Duke Farms provides the opportunity for teachers to lead their students independently through the Farm Barn Orientation Gallery and outdoor habitats. Here are a few reasons why Duke Farms is the perfect place to bring your class field trip:
- Self-guided exploration is always FREE!
- Interactive, educational exhibits on wildlife ecology, sustainable resources, horticulture and agriculture.
- Easy access to multiple habitats. Woodland, meadow or wetland areas can all be your field classroom.
- Miles of trails - 18 to be exact - that are closed to vehicle traffic.
- No gift shop! Teach your students about sustainable consumption and needs vs. wants.
- Hillsborough, New Jersey is a short bus ride from many districts, making your trip cost less!
Duke Farms offers the lesson plans for educators. Each self-guided lesson plan is correlated to State Standards. Remember, admission is FREE for self-guided field trips however; we do have capacity limits and require registration in advance.
When you are ready to schedule your class field trip, fill out the School Group Registration Form to let us know your preferred dates.
In The Classroom
Too far away from Duke Farms but still want to teach your students about habitats and sustainability? For those educators that can't make it out to Duke Farms, we've compiled resources for use in the classroom. Teach remotely about our Eagle Cam, shrinking habitats, food chains and the environment, watershed and others. Some of these lesson plans have been created by the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, the New Jersey Audubon and even teachers from around the state.
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).