Pre-Registration required for all programs unless otherwise noted

  • Birds in Hand! Migration and the Science of Bird Banding
    6/4/2016   8:00 am to 9:30 am
    Educational, Wildlife

    Join Dawn Fariello, a PhD candidate from Fordham University, as she demonstrates the mist-netting and banding techniques used by ornithologists to study songbirds. This program will include a short discussion on the history of bird banding and the different techniques used to study birds, a live demonstration and a hands-on opportunity for participants to release banded birds. 

    This program is weather dependent and meets in front of the Farm Barn.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and older.

    Eventbrite - Birds in Hand! Migration and the Science of Bird Banding

  • Growing Your Community Food System From the Ground Up
    6/4/2016 -6/5/2016  
    Educational, Farming

    “Growing Your Community Food System From the Ground Up"

    is an intensive, hands on, training workshop offering the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. 

    The mornings of both days are general sessions that are led by Will Allen, Growing Power and Duke Farms.

    The hands-on workshops are in the afternoons, after the general sessions. Your options are:

    • Project Planning can be done in one day. (and the other day you can take Mushrooms/Microgreens)

    • Mushrooms and Microgreens can be done in one day.

    • Composting/Vermiculture is a two day class. Quite detailed and takes two days to learn. 

    • Hoop house building is a two day class. It takes two days to construct the hoop house.

    • Aquaculture is a two day class. Quite detailed and takes two days to learn.

    For full details on these workshops please CLICK HERE

    Cost: $200 per person for the entire 2-Day workshop.

    Eventbrite - Growing Your Community Food System From the Ground Up: Workshop 2

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    6/4/2016   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Junior Naturalists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 3
    6/5/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior Naturalist (accompanied by an adult) will explore our habitats in every season and learn about a different nature topic each month.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    April 10

    Hummingbirds Come Home

    It's almost impossible to believe that a bird that weighs less than a penny can migrate all the way to Central America and back every year. The end of April is when Hummingbirds return to Duke Farms. We will take an in depth look at the life and times of this miracle on the wing. We'll also learn about gardening for hummingbirds and participants will take home seeds of a plant that is a hummingbird favorite.

    May 15

    Spring is for the Birds

    By the middle of May, most migratory birds have returned from their winter homes. This is a super busy time for birds as they establish territories, sing for mates, build nests, lay eggs and find food. Let's explore the habitats of Duke Farms as we learn why spring is for the birds.

    June 5

    Frogs are too Much Fun

    You may know they are both amphibians, but what's the difference between a frog and a toad? And why do they make so much noise at night? We'll have a super fun time as we learn all about these unique creatures of Duke Farms.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    6/9/2016   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Learn the basics of caring for orchids. This program is designed for those who are new to orchids and who would like to learn more about this amazing plant. Join the orchid specialists of Duke Farms as they share information about the exciting world of orchids and teach the basics of orchid care.

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Big Tree Hike
    6/10/2016   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational

    Join Certified Tree Expert Jack Kuhlman, and visit a few of the largest trees in the state.  Duke Farms is home to the 4th largest Red Oak in New Jersey (our State tree!), many other Champion trees, and quite a few trees that haven’t made the official list but are impressive in their own right.  

    During this program, you will learn how to estimate tree size, explore the reasons behind impressive tree growth, and learn how to ID many of our native species.  The large trees are spread all over the property, so be prepared to walk 3-4 miles and dress for the weather.  This program runs through lunch so don’t forget a water and snack!

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Big Tree Hike

  • Up With the Birds: Resident Breeding Birds & Their Young
    6/11/2016   8:00 am to 10:00 am
    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk to search for our breeding resident birds and their young. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the Birds: Resident Breeding Birds & Their Young

  • Practice of Foraging: Part 2
    6/11/2016   9:30 to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    The natural world can appear to an array of just green … but what if you had to rely on the wild for food or medicine? Learn how identify and prepare common edible plants and see whether bounty exists between sidewalk cracks and along woodland trails.

    The program will highlight safe collecting strategies, traditional uses of native and non-native plants, cultivation of wild edibles, and an ethic of stewardship towards the wild. Participants will have the opportunity to harvest and taste wild edibles for themselves. This outdoor class builds on The Practice of Foraging Part I, but can be taken as a stand alone class.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Practice of Foraging: Part 2

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    6/12/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

    Have you ever wondered about where your veggies come from?  Maybe you thought about planting a garden but you don’t know how to get started. Become a Junior Gardener and you will learn that growing your own veggies is easy and fun and they taste delicious! (Plus they are super healthy which makes moms and dads smile.)

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades 2-5. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any younger children including the younger siblings of any registered Junior Gardener as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. The rest of the session is spent outdoors in the Duke Farms Community Garden.  Appropriate shoes and garden clothes are required. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! A water bottle is recommended.  Garden gloves will be provided.

    Agenda

    June 12: How Does Your Garden Grow? Welcome to the summer garden! We will begin this session by touring the garden to see what is already growing.  We will do LOTS of planting today- tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peppers and more!  By learning what a plant needs to survive, we will make sure our garden has everything it needs to produce lots of delicious summer veggies.

    July 17: The Bugs in our Garden There are lots of creatures in the garden.  They are tucked in the soil, visiting the leaves and flowers, and crawling around the compost.  Today we will identify which bugs are the helpers and which bugs can hurt the crops. We will build a “worm bin” and feed our new friends the weeds we pull from the garden!

    August 21: Summer Eats! So much is growing at this time of year! We will harvest and clean all kinds of veggies and have a summer feast in the garden.  Even though it is so hot, we will begin planting our fall garden with crops such as spinach, lettuce, beets and carrots.  These will be ready to eat when the weather starts to cool!

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series. $7 per child for individual classes. ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Summer Garden - Entire Series

  • New Jersey Community Garden Consortium Meeting
    6/13/2016   8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

    Did you know that Duke Farms in Hillsborough manages the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    As community garden managers, we know that there is much to learn from other gardens and those who manage them. Come spend the day at Duke Farms for an overview of our program, tour of the garden and the opportunity to network and problem-solve with other garden managers from around the state.

    Topics for Roundtable Discussions are TBD by consortium participants and suggestions will be taken during the registration.

