the arboretum, pond, prairie, woods or stream. Topics change seasonally.
  • Native Plants & Wildlife in the Garden: Spend some time enjoying plants in the Nature Neighborhood Garden and taking note of its animal visitors. We will focus on honing observation skills, sketching, and drama.
  • Nature Journaling: Practice  your observation by journaling. Advanced sessions are available.
  • Pond Studies: Sneak down to the pond to see what’s happening, then take an up-close look at what’s below the surface.
  • Streamwalk: Enjoy a walk in the stream while searching for its residents for a truly immersive experience. Maximum group size of 15 for this program.
  • Seasonal Citizen Science: Be a scientist for a day, no PhD necessary. Students will participate with real scientific research. Research projects change seasonally, but examples include: bird nest monitoring, leaf litter sampling, Monarch butterflies, and more.
  • Terrific Trees: Learn about native North Carolina trees in our arboretum.