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Welcome to OAK Outdoor Adventure Kids at the Arboretum


The North Carolina Arboretum is excited to announce a new weekday drop-off program for children ages 6 – 9 years old beginning this fall. OAK (Outdoor Adventure Kids) is a safety-first approach to exploring the natural world with other kids. The Arboretum’s team of expert environmental educators will lead small groups of students through inquiry-based, outdoor learning by exploring the Arboretum’s 434-acre campus.

There will be two program options for families: 

  • Sassafras Class (3 days/week): Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., September 8 – November 19.
  • ecoEXPLORE Class (1 day/week): Fridays, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., September 11 – November 20.

The Arboretum is incorporating rigorous safety protocols around COVID-19 as recommended by health professionals, including face covering requirements, social distancing, limited class size, outdoor instruction, equipment sanitation and more. Space is limited and registration is required.

Registration will open at 12 noon on Monday, August 17! Click the button below for program details and class fees. 


For more information email Rich Preyer, OAK Co-Coordinator at [email protected]                                                                                                        or call Jonathan Marchal, Director of Education at 828-665-2492 ext. 627.

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