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The Grow Box

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A program of Garden fun for your family delivered to your door from North Carolina 4-H and the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University.

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Science Exploration at Home

The Grow Box gives youth and their families the opportunity to explore their backyard or the natural spaces near them with guided activities designed to develop their science skills. You’ll grow plants together, search for seeds, observe pollinators, and get creative with the hands-on activities in each box. 

Every Two Months

The Grow Box will be delivered to your door packed with engaging, hands-on activities for your family. Inside you’ll find plants or seeds, tools for outdoor exploring, an activity book packed full of information including plant profiles from the JC Raulston Arboretum’s gardens and fun garden games, and a garden journal to document your garden adventures.

Seasonal Lessons

November’s Grow Box program is on plant propagation.
Estimated shipping date for November/December Box: November 16, 2020

  • Enjoy propagating plants by digging into succulents, houseplants and seeds! Youth will craft experiments with temperature and moisture, grow little plant babies, explore changing leaves and much more!

Themes of the following months will change with the seasons:  

  • January/February: evergreens and plant products  
  • March/April: spring and pollinators

Purchasing Options

The Grow Box can be purchased individually for $30/box – no need for a year-long subscription. Order one for the entire family or one for each child in your house. Just make sure to order by the required deadline to ensure that your family receives their box. Only 50 boxes will be produced each rotation, so make sure to sign up early! You’ll be notified by email when the box ships so you know to watch the mailbox for its arrival.

We hope that during this time of a pandemic, this will bring North Carolina 4-H and the JC Raulston Arboretum to your doorstep.

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The inside of September’s Grow Box – all the things you need to start your fall gardening adventures!

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Each Grow Box comes with a magazine full of activities from North Carolina 4-H and the JC Raulston Arboretum. There are also more activities online that will engage eager gardeners!