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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.

  • Tea Garden: Growing, Harvesting and Preparing Herbs for Tea
    5/27/2015   7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Growing your own tea herbs makes for a fresh, tasty beverage. In this hands-on class, we'll prepare tisanes of many herbs - familiar mints, increasingly popular herbs from abroad like lemon grass and tulsi, and even delicious native herbs. Learn how to harvest and prepare herbal brews, and how to properly store herbs for year-round use for both tea and general cooking needs. 

    Participants should bring a mug for sampling and are welcome to bring herbs they are curious about preparing.  This class will be taught by Rachel Mackow from Wild Ridge Plants.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Tea Garden: Growing, Harvesting and Preparing Herbs for Tea

     

    Evening Birding at Duke Farms: Spring Migrants & Resident Breeders
    5/29/2015   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Educational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk after the property is closed to the general public. 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: Late Spring Migrants & Resident Breeders

     

    The Ecological Essence of Edible Ecosystems
    5/29/2015 -5/29/2015   7:00 PM BUY TICKETS

    Educational, Wildlife, Plants, Gardening, Farming

     

    Mimicking natural ecosystems in our farms and gardens promises the regeneration of healthy ecological functions while meeting our food and other material needs.  What forms the essence of this way of seeing, thinking, and horticultural practice?  We’ll frame and review core concepts of ecosystem mimicry, explore some historical and recent examples, and take apart a system or two to see how they tick.  Come ready to have your worldview challenged while having fun along the way.

     

    This public introductory talk also serves as the opening of a two-day weekend workshop held at Fields Without Fences, providing concepts central to the observation and design experiences we’ll explore together Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the full, two day workshop, go to: 

    www.fieldswithoutfences.org/events

    DAVE JACKE

    A student of ecology and design since the 1970s, Dave Jacke has run his own ecological design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984.  He is primary author of the two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens, fast becoming a classic in its field.  An engaging, passionate and meticulous ecological designer and educator, Dave has designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas.  He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Land Use Planning from Simon's Rock College (1980) and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design (1984).  He now homesteads an eagle’s flight from the Connecticut River in Montague, MA.

    FIELDS WITHOUT FENCES

    Partners Johann Rinkens & Lindsay Napolitano are the co-founders and operators of Fields Without Fences, an organic farm & regenerative design service based in Hunterdon County, NJ.  Approaching cultivation from a restorative perspective, they have introduced diverse native flora back into the landscape, developed passive water retention systems, and implemented a productive successional reforestation of their small farm site. Together they are certified permaculture designers, farmers, foragers, herbalists, and deep ecology thinkers restoring health & integrity to our ecological landscapes.

    $10.00 per ticket

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    5/30/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, 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 Dates:

    Sunday March 15th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  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 each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Gardening IPM- Diseases & Insects of the Vegetable Garden
    6/1/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Please join Marc Zukovich of Sterling Horticultural Services for a discussion on how to identify and treat common diseases and insects that plague vegetable garden plants.  Proper soil preparation, planting and maintenance techniques will be discussed along with methods using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices to control diseases and pests. He will also discuss proper use of organic pest control products. 

    Marc will also be leading 2 Pest & Pathogen “Walk & Talk” programs in the gardens on June 27 and July 25.  Together, we can fight back again garden pests.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Gardening IPM- Diseases & Insects of the Vegetable Garden

     

    Preserving the Harvest: Canning & Freezing
    6/3/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Do you grow more vegetables and fruits than you can eat?  Do you love the taste of homemade jelly?  Do you want to preserve locally grown produce to enjoy next winter? 

    Then these workshops are for you.  Each workshop will cover why safety is critical and how to safely can or freeze fresh produce.  We will discuss equipment, share resources for recipes and learn the techniques.    

    Workshop Dates:

    Wednesday, June 3 @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm: Canning

    Wednesday, June 10 @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm: Freezing

    Cost: $10 per person for an individual class OR $15 per person for both classes.

    Eventbrite - Preserve the Harvest: Canning & Freezing (Both Classes)

    Eventbrite - Preserve the Harvest: Canning & Freezing

     

    Raising All My Vegetables Year Round with No Poisons, Power Machinery, or Commercial Fertilizers
    6/6/2015   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Pat Kenschaft has been raising all of her family's vegetables year-round for the past 30 years on a small plot of land in Montclair, NJ.  She uses no chemicals, power machinery or commercial fertilizers. 