    Meeting Agenda:

    8:30-9am- Light breakfast

    9-9:45- Overview of Duke Farms

    10-11:30- Tour of the Duke Farms Community Garden

    11:45-12:30- Networking Lunch

    12:30-3:30- Roundtable Discussions (i.e. food donation programs, managing membership, infrastructure management, education programs, etc.)

    Cost: $25 per person which includes light breakfast and lunch.

    Eventbrite - New Jersey Community Garden Consortium Meeting

  • Evening Birding at Duke Farms: Resident Breeding Birds & Their Young
    6/13/2016   5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk to search for our breeding resident birds and their young. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Evening Birding at Duke Farms: Resident Breeding Birds & Their Young

  • Preserving the Harvest: Canning & Freezing
    6/13/2016   6:00 to 9:00 PM
    Educational, Gardening

    Do you grow more vegetables and fruits than you can eat?  Do you want to preserve locally grown produce to enjoy over the winter?   Then this workshop is for you.  Learn how to safely can (in jars) or freeze fresh produce. 

    Daryl Minch from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County will show samples of equipment needed for proper canning & freezing.  She will offer resources for safe and reliable recipes and educate on proper procedures to ensure a safe and tasty product.   Handouts will be provided.

    Cost: $10 per person.


    Eventbrite - Preserving the Harvest: Canning & Freezing

  • Up With the Birds: Resident Breeding Birds & Their Young
    6/14/2016   8:00 am to 10:00 am
    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk to search for our breeding resident birds and their young. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the Birds: Resident Breeding Birds & Their Young

  • Nature Storytime for Sprouts
    6/16/2016   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Children ages 3-6 and their adult caregivers are invited to join us for a 90 minute nature themed monthly program. Each month our “sprouts” will use their senses to connect to the natural world through nature stories, short hikes, songs and nature crafts.

    Participants can register for individual classes or for the entire series. 

    May 19th- Growing Vegetables
    Join us for a couple of books, songs, and activities about our important food group.  We will start at the Orientation Center and go to the Community Garden, if weather permits.  Be sure to dress for the weather for our first Storytime program.

    June 16th- Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
    Join us for books, songs, and buggy activities.  We will go on a bug hunt and create insects of our own. 

    July 14th- Bountiful Harvest
    Join us for an over and under look at how vegetables grow.  We will read books and explore how the Community Garden is growing.  Children will have the opportunity to taste some familiar and maybe not so familiar vegetables and make veggie art.

    August 11th- In the Tall Grass Meadows

    Explore the meadows at Duke Farms.  Through books and active investigation child and parent will learn about the diversity that abounds among the grass and flowers. 


    At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not registered for the program. This includes the younger siblings of any registered participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

     ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Cost: $5 per child for each individual class. $15 per child for the entire series. Adults register for free. Entire Series registration will end on May 19.

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Entire Series

     

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Individual Classes

  • Discovering Orchids for Kids
    6/18/2016   9:00 to 10:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening

    Join us for a fun, hands-on exploration of orchids. Learn why orchids come in all shapes and sizes based on the wildlife that uses them for pollination.

    This program is designed for kids 8-12 with an adult chaperone. It is sure to be fun for all, as we touch, smell and look into different orchid flowers and their landing pads, and check-out how and where they grow. After a repotting demonstration, each kid & parent team will repot an orchid plant and take it home to nurture.

    Each adult must accompany 1 or 2 children during this program, please no more than 2 adults per child.

    Cost: $10 per person. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    6/18/2016   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Junior Entomologists: 1st Mini-Series - Class 4
    6/18/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    During this program children (and their parents!) will learn all about the wonders of insects. In the sky and under water, Junior Entomologists will explore the local environment using nets, microscopes, field guides, and other tools that scientists use. 

    Upon completion of the program, children will receive a Junior Entomologist Certificate. Those registering for the entire series will receive tools that will help them throughout their year of exploration.

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held on a Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

    Date Topic

    April 2

    Socializing with Insects

    April 23

    Eat or Be Eaten! (and Other Insect Adaptations)

    May 21

    The Web of Life

    June 18 The Magic of Pollination

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). 

    Each youth must be accompanied by an adult. ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 1 - Entire Series

  • NJ Native Orchid Series
    6/18/2016   2:00 to 4:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Are you aware that New Jersey is home to almost 60 species and varieties of orchids and over 35 of them are native to our own Piedmont region? During this program, you will learn about orchids native to NJ through a lecture and by exploring them in our Native Orchid Nursery Bed, Landscape Beds, and the Subtropical Southeast Coast Display. As many are threatened or endangered, we will also discuss how we can help them to survive, including the possibilities of cultivating some of them at home.

    This series of programs has been scheduled to coincide with blooming periods throughout the year so you canwitness the beauty of the various orchids cultivated here at Duke Farms in person.  Take classes individually or as the whole series with a savings.

    Cost: $10 per class; $25 for the whole series. Space is limited and advance registration is required. 

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Registration for the entire series ends on May 14, 2016.

  • Sunday Mystery Walks
    6/19/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join us for a 2 hour exploration of something around Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Take a risk and come learn something new with us.

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here! These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 22

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

    Cost: $5 per adult; Children under the age of 12 Free!. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

  • Evening Birding at Duke Farms: Resident Breeding Birds & Their Young
    6/23/2016   5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk to search for our breeding resident birds and their young. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Evening Birding at Duke Farms: Resident Breeding Birds & Their Young

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    6/23/2016   6 to 7 PM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Birds in Hand! Migration and the Science of Bird Banding
    6/24/2016   8:00 am to 9:30 am
    Educational, Wildlife

    Join Dawn Fariello, a PhD candidate from Fordham University, as she demonstrates the mist-netting and banding techniques used by ornithologists to study songbirds. This program will include a short discussion on the history of bird banding and the different techniques used to study birds, a live demonstration and a hands-on opportunity for participants to release banded birds. 

    This program is weather dependent and meets in front of the Farm Barn.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and older.

    Eventbrite - Birds in Hand! Migration and the Science of Bird Banding

  • Plein Aire Painting Workshop for Beginners
    6/25/2016   9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    Enjoy the beauty of Duke Farms while learning the basics of Plen Aire painting! With nature as our muse we will learn to look artistically at the world around us, and use a simple step-wise approach to create a beautiful Plen Aire painting. All supplies will be available to borrow to create at least three 8x8” acrylic paintings, but participants should feel free to bring their own supplies and/or preferred medium if they have them. 

