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Help the N.C. Arboretum

The public has stepped up to contribute nearly $50,000 to the N.C. Arboretum’s Staff Support Fund, allowing staff to remain employed and create innovative programming while the arboretum campus remains closed to the public. 

  • The ecoEXPLORE youth education program is teaching K-8 students and their parents how to find plants and animals in their own backyards.
  • Free weekly adult education classes are being offered online through the month of April.
  • The “Our Gardens, Your Home” campaign offers virtual tours and online tutorials for enjoying the gardens safely from home.
  • Design and production for fall and summer exhibits are ongoing, as is maintenance of gardens and buildings, so that the arboretum can reopen as soon as possible. 

Donate at or call 828.665.2492.

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