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Programs & Events Calendar

Duke Farms has events of all types tailored to meet your needs, whether you are coming as a family, school, professional, or just want to make it a day trip.

  • 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

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    12/10/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. 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: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    New Jersey Geography for Elementary and Middle School Students
    12/10/2016   9:00am to 3:00pm

     

    Join the New Jersey Geographic Alliance for a workshop and hands-on activities that focus on the physical and human geography of our home state. Our work will be specifically geared towards 4th grade standards but can easily be scaled up or down for different grade levels.

    Special emphasis will be placed on the newly released Jersey-specific version of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map!  Teachers will experience the 16x20ft floor map and learn how to reserve the map for a visit to their school! Traveling maps bring hands-on and feet-on geographic education to hundreds of thousands students around the country each year. 

    Cost: $25 per educator.

    Eventbrite - New Jersey Geography for Elementary and Middle School Students

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    12/11/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. 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: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    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

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    12/17/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. 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: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    DIY Beauty Products: Protect Your Bodies and Our Water
    12/17/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    Learn about beauty products that are simple to make and do not contain harmful chemicals or microbeads that damage our skin and pollute out waters. Attendees will be able to make their own products and take them home in mason jars!

    They will also receive informational handouts with links to apps, websites and videos that provide more information about other products you can make, where to buy ingredients, which products to avoid in stores, and which products are safe to buy if you cannot make them on your own. 

    Please be advised; dairy, flour, Grapeseed oil, honey, brown sugar, citrus, and ginger will be used during the workshop. Individuals with allergies to these ingredients are still welcome to attend and make items for gifts!

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - DIY Beauty Products: Protect Your Bodies and Our Water

     

    Junior Naturalists: 1st Mini-Series
    1/8/2017   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!

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

     January 08

    Winter, A Tale of Survival

    Students will be introduced to some of the more common wild residents of Duke Farms and their adaptations for surviving through the winter. We will take to the field and search for wildlife (or signs of wildlife) that are active all through the winter.

    February 5

    Birds at My Feeder

    Students will be introduced to the birds that stay active around Duke Farms all winter. Bird Food and Bird Feeding through the winter will be explored. We will go out and observe birds with binoculars and begin to learn ways to identify the birds that visit our feeders.

    March 12

    Signs of Spring

    Even though it may still look like winter outside, spring is really not far away. Join a Naturalist on a scavenger hunt to find the telltale signs of spring at 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 January 8, 2016).

    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 2017: 1st Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Bald Eagle Ecology for Teachers (K-12)
    1/21/2017   9:00am to 3:00pm

    Wildlife Habitats

     

    The Eagle Cam is a wonderful tool for teaching about ecology, endangered species or animal adaptions. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Duke Farms will help you to enhance your understanding of the science behind NJ’s bald eagle management program and discover the many ways this technology can be used in your classroom. Eagle biologist Larissa Smith will talk about her work with this charismatic species, live birds of prey will make an appearance and an opportunity will be announced for one teacher to participate in the spring eagle chick banding at Duke Farms.

    Cost: $25 per educator.

    Eventbrite - Bald Eagle Ecology for Teachers (K-12)

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 1st Mini-Series
    1/22/2017   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!

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

     January 22

    Birds From the Beginning

    This program is an introduction to Birds. We will take a look at Birds from the beginning including their unique Anatomy, Biology and Behavior. Families will learn about binoculars and how to focus them. We will begin to look at ways to identify birds in the field, then go outside with binoculars and try to identify birds we observe at our feeders and in the field.

    February 26

    Eagles - Our Early Nesters

    Everyone is excited about the eagles that live and nest at Duke Farms. Did you know they lay their eggs in the middle of winter? This program will help us get to know all about the life cycle and habits of our majestic eagles.

    March 26

    Spring Migration - Flight and Feathers

    Many birds flew the coop for the winter, but they begin to return with the first signs of spring. Families will learn all about bird spring migration. We will learn how a bird is adapted to long flights and take an in depth look at feathers and features that make flight possible.

     

    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).

    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 2017: Mini Series 1 - Entire Series

     

    Rutgers Environmental Stewards
    1/26/2017  

    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Duke Farms is the regional host for the Rutgers Environmental Steward Program. The program provides training and experience which equips participants to contribute effectively to the process of finding solutions for environmental problems in the communities of New Jersey. Graduates become knowledgeable about the basic processes of earth, air, water and biological systems. They increase awareness of the techniques and tools used to monitor and assess the health of the environment. They gain an understanding of the research and regulatory infrastructure of state and federal agencies operating in New Jersey that relate to environmental issues. They are given an introduction to group dynamics and community leadership.

    They learn to recognize the elements of sound science and public policy based on that science. They acquire some sense of the limits of current understanding of the environment.

    It is our goal that graduates use their knowledge to expand public awareness of scientifically based information related to environmental issues and facilitate positive change in their community.