    Participants should dress for the weather, and bring water and a lunch to enjoy a mid-day picnic!

    Cost: $30 per person. Appropriate for adults and teenagers.

    Eventbrite - Plein Aire Painting Workshop for Beginners

  • Junior Ornithologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 3
    6/26/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!

    During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    April 24

    Hummingbirds Come Home

    It's almost impossible to believe that a bird that weighs less than a penny can migrate all the way to Central America and back every year. The end of April is when Hummingbirds return to Duke Farms. We will take an in depth look at the life and times of this tiny miracle on the wing. We'll also learn about gardening for hummingbirds and participants will take home seeds of a plant that is a hummingbird favorite.

    May 22

    Tweet, Twitter, Nest and Eggs

    May is the time when birds become very vocal and even noisy as they establish territories and search for mates. We will explore bird communication as well as mating, nests, and eggs. Put your cell phones away as we listen for the live tweets, twitters and songs of the birds of spring.

    June 26

    Bluebirds Abound

    Did you know that eastern bluebirds actually begin their courtship in late winter? Or that bluebirds often raise two broods in one season? We'll check on active bluebird nest boxes as we learn all about the life history of these "birds of happiness".

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Firefly Photography
    7/1/2016 -7/2/2016  

    Many thousands of glowing fireflies light up the New Jersey night sky every summer, with large groups of these amazing beetles right at Duke Farms. 

    This fun 2-day workshop with master photographer Dave Blinder will guide you through techniques that are used to effectively photograph fireflies as they navigate the night sky.

    Workshop Schedule:

    Friday, July 1 @ 7 to 10 PM

    Saturday, July 2 @ 1 to 4 PM 

    Friday night will be an introduction to firefly bioluminescence and a shooting workshop and you will return on Saturday afternoon to share your top three photos and receive constructive feedback from the group.

    Each participant will hang their best image in the Duke Gallery for the annual Firefly Festival that attracts over 3000 visitors annually.  Some prior photo experience and your own tripod and camera equipment are required.

    Cost: $75 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Firefly Photography

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    7/2/2016   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Edible & Medicinal Garden Weeds
    7/7/2016   6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Join us on an evening walk through Duke Farms' Community Garden in search of edible and medicinal weeds. Summer heat brings forth abundant weeds in our cultivated areas - gardens, lawns, and path edges. We'll discuss plant identification and resources.

    We'll also cover safe and optimal harvesting for great tasting, nutrient dense wild foods and applicable home remedies. Taught by Rachel Mackow of Wild Ridge Plants. Please report directly to the Community Garden for this class. 

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Edible & Medicinal Garden Weeds

  • Firefly Festival
    7/8/2016   8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

    Experience the magic of Fireflies!  During this family-friendly event participants will meander along 1.5 miles of trails taking them through woodlands, meadows and along lakeshores to get a glimpse of fireflies in action. They will investigate activity stations along the way where they will learn to communicate with fireflies, discover what a glowworm is, learn what it takes to create a home for fireflies in their backyard, and much more!

    Cost: FREE! We ask that you please register in advance to help us plan for the event.

    Eventbrite - 2016 Firefly Festival

  • Firefly Festival
    7/9/2016   8:00 PM to 11:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

    Experience the magic of Fireflies!  During this family-friendly event participants will meander along 1.5 miles of trails taking them through woodlands, meadows and along lakeshores to get a glimpse of fireflies in action. They will investigate activity stations along the way where they will learn to communicate with fireflies, discover what a glowworm is, learn what it takes to create a home for fireflies in their backyard, and much more!

    Cost: FREE! We ask that you please register in advance to help us plan for the event.

    Eventbrite - 2016 Firefly Festival

  • Junior Naturalists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 1
    7/10/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior Naturalist (accompanied by an adult) will explore our habitats in every season and learn about a different nature topic each month.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    July 10

    Water Bugs

    Don your water shoes and come learn how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates (aka water bugs). We'll use special nets to sample the organisms that live in streams and observe what they have to teach us about water quality. Special note: We will be walking in water up to our knees so be sure to wear shoes or boots that can get muddy and very wet!

    August 14

    Monarchs

    The monarch butterfly is a marvel of nature. Every autumn, with no map, no directions, and no guide, this butterfly sets out on a migratory journey of more than 2500 miles. Come explore the life cycle of the monarch butterfly as we observe live caterpillars, chrysalides, and adult butterflies. We'll also discover why milkweed is critical to the survival of monarchs and participants will take home milkweed to plant in their own garden.

    September 11

    Incredible Insects

    What makes an insect an insect? We'll explore the major groups of insects and discover what makes them so incredible. Then we'll go out in the meadow to collect, identify, and observe some of the bees, butterflies and bugs of Duke Farms.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Enjoying the Harvest: Herbs & Friends
    7/11/2016   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Educational, Gardening

    Enjoying the harvest is all about flavor! Herbs boost the flavor of food.  Drying vegetables, fruit or herbs preserves them for another day and intensifies their flavor. 

    Join Daryl Minch from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County to learn about culinary herbs- how to pair them with food, how to preserve by freezing or drying and how to make herb vinegar.  She will demonstrate how to dry various crops in a food dehydrator for later use.  Workshop includes demonstration and tasting!  Handouts will be provided.

    Cost: $10 per person.


    Eventbrite - Enjoying the Harvest: Herbs & Friends

  • Nature Storytime for Sprouts
    7/14/2016   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Children ages 3-6 and their adult caregivers are invited to join us for a 90 minute nature themed monthly program. Each month our “sprouts” will use their senses to connect to the natural world through nature stories, short hikes, songs and nature crafts.

    Participants can register for individual classes or for the entire series. 

    May 19th- Growing Vegetables
    Join us for a couple of books, songs, and activities about our important food group.  We will start at the Orientation Center and go to the Community Garden, if weather permits.  Be sure to dress for the weather for our first Storytime program.

    June 16th- Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
    Join us for books, songs, and buggy activities.  We will go on a bug hunt and create insects of our own. 

    July 14th- Bountiful Harvest
    Join us for an over and under look at how vegetables grow.  We will read books and explore how the Community Garden is growing.  Children will have the opportunity to taste some familiar and maybe not so familiar vegetables and make veggie art.

