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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.

  • Veggie Seed Starting
    3/28/2017   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Starting your own vegetable seeds for the garden is simple!  Instead of being limited by the varieties offered at the garden center, your options will be open to countless vegetable varieties offered in seed catalogs for a fraction of the price of purchasing whole plants.  In this class you will learn the basics of organic sustainable seed starting and leave with your own tray of seeds to care for and raise in your garden.

    Cost: $10 per person for the general public. $8 per Duke Farms Community Gardener.

    Eventbrite - Veggie Seed Starting

     

    Butterfly Gardening for Home Schoolers
    3/30/2017 -6/22/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Children can learn much about the natural world by studying the life cycles of butterflies and planting a garden that attracts them and other pollinators.   In this series of three indoor and outdoor classes, children and parents will learn all about the lives of the monarch and other butterflies, the plants and flowers they need to survive, and how to grow a garden that will help them thrive.

    This series is designed for families with home schooled children in grades 1 through 6.  Only 1 adult must accompany each child during this program as space is limited.  Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in first grade.  This includes the younger siblings of any registered participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings, or strollers.

    Series Schedule:

    (Classes meet from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

    Thursday, March 30:  Students will be introduced to the Butterfly life cycle and the concepts of nectar and host plants and native plants for butterfly gardens will be introduced. 

    Thursday, May 11: How to create a butterfly garden including sun, soil, water, site planning, garden design with  nectar and host plants. 

    Thursday, June 22: Meadow walk for butterfly observation and pollinator discovery.  

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire series. Accompanying adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - Butterfly Gardening for Home Schoolers

     

    Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    4/1/2017   8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants

     

    Butterfly Gardening for Children
    4/1/2017 -6/24/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Children are entranced by butterflies and planting a garden that attracts butterflies and other pollinators is a delightful way to encourage a sense of connection to the natural world.  In this series of three indoor and outdoor classes, children and parents will learn all about the lives of butterflies, the plants and flowers they need to survive, and how to grow a garden that will help them thrive.

    This 3-part series is designed for families with children in grades 1 through 6.  Only 1 adult must accompany each child during this program as space is limited.  Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in first grade.  This includes the younger siblings of any registered participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings, or strollers. Participants must sign up for the entire series.

    Series Schedule:

    (Classes meet from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM)

    Saturday, April 1:  Students will be introduced to the Butterfly life cycle and the concepts of nectar and host plants and native plants for butterfly gardens will be introduced. 

    Saturday, May 13: How to create a butterfly garden including sun, soil, water, site planning, garden design with  nectar and host plants. 

    Saturday, June 24: Meadow walk for butterfly observation and pollinator discovery.  

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire series. Accompanying adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - Butterfly Gardening for Children

     

    Spring Ephemerals
    4/2/2017   1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Spring Ephemerals
    4/2/2017   11:00am to 12:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Discovering Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    4/2/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring the whole crew to this family-friendly program and have fun discovering the birds of Duke Farms. This is a fantastic opportunity to spark interest in what has become a life-long passion and hobby for generations. Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center.

    Open to anyone with an interest in birds, children are required to be accompanied by an adult. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Discovering Birds: Early Spring Migrants

     

    Butterfly Walk
    4/5/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

    New Jersey has some 125 species of butterflies—but do you know any of them besides the Monarch?  A 2-hour walk guided by Sharon Wander, President of the New Jersey Butterfly Club, will help you learn about many of the dozens of different kinds of butterflies that make their homes in the meadows and gardens of Duke Farms—and maybe in your own garden as well.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

    Eventbrite - Butterfly Walk

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: An Introduction
    4/6/2017   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Kids Orchid Club
    4/6/2017   3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    The Kid’s Orchid Club, which is aimed at the budding young orchid lover, is a great introduction to the amazing world of orchids and botany. Each ‘meeting’ will be filled with instructive discussion and hands-on trainings about all aspects of the orchid world, from dissecting orchid flowers to examining orchid plants for an understanding of sound growing practices.

    While it may not be practical to be present at every session, a majority should be attended to get value out of the club. Several orchid potting sessions throughout the season will provide the kids with an orchid to nurture at home.

    Series Schedule:

    Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, April 06 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, July 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, August 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, October 5 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Cost: $20 per child for the entire series. $3 per child for individual classes.

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Individual Classes

    Entire series registration ends on March 11.

     

    Building a Volunteer Program for Non Profits
    4/7/2017   9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

     

    Whether you already have a volunteer program or are looking to establish one, this seminar and round table will cover recruiting, orienting, training, risk management, keeping, and rewarding volunteers, the lifeblood of most nonprofit organizations.  We will end with a round table where everyone will have a chance to voice their own specific concerns and draw on all attendees for solutions.

    Cost: $25 per person which includes lunch.

    Eventbrite - Building a Volunteer Program for Non-Profits

     

    In the Footsteps of Galileo
    4/7/2017   7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    Educational, Family

     

    Come observe Jupiter just as Galileo did in the early 1600s. His findings rocked the world of science - will you come to the same startling conclusions that he did?

    After an indoor program and activity we will take our telescopes outside (weather permitting) and share stellar views of Jupiter, its four Galilean moons, and our own waxing gibbous Moon as it marches across the Southern skies.

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

    Eventbrite - In the Footsteps of Galileo

     

    Discovering Orchids for Kids
    4/8/2017   2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Family, Plants

     

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids

     

    Junior Naturalists: 2nd Mini-Series
    4/9/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 9

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

    May 7

    Spring is for the Birds

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

    June 4

    Frogs are too Much Fun

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2017).