    Join Pat to hear a discussion about how she accomplishes this amazing task.  She will outline her ideas and show pictures of her garden.  Pat participates in the Cornucopia Network of NJ and opens her backyard gardens to the public for tours throughout the year. 

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Raising All My Vegetables Year Round with No Poisons, Power Machinery, or Commercial Fertilizers

     

    Sunday Mystery Walks
    6/7/2015   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:

    April 19

    May 3

    June 7

    June 21

    October 4

    November 8

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

     

    Preserving the Harvest: Canning & Freezing
    6/10/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Do you grow more vegetables and fruits than you can eat?  Do you love the taste of homemade jelly?  Do you want to preserve locally grown produce to enjoy next winter? 

    Then these workshops are for you.  Each workshop will cover why safety is critical and how to safely can or freeze fresh produce.  We will discuss equipment, share resources for recipes and learn the techniques.    

    Workshop Dates:

    Wednesday, June 3 @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm: Canning

    Wednesday, June 10 @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm: Freezing

    Cost: $10 per person for an individual class OR $15 per person for both classes.

    Eventbrite - Preserve the Harvest: Canning & Freezing (Both Classes)

    Eventbrite - Preserve the Harvest: Canning & Freezing

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    6/11/2015   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.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Big Tree Hike
    6/12/2015   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

     

    Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series
    6/14/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 12

    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 17

    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 14

    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: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 12).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Preserving the Harvest: Dehydration & Fermentation
    6/17/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Prepare for the zombie apocalypse and discover how delicious rotting vegetables can be! This lively discussion explores why and how to preserve garden produce. Learn to dehydrate fruits and vegetables so you can store them for 20 years.

    Discover how fermentation can preserve veggies and fruits from harvest to spring. Surprisingly simple methods extend your garden and provide an impressive array of new foods for your table.  Samples will abound! 

    This class with be taught by Daniel Gasteiger, author of “Yes, You Can!  And Freeze and Dry It, Too”.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Preserving the Harvest: Dehydration & Fermentation

     

    Stars Above, Earth Below
    6/18/2015   7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Educational, Family

     

    You can recognize the Big Dipper in the northern sky.  Orion’s Belt has been a winter “friend” since childhood.  How about all the other stars up there? 

    Come learn your way around the night sky.  Make a star wheel to take home and help your family navigate and appreciate the heavens from your own back yard.  No telescope needed!  Learn to find more than 20 constellations, asterisms and bright “anchor” stars.  Observation and laser constellation tour afterwards, weather/darkness permitting.  

    Cost: $5 per adult; FREE for youth. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.

    **This program requires clear skies.  The Rain Dates for this program are June 19th and June 20th.  Program date will be dependent on weather**

    Eventbrite - Stars Above, Earth Below

     

    NJ Native Orchids Series
    6/20/2015   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Are you aware that New Jersey is home to almost 60 species 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 brief 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 can witness the beauty of all of our various orchids 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 - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Individual Classes

     

    Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    6/20/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational

     

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

    From our on-site waste water treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems you will see how Duke Farms is working to be a model of sustainability and will learn how you can implement some of these technologies at your home or business.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

     

    Sunday Mystery Walks
    6/21/2015   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:

    April 19

    May 3

    June 7

    June 21

    October 4

    November 8

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

     

    Extending the Harvest
    6/24/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Educational

     

    In an average vegetable garden, spring and fall may be slow times of the year and summer brings a bounty. 

    In this class you will learn how to increase your yields in the slower spring and fall months. Practical advice and instruction will have you planning and preparing your garden for nearly-year-round harvest.  Learn to extend your fresh vegetable harvest in a sustainable way from Duke Farms’ community garden staff.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Extending the Harvest

     

    Gardening for Beneficial Insects: Pollinators, Predators and Parasitoids
    6/27/2015   1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Educational, Wildlife, Gardening

     

    This event includes indoor and outdoor training components on the conservation of pollinators and other beneficial insects.

    During this event, participants will attend an indoor training session that introduces beneficial insects (pollinators and natural enemies of insect pests), the ecosystem services they provide, and methods of conservation. Participants will also gain hands-on experience during the outdoor component including identifying beneficial insects and the plants they are visiting in the community garden.

    Presented by Kelly Gill, Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Xerces Society

    Cost: $25 per person for the general public; $15 per person for Duke Farms Community Gardeners.

