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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.

  • Native Plant Seed Collection for Beginners
    9/10/2015   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    This two-hour class, designed for adults who are seeking to explore the world of native plant seed collection, will provide an introduction to the methods used in the collection of native plant seeds.  The class will examine how to identify various seeds, discuss times to harvest, as well as cleaning and storage.

    Led by our staff growers, attendees will have the opportunity to explore seed collection methods and ethics in the field at Duke Farms.  Each participant will leave class with pre-packaged native plant seeds, and a potted plant from the property to take home and sow.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Native Plant Seed Collection for Beginners

     

    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

     

    Evening Birding at Duke Farms: Fall Migrants
    9/14/2015   5:30 to 7:30 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: Fall Migrants

     

    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

     

    Evening Birding at Duke Farms: Fall Migrants
    9/19/2015   5:30 to 7:30 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: Fall Migrants

     

    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 23

    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

     

    Rain Garden Education & Technical Assistance Program
    9/22/2015  

    Sustainable Landscapes

     

    Duke Farms, in partnership with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program, will provide homeowners with the opportunity to learn more about ways everyone can help reduce flooding in our community while installing beautiful gardens at their own homes. 

    This three-part program will begin with an overview of rain gardens and sustainable landscape practices for residential properties where participants will be given instructions and materials to evaluate and photograph their own property (Sept 22nd).

    Class participants will participate in a hands-on rain garden installation at Duke Farms to learn best practices (Sept 27th). Homeowners will then meet with Rutgers design staff to develop plans for a rain garden and drainage improvements at their home that will include the appropriate size, location, and perennial plants recommended for the property (Sept 29th). 

    At the conclusion of the course, participants will be offered free native plants and a full rebate for the course fee if their home gardens are installed. 

    Workshop Dates & Times:

    September 22 @ 6 - 8pm: Rain Garden Education Presentation

    September 27 @ 9am - 12 pm: Rain Garden Installation at Duke Farms

    September 29 @ 5 - 8pm: Technical Assistance Appointments

    Cost: $50 per person.

    Eventbrite - Rain Garden Education & Technical Assistance Program

     

    Rain Garden Education & Technical Assistance Program
    9/22/2015  

     

    Duke Farms, in partnership with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) Water Resources Program, will provide homeowners with the opportunity to learn more about ways everyone can help reduce flooding in our community while installing beautiful gardens at their own homes. 

    This three-part program will begin with an overview of rain gardens and sustainable landscape practices for residential properties where participants will be given instructions and materials to evaluate and photograph their own property (Sept 22nd).

    Class participants will participate in a hands-on rain garden installation at Duke Farms to learn best practices (Sept 27th). Homeowners will then meet with Rutgers design staff to develop plans for a rain garden and drainage improvements at their home that will include the appropriate size, location, and perennial plants recommended for the property (Sept 29th). 

    At the conclusion of the course, participants will be offered free native plants and a full rebate for the course fee if their home gardens are installed. 

    Workshop Dates & Times:

    September 22 @ 6 - 8pm: Rain Garden Education Presentation

    September 27 @ 9am - 12 pm: Rain Garden Installation at Duke Farms

    September 29 @ 5 - 8pm: Technical Assistance Appointments

    Cost: $50 per person.

    Eventbrite - Rain Garden Education & Technical Assistance Program

     

    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

     

    Thresh and Winnow: Cleaning Garden Seeds
    9/26/2015   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

     

    Garden Tool Care
    9/26/2015   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    A hands-on, in-garden demonstration of proper garden tool upkeep.  Dan Opdyke will review how to maintain garden tools in a sharp, clean and sterile condition, so they don’t accidentally spread disease or viruses across your garden beds.  He will also discuss the best ways to clean, repair and store garden tools at the end of the season so they are ready to go next season. 

    Meet in the Community Garden at the picnic tables.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Garden Tool Care

     

    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 4:00 PM

    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

     

    Poetry in Nature
    9/27/2015   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: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Poetry in Nature

     

    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

    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

     

    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

     

    10/23/2015   5:00 to 8:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

     

    Join us for two festive nights of family-friendly activities!!!  

    Visit with some “scary” plants and wildlife along a 1.5 mile trail where you will learn why they are actually good for the environment. Visit with poison ivy, a live wolf, some giant reptiles, a bat, a skunk, a dead tree and others as you collect good-for-you treats along the way.

    Date & Time: October 23 & 24 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - RAIN OR SHINE

    Bring a bag for your candy-free treats, costumes welcome but not required. 

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Halloween Hike

     

    Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents
    10/24/2015   2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $10 Adult & Child Combo. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents

     

    10/24/2015   5:00 to 8:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

     

    Join us for two festive nights of family-friendly activities!!!  

    Visit with some “scary” plants and wildlife along a 1.5 mile trail where you will learn why they are actually good for the environment. Visit with poison ivy, a live wolf, some giant reptiles, a bat, a skunk, a dead tree and others as you collect good-for-you treats along the way.

    Date & Time: October 23 & 24 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM - RAIN OR SHINE

    Bring a bag for your candy-free treats, costumes welcome but not required. 

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Halloween Hike

     

    Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    11/3/2015   6:00 pm - 9:00 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

     

    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

    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
    12/3/2015   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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