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists 2017: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

     

    Spears of Plenty: How to Grow Asparagus
    4/10/2017   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Asparagus is an amazing perennial vegetable that can reward us with over 30 years of delicious harvests! This class will cover all you need to know about this incredible stem including setting up the bed, planting the crowns, how to harvest and how to take care of your crop in the fall for the most abundant harvest over successive seasons. We will also delve into preparations such as asparagus salad, pickled asparagus and how to freeze it for winter enjoyment.  

    Cost: $10 per person for the general public. $8 per Duke Farms Community Gardener.

    Eventbrite - Spears of Plenty: How to Grow Asparagus

     

    Peepers and Croaks
    4/11/2017   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Join Duke Farms Program Manager Tanya Sulikowski for an exploration of things that peep and croak in the night. We’ll learn all about the sounds that NJ’s native frogs and toads make through an interactive game of “Frog Call Bingo” and then head out onto the property as darkness falls to look and listen for Duke’s resident spring peepers.

    This program is appropriate for ages 12 and up and participants should be prepared for walking over uneven ground in the darkness for the second hour. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Peeps and Croaks

     

    Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    4/15/2017   8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants

     

    Spring Birding for Kids
    4/15/2017   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Family

     

    Join a Duke Farms educator for a kid friendly bird walk of the property. Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) and meet at the Orientation Center. Open to families with an interest in birding with children in grades 1 thru 6.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades 1-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child or children in a family during this program. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in first grade. This includes the younger siblings of any registered 1st through 6th grade participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Series Schedule:

    All walks meet on Saturdays from 9:00 to 11:00 AM

    April 15

    May 6

    June 10

    Cost: $5 per child. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - Spring Birding for Kids

     

    Volunteer Monitoring Workshop- Visual and Biological Stream Assessment
    4/15/2017   9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Have you ever been to a stream and wondered how clean the water was? You may have seen trash on the ground or eroded stream banks but what should you really look for to determine the health of stream water?

    As a Watershed Ambassador, I’m interested in teaching individuals how to assess stream water quality by looking at things such as, how eroded the stream banks are, the amount of canopy cover, what kind of land use surrounds the stream, sediment content in the stream, how much water fills the stream channel…the list goes on!

    In addition to looking at visual indicators, we will also look at biological indicators via macroinvertebrate sampling. A few macroinvertebrates that you may be familiar with are dragonflies, caddisflies, and black flies at the nymph and larvae stage of their life. By attending this workshop, you will learn the protocol and techniques to visually and biologically assess a stream, which will give a better understanding of watersheds as a whole.  

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Volunteer Monitoring Workshop: Visual and Biological Stream Assessment

     

    Discovering Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    4/16/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring the whole crew to this family-friendly program and have fun discovering the birds of Duke Farms. This is a fantastic opportunity to spark interest in what has become a life-long passion and hobby for generations. Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center.

    Open to anyone with an interest in birds, children are required to be accompanied by an adult. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Discovering Birds: Early Spring Migrants

     

    New Jersey Butterflies and Their Host Plants
    4/19/2017   6:30 PM to 7:30 PM

    Educational, Wildlife

     

    Sharon Wander, President of the New Jersey Butterfly Club, will illustrate and discuss many of New Jersey’s 100+ species of butterflies as well as the array of garden- and landscape-worthy native plants, both woody and herbaceous, that play an indispensable role in their life cycles by providing food for their caterpillars.  

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

    Eventbrite - New Jersey Butterflies and Their Host Plants

     

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

    Educational, Gardening

     

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

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Spring & Summer Garden!

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

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

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

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends March 25.

     

    Square Foot Organic Gardening
    4/22/2017   1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Make the most of your small garden space by using square foot gardening techniques, a technique developed by Mel Bartholomew. Duke Farms’ community garden staff will walk you through a year of square foot gardening from planning and preparing the garden to fall harvests. Participants in this program will leave with practical information that will help minimize effort and maximize yield. 

    Duke Farms’ Community Gardeners who participate in this class have the option of joining the “Square Foot Gardening Team”. Under the leadership and guidance of Stan Layton, Garden Coordinator, the team will assist in laying out and planting the two square foot garden demonstration plots in the Community Garden.  Team members will assist in managing and harvesting the plots throughout the season. Please register HERE to participate in the Square Foot Gardening Team.

    Cost: $10 per person for the general public. $8 per Duke Farms Community Gardener.

    Eventbrite - Square Foot Organic Gardening

     

    Succession Planting: Tips & Tricks
    4/26/2017   6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    How do you keep your favorite veggies growing throughout the season?  We will offer detailed instructions on how to succession plant your garden to harvest crops such as lettuce, carrots, and string beans all season long. You will learn how to properly plan out your garden space, plant your seedlings & time the next planting date. 

    Cost: $10 per person for the general public. $8 per Duke Farms Community Gardener.

    Eventbrite - Succession Planting: Tips & Tricks

     

    Nature Storytime for Sprouts
    4/27/2017   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Family

     

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

    January 26:   Over and Under the Snow

    Join us as we discuss the activities we enjoy on a crisp winter day as well as learn about what the animals at Duke Farms are doing during the winter months.  While children may dream of snowmen, sledding, and skating, the animals are busy, too.  There is so much happening during the winter months if you know where to look.  We will read a book and take a walk to the Community Garden, weather permitting, to look for signs of animals along the way.  Back in the classroom we will do some snow science, art projects, and warm ourselves with a hot drink.  Think snow!

    February 23:  Sugar Maple Time

    The end of February and beginning of March is traditionally when the sugar maple sap starts to run.  What a sweet time!  After a story we will take a hike to the Sugar Shack at Dukes to see the process of making maple syrup, so dress appropriately.  We will return to do a maple syrup taste test and participate in a pancake race. 