    Normal Class Time: Thursdays, January to May; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

    For inquiries and more information about the program please contact Pat Rector, rector@njaes.rutgers.edu or Dan Ross, dross16@rci.rutgers.edu  or visit the Rutgers Environmental Steward website at http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/

    Eventbrite - Rutgers Environmental Stewards - 2017

     

    Rutgers Environmental Stewards
    1/26/2017  

    Sustainable Landscapes

     

    Duke Farms is the regional host for the Rutgers Environmental Steward Program. The program provides training and experience which equips participants to contribute effectively to the process of finding solutions for environmental problems in the communities of New Jersey. Graduates become knowledgeable about the basic processes of earth, air, water and biological systems. They increase awareness of the techniques and tools used to monitor and assess the health of the environment. They gain an understanding of the research and regulatory infrastructure of state and federal agencies operating in New Jersey that relate to environmental issues. They are given an introduction to group dynamics and community leadership.

    They learn to recognize the elements of sound science and public policy based on that science. They acquire some sense of the limits of current understanding of the environment.

    It is our goal that graduates use their knowledge to expand public awareness of scientifically based information related to environmental issues and facilitate positive change in their community.

    Normal Class Time: Thursdays, January to May; 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

    For inquiries and more information about the program please contact Pat Rector, rector@njaes.rutgers.edu or Dan Ross, dross16@rci.rutgers.edu  or visit the Rutgers Environmental Steward website at http://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/

    Eventbrite - Rutgers Environmental Stewards - 2017

     

    National Seed Swap Day
    1/28/2017   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Plants, Farming

     

    Break the winter blues and begin planning your spring garden by celebrating National Seed Swap Day with the Duke Farms 2nd Annual Seed Swap!  A seed swap is an event where gardeners can meet and share their excess seeds- either those they purchased or saved from last year’s garden.  It’s a great way to try out a new variety! An assortment of heirloom and hybrid seeds will be provided by Duke Farms.  Please bring your own seeds to add to the mix.  Directions for what types of seeds to bring and how to label them will be provided.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - National Seed Swap Day 2017

     

    Bald Eagles in the Classroom: Using an NGSS Aligned and Problem Based Approach
    2/4/2017   9:00am to 3:00pm

    Wildlife Habitats

     

     If you are a K-12 teacher who is passionate about STE(A)M, environmental studies, biology or earth science education and want to bring a NGSS bald eagle Problem-Based Learning (PBL) unit into your classroom, this workshop is for you!

    Duke Farms and Innovative Designs for Education (IDE) have partnered to create grade level specific PBL units that will meet the needs of the CCSS and NGSS including the cross-cutting standards, practices, and core ideas. Teachers will explore the power of PBL as they spend the day working with other teachers at their grade level and will then leave with new tools including a problem-based task, analytic rubric, unit level scaffold, and tools for facilitation to implement a new bald eagle  unit in their classrooms.

    Cost: $30 per educator. includes coffee and lunch.

    Eventbrite - Bald Eagles in the Classroom: Using an NGSS Aligned and Problem Based Approach

     

    Duke Farms Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy
    3/1/2017  

    Sustainable Landscapes

     

    Weather, climate, and sustainable actions are prominent in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the NJ Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) for Science. Let the 2,700 acre Duke Farms property serve as your living laboratory and source of inspiration for exciting new lessons on these topics.

    Participating K-12 educators, administrators and non-formal educators will conduct hands-on outdoor fieldwork, hear lectures from NJ’s top experts, and develop NGSS/NJSLS-aligned lesson plans that bring the concepts of climate change and sustainability to life for students. 

    Academy Topics:

    1.     The processes that lead to climate change

    2.     How human activity contributes to climate change

    3.     Local and global impacts of climate change

    4.     Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies

    5.     Sustainable actions within educational institutions

    Academy Schedule:
    - Registration Deadline March 1, 2017

    - In-Person Orientation Dinner (Wednesday, March 15, 2017)

    - Pre-Academy Distance Learning (March-June; roughly 12 hours of independent work)

    - In-Person Summer Academy Sessions (June 26 - June 29, 2017  8:00am-4:30pm)

    - FINAL NGSS-Aligned Teaching Plan  (Due: September 30, 2017)    

    Cost: $150 includes all course materials, orientation dinner and on-site housing (June 26-29) for the first eight registered participants.

    Lead Faculty for the Academy are Ms. Laura Gallagher and Dr. Missy Holzer. View their bios HERE

    Participants can also earn points for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification.

    Eventbrite - Duke Farms Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy

     

    2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring & Summer Garden
    3/25/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    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 families smile.)

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators 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, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Spring & Summer Garden!

    Dates: March 25, April 22, May 20, June 17 & July 15

    (Each class is held from 10am to 12pm)

    These classes are designed for families with children in grades 2-5At 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.

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    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.

    Cost: $25 per child. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends March 25.

     

    Junior Entomologists: 1st Mini-Series
    3/25/2017   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

    March 25

    Socializing with Insects

    What is an insect and how are they classified? What are typical behavior patterns of insects? What are colonies?