    Eventbrite - Gardening for Beneficial Insects: Pollinators, Predators and Parasitoids

     

    Growing Good Jersey Tomatoes Organically: Part 2
    6/28/2015   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Part 2- This class is Part 2 of a 2 part series on tomatoes. 

    Nothing is better in the summer than a thick slice of a Jersey Tomato! We will meet in the Community Garden and take a look at the tomatoes growing there.  We will discuss trellising, harvesting, pest control and trouble shooting. 

    This class will be taught by Jon Knox, who farms organically right here on the Duke Farms property, last season his farm grew 12 different varieties, produced over 5000 lbs of tomatoes, and started their own product line of tomato salsa and marinara.  Students are welcome to bring pictures of their home gardens and tomatoes for questions and discussion. 

    Wear your garden boots!

     

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Growing Good Jersey Tomatoes Organically: Part 2

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series
    6/28/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 26

     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 24

    Tweets, Twitters, Nests 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 28

    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.

     

    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: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 26).  

    Registration for this mini-series is now full.

     

    Supporting Your Garden
    7/7/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Tired of wrestling those tomato cages and searching endlessly through the lawn for squash that escaped the garden boundaries? Do you wish for better control over your peas, beans and tomatoes? 

    Vertical growing is a great way to keep your garden neat while expanding the amount of food you can grow.  Learn the different ways plants climb and what type of support is best for each.  Then venture out to the gardens where teams will build sample vertical growing structures to be used in the Education Plots and Giving Gardens.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Supporting Your Garden

     

    How to Identify Wild Plants
    7/9/2015   9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

     

    This class will teach you how to use Newcomb's Wildflower Guide to identify nearly every common wildflower you encounter in New Jersey, even if you have no idea what it might be.

    The class will be held outdoors, learning botany fundamentals and identifying plants on a modest-paced hike. Recommendations for further study in wild plant identification will be provided as well.

    Cost: $10 per person. Appropriate for young adults and older.

    Instructor: Jared Rosenbaum

    Eventbrite - How to Identify Wild Plants

     

    Staying True: Variety Maintenance and Seed Quality
    7/11/2015   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Class discussion will focus on pollen flow and ways to manage pollination in order to produce true-to-type seeds. Techniques for controlling pollination (hand-pollination, caging, and blossom-bagging) will be demonstrated. Class discussion will cover roguing and selection as critical aspects of saving true-to-type seeds. The Community Seeds plantings will be scouted for potential problems and seed quality, seed health, and seedborne diseases will be discussed. In preparation for seed harvest, fruit and seed maturity indicators will be discussed. 

    Cost: $12 per person for the general public; $10 for Duke Farms Community Gardners.

    Eventbrite - Staying True: Variety Maintenance and Seed Quality

     

    The Buzz on Beekeeping
    7/13/2015   6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Educational, Gardening, Farming

     

    This hands-on program is an introduction to the ancient art of keeping honeybees.  Becoming a beekeeper draws you in to the intimacies of the landscape by making you aware of how the workings of a honeybee colony is influenced by plant phenology, weather/climate, soils and other environmental factors.  Once a person becomes a beekeeper, it forever alters how they look at their surroundings and motivates one to enhance its shortcomings.

    Participants will be provided with information (and inspiration!) on basic equipment needed and where to obtain it, and helpful local resources and information to help enhance their beekeeping experience.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - The Buzz on Beekeeping

     

    Moths of NJ: The Silent Majority
    7/15/2015   8:00 PM to 10:30 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

    Moth expert Blaine Rothauser will begin with an indoor presentation that introduces the audience to the over 110,000 species of moths found worldwide, with his own images taken from a multitude of varied landscapes around New Jersey.

    As darkness falls, the program will move outside where moths attracted to a special sodium vapor light will provide a spectacular exhibition of variety, color, shape, form and function.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for all ages!

    Eventbrite - Moths of New Jersey: The Silent Majority

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    7/18/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, 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 Dates:

    Sunday March 15th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  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 each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    7/18/2015   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.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Creating Meadows
    7/18/2015   10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Convert a lawn to a wildflower meadow or restore a field to a diverse, bountiful native habitat. This class will explore meadow ecology and creation, including site preparation, plant selection, seeding and planting, and maintenance.

    Outdoors, we'll discuss meadow ecology, species, and interactions. Indoors, we'll cover the nuts and bolts of planning and implementing your own prairie-style restoration, on scales small and large.

    The class will be co-taught by Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC, a native plant nursery and stewardship consulting firm, and David Hughes RLA of Weatherwood Design, LLC, a landscape architecture firm specializing in native landscapes. 