    March 23:  The Duke Eagles

    Has your family been watching Duke’s Eagle Cam?  If not, this is a perfect time to join us for cam viewing, watching new eaglets, stories, songs, and activities about our famous eagles.  There are people from all over the world who love to watch our bald eagles fix up their nest, lay eggs, and care for the new arrivals.  It is amazing to think that the babies arrive when the weather is raw and wintery.

    April 27:  Dirt Made My Lunch

    The children will learn about the importance of good soil for growing organic vegetables.  We will play with dirt, investigate what makes up the soil we have in our Community Garden education garden, find out different ways of composting, and create our own worm towers.  We will read a book about composting and creating a garden, as well as listening to the song “Dirt Made My Lunch.”

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

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Cost: $5 per child for individual classes. $15 per child for the entire series. Adults register for free.

    Eventbrite - 2017 Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - 2017 Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Individual Classes

    Entire series registration ends on Jan. 26.

     

    Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    4/29/2017   8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 2nd Mini-Series
    4/30/2017   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 30

    Hummingbirds Come Home

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

    May 21

    Tweet, Twitter, Nest and Eggs

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

    June 25

    Bluebirds Abound

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 30).

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists 2017: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

     

    Discovering Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    4/30/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring the whole crew to this family-friendly program and have fun discovering the birds of Duke Farms. This is a fantastic opportunity to spark interest in what has become a life-long passion and hobby for generations. Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center.

    Open to anyone with an interest in birds, children are required to be accompanied by an adult. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Discovering Birds: Early Spring Migrants

     

    Finding Your Way in the Night Sky
    4/30/2017   7:45 PM to 9:45 PM

    Educational, Family

     

    Are the Big Dipper and Orion’s Belt all you know in the night sky?  How about all the other stars up there? 

    Come learn your way around the stars.  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.  Laser constellation tour afterwards, weather permitting.  

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Finding Your Way in the Night Sky

     

    Our Magnetic Sun
    5/2/2017   7:45 PM to 9:45 PM

    Educational, Family

     

    There is no fire on the Sun! All that energy is electromagnetic.

    We’ll share fun solar facts, learn about sun spots, the Northern Lights and prepare for the 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun that will race across the USA this August. Totality will miss NJ by hundreds of miles, but there are still fun activities you can plan when the Moon blocks ¾ of the Sun.

    After our evening program, we’ll take out the telescope for night sky observation and a laser constellation tour, weather permitting. We may observe a first quarter Moon, Jupiter and its Galilean moons, and other night sky objects accessible from outside the classroom. 

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

    Eventbrite - Our Magnetic Sun

     

    So, You're Thinking About Buying a Telescope...
    5/2/2017   7:45 PM to 9:45 PM

    Educational, Family

     

    Come to see, touch and learn how different types of telescopes work and what you can see through them from your own backyard. Get an objective overview of the selection of optics widely available to the amateur observer. Ask your questions about reliability, cost, convenience, trade-offs. 

    Participate in a telescope "dissection" to investigate how they work. We'll review a variety of telescopes and their imaging abilities - from Galileo's spyglass to the soon-to-launch James Webb Space Telescope, then complete the night's mission with telescope observation right outside our classroom doors. (Weather permitting) The Moon will be setting early, but Jupiter and its 4 moons will be front and center. The sky's the limit!

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - So, You're Thinking About Buying a Telescope...

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: Encountering Challenges
    5/6/2017   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Plants

     

    This class is a follow up to Getting to Know Orchids 1 (An Intro), which is a prerequisite. As the orchid enthusiast endeavors to grow and flower orchids, challenges are encountered. This class is your opportunity to review such challenges with an orchid specialist, as you tour all of the Duke Farms orchid growing and display greenhouses.

    You will examine orchids which may be growing with difficulty, as well as reflect on your own compromised orchids. Questions will be discussed as a group. Repotting techniques will be demonstrated, as well. 

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids: Encountering Challenges

     

    Biological Farming
    5/6/2017   9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening, Farming

     

    “Biological Farming” will be taught by Dan Kittredge, Executive Director of the Bionutrient Food Association and lifelong organic farmer. This workshop is designed to teach the basic principles and practices of biological farming for higher quality crops- better taste, pest & disease resistance and higher nutrient levels. 

    Our goal is to build upon your knowledge and experience to apply innovative, reliable principles and practices for producing healthier, food crops. The workshop is designed for farmers, growers, and gardeners of any type to learn current research and proven methods and go step-by-step through the processes that will lead to optimum crop health and sustained yield.
    The following topics will be including in this intensive workshop: interpreting soil tests, mineral balancing, cover cropping to address soil health deficiencies, plant nutritional needs by growth stage plus an array of troubleshooting and diagnostic approaches to guide you throughout the growing season.

    For more information, visit http://bionutrient.org/. Morning coffee and lunch are included in your registration cost.

    Cost: $125 per person for the general public. $115 per Duke Farms Community Gardener.

    Eventbrite - Biological Farming

     

    NJ Native Orchid Series
    5/6/2017   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    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.

    Registration for the entire series ends May 6.

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchid Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchid Series - Individual Classes

     

    Geocaching
    5/7/2017   1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Geocaching
    5/7/2017   11:00am to 12:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    5/11/2017   6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walk
    5/13/2017   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

    Tree ID Walk Schedule:

    Date Topic
    March 25 Bark Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter
    May 13 Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring
    July 22 Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer
    November 4     Late Foliage: Tree ID in Late Autumn

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

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Entire Series

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: An Introduction
    5/20/2017   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

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

    Educational, Gardening

     

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

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Spring & Summer Garden!

