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Share your love for the mission of the North Carolina Botanical Garden with a gift certificate in the amount of your choosing. Gift certificates never expire and can be used toward registration in any of our hundreds of programs, or even toward enrollment in one of our certificate programs!
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts: 'Flutterby Butterfly' - FOR KIDS!
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
For ages 3-5 with adult. Share a morning with your little sprout learning about our beautiful butterflies and the plants they depend on for all parts of their life cycles. Enjoy a hands-on nature hike, play games, make a craft, hear a story, and more. NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings. Fee: $10 ($8 NCBG members) per child/adult pair.

1:00 PM - 10/17/2015 4:00 PM
Nature Illustration: 'Butterflies, Bees, and Blossoms' - FOR KIDS!
Saturdays, Sept 26, October 3, 10, and 17 (4 sessions); 1:00-4:00pm. For ages 8-12. Learn to identify and illustrate our local butterflies and bees collecting nectar and pollen from late summer wildflowers. Students will hone skills in watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencil, using materials and techniques of professional nature illustrators to compose works of art that celebrate our pollinators! Each child will receive an art kit and conclude with two matted illustrations. Course is taught by naturalist and children's book illustrator Bob Palmatier. *NOTE: This is a drop-off program.* Fee: $140 ($125 NCBG members), includes student art kit (value $35).
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
WonderFest: Music and Magic in the Garden
Wear your most magical costume and join us for a fun-filled evening of hands-on nature activities and music in the Garden! Meet live critters from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences! Build a home for a fairy or gnome with natural materials! Pot up a native plant to take home! Enjoy nature crafts! Listen to live Bluegrass music by Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends! 5:30 - 6:30 pm = Nature Activities 6:30 - 7:45 pm = Music and Food Food trucks will be available! (trash-free picnics welcome) Fee: $15 per family (before 9/18); $20 (after 9/18) Preregistration required. NOTE: Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Proceeds from WonderFest will benefit the Garden's education programs for children and families, including Wonder Connection, a one-of-a-kind program that empowers pediatric patients with the wonders of nature and science. For more information about Wonder Connection and/or Youth & Family Programs:
1:30 PM - 11/4/2015 3:30 PM
Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature - FOR KIDS!
Wednesdays, Sept 30 - Nov 4 (6 sessions); 1:30-3:30 pm. For ages 4-5. Learning comes naturally for preschoolers during this popular, fun-filled series that fosters a sense of wonder for the natural world through hands-on activities, nature hikes, stories, crafts, and group play. This fall, Bluets will learn about the marvels of changing colors, flying seeds, and migrating animals. Snack provided. Homeschoolers welcome! *NOTE: This is a drop-off program* Fee: $105 ($95 NCBG members)
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monarch Magic - FOR KIDS!
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
For ages 5-10. It’s that magical time of year! Monarch butterflies are in the midst of their incredible journey south to wintering grounds in Mexico. Discover the amazing life cycle of this colorful insect with live specimens, learn how to tag butterflies for citizen science project Monarch Watch, and find out how you can help bring back the monarchs! Each child will receive a special plant to take home. NOTE: Adult chaperone required. Fee: $15 ($13.50 NCBG members); no fee for accompanying adult.


For questions about particular courses (pre-requisites, supplies, materials, inclement weather, etc.) please contact the instructor.

For questions about the Certificate Programs (either Botanical Art and Illustration or Native Plant Studies) please contact the Director of Education:
hone: 919-962-9460

For questions or feedback about registration, please contact the Registration Assistant: 
phone: 919-843-8524

phone: 919-962-0522 
fax: 919-962-3531
general email:
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