Category Archives: JC Raulston Arboretum

Take a Child Outside Week at JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston ArboretumJC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC
(919) 513-7011

Take Your Child Outside week runs annually from September 24 to September 30. The week is an initiative of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with the goal of “helping children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live.”  Each day will bring a new activity for all ages at the Arboretum. Come for one day or every day of the week!  

To register, contact Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator at or 919-513-7011.  Cancellation: Although we understand that unexpected things happen, cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to event will not receive a refund.

Leaf Rubbings
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
10:30am – 11:30am
All Ages
$3/Child for Friends of the Arboretum, $5/Child for all others (Preregistration Required)

Stop by the Visitor Center to look through all the leaves we collect and choose the perfect ones for making leaf rubbings. All materials needed will be provided to make this great fall craft.

Name that Tree!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
10:00am – 2:00pm
All Ages

Name that Tree! Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up your guide to some of our favorite trees in the Arboretum. Then take a stroll out into the gardens to see how many you can find. Just make sure to return the guide to the Visitor Center when you are done!

Garden Bingo
Thursday, September 26, 2013
10:00am – 2:00pm
All Ages

Garden Bingo. Stop by the Visitor Center and pick up your bingo card. Grab your eagle eyes and your card and search the gardens for as many things as you can to get 5 in a row. Then shout Bingo! as loud as you can to celebrate!

Get Moving
Friday, September 27, 2013
2:00pm – 4:00pm
All Ages
$1/Per Person Participating in the Hunt

Explore the gardens while you search for five scavenger hunt questions. Try to guess the answers before you reach the end of the trail. You’ll be amazed at how much exercise you can get in a garden! Start your quest by picking up a map (if you need one) at the Visitor Center.

Cloud Watching
Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
All Ages

Spread out a blanket on our grassy lawns in the gardens and enjoy watching the passing clouds. Pick up some drawing paper and a pencil in the Visitor Center to capture some of your favorites.

Seed Balls
Monday, September 30, 2013
10:30am – 11:30am
All Ages
$5/Child (Preregistration Required)

Spend the morning making seed balls. Seed balls are a great way to add color from wildflowers to a bare spot in your yard. All materials needed will be provided, and participants will take home seed balls.

Please confirm all events with the venue before attending.




Rain Play at JC Raulston Arboretum

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4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC
(919) 513-7011

Thursday Summer “Tree-ats” Series
“Rain Play”
Thursday, July 18, 2013
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ages 6+ Suggesged (Younger Ages Welcome)
$10 for Members/$12 for Nonmembers

Cool off at the Arboretum while learning about the water cycle!

Transform yourself into a water droplet and then travel through the water cycle while visiting stations placed around the grassy lawn Ellipse. You’re likely to get wet during your travels, so wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet!

It’ll be a fun but educational morning, so make plans to be here. Participants that register will receive a special plant from the Arboretum to take home.

This program is designed as a drop-in at anytime during the hours listed. Parents/caregivers are expected to stay with children as they participate in the activities.

Registration: Advance registration is requested, but not required. To register in advance, contact Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator at or 919-513-7011.

Questions: Please contact Elizabeth Overcash, children’s program coordinator, at or (919) 513-7011.

June 2013 Programs at JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston ArboretumJC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd
Raleigh, NC

Terrarium Workshop
Sunday, June 9, 2013
2:00pm – 3:30pm
Ages 6+
$20 for Arboretum members, $25 for non-members (Preregistration Required)


Back by popular demand! Our second Terrarium Workshop for children will be another chance to come to the Arboretum and create a cool miniature garden to take home.  We’ll learn the history of terrariums and use them to learn about the water cycle. Creating terrariums is a fun project that allows children to get creative and make a garden they can observe.  We provide all the materials necessary to make the terrariums. Each child registered will create a terrarium complete with plants and a few fun surprises.

Summer Solstice Family Fun Night
Friday, June 21, 2013
All Ages
$2/Person (Games & Ice Cream)
$1/Person (Movie Ticket)

Come celebrate the longest day of the year at the JCRA’s Summer Solstice Family Fun Night.  Deli.icious kicks off the night when they open the truck up at 5:30 pm in the parking circle. Order delicious gourmet paninis from their menu to fill you up.  Grab your Deli.icious food and come on into the Arboretum at 6:00 pm to enjoy some fun outdoor family games and to grab your cup of NC State’s Howling Cow ice cream.

Dr. Suess’ The Lorax at 7:00pm.
If you’re in the mood for a movie, you don’t have to wait for the sun to set. Movie night starts at 7:00 pm in the McSwain education building. Make sure to bring your picnic blanket to relax on while watching the movie. Movie admission will be limited to 175 people, so make sure to reserve your ticket early.  

The last event of the evening is at 8:34 pm, the sunset on the longest day of the year.

Kid Approved Annual Trial Day
Friday, June 28, 2013
10:30am – 12:00pm
Ages 6+
$5/Child (Preregistration Required)

It’s our first “Kid Approved Annual Trial Day.” The Annual Color Trials area is one of 21 official All-America Selections (AAS) testing sites for new cultivars of bedding plants. Each year annuals and tender perennials are planted, and the performance of each is carefully recorded and evaluated.

This year, we are asking the kids which are their favorites! While the younger children are participating in Garden Storytime, the older kids are going to talk about the annual trials programs at the Arboretum, put on their best scientist thinking caps to evaluate some plants, and find out where some of the plants call home.

At the end of the program, each child will receive 5 flags to go pick out their favorite plants. We’ll tally the results and crown the first ever “Kid Approved” gold, silver, and bronze medal winners to post on our website.

Included in the registration fee is a morning of fun learning in the garden, 5 votes, and a hot dog lunch complete with chips and a drink!

Please confirm events with venue before attending.