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

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

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

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends March 25.

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    5/20/2017   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Kids Orchid Club
    5/20/2017   2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    The Kid’s Orchid Club, which is aimed at the budding young orchid lover, is a great introduction to the amazing world of orchids and botany. Each ‘meeting’ will be filled with instructive discussion and hands-on trainings about all aspects of the orchid world, from dissecting orchid flowers to examining orchid plants for an understanding of sound growing practices.

    While it may not be practical to be present at every session, a majority should be attended to get value out of the club. Several orchid potting sessions throughout the season will provide the kids with an orchid to nurture at home.

    Series Schedule:

    Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, April 06 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, July 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, August 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, October 5 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Cost: $20 per child for the entire series. $3 per child for individual classes.

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Individual Classes

    Entire series registration ends on March 11.

     

    Growing Organic Tomatoes
    5/21/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Join Farmer Jon Knox of Dogwood Farms to learn the fundamentals of selecting, growing, cultivating, harvesting, and enjoying tomatoes in an organic “Jersey” system.  Special attention will be on selecting tomato varieties, use of compost tea and foliar feeding, along with trellising and plant care for disease prevention.  Dogwood Farms is an organic farm right here on the Duke Farms property. 

    Last season, Farmer Jon grew 15 different tomato varieties, produced over 10,000 lbs of delicious "Jersey" tomatoes, and produced Dogwood Farm’s own line of tomato salsa and marinara.  Participants are welcome to bring pictures of their home gardens and tomatoes for questions and discussion.  This program covers a lot of opportunities to learn general garden practices beyond growing tomatoes.  

    Cost: $10 per person for the general public. $8 per Duke Farms Community Gardener.

    Eventbrite - Growing Organic Tomatoes

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    5/25/2017   6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Sunday Mystery Walk
    5/28/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Join us for a two hour seasonal exploration of Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: wildlife ecology, agro-ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here!

    Cost: $5 per adult. Children under 12 are free!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walk

     

    Birds in Hand: Migration and the Science of Bird Banding
    5/31/2017   8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

    Educational, Wildlife

     

    Join Dawn Fariello, a PhD candidate from Fordham University and Clifford Berek, Duke Farms own staff Bander as they demonstrate the mist-netting and banding techniques used by ornithologists to study songbirds.

    This program will include a short discussion on the history of bird banding and the different techniques used to study birds, a live demonstration and a hands-on opportunity for participants to release banded birds.

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

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

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

     

    Sustainability Walk
    6/3/2017   9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Educational

     

    The buildings and landscapes at Duke Farms have been designed to place minimal demands on non-renewable energy resources and reduce pollution and waste, creating healthier indoor and outdoor environments.

    During this walk, you’ll get a chance to see behind the scenes and learn more about green technologies such as rain gardens, a green roof, our solar array, geothermal wells, and constructed wastewater wetlands. These technologies allow our Orientation Center to be completely off the grid. 

    Whether you’re curious about what “sustainable tech” even means, or looking for inspiration for a new project, this hike is sure to pique your interest.

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

    Eventbrite - Sustainability Walk

     

    Fermentation Workshop: Exploring Gut Health and the Brain
    6/3/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Join us for an experiential workshop that combines making your own fermented vegetables and kombucha with a presentation on eating for brain health.  For many of us, processed foods, overuse of antibiotics, and exposure to toxins in our diet and environment have resulted in an imbalance of gut flora.  How do we know?  We experience some combination of fatigue, digestive issues, inflammation, problems with blood sugar and depression.  

    Participants will take away a quart of kraut to ferment at home and a kombucha SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) with directions for making delicious fermented tea.

    Dor Mullen is the founder of The Suppers Programs, a Princeton-based non-profit organization that teaches people to prepare and enjoy the whole natural foods that support health, mental health and freedom from addiction. www.TheSuppersPrograms.org

    Cost: $10 per person for the general public. $8 per Duke Farms Community Garden member.

    Eventbrite - Fermentation Workshop: Exploring Gut Health and the Brain

     

    Landscape Photography Workshop
    6/3/2017   10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Educational

     

    This workshop will explore some of the key issues in the art of landscape photography. The instructor will share secrets on both technique and esthetics through lecture, discussions, demonstrations and hands-on opportunities in the landscape of Duke Farms. She will suggest how to compose a picture, how to shoot in different lighting and weather conditions and how to expose correctly.

    The goal of this workshop is to review and try out the many helpful tips that will be discussed and then have the opportunity for feedback from a veteran fine art landscape photographer.

    Cost: $40 per person.

    Eventbrite - Landscape Photography Workshop

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    6/3/2017   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Native Orchids
    6/4/2017   11:00am to 12:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Native Orchids
    6/4/2017   1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    6/8/2017   6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Voices from the Land: Integrating Language and Landscape, Art and Culture
    6/9/2017 -6/10/2017  

     

    The Voices from the Land project and this workshop (for educators of pre-k to 12, naturalists, artists and other adults) is a celebration of oral and written language… of natural science, art, performance and technology.  Taught by veteran teachers, participants experience all aspects of a Voices project, learning strategies for connecting children to natural landscapes… fostering a love for the natural world.  

    Through this workshop, participants learn how to help children work in small groups as they explore and discover a natural site, using art concepts and skills to create art from natural materials.  Communication skills (oral and written) are used to create, edit and publish poetry.  Digital technologies are used to document and share the art then students help layout, design and publish a full-color book of their art and poetry… or full-color posters that showcase their work.  Finally, students develop performance strategies to share their work.  

    Cost: $50 per educator.