    August 11th- In the Tall Grass Meadows

    Explore the meadows at Duke Farms.  Through books and active investigation child and parent will learn about the diversity that abounds among the grass and flowers. 


    At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not registered for the program. This includes the younger siblings of any registered participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

     ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Cost: $5 per child for each individual class. $15 per child for the entire series. Adults register for free. Entire Series registration will end on May 19.

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Entire Series

     

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Individual Classes

  • Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    7/16/2016   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    Join Certified tree Expert Jack Kuhlman and find a deeper connection to New Jersey native trees as he teaches you identification in different seasons using leaves, bark, fruit and flowers as clues.  Sign up for individual classes or for the series.

    Tree ID Walk Schedule:
    Saturday March 26: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 21: Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 16: Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 5: Late Foliage: Tree ID in Late Autumn

    This is an outdoor program involving a lot of walking.  Please dress for the weather!

    Cost: 10 per person for individual classes. $30 per person for the entire series.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    7/16/2016   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    7/16/2016   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Learn the basics of caring for orchids. This program is designed for those who are new to orchids and who would like to learn more about this amazing plant. Join the orchid specialists of Duke Farms as they share information about the exciting world of orchids and teach the basics of orchid care.

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 1
    7/16/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    During this program children (and their parents!) will learn all about the wonders of insects. In the sky and under water, Junior Entomologists will explore the local environment using nets, microscopes, field guides, and other tools that scientists use. 

    Upon completion of the program, children will receive a Junior Entomologist Certificate. Those registering for the entire series will receive tools that will help them throughout their year of exploration.

    Participants can register for individual classes or the entire mini-series.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held on a Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 13

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    Each youth must be accompanied by an adult. ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Birds in Hand! Migration and the Science of Bird Banding
    7/17/2016   8:00 am to 9:30 am
    Educational, Wildlife

    Join Dawn Fariello, a PhD candidate from Fordham University, as she demonstrates the mist-netting and banding techniques used by ornithologists to study songbirds. This program will include a short discussion on the history of bird banding and the different techniques used to study birds, a live demonstration and a hands-on opportunity for participants to release banded birds. 

    This program is weather dependent and meets in front of the Farm Barn.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and older.

    Eventbrite - Birds in Hand! Migration and the Science of Bird Banding

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    7/17/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

    Have you ever wondered about where your veggies come from?  Maybe you thought about planting a garden but you don’t know how to get started. Become a Junior Gardener and you will learn that growing your own veggies is easy and fun and they taste delicious! (Plus they are super healthy which makes moms and dads smile.)

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades 2-5. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any younger children including the younger siblings of any registered Junior Gardener as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. The rest of the session is spent outdoors in the Duke Farms Community Garden.  Appropriate shoes and garden clothes are required. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! A water bottle is recommended.  Garden gloves will be provided.

    Agenda

    June 12: How Does Your Garden Grow? Welcome to the summer garden! We will begin this session by touring the garden to see what is already growing.  We will do LOTS of planting today- tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peppers and more!  By learning what a plant needs to survive, we will make sure our garden has everything it needs to produce lots of delicious summer veggies.

    July 17: The Bugs in our Garden There are lots of creatures in the garden.  They are tucked in the soil, visiting the leaves and flowers, and crawling around the compost.  Today we will identify which bugs are the helpers and which bugs can hurt the crops. We will build a “worm bin” and feed our new friends the weeds we pull from the garden!

    August 21: Summer Eats! So much is growing at this time of year! We will harvest and clean all kinds of veggies and have a summer feast in the garden.  Even though it is so hot, we will begin planting our fall garden with crops such as spinach, lettuce, beets and carrots.  These will be ready to eat when the weather starts to cool!

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series. ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Summer Garden - Entire Series

  • Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms
    7/23/2016   1:00 to 4:00 PM
    Educational

    You know the term, but you think it's impossible to accomplish. Join Duke Farms' staff on an exploration of green technology at Duke Farms and learn how you can implement some of our successful systems in your home or business. Begin to take steps toward a greener future.

    Tour our recently renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, on-site wastewater treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems. You will see how Duke Farms leads the way in sustainable design and practice.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 15 and older.

    Eventbrite - Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms

  • Junior Ornithologists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 1
    7/24/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!

    During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    July 24

    Habitats are for the Birds

    Birds have adaptations that make them well suited to live in some habitats, but not all habitats. Let's explore the meadows, lakes and woodlands of Duke Farms and learn about the different kinds of birds that call these places home.

    August 28

    Birds, Beaks and Bugs

    What's a bird's favorite meal? The answer depends on what kind of bill is attached to the bird. And what's the difference between a bill and a beak anyway? We'll explore these topics then go out and observe birds and their bills in action.

    September 18

    Bluebirds Abound

    Every fall, many species of birds prepare for fall migration. We'll talk about some of the birds that fly elsewhere for the winter and how banding birds helps scientists study bird migration. No promises, but we hope to have a hands on bird banding session with an experienced scientist!

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
    7/25/2016 -7/29/2016  
    Educational, Wildlife

    Monday, July 25 to Friday, July 29, 2016

    The Wildlife Explorer Summer Program at Duke Farms is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to 6th grade, ages 8-11 to connect with and explore the outdoors.

    The Program is $350/per week/per child, cost includes reusable water bottle and t-shirt. Activities will run from 9 AM - 3 PM daily, rain or shine (bring rain gear). Duke Farms is located in Hillsborough, Somerset County, New Jersey.

    Activities include:

    • Close-up encounters with wildlife like birds, bats and turtles!

    • Get muddy exploring Duke Farms' ponds and streams

    • Create nature-based art with famous artist James Fiorentino

    • Daily talks with real-life scientists and hands-on projects!

    • And much more!

    CLICK HERE for more information and registration

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    7/28/2016   6 to 7 PM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    8/4/2016   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Learn the basics of caring for orchids. This program is designed for those who are new to orchids and who would like to learn more about this amazing plant. Join the orchid specialists of Duke Farms as they share information about the exciting world of orchids and teach the basics of orchid care.

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Birds in Hand! Migration and the Science of Bird Banding
    8/6/2016   8:00 am to 9:30 am
    Educational, Wildlife

    Join Dawn Fariello, a PhD candidate from Fordham University, as she demonstrates the mist-netting and banding techniques used by ornithologists to study songbirds. This program will include a short discussion on the history of bird banding and the different techniques used to study birds, a live demonstration and a hands-on opportunity for participants to release banded birds. 