    April 29

    Eat or Be Eaten! (and Other Insect Adaptations)

    What kinds of animals eat insects? How do they find them? How and where do insects hide from their predators? How do we use insect predators to control insect pests?
    May 20

    The Web of Life

    How do you get a skeleton outside your body? How does it grow? What is metamorphosis? Which insects do it?  Make buggy connections during this Jr Entomologist program.

    June 24

    The Magic of Pollination

    Get to know the most famous pollinators (the bees and butterflies) as well as the lesser known, but just as important, colleagues (the ants, birds, beetles, moths and wasps!)

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 25). 

    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 2017: Mini Series 1 - Entire Series

     

    Junior Naturalists: 2nd Mini-Series
    4/9/2017   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 on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    April 9

    Bumblebees
    Bumblebees are extremely important pollinators of flowers and agricultural crops. They are able to fly in cooler temperatures than many other bees, making them excellent pollinators. April is a good time to search for Queen Bumblebees and learn all about these fuzzy friends in the garden.

    May 7

    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 4

    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).

    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 2017: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

     

    2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring & Summer Garden
    4/22/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    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 families smile.)

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators 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, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Spring & Summer Garden!

    Dates: March 25, April 22, May 20, June 17 & July 15

    (Each class is held from 10am to 12pm)

    These classes are designed for families with children in grades 2-5At 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.

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    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.

    Cost: $25 per child. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends March 25.

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 2nd Mini-Series
    4/30/2017   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 on Sunday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    April 30

    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 21

    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 25

    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).

    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 2017: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

     

    2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring & Summer Garden
    5/20/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    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 families smile.)

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators 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, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Spring & Summer Garden!

    Dates: March 25, April 22, May 20, June 17 & July 15

    (Each class is held from 10am to 12pm)

    These classes are designed for families with children in grades 2-5At 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.

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    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.

    Cost: $25 per child. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends March 25.

     

    2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring & Summer Garden
    6/17/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    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 families smile.)

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators 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, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Spring & Summer Garden!

    Dates: March 25, April 22, May 20, June 17 & July 15

    (Each class is held from 10am to 12pm)

    These classes are designed for families with children in grades 2-5At 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.

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    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.

    Cost: $25 per child. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends March 25.

     

    2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring & Summer Garden
    7/15/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    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 families smile.)

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators 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, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Spring & Summer Garden!

    Dates: March 25, April 22, May 20, June 17 & July 15

    (Each class is held from 10am to 12pm)

    These classes are designed for families with children in grades 2-5At 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.

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    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.

    Cost: $25 per child. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends March 25.

     

    Junior Naturalists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 1
    7/16/2017   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 on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    July 16

    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.

     

    August 6

    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!

    September 10

    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.

     

    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)

    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 2017: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 3rd Mini-Series
    7/23/2017   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 on Sunday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    July 23

    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 20

    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 17

    Fall Migration
    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). 

    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 2017: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

     

    Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series
    7/29/2017   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 29

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    Learn all about lampyridae—lightning bugs!  Explore how they glow, their lifecycle, the catching guidelines, and learn how you can contribute to citizen science.
    August 26

    Life Under Water

    What’s a benthic macroinvertebrate?  What do they become and why are they important?  Bring your boots to splash through Duke’s Brook as we take a look at the life of insects under water.
    September 23

    Bugs in the Air

    What’s so special about the first creatures on earth to develop wings?  Identify and learn about those fast flying, buzzing, and flapping insects of the sky!  
    October 28

    Log Flippin' Fun

    Pick through a rotten log to identify decomposers and the slimy, darkness-loving critters with many legs, no eyes, and hard shells! <

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 29). 

    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 2017: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

     

    2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden
    8/5/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    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 families smile.)

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators 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, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Summer & Fall Garden!

    Dates: August 5, September 9, October 7 & November 4

    (Each class is held from 10am to 12pm)

    These classes are designed for families with children in grades 2-5At 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.

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    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.

    Cost: $25 per child. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends August 5.

     

    2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden
    9/9/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    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 families smile.)

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators 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, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Summer & Fall Garden!

    Dates: August 5, September 9, October 7 & November 4

    (Each class is held from 10am to 12pm)

    These classes are designed for families with children in grades 2-5At 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.

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    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.

    Cost: $25 per child. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends August 5.

     

    2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden
    10/7/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    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 families smile.)

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators 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, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Summer & Fall Garden!

    Dates: August 5, September 9, October 7 & November 4

    (Each class is held from 10am to 12pm)

    These classes are designed for families with children in grades 2-5At 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.

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    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.

    Cost: $25 per child. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends August 5.

     

    Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 1
    10/8/2017   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 on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    October 8

    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 5

    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 3

    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). 

    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 2017: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series
    10/15/2017   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 on Sunday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    October 15

    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 19

    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 10

    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). 

    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 2017: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

    2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden
    11/4/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    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 families smile.)

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators 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, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Summer & Fall Garden!

    Dates: August 5, September 9, October 7 & November 4

    (Each class is held from 10am to 12pm)

    These classes are designed for families with children in grades 2-5At 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.

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    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.

    Cost: $25 per child. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends August 5.

     

 
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