    Workshop Schedule:

    Friday, June 9

    8:00-8:30                          Sign-in

    8:30-12:00                        Welcome / Introductions / outdoor activities 

    12:00-12:45                      Lunch (Brown Bag)

    12:45-1:30                        Introduction to Voices Poetry

    1:30-2:15                          Small group writing time

    2:15-2:45                          Teaching Oral Performance

    2:45-3:15                          Small group planning time

    3:15-4:00                          Designing Voices books and posters

    Saturday, June 10

    8:30-9:00                          Discovery Walk (outdoor activity)  

    9:15-10:00                        Group performance rehearsal time

    10:00-11:00                      Oral Performances

    11:00-11:20                      Break

    11:20-12:20                      Oral Performances

    12:20-1:00                        Wider Connections & Workshop Conclusion

    Eventbrite - Voices from the Land: Integrating Language and Landscape, Art and Culture

     

    Landscape Photography Workshop
    6/10/2017   10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Educational

     

    This workshop will explore some of the key issues in the art of landscape photography. The instructor will share secrets on both technique and esthetics through lecture, discussions, demonstrations and hands-on opportunities in the landscape of Duke Farms. She will suggest how to compose a picture, how to shoot in different lighting and weather conditions and how to expose correctly.

    The goal of this workshop is to review and try out the many helpful tips that will be discussed and then have the opportunity for feedback from a veteran fine art landscape photographer.

    Cost: $40 per person.

    Eventbrite - Landscape Photography Workshop

     

    Big Tree Hike
    6/10/2017   10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    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

     

    Printing with Nature
    6/11/2017   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Family

     

    Students will learn how to create images on a printing plate that will be transferred onto paper through monoprinting and the use of a portable printing press. Students will explore the use of positive and negative space and learn how to use natural objects as stencils for creating successful compositions. Natural objects will be used to act as stencils to block sections of ink from transferring when printed through the printing press. A brief overview of the history of printmaking will also be offered.

    Cost: $15 per person. Appropriate for families.

    Eventbrite - Printing with Nature

     

    Printing with Nature
    6/11/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family

     

    Students will learn how to create images on a printing plate that will be transferred onto paper through monoprinting and the use of a portable printing press. Students will explore the use of positive and negative space and learn how to use natural objects as stencils for creating successful compositions. Natural objects will be used to act as stencils to block sections of ink from transferring when printed through the printing press. A brief overview of the history of printmaking will also be offered.

    Cost: $15 per person. Appropriate for families.

    Eventbrite - Printing with Nature for Adults

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: An Introduction
    6/15/2017   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Kids Orchid Club
    6/15/2017   3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    The Kid’s Orchid Club, which is aimed at the budding young orchid lover, is a great introduction to the amazing world of orchids and botany. Each ‘meeting’ will be filled with instructive discussion and hands-on trainings about all aspects of the orchid world, from dissecting orchid flowers to examining orchid plants for an understanding of sound growing practices.

    While it may not be practical to be present at every session, a majority should be attended to get value out of the club. Several orchid potting sessions throughout the season will provide the kids with an orchid to nurture at home.

    Series Schedule:

    Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, April 06 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, July 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, August 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, October 5 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Cost: $20 per child for the entire series. $3 per child for individual classes.

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Individual Classes

    Entire series registration ends on March 11.

     

    Birds in Hand: Migration and the Science of Bird Banding
    6/17/2017   8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

    Educational, Wildlife

     

    Join Dawn Fariello, a PhD candidate from Fordham University and Clifford Berek, Duke Farms own staff Bander as they demonstrate the mist-netting and banding techniques used by ornithologists to study songbirds.

    This program will include a short discussion on the history of bird banding and the different techniques used to study birds, a live demonstration and a hands-on opportunity for participants to release banded birds.

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

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

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

     

    Discovering Orchids for Kids
    6/17/2017   9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Educational, Family, Plants

     

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids

     

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

    Educational, Gardening

     

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

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Spring & Summer Garden!

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

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

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

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends March 25.

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    6/17/2017   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    NJ Native Orchid Series
    6/17/2017   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    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.

    Registration for the entire series ends May 6.

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchid Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchid Series - Individual Classes

     

    Sunday Mystery Walk
    6/18/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Join us for a two hour seasonal exploration of Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: wildlife ecology, agro-ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here!

    Cost: $5 per adult. Children under 12 are free!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walk

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    6/22/2017   6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Duke Farms Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy
    6/26/2017  

    Sustainable Landscapes

     

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

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

    Academy Topics:

    1.     The processes that lead to climate change

    2.     How human activity contributes to climate change

    3.     Local and global impacts of climate change

    4.     Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies

    5.     Sustainable actions within educational institutions

    Academy Schedule:
    - Registration Deadline April 15, 2017

    - In-Person Orientation Dinner (Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 4:30 to 7:30pm)

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Duke Farms Climate Science & Sustainable Actions Academy

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    7/1/2017   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Frogs & Insects
    7/2/2017   11:00am to 12:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Frogs & Insects
    7/2/2017   1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    7/6/2017   6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Sustainability Walk
    7/9/2017   9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Educational

     

    The buildings and landscapes at Duke Farms have been designed to place minimal demands on non-renewable energy resources and reduce pollution and waste, creating healthier indoor and outdoor environments.

    During this walk, you’ll get a chance to see behind the scenes and learn more about green technologies such as rain gardens, a green roof, our solar array, geothermal wells, and constructed wastewater wetlands. These technologies allow our Orientation Center to be completely off the grid. 

    Whether you’re curious about what “sustainable tech” even means, or looking for inspiration for a new project, this hike is sure to pique your interest.

