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JC Raulston Arboretum plans preschool storytime

Posted April 30, 2012 8:32 p.m. EDT

The Necessary at JC Raulston Arboretum

The folks at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh are planning a preschool storytime this month. If it proves popular, it could become a regular program at the arboretum, which is part of N.C. State.

A Garden Storytime is planned for 10:30 a.m., May 11. It's designed for kids ages 3 to 5 and their adults. The group will meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitors Center and then head out into the gardens. There will be garden stories; songs and movement; and a craft to take home.

The storytime is free, but preregistration is required because space is limited. To register, email Elizabeth Overcash, children's program coordinator, at with your name and your child’s name and age with
“Garden Storytime” as the subject heading.

Overcash also is planning an event for older kids. At 1:30 p.m., May 20, kids ages 5 to 8 can spend a Sunday afternoon talking about Delicious Plant Parts. The program focuses on plant biology. They'll talk about what's a vegetable and what's a fruit and have some fun with food.

Again, the program is free, but preregistration is required. To register for this program, email Overcash at or call her at 919-513-7007.

The arboretum began adding more family programs last year. I'm excited to see the new storytime and hope it becomes a regular event!