Each year, we host four festivals celebrating what the seasons have to offer here at Duke Farms. Participants attend captivating presentations, partake in hands-on activities, learn about relevant environmental issues and become familiar with local stewardship.
Open to all ages and FREE admission! We ask that you please register in advance for each festival to help us prepare. Registration is based on different arrival times to ensure we have enough parking throughout the festivals. Please arrive by the specified time slot you register for.
Sugar Maple Celebration (Mid-March)
Celebrate the Sugar Maple and the magic it brings to your table. Tap a tree and enjoy the maple sugaring process. Participate in activities and nature hikes focused on wildlife, tree identification, best forestry practices, and climate change as it relates to the Sugar Maple and our native forests. Don’t miss your chance to try the maple syrup specialty items that will be served all day in our café!
Firefly Festival (Early July)
Grab a flashlight, put on your walking shoes and head over to the Duke Farms’ Firefly Festival to celebrate Nature’s Natural Light Show – the Lightning Bug! Meander along 1.5 miles of trails taking you through woodlands, meadows and along lakeshores to get a glimpse of fireflies in action.Learn More
Monarch & Meadow Fest (Mid-August)
Learn all about a variety of plants, birds and insects that are so important to balance these amazing ecosystems. Help out with hands-on meadow plantings, sign up for one of our guided walks (listed on the right side of this page) and participate in the live tagging of monarch butterflies every hour!
Creature Fest (Late October)
Visit with some “scary” plants and wildlife along a 1.5 mile trail where you will learn why they are actually good for the environment. Visit with poison ivy, a live wolf, some giant reptiles, a bat, a skunk, a dead tree and others as you collect good-for-you treats along the way.