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

    Eventbrite - Sustainability Walk

     

    Wildlife Explorer Summer Program
    7/10/2017 -7/14/2017   9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s Wildlife Explorer Summer Programat Duke Farms is a fun and exciting learning experience for kids entering 3rd to6th grade, ages 8-11 to connect with and explore the outdoors.

    Activities include:

    Close-up encounters with wildlife like eagles, owls, bats and turtles!

    Get muddy exploring Duke Farms’ ponds and streams

    Create nature-based art with materials collected outdoors

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

    And much more!

    Dates: Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 14 - 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM daily.

    Cost: $300 per child for the entire week.

    To sign up, visit www.ConserveWildlifeNJ.org or call (609) 984-0621.

     

    Edible & Medicinal Garden Weeds
    7/13/2017   6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Join us on an evening walk through Duke Farms' Community Garden in search of edible and medicinal weeds. Summer heat brings forth abundant weeds in our cultivated areas - gardens, lawns, and path edges. We'll discuss plant identification and resources. We'll also cover safe and optimal harvesting for great tasting, nutrient dense wild foods and applicable home remedies. Taught by Rachel Mackow of Wild Ridge Plants.

    Please report directly to the Community Garden for this class. 

    Cost: $10 per person for the general public. $8 per Duke Farms Community Gardner.

    Eventbrite - Edible & Medicinal Garden Weeds

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: An Introduction
    7/15/2017   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

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

    Educational, Gardening

     

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

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Spring & Summer Garden!

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

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

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

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends March 25.

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    7/15/2017   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Kids Orchid Club
    7/15/2017   2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    The Kid’s Orchid Club, which is aimed at the budding young orchid lover, is a great introduction to the amazing world of orchids and botany. Each ‘meeting’ will be filled with instructive discussion and hands-on trainings about all aspects of the orchid world, from dissecting orchid flowers to examining orchid plants for an understanding of sound growing practices.

    While it may not be practical to be present at every session, a majority should be attended to get value out of the club. Several orchid potting sessions throughout the season will provide the kids with an orchid to nurture at home.

    Series Schedule:

    Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, April 06 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, July 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, August 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, October 5 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Cost: $20 per child for the entire series. $3 per child for individual classes.

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Individual Classes

    Entire series registration ends on March 11.

     

    Junior Naturalists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 1
    7/16/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Incredible Insects

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

     

    August 6

    Water Bugs

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

    September 10

    Monarchs

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2017)

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists 2017: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    7/20/2017   6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Field Botanist
    7/20/2017 -8/26/2017  

    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Learn plant identification skills in a small-class format with botanist Jared Rosenbaum. In this multi-part field trip series, we’ll explore some of northern New Jersey's characteristic habitats, immersing in the flora and discussing ID tips and tools. We’ll discuss the ecological niches of each plant and the cultural uses (food, medicine, craft) that link plants with us.

    Emphasis will be placed on knowing and understanding plants in a field setting using our senses and the ecological context. Use of identification manuals, dichotomous keys, and other specialized tools will be covered. We'll use indoor sessions at Duke Farms to hone our skills and discuss our findings.

    Class Schedule:

    Thursday July 20, 6:30 - 8pm - Indoors at Duke Farms

    Saturday July 22, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm – Jenny Jump State Forest

    Saturday August 12, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm - Mahlon Dickerson Reservation  (Beaver Pond)

    Thursday August 24, 6:30 - 8pm - Indoors at Duke Farms

    Saturday August 26, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm - Pyramid Mountain  (Rich Glades)

    Cost: $100 per person for the entire 5-day series.

    Eventbrite - Field Botantist

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walk
    7/22/2017   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

    Tree ID Walk Schedule:

    Date Topic
    March 25 Bark Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter
    May 13 Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring
    July 22 Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer
    November 4     Late Foliage: Tree ID in Late Autumn

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

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Entire Series

     

    Birds in Hand: Migration and the Science of Bird Banding
    7/24/2017   8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

    Educational, Wildlife

     

    Join Dawn Fariello, a PhD candidate from Fordham University and Clifford Berek, Duke Farms own staff Bander as they demonstrate the mist-netting and banding techniques used by ornithologists to study songbirds.

    This program will include a short discussion on the history of bird banding and the different techniques used to study birds, a live demonstration and a hands-on opportunity for participants to release banded birds.

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

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

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

     

    Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series
    7/29/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 29

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

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

    Life Under Water

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

    Bugs in the Air

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

    Log Flippin' Fun

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist 2017: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 3rd Mini-Series
    7/30/2017   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 30

    Habitats are for the Birds

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

    August 20

    Birds, Beaks and Bugs

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

    September 17

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 30). 

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists 2017: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

     

    Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
    8/3/2017 -8/4/2017  

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $50 per educator.

    Class Schedule:

    Thursday, August 4

    8:00-8:30                             Feed Butterflies

    8:30-9:00                               Door prizes; Intros; workshop buddies

    9:00-9:45                               Intro to the Monarch/Milkweed/MTN story

    9:45-11:00                            Life Cycle Stations/Break

    11:00-11:15                          Journeys and Transformations DVD

    11:15-12:15                          Rearing cages, holding cages activity

    12:15-12:45                          Lunch

    12:45-1:15                            Care and Feeding of Monarchs

    1:15-2:00                               Milkweed Community/Gardens

    1:45-2:30                               Gardens/Duke Farms

    2:30-4:00                               Field Trip

    Friday, August 4

    8:00-8:30                             Feed Butterflies

    8:30-9:00                              Morning activity and door prizes

    9:00-10:15                            Sharing session, classroom activities

    10:15-12:00                          Tagging and releasing Monarchs

    11:45-12:00                          Journeys and Transformations DVD

    12:00-12:30                          Lunch

    12:30-1:15                            Migration Games                

    1:15-2:15                               Learning activities

    2:15-3:15                               Native Plant Greenhouse

    3:15-3:30                               Wider connections (Voices project, etc)       

    3:30-4:00                             Wrap-up

    Eventbrite - Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: An Introduction
    8/3/2017   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Kids Orchid Club
    8/3/2017   3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    The Kid’s Orchid Club, which is aimed at the budding young orchid lover, is a great introduction to the amazing world of orchids and botany. Each ‘meeting’ will be filled with instructive discussion and hands-on trainings about all aspects of the orchid world, from dissecting orchid flowers to examining orchid plants for an understanding of sound growing practices.