    Cost: $50 per person. Appropriate for adults.

    Instructors: Jared Rosenbaum and David Hughes

    Eventbrite - Creating Meadows

     

    Poetry in Nature
    7/18/2015   1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Recreational

     

    Participants will explore the ability of poetry to express the beauty of the natural world amidst the lakes, trees, and meadows of Duke Farms. 

    Poetry taps into our cognitive, emotional, creative, and social selves, and whether we share the poems of others or write poetry ourselves, sharing nature poetry with like-minded individuals in this workshop will remind us of the power of poetry and of our important role as stewards of this landscape we call earth. 

    Come read, write, and share!

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Poetry in Nature

     

    Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    7/19/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 19

    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 9

    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 20

    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 min-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 19).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Being Green at Home
    7/25/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 PM BUY TICKETS

    Educational

     

    Have you ever wondered what you could be doing at home to be more sustainable?  Join Duke Farms staff member, Clifford Berek, to discuss three main areas where small changes make a big impact.  During this program, we will discuss the four “R”s, your options when it comes to power, and your impact on your local water resources.

    To help you apply what you learned at home, you will be provided with a list of available green resources at the end of the class.    This is a great opportunity to share your successes as well, so please bring along any resources you may have found helpful in your quest to be “green”.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Being Green at Home

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series
    7/26/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 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”.

    August 16

    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 27

    Fall Migration - Bird Banding

    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.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Root Crop Basics
    8/3/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Educational, Farming

     

    Purple Carrots, fingerling potatoes, golden beets and spicy garlic are just some of the root crops you could be growing in your garden.  Fall is a great time to plant a second harvest of root crops, most of which are stored easily in the house or even right in the garden! 

    Join Melissa Almendinger, Garden Educator, for a discussion of successfully growing root crops organically from sowing to harvest.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Root Crop Basics

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    8/6/2015   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.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Four Seasons at Duke Farms: Summer Landscapes - A Master Photography Class
    8/7/2015   6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

    Recreational, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Photograph the beautiful gardens and surroundings at Duke Farms with National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita.  Be part of a small group to learn and benefit from Mike’s keen eye and vast knowledge base in this 3 day workshop.  If you love photography, this is a great opportunity to improve your skills and learn from one of the masters.

    CLICK HERE to find out more about this workshop.

    Summer Workshop Dates:

    August 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday)

    August 8 from Sunrise to Sunset (Saturday)

    August 9 from Sunrise to Sunset  (Sunday)

    Cost: $800 per person.

    A $100 administrative fee will be charged on all refund requests. The request must arrive greater than two weeks prior to the workshop start date. No refunds will be provided for requests arriving one week or less prior to the workshop start date. All refund requests must be submitted via email to tsulikowski@dukefarms.org.

    Eventbrite - Four Seasons of Duke Farms: Summer Landscapes - A Master Class in Landscape Photography with Michael Yamashita

     

    Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    8/9/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 19

    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 9

    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 20

    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 min-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 19).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 2
    8/15/2015   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.

    August 15:  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 19:  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 24:  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. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - A Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 2

     

    Garden Smarter: Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners
    8/15/2015   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    This class will discuss the importance of variety trials and explain the basics of evaluating vegetable varieties. Participants will learn how to use and upload information to Cornell University’s Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners website. Class participants will begin the process of evaluating varieties that are growing in the garden; Community Seeds participants will select the best tomato and pepper varieties for a 2016 Community Garden Seed Giveaway. 

    Cost: $12 per person for the general public; $10 per Duke Farms Commuity Gardener.

    Eventbrite - Garden Smarter: Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners

     

    NJ Native Orchids Series
    8/15/2015   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Are you aware that New Jersey is home to almost 60 species 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 brief 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 can witness the beauty of all of our various orchids 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 - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Individual Classes

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series
    8/16/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 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”.