    This program is weather dependent and meets in front of the Farm Barn.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and older.

    Eventbrite - Birds in Hand! Migration and the Science of Bird Banding

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    8/6/2016   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Nature Storytime for Sprouts
    8/11/2016   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Children ages 3-6 and their adult caregivers are invited to join us for a 90 minute nature themed monthly program. Each month our “sprouts” will use their senses to connect to the natural world through nature stories, short hikes, songs and nature crafts.

    Participants can register for individual classes or for the entire series. 

    May 19th- Growing Vegetables
    Join us for a couple of books, songs, and activities about our important food group.  We will start at the Orientation Center and go to the Community Garden, if weather permits.  Be sure to dress for the weather for our first Storytime program.

    June 16th- Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
    Join us for books, songs, and buggy activities.  We will go on a bug hunt and create insects of our own. 

    July 14th- Bountiful Harvest
    Join us for an over and under look at how vegetables grow.  We will read books and explore how the Community Garden is growing.  Children will have the opportunity to taste some familiar and maybe not so familiar vegetables and make veggie art.

    August 11th- In the Tall Grass Meadows

    Explore the meadows at Duke Farms.  Through books and active investigation child and parent will learn about the diversity that abounds among the grass and flowers. 


    At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not registered for the program. This includes the younger siblings of any registered participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

     ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Cost: $5 per child for each individual class. $15 per child for the entire series. Adults register for free. Entire Series registration will end on May 19.

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Entire Series

     

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Individual Classes

  • Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 2
    8/13/2016   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    This program is a three-part series for the more serious orchid grower, who has gone beyond the beginner’s stage.

    All classes meet a t 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Orchid Range.

    August 13:  During It’s All in the Flower, features of orchid flowers and associations with pollinator partners are explored, as well as relationships between different orchid species and genera.

    September 17:  Growing Orchids in Tune with Nature centers on how different orchids grow in their environments and how that translates into growing practices. Orchid partnerships with fungi, in addition to orchid pests and Integrated Pest Management are also discussed.

    October 15:  At the Potting & Troubleshooting Workshop, participants who have a concern about their plants are encouraged to bring in one or two of their orchids for a diagnosis. Problems are addressed, including the need for repotting. After a repotting demonstration, orchids are supplied for the class to repot, which they take home.  Orchids which have particular issues in the greenhouse may also be examined.

    Cost: $45 for the entire series. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - A Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 2

  • Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 2
    8/13/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    During this program children (and their parents!) will learn all about the wonders of insects. In the sky and under water, Junior Entomologists will explore the local environment using nets, microscopes, field guides, and other tools that scientists use. 

    Upon completion of the program, children will receive a Junior Entomologist Certificate. Those registering for the entire series will receive tools that will help them throughout their year of exploration.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held on a Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 13

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6).

    Each youth must be accompanied by an adult. ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • NJ Native Orchid Series
    8/13/2016   2:00 to 4:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Are you aware that New Jersey is home to almost 60 species and varieties of orchids and over 35 of them are native to our own Piedmont region? During this program, you will learn about orchids native to NJ through a lecture and by exploring them in our Native Orchid Nursery Bed, Landscape Beds, and the Subtropical Southeast Coast Display. As many are threatened or endangered, we will also discuss how we can help them to survive, including the possibilities of cultivating some of them at home.

    This series of programs has been scheduled to coincide with blooming periods throughout the year so you canwitness the beauty of the various orchids cultivated here at Duke Farms in person.  Take classes individually or as the whole series with a savings.

    Cost: $10 per class; $25 for the whole series. Space is limited and advance registration is required. 

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Registration for the entire series ends on May 14, 2016.

  • Junior Naturalists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 2
    8/14/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior Naturalist (accompanied by an adult) will explore our habitats in every season and learn about a different nature topic each month.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    July 10

    Water Bugs

    Don your water shoes and come learn how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates (aka water bugs). We'll use special nets to sample the organisms that live in streams and observe what they have to teach us about water quality. Special note: We will be walking in water up to our knees so be sure to wear shoes or boots that can get muddy and very wet!

    August 14

    Monarchs

    The monarch butterfly is a marvel of nature. Every autumn, with no map, no directions, and no guide, this butterfly sets out on a migratory journey of more than 2500 miles. Come explore the life cycle of the monarch butterfly as we observe live caterpillars, chrysalides, and adult butterflies. We'll also discover why milkweed is critical to the survival of monarchs and participants will take home milkweed to plant in their own garden.

    September 11

    Incredible Insects

    What makes an insect an insect? We'll explore the major groups of insects and discover what makes them so incredible. Then we'll go out in the meadow to collect, identify, and observe some of the bees, butterflies and bugs of Duke Farms.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
    8/15/2016 -8/16/2016   8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Educational, Wildlife

    Each fall, monarch butterflies from the U.S. and Canada begin a 2,000 mile migration to Mexico; in following spring, their great grandchildren return.  'Teaching and Learning With Monarch Butterflies' is a two-day workshop combining classroom and field experiences where participants are taught by a team of experienced educators that provide participants with the knowledge, skills, materials and confidence to raise monarchs on their own. 

    This 2-day workshop enables pre-K through 12th grade educators to teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social studies… through the captivating story of monarchs (but isn’t limited to educators). 

    Each participant receives: Hands-on instruction by experienced teachers; Rearing cages, books, posters, DVDs and other essential materials; Strategies for creating butterfly gardens; Activities for any subject area; Proven models for engaging community support; On-going support.  

    Cost: $50 per person.

    Eventbrite - Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies

  • Great Meadow Medicine
    8/20/2016   9:30 to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    Long before modern medicine, people relied on wild plants to remedy common complaints. In this program, we'll explore the Great Meadow at Duke Farms, seeking medicinal plants like echinacea, boneset, Joe Pye weed, and others. We'll touch on harvesting, preparation, and the conservation of native medicinal plants.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Great Meadow Medicine

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    8/20/2016   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    8/21/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

    Have you ever wondered about where your veggies come from?  Maybe you thought about planting a garden but you don’t know how to get started. Become a Junior Gardener and you will learn that growing your own veggies is easy and fun and they taste delicious! (Plus they are super healthy which makes moms and dads smile.)