    While it may not be practical to be present at every session, a majority should be attended to get value out of the club. Several orchid potting sessions throughout the season will provide the kids with an orchid to nurture at home.

    Series Schedule:

    Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, April 06 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, July 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, August 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, October 5 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Cost: $20 per child for the entire series. $3 per child for individual classes.

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Individual Classes

    Entire series registration ends on March 11.

     

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

    Educational, Gardening

     

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

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Summer & Fall Garden!

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

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

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

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends August 5.

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    8/5/2017   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Permaculture
    8/6/2017   11:00am to 12:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Permaculture
    8/6/2017   1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    8/10/2017   6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    A Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series
    8/12/2017   9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

    Series Schedule:

    August 12: 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 9: 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 14: 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 per person for the entire series. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    8/12/2017   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: Encountering Challenges
    8/12/2017   1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    This class is a follow up to Getting to Know Orchids 1 (An Intro), which is a prerequisite. As the orchid enthusiast endeavors to grow and flower orchids, challenges are encountered. This class is your opportunity to review such challenges with an orchid specialist, as you tour all of the Duke Farms orchid growing and display greenhouses.

    You will examine orchids which may be growing with difficulty, as well as reflect on your own compromised orchids. Questions will be discussed as a group. Repotting techniques will be demonstrated, as well. 

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids: Encountering Challenges

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    8/24/2017   6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Sunday Mystery Walk
    8/27/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Join us for a two hour seasonal exploration of Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: wildlife ecology, agro-ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here!

    Cost: $5 per adult. Children under 12 are free!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walk

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    9/2/2017   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Native Seed Collection
    9/3/2017   1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Native Seed Collection
    9/3/2017   11:00am to 12:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    9/7/2017   6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

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

    Educational, Gardening

     

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

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Summer & Fall Garden!

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

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

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

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends August 5.

     

    NJ Native Orchid Series
    9/9/2017   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    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.

    Registration for the entire series ends May 6.

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchid Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchid Series - Individual Classes

     

    Putting Your Garden to Bed
    9/12/2017   6:30 PM to 8:30 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!

    Cost: $10 per person for the general public. $8 per Duke Farms Community Gardener.

    Eventbrite - Putting Your Garden to Bed

     

    Big Tree Hike
    9/15/2017   10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    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

     

    Birds in Hand: Migration and the Science of Bird Banding
    9/16/2017   8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

    Educational, Wildlife

     

    Join Dawn Fariello, a PhD candidate from Fordham University and Clifford Berek, Duke Farms own staff Bander as they demonstrate the mist-netting and banding techniques used by ornithologists to study songbirds.

    This program will include a short discussion on the history of bird banding and the different techniques used to study birds, a live demonstration and a hands-on opportunity for participants to release banded birds.

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

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

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

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: An Introduction
    9/16/2017   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    9/16/2017   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Kids Orchid Club
    9/16/2017   2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    The Kid’s Orchid Club, which is aimed at the budding young orchid lover, is a great introduction to the amazing world of orchids and botany. Each ‘meeting’ will be filled with instructive discussion and hands-on trainings about all aspects of the orchid world, from dissecting orchid flowers to examining orchid plants for an understanding of sound growing practices.

    While it may not be practical to be present at every session, a majority should be attended to get value out of the club. Several orchid potting sessions throughout the season will provide the kids with an orchid to nurture at home.

    Series Schedule:

    Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, April 06 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, July 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, August 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, October 5 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Cost: $20 per child for the entire series. $3 per child for individual classes.

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Individual Classes

    Entire series registration ends on March 11.

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    9/21/2017   6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country? This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers. Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Sustainability Walk
    9/23/2017   9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

    Educational

     

    The buildings and landscapes at Duke Farms have been designed to place minimal demands on non-renewable energy resources and reduce pollution and waste, creating healthier indoor and outdoor environments.

    During this walk, you’ll get a chance to see behind the scenes and learn more about green technologies such as rain gardens, a green roof, our solar array, geothermal wells, and constructed wastewater wetlands. These technologies allow our Orientation Center to be completely off the grid. 

    Whether you’re curious about what “sustainable tech” even means, or looking for inspiration for a new project, this hike is sure to pique your interest.

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

    Eventbrite - Sustainability Walk

     

    ANJEE Autumn Conference: From Inspiration to Impact in the Outdoors
    9/29/2017   8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

     

    The Alliance for NJ Environmental Education (ANJEE) is excited to present a day full of programs for educators at Duke Farms, a model for environmental stewardship and a more sustainable future.

    Our autumn event will feature a variety of outdoor sessions designed to educate and inspire.

        • Explore natural history with local experts in birding, animal tracking, plant ID and more.

        • Learn the secrets of amazing outdoor teachers who will share their tried and true techniques.

        • Investigate NGSS aligned lesson plans, designed specifically for outdoor education.

        • Try your hand at primitive skills or learn to carve a lovely linden leaf!