    August 16

    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 27

    Fall Migration - Bird Banding

    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 July 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    8/22/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational

     

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

    From our on-site waste water treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems you will see how Duke Farms is working to be a model of sustainability and will learn how you can implement some of these technologies at your home or business.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

     

    Thresh and Winnow: Cleaning Garden Seeds
    9/12/2015   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    This workshop will focus on different methods of harvesting, drying, and cleaning seeds. The class will discuss ripeness indicators and how to best gauge seed maturity. Once-over and staggered harvesting will be compared, and the differences between harvesting dry-fruited and fleshy-fruited crops will be reviewed. Seeds at the proper stage for collection will be gathered from the gardens, and some wet-processing of fleshy-fruited crops will be performed. Threshing methods (hand-shelling, stripping, treading, flailing) will be demonstrated, and equipment will be brought to screen and winnow dry-fruited crops. Methods will emphasize the use of tools and materials found in the common household. The group will clean seeds of various Community Seed harvests, and the class will close with a review and discussion of the successes and failures encountered throughout the season. Participants’ seed-saving logs will be collated to form the basis of Duke Farms Community Seeds catalog. Seed harvests will be shared amongst participants and distribution of excess seeds will be planned.

    Cost: $12 per person for the general public; $10 for Duke Farms Community Gardners

    Eventbrite - Thresh and Winnow: Cleaning Garden Seeds

     

    Putting Your Garden to Bed
    9/12/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    As the summer bounty comes to a close, it is the perfect time to spend some quality time in your garden.  The work you do now putting your garden to bed for the winter will greatly affect your garden in the spring. 

    Join us to learn specific tasks you can undertake, including cleaning up spent plants and cover cropping.  There are even crops you can plant now for an early spring harvest!  This class will have an indoor presentation and an outdoor, hands-on component.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Putting Your Garden to Bed

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    9/19/2015   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.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    9/20/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 19

    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 9

    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 20

    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 min-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 19).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Hands-On Ecological Restoration
    9/25/2015   9:30 AM to 12:30 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 two-class series, we'll collaborate on an ecological restoration project from start to finish. Beginning with a baseline site assessment, we'll determine restoration goals, remove unwanted species and establish others, and set up a monitoring protocol to gauge the long-term success of our efforts. 

    Class Dates: Sept. 25, 2015 & Oct. 9, 2015.

    Cost: $75 per person for entire 2-class series. Appropriate for adults.

    Instructors: Rachel Mackow and Jared Rosenbaum

    Eventbrite - Hands-On Ecological Restoration

     

    Big Tree Hike
    9/26/2015   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

     

    Being Green at Home
    9/26/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 PM BUY TICKETS

    Educational

     

    Have you ever wondered what you could be doing at home to be more sustainable?  Join Duke Farms staff member, Clifford Berek, to discuss three main areas where small changes make a big impact.  During this program, we will discuss the four “R”s, your options when it comes to power, and your impact on your local water resources.

    To help you apply what you learned at home, you will be provided with a list of available green resources at the end of the class.    This is a great opportunity to share your successes as well, so please bring along any resources you may have found helpful in your quest to be “green”.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Being Green at Home

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series
    9/27/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 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”.

    August 16

    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 27

    Fall Migration - Bird Banding

    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 July 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Garlic 101
    10/3/2015   10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Educational, 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: $10

    Eventbrite - Introduction to Organic Gardening

     

    Sunday Mystery Walks
    10/4/2015   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:

    April 19

    May 3

    June 7

    June 21

    October 4

    November 8

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    10/8/2015   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.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Pruning Basics
    10/10/2015   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 Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    10/11/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 11

     Trees; All About Fall

    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 15

    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 13

    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 min-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    10/17/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational

     

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

    From our on-site waste water treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems you will see how Duke Farms is working to be a model of sustainability and will learn how you can implement some of these technologies at your home or business.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series
    10/18/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 18

     Owls, Hawks and Vultures - OH MY!

    Do hawks migrate? How can you tell a hawk from a vulture? What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal ?  Let’s take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 22

    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 20

    Wonderful 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 October 18).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    11/7/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, 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 Dates:

    Sunday March 15th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  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 each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Sunday Mystery Walks
    11/8/2015   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:

    April 19

    May 3

    June 7

    June 21

    October 4

    November 8

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    11/14/2015   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.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    11/15/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 11

     Trees; All About Fall

    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 15

    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 13

    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 min-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series
    11/22/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 18

     Owls, Hawks and Vultures - OH MY!

    Do hawks migrate? How can you tell a hawk from a vulture? What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal ?  Let’s take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 22

    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 20

    Wonderful 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 October 18).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    12/4/2015   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.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    12/13/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 11

     Trees; All About Fall

    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 15

    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 13

    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 min-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series
    12/20/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 18

     Owls, Hawks and Vultures - OH MY!

    Do hawks migrate? How can you tell a hawk from a vulture? What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal ?  Let’s take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 22

    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 20

    Wonderful 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 October 18).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

     

 
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