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades 2-5. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any younger children including the younger siblings of any registered Junior Gardener as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. The rest of the session is spent outdoors in the Duke Farms Community Garden.  Appropriate shoes and garden clothes are required. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! A water bottle is recommended.  Garden gloves will be provided.

    Agenda

    June 12: How Does Your Garden Grow? Welcome to the summer garden! We will begin this session by touring the garden to see what is already growing.  We will do LOTS of planting today- tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peppers and more!  By learning what a plant needs to survive, we will make sure our garden has everything it needs to produce lots of delicious summer veggies.

    July 17: The Bugs in our Garden There are lots of creatures in the garden.  They are tucked in the soil, visiting the leaves and flowers, and crawling around the compost.  Today we will identify which bugs are the helpers and which bugs can hurt the crops. We will build a “worm bin” and feed our new friends the weeds we pull from the garden!

    August 21: Summer Eats! So much is growing at this time of year! We will harvest and clean all kinds of veggies and have a summer feast in the garden.  Even though it is so hot, we will begin planting our fall garden with crops such as spinach, lettuce, beets and carrots.  These will be ready to eat when the weather starts to cool!

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series. ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Summer Garden - Entire Series

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    8/25/2016   6 to 7 PM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Junior Ornithologists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 2
    8/28/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!

    During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    July 24

    Habitats are for the Birds

    Birds have adaptations that make them well suited to live in some habitats, but not all habitats. Let's explore the meadows, lakes and woodlands of Duke Farms and learn about the different kinds of birds that call these places home.

    August 28

    Birds, Beaks and Bugs

    What's a bird's favorite meal? The answer depends on what kind of bill is attached to the bird. And what's the difference between a bill and a beak anyway? We'll explore these topics then go out and observe birds and their bills in action.

    September 18

    Bluebirds Abound

    Every fall, many species of birds prepare for fall migration. We'll talk about some of the birds that fly elsewhere for the winter and how banding birds helps scientists study bird migration. No promises, but we hope to have a hands on bird banding session with an experienced scientist!

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    9/3/2016   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Junior Naturalists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 3
    9/11/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior Naturalist (accompanied by an adult) will explore our habitats in every season and learn about a different nature topic each month.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    July 10

    Water Bugs

    Don your water shoes and come learn how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates (aka water bugs). We'll use special nets to sample the organisms that live in streams and observe what they have to teach us about water quality. Special note: We will be walking in water up to our knees so be sure to wear shoes or boots that can get muddy and very wet!

    August 14

    Monarchs

    The monarch butterfly is a marvel of nature. Every autumn, with no map, no directions, and no guide, this butterfly sets out on a migratory journey of more than 2500 miles. Come explore the life cycle of the monarch butterfly as we observe live caterpillars, chrysalides, and adult butterflies. We'll also discover why milkweed is critical to the survival of monarchs and participants will take home milkweed to plant in their own garden.

    September 11

    Incredible Insects

    What makes an insect an insect? We'll explore the major groups of insects and discover what makes them so incredible. Then we'll go out in the meadow to collect, identify, and observe some of the bees, butterflies and bugs of Duke Farms.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    9/17/2016   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 3
    9/17/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    During this program children (and their parents!) will learn all about the wonders of insects. In the sky and under water, Junior Entomologists will explore the local environment using nets, microscopes, field guides, and other tools that scientists use. 

    Upon completion of the program, children will receive a Junior Entomologist Certificate. Those registering for the entire series will receive tools that will help them throughout their year of exploration.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held on a Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 13

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). 

    Each youth must be accompanied by an adult. ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    9/17/2016   1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Learn the basics of caring for orchids. This program is designed for those who are new to orchids and who would like to learn more about this amazing plant. Join the orchid specialists of Duke Farms as they share information about the exciting world of orchids and teach the basics of orchid care.

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Ornithologists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 3
    9/18/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!

    During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    July 24

    Habitats are for the Birds

    Birds have adaptations that make them well suited to live in some habitats, but not all habitats. Let's explore the meadows, lakes and woodlands of Duke Farms and learn about the different kinds of birds that call these places home.

    August 28

    Birds, Beaks and Bugs

    What's a bird's favorite meal? The answer depends on what kind of bill is attached to the bird. And what's the difference between a bill and a beak anyway? We'll explore these topics then go out and observe birds and their bills in action.

    September 18

    Bluebirds Abound

    Every fall, many species of birds prepare for fall migration. We'll talk about some of the birds that fly elsewhere for the winter and how banding birds helps scientists study bird migration. No promises, but we hope to have a hands on bird banding session with an experienced scientist!

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    9/18/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

    Have you ever wondered about where your veggies come from?  Maybe you thought about planting a garden but you don’t know how to get started. Become a Junior Gardener and you will learn that growing your own veggies is easy and fun and they taste delicious! (Plus they are super healthy which makes moms and dads smile.)

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades 2-5. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any younger children including the younger siblings of any registered Junior Gardener as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. The rest of the session is spent outdoors in the Duke Farms Community Garden.  Appropriate shoes and garden clothes are required. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! A water bottle is recommended.  Garden gloves will be provided.

    Agenda

    September 18: Fall into Gardening Welcome to the fall garden!  We will head outside to see what’s already growing and check our seed packets to see what cool-season crops can still be planted at this time of year.  We will pull some potatoes right from the ground and do a taste test comparing sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.

    October 16: Growing Garlic This is a great time of year to plant garlic.  It will spend all winter in the ground and be ready for harvest next June!  It’s also a great time of year to pick and taste pumpkins!  Although it’s too late to plant outside, we will plant microgreens in containers to grow on our windowsills for fresh greens all winter long.

    November 13: A Thanksgiving Harvest Gardeners will pick all remaining veggies- some will be for tasting; some will be for bringing home and sharing.  We will get our garden all tucked away for the winter and do a fun craft project with some natural items found in and around the garden.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series.  ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

  • Native Seed Collection for Beginners
    9/22/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    This two-hour class, designed for adults who are seeking to explore the world of native plant seed collection, will provide an introduction to the methods used in the collection of native plant seeds.  The class will examine how to identify seeds, plan times to harvest and proper cleaning and storage.   Led by our staff growers, attendees will enjoy the rare opportunity to explore seed collection methods and ethics in the field at Duke Farms. 