    Early Bird Attendee $50 (Before June 15, 2017)

    Regular Attendee $60 (after June 15, 2017)

    Pre and Post Conference Tour Schedule
    (Advance registration is required to attend these tours.)

    Farming Operations & Community Garden - 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
    Meadow Walk to the Orchid Range - 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
    Sustainable Technology at the Orientation Center - 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
    Big Tree Walk - 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
    Waterfall Walk - 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM

    Interested in exhibiting at the conference? Exhibitor registration is $75 (includes one table and one attendee.)

    The link below contains everything you need to register for the conference, pre and post conference tours and as an exhibitor.

    Eventbrite - ANJEE Autumn Conference: From Inspiration to Impact in the Outdoors

     

    Dendrology & Forestry
    10/1/2017   11:00am to 12:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Dendrology & Forestry
    10/1/2017   1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Sunday Mystery Walk
    10/1/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Join us for a two hour seasonal exploration of Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: wildlife ecology, agro-ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here!

    Cost: $5 per adult. Children under 12 are free!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walk

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: An Introduction
    10/5/2017   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Kids Orchid Club
    10/5/2017   3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    The Kid’s Orchid Club, which is aimed at the budding young orchid lover, is a great introduction to the amazing world of orchids and botany. Each ‘meeting’ will be filled with instructive discussion and hands-on trainings about all aspects of the orchid world, from dissecting orchid flowers to examining orchid plants for an understanding of sound growing practices.

    While it may not be practical to be present at every session, a majority should be attended to get value out of the club. Several orchid potting sessions throughout the season will provide the kids with an orchid to nurture at home.

    Series Schedule:

    Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, April 06 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, July 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, August 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, October 5 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Cost: $20 per child for the entire series. $3 per child for individual classes.

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Individual Classes

    Entire series registration ends on March 11.

     

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

    Educational, Gardening

     

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

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Summer & Fall Garden!

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

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

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

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends August 5.

     

    Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 1
    10/8/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 8

    Autumn Trees

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

    November 5

    Turkey Time

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

    December 3

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2017). 

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists 2017: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

    Discovering Orchids for Kids
    10/14/2017   2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Family, Plants

     

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids

     

    Pruning Basics
    10/14/2017   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    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.  

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Pruning Basics

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series
    10/15/2017   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 15

    Owls Rule the Night

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

    November 19

    Turkey Time

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

    December 10

    Winter Birds

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 15). 

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists 2017: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walk
    11/4/2017   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

    Tree ID Walk Schedule:

    Date Topic
    March 25 Bark Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter
    May 13 Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring
    July 22 Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer
    November 4     Late Foliage: Tree ID in Late Autumn

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

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Entire Series

     

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

    Educational, Gardening

     

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

    Spend one Saturday morning per month with Duke Farms Garden Educators to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, you will get to EAT what you GROW! This “seed to fork” experience will surely make a lasting impression on your junior gardener.

    Series 1: The Summer & Fall Garden!

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

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

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

    Eventbrite - 2017 Junior Gardeners: The Summer & Fall Garden

    Spring & Summer Garden Registration ends August 5.

     

    Anthropocentric History
    11/5/2017   11:00am to 12:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Anthropocentric History
    11/5/2017   1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Sunday Mystery Walk
    11/12/2017   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Join us for a two hour seasonal exploration of Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: wildlife ecology, agro-ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here!

    Cost: $5 per adult. Children under 12 are free!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walk

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: An Introduction
    11/18/2017   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Kids Orchid Club
    11/18/2017   2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    The Kid’s Orchid Club, which is aimed at the budding young orchid lover, is a great introduction to the amazing world of orchids and botany. Each ‘meeting’ will be filled with instructive discussion and hands-on trainings about all aspects of the orchid world, from dissecting orchid flowers to examining orchid plants for an understanding of sound growing practices.

    While it may not be practical to be present at every session, a majority should be attended to get value out of the club. Several orchid potting sessions throughout the season will provide the kids with an orchid to nurture at home.

    Series Schedule:

    Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, April 06 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, July 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, August 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, October 5 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Cost: $20 per child for the entire series. $3 per child for individual classes.

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Individual Classes

    Entire series registration ends on March 11.

     

    Birds & Wildlife
    12/3/2017   1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Birds & Wildlife
    12/3/2017   11:00am to 12:00pm

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this exciting new series you will join the Roving Naturalist, along with Staff members, to learn about a number of interesting topics around the property. From tadpoles to sustainable technology, enjoy a non-formal lesson outdoors and get to see another side of what we have to offer you! Sign up for the first session (at the beginning of the month) then come back the following Sundays of each month to experience more details and opportunities on each subject.

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

    Eventbrite - Roving Naturalist Presents Series

     

    Getting to Know Orchids: An Introduction
    12/7/2017   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Kids Orchid Club
    12/7/2017   3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    The Kid’s Orchid Club, which is aimed at the budding young orchid lover, is a great introduction to the amazing world of orchids and botany. Each ‘meeting’ will be filled with instructive discussion and hands-on trainings about all aspects of the orchid world, from dissecting orchid flowers to examining orchid plants for an understanding of sound growing practices.

    While it may not be practical to be present at every session, a majority should be attended to get value out of the club. Several orchid potting sessions throughout the season will provide the kids with an orchid to nurture at home.

    Series Schedule:

    Saturday, March 11 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, April 06 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, June 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, July 15 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, August 3 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, September 16 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, October 5 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Saturday, November 18 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Thursday, December 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM

    Cost: $20 per child for the entire series. $3 per child for individual classes.

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Kids Orchid Club - Individual Classes

    Entire series registration ends on March 11.

     

 
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