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The Outer Banks Arboretum & Teaching Garden

Garden bannerThe Outer Banks Arboretum & Teaching Garden is free, open 365 days a year from sun-up to sun-down. There are handicap-accessible trails, a sensory garden, a composting demonstration area, native plants, lawn test plots, a butterfly highway, and much more! The Outer Banks Arboretum & Teaching Garden is located at 300 Mustian Street, Kill Devil Hills.

Educational Outdoor Programming:

The Master Gardener℠ volunteers provide educational programming throughout the year and during the Arboretum Garden Series. Learn more about EMG Upcoming Programs and Events here.

butterfly on flower in the garden

The Butterfly Highway:

The Butterfly Highway is a statewide conservation restoration initiative that aims to restore native pollinator habitats to areas impacted by urbanization, land-use change, and agriculture across North Carolina. From backyard Pollinator Pitstops to large-scale roadside habitat restoration, the project is creating a network of native flowering plants to support butterflies, bees, birds, and other pollen and nectar dependent wildlife.

The Outer Banks Arboretum & Teaching Garden features a spot on The Butterfly Highway and offers visitors the opportunity to sit with the pollinators and learn more about their role in our ecosystem. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

The Butterfly Highway sign

monarch butterfly caterpillars


The Outer Banks Arboretum & Teaching Garden features handicap-accessible trails that are maintained by Master Gardener Volunteers throughout the year. There is always something new to see!

pathways in the garden

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