    Each participant will leave with pre-packaged native plant seeds and a potted plant from the property to sow at home.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Native Seed Collection for Beginners

  • Community Garden Snoop Tour
    9/22/2016   6 to 7 PM
    Educational, Family, Gardening

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

  • Growing Your Community Food System From the Ground Up
    9/24/2016 -9/25/2016  
    Educational, Farming

    “Growing Your Community Food System From the Ground Up"

    is an intensive, hands on, training workshop offering the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. 

    The mornings of both days are general sessions that are led by Will Allen, Growing Power and Duke Farms.

    The hands-on workshops are in the afternoons, after the general sessions. Your options are:

    • Project Planning can be done in one day. (and the other day you can take Mushrooms/Microgreens)

    • Mushrooms and Microgreens can be done in one day.

    • Composting/Vermiculture is a two day class. Quite detailed and takes two days to learn. 

    • Hoop house building is a two day class. It takes two days to construct the hoop house.

    • Aquaculture is a two day class. Quite detailed and takes two days to learn.

    For full details on these workshops please CLICK HERE

    Cost: $200 per person for the entire 2-Day workshop.

    Eventbrite - Growing Your Community Food System From the Ground Up: Workshop 3

  • Big Tree Hike
    9/24/2016   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational

    Join Certified Tree Expert Jack Kuhlman, and visit a few of the largest trees in the state.  Duke Farms is home to the 4th largest Red Oak in New Jersey (our State tree!), many other Champion trees, and quite a few trees that haven’t made the official list but are impressive in their own right.  

    During this program, you will learn how to estimate tree size, explore the reasons behind impressive tree growth, and learn how to ID many of our native species.  The large trees are spread all over the property, so be prepared to walk 3-4 miles and dress for the weather.  This program runs through lunch so don’t forget a water and snack!

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Big Tree Hike

  • Hands-On Ecological Restoration
    9/30/2016   9:30 AM to 3:30 pM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    Learning how to return function and diversity to degraded habitats is one of the fundamental challenges of our time. In this class, we'll collaborate on planning an ecological restoration project. Beginning with a baseline site assessment, we'll determine restoration goals, plan the removal of unwanted species and establishment of others, and set up a monitoring protocol to gauge the long-term success of our efforts.

    The class will take place outside; we'll be restoring a forested area at Duke Farms using the full spectrum of tools and plant materials available to contemporary land stewards. Fundamental concepts in restoration practice, as well as recommended resources, will be covered in depth. The class will be taught by Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC, in cooperation with stewardship staff from Duke Farms. 

    Cost: $50 per person.

    Eventbrite - Hands-On Ecological Restoration

  • Native Seed Collection for Beginners
    10/1/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    This two-hour class, designed for adults who are seeking to explore the world of native plant seed collection, will provide an introduction to the methods used in the collection of native plant seeds.  The class will examine how to identify seeds, plan times to harvest and proper cleaning and storage.   Led by our staff growers, attendees will enjoy the rare opportunity to explore seed collection methods and ethics in the field at Duke Farms. 

    Each participant will leave with pre-packaged native plant seeds and a potted plant from the property to sow at home.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Native Seed Collection for Beginners

  • Sunday Mystery Walks
    10/2/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join us for a 2 hour exploration of something around Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Take a risk and come learn something new with us.

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here! These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 22

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

    Cost: $5 per adult; Children under the age of 12 Free!. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    10/6/2016   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Learn the basics of caring for orchids. This program is designed for those who are new to orchids and who would like to learn more about this amazing plant. Join the orchid specialists of Duke Farms as they share information about the exciting world of orchids and teach the basics of orchid care.

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 1
    10/9/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior Naturalist (accompanied by an adult) will explore our habitats in every season and learn about a different nature topic each month.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

    Fall can be a spectacular season of bright blue skies and brilliant leaf color. We'll talk about why leaves change color and take a close look at how we can use leaves and other characteristics to identify trees. Come take a walk in the woods and get to know the trees of Duke Farms!

    November 6

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

    What's an evergreen? What's a conifer? How do you tell the difference between a fir, a spruce, and a pine? We'll take close look at the "evergreens" and learn how they manage to survive in winter.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

  • Garlic 101
    10/11/2016   6 to 7:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Garlic is a surprisingly easy crop to include in a backyard garden. During the indoor portion of this class, types of garlic, best planting practices and uses will be discussed. Then we’ll head outdoors to the Community Garden for some hands-on experience as we complete a planting in our Education Plot.

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Garlic 101

  • Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms
    10/13/2016   6:00 to 9:00 PM
    Educational

    You know the term, but you think it's impossible to accomplish. Join Duke Farms' staff on an exploration of green technology at Duke Farms and learn how you can implement some of our successful systems in your home or business. Begin to take steps toward a greener future.

    Tour our recently renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, on-site wastewater treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems. You will see how Duke Farms leads the way in sustainable design and practice.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 15 and older.

    Eventbrite - Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms

  • Pruning Basics
    10/15/2016   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    Wondering how to get all those unruly plants around your property back under control? Trying to get more flowers or fruits out of your plants?

    Join Certified tree Expert Jack Kuhlman for a workshop on proper pruning techniques. Learn how and when to prune a variety of plants that can be found at Duke Farms. Use the information you learn today in your own yard right away.

    This course will take place both inside and outside.  Please remember to dress for the weather. 

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Pruning Basics

  • Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 4
    10/15/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    During this program children (and their parents!) will learn all about the wonders of insects. In the sky and under water, Junior Entomologists will explore the local environment using nets, microscopes, field guides, and other tools that scientists use. 

    Upon completion of the program, children will receive a Junior Entomologist Certificate. Those registering for the entire series will receive tools that will help them throughout their year of exploration.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held on a Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 13

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). 

    Each youth must be accompanied by an adult. ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Discovering Orchids for Kids
    10/15/2016   2:00 to 3:30 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening

    Join us for a fun, hands-on exploration of orchids. Learn why orchids come in all shapes and sizes based on the wildlife that uses them for pollination.

    This program is designed for kids 8-12 with an adult chaperone. It is sure to be fun for all, as we touch, smell and look into different orchid flowers and their landing pads, and check-out how and where they grow. After a repotting demonstration, each kid & parent team will repot an orchid plant and take it home to nurture.

