The Explorer’s Backpack is a science program involving elementary age children and their families in hands-on, discovery-oriented learning in the Native Plant Garden of the New Hanover County Arboretum. Each backpack includes a field journal filled with activities for the children to investigate in the garden. These activities are investigations that botanists would do in their everyday work. All the tools needed for the activities are included in the backpacks. Backpacks are available for checkout weekdays between 10am-3pm at the Plant Clinic located inside the Hutaff Building.
There are nine Explorer’s Backpacks: three “Eye Spy” Backpacks; three Bird Backpacks; and three Native Plants Backpacks.