These self guided activity sheets are designed for families to learn at their own pace. Bring them along on your next trip to Duke Farms! To print click the PDF link to open the activity sheet document.
5 to Stay Alive
Every living species requires 5 things to survive: food, water, air, shelter and space. An area where an organism finds these five things is called a Habitat. Habitat is another word for a home for animals. Each type of animal needs a precise type of habitat to meet its specific needs. Take a walk around Duke Farms looking for suitable habitats for several animals.
Identified Flying Objects
Everywhere you look around Duke Farms something is flying! What are these objects? Are they UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects)? NO! They are Duke Farms’ Identified Flying Objects! The researchers and ecologists at Duke Farms along with many partner organizations have worked hard to identify the many flying organisms around the property. In this activity you will be using the Field guide to try and identify as many flying species as you can!
While you are here at Duke Farms choose a tree that interests you. You can choose from any of the trees in any area of Duke Farms that is accessible by biking or walking. Be sure to choose carefully, you will be watching this tree for the entire year! Once you have chosen your tree, complete the activity sheet.
Snags, Limbs and Logs
As you explore Duke Farms you will discover a number of dead limbs, dead trees (snags) and logs around the property. Why do we leave them there? There is life in these dead trees! Many animal residents of Duke Farms call dead trees home. See if you can use the binoculars and field guide in the Eco-Kit to identify what animals are using the dead trees as a home.
Sustainability Scavenger Hunt
Discover all the various sustainable initiative in place at Duke Farms with this fun scavenger hunt. On the hunt, you will learn about sustainable concepts such as geothermal wells and rain gardens and how they work to make our campus more sustainable.
How is the game played?If using a handheld GPS device (such as a Garmin, Magellan, Lowrance, etc.):
- Register for a free basic membership on geocaching.com.
- Visit the Hide & Seek a Cache page to locate a cache nearby.
- Select a cache to view its cache page which lists the cache description, GPS coordinates, and other instructions on how to find the cache.
- Load the coordinates into your GPS device and naviagate to the hidden cache.
- Sign the logbook inside the cache and log your visit online on geocaching.com.
- Download geocaching.com app from your app store (there is an Intro version which only allows you to navigate to 3 caches before it makes you upgrade and there is the full version which is $9.99).
- Log-in using your geocaching.com username or create a free geocaching.com username if you do not have one.
- Once logged in, press "Find Nearby Caches."
- Choose the appropriate cache from the list. The cache page should appear.
- Press "Navigate to Cache." A map should appear showing your location in relation to the cache location.
- Navigate to the cache and sign the logbook when you find it. Go back to the cache page and press "Post a Log/Field Note" to post a log online.
Duke Farms GeoTrail
The Duke Farms GeoTrail is a geocaching challenge consisting of 11 different caches placed around the property. It is a unique journey through a variety of native habitats and landscapes.
To complete the challenge you have to fill out the GeoTrail brochure and uncover the secret word, then present your completed brochure to the front desk staff in the Orientation Center to receive your commemorative token (GeoTrail brochures are available at the front desk in the Orientation Center).