    Each adult must accompany 1 or 2 children during this program, please no more than 2 adults per child.

    Cost: $10 per person. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents

  • Garlic 101
    10/15/2016   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Garlic is a surprisingly easy crop to include in a backyard garden. During the indoor portion of this class, types of garlic, best planting practices and uses will be discussed. Then we’ll head outdoors to the Community Garden for some hands-on experience as we complete a planting in our Education Plot.

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Garlic 101

  • Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 1
    10/16/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!

    During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

    What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal? Are owls raptors? Let's take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 20

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 11

    Winter Birds

    Not all birds migrate to warmer places in winter. We'll take a look at the birds that stick around Duke Farms in the coldest months and discover how they survive in the worst conditions.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    10/16/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

    Have you ever wondered about where your veggies come from?  Maybe you thought about planting a garden but you don’t know how to get started. Become a Junior Gardener and you will learn that growing your own veggies is easy and fun and they taste delicious! (Plus they are super healthy which makes moms and dads smile.)

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades 2-5. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any younger children including the younger siblings of any registered Junior Gardener as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. The rest of the session is spent outdoors in the Duke Farms Community Garden.  Appropriate shoes and garden clothes are required. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! A water bottle is recommended.  Garden gloves will be provided.

    Agenda

    September 18: Fall into Gardening Welcome to the fall garden!  We will head outside to see what’s already growing and check our seed packets to see what cool-season crops can still be planted at this time of year.  We will pull some potatoes right from the ground and do a taste test comparing sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.

    October 16: Growing Garlic This is a great time of year to plant garlic.  It will spend all winter in the ground and be ready for harvest next June!  It’s also a great time of year to pick and taste pumpkins!  Although it’s too late to plant outside, we will plant microgreens in containers to grow on our windowsills for fresh greens all winter long.

    November 13: A Thanksgiving Harvest Gardeners will pick all remaining veggies- some will be for tasting; some will be for bringing home and sharing.  We will get our garden all tucked away for the winter and do a fun craft project with some natural items found in and around the garden.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series.  ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

  • Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    11/5/2016   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    Join Certified tree Expert Jack Kuhlman and find a deeper connection to New Jersey native trees as he teaches you identification in different seasons using leaves, bark, fruit and flowers as clues.  Sign up for individual classes or for the series.

    Tree ID Walk Schedule:
    Saturday March 26: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 21: Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 16: Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 5: Late Foliage: Tree ID in Late Autumn

    This is an outdoor program involving a lot of walking.  Please dress for the weather!

    Cost: 10 per person for individual classes. $30 per person for the entire series.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

  • Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 2
    11/6/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior Naturalist (accompanied by an adult) will explore our habitats in every season and learn about a different nature topic each month.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

    Fall can be a spectacular season of bright blue skies and brilliant leaf color. We'll talk about why leaves change color and take a close look at how we can use leaves and other characteristics to identify trees. Come take a walk in the woods and get to know the trees of Duke Farms!

    November 6

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

    What's an evergreen? What's a conifer? How do you tell the difference between a fir, a spruce, and a pine? We'll take close look at the "evergreens" and learn how they manage to survive in winter.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

  • Sunday Mystery Walks
    11/13/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join us for a 2 hour exploration of something around Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Take a risk and come learn something new with us.

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here! These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 22

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

    Cost: $5 per adult; Children under the age of 12 Free!. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    11/13/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

    Have you ever wondered about where your veggies come from?  Maybe you thought about planting a garden but you don’t know how to get started. Become a Junior Gardener and you will learn that growing your own veggies is easy and fun and they taste delicious! (Plus they are super healthy which makes moms and dads smile.)

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades 2-5. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any younger children including the younger siblings of any registered Junior Gardener as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. The rest of the session is spent outdoors in the Duke Farms Community Garden.  Appropriate shoes and garden clothes are required. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! A water bottle is recommended.  Garden gloves will be provided.

    Agenda

    September 18: Fall into Gardening Welcome to the fall garden!  We will head outside to see what’s already growing and check our seed packets to see what cool-season crops can still be planted at this time of year.  We will pull some potatoes right from the ground and do a taste test comparing sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.

    October 16: Growing Garlic This is a great time of year to plant garlic.  It will spend all winter in the ground and be ready for harvest next June!  It’s also a great time of year to pick and taste pumpkins!  Although it’s too late to plant outside, we will plant microgreens in containers to grow on our windowsills for fresh greens all winter long.

    November 13: A Thanksgiving Harvest Gardeners will pick all remaining veggies- some will be for tasting; some will be for bringing home and sharing.  We will get our garden all tucked away for the winter and do a fun craft project with some natural items found in and around the garden.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series.  ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    11/19/2016   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Learn the basics of caring for orchids. This program is designed for those who are new to orchids and who would like to learn more about this amazing plant. Join the orchid specialists of Duke Farms as they share information about the exciting world of orchids and teach the basics of orchid care.

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 2
    11/20/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!

    During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

    What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal? Are owls raptors? Let's take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 20

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 11

    Winter Birds

    Not all birds migrate to warmer places in winter. We'll take a look at the birds that stick around Duke Farms in the coldest months and discover how they survive in the worst conditions.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

  • Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 3
    12/4/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior Naturalist (accompanied by an adult) will explore our habitats in every season and learn about a different nature topic each month.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

    Fall can be a spectacular season of bright blue skies and brilliant leaf color. We'll talk about why leaves change color and take a close look at how we can use leaves and other characteristics to identify trees. Come take a walk in the woods and get to know the trees of Duke Farms!

    November 6

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

    What's an evergreen? What's a conifer? How do you tell the difference between a fir, a spruce, and a pine? We'll take close look at the "evergreens" and learn how they manage to survive in winter.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    12/8/2016   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Learn the basics of caring for orchids. This program is designed for those who are new to orchids and who would like to learn more about this amazing plant. Join the orchid specialists of Duke Farms as they share information about the exciting world of orchids and teach the basics of orchid care.

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 3
    12/11/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!

    During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

    What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal? Are owls raptors? Let's take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 20

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 11

    Winter Birds

    Not all birds migrate to warmer places in winter. We'll take a look at the birds that stick around Duke Farms in the coldest months and discover how they survive in the worst conditions.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

 
 
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