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JC Raulston Arboretum lines up fall fun for kids, families

Posted September 11, 2013

The Necessary at JC Raulston Arboretum

JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh has a busy month ahead with all sorts of events for kids.

It starts Friday with Garden Buds, a hands-on program for preschoolers age 3 to 5 and their adults. During each session, Garden Buds will discover a garden theme through hands-on activities, creative art projects, stories and a snack. It's $12 per child. Friday's event is 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The focus is on apple trees. 

A garden storytime is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Sept. 27, and will feature guest reader Miss North Carolina Johna Edmonds. Meet at the arboretum's visitor center and head out to the garden for stories, songs and movement, plus a craft to take home. Bring a picnic blanket. It's for preschoolers and their adults. 

Advance registration is required for both Garden Buds and the storytime. To register, email

And I'll have more about Take a Child Outside Week in the next week, but the arboretum will be marking the week, which is Sept. 24 to Sept. 30, with daily activities. Take a Child Outside Week is an initiative of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and is marked at sites across the country.

Here's what the arboretum has lined up: 

Leaf Rubbings, Tuesday, September 24, 10:30-11:30 am ($3 for Friends of the Arboretum, $5 all others)
Name that Tree!, Wednesday, September 25, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
 (Free, self-guided event)
Garden Bingo, Thursday, September 26, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
 (Free, self-guided event)
Cloud Watching, Saturday, September 28, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
 (Free, self-guided event)
Cloud Watching, Sunday, September 29, 1:00-3:00 PM
 (Free, self-guided event)
Seed Balls, Monday, September 30, 10:30-11:30 AM ($5 per child)

The arboretum also will have a Flower and Gardner Girl Scout Badge Workshop from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 13. It's $15 per Girl Scout. Advance registration is required. Again, email for more information and to sign up.


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