Pre-Registration required for all programs unless otherwise noted

  • The Lorax Play-Along
    3/8/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family

    Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America Day with Duke Farm’s

    THE LORAX PLAY-ALONG

    Become a Brown Bar-ba-loot, sing like a Swomee-Swan, and hum like a Humming-Fish in an interactive reading of Dr. Seuss’s important environmental book The Lorax.  After the story there will be a Lorax themed take-home craft and photo opportunity so you too can speak for the trees.

    Join us after the program for a hike to meet the trees at Duke Farms!

    Don’t just read it—Be it

    Cost: $5 per adult; FREE for youths! All youths must be accompained by an adult.

    Eventbrite - The Lorax Play Along

  • Backyard Chickens
    3/9/2015   6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    Educational, Farming

    Have you ever considered raising a small flock of chickens in your backyard?  Many people may avoid adding chickens to their garden because they don’t understand how to go about it.  If the thought of fresh eggs and a great pet interests you, then join us for this class! 

    Farmers from Blue Jingler Farm and Mountain Meadow Farm will share all their experience starting with getting and raising chicks, purchasing or building a coop and run and the care and keeping of adult chickens.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Backyard Chickens

  • Owl Prowl
    3/10/2015   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Join expert birder Bruce McWhorter for a quiet evening walk around Duke Farms to look and listen for several species of owls that make their homes on the property. (Please keep in mind that these are wild owls and there are no guarantees that they will make an appearance!)

    DRESS WARMLY!!! Long underwear, boots, down jackets, wool sweaters, hats and mittens will be necessary. Standing still listening for owls, even when it's 40 F outside, will chill almost anyone to the bone. "Quiet" clothes are preferable to clothes that make noise when you move. 

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Owl Prowl

  • Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    3/14/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Plants

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

    Tree ID Walk Dates:

    Saturday March 14th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  Late Foliage: Tree ID in Late Autumn

    This is an outdoor program involving a lot of walking.  Please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $10 per person for each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

  • Junior Naturalists - 1st Mini-Series
    3/15/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

    January 11

    Winter: A Tale of Survival

    Students will be introduced to some of the more common wild residents of Duke Farms and their adaptations for surviving through the winter.  We will take to the field and search for wildlife (or signs of wildlife) that are active all through the winter.

    February 8

    Who's Eating My Sunflower Seed?

    Students will be introduced to the birds that stay active around Duke Farms all winter.  Bird Food and Bird Feeding through the winter will be explored.  We will go out and observe birds with binoculars and begin to learn ways to identify the birds that visit our feeders.

    March 15

    Sings of Spring

    Even though it may still look like winter outside, spring is really not far away.  Join a Naturalist on a scavenger hunt to find the telltale signs of spring at Duke Farms.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 11).  

    Registation for this class is full.

  • Introduction to Organic Gardening - FREE
    3/16/2015   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Gardening

    Have you been wanting to transition to an organic garden but weren’t sure where to start?  Are you a new gardener in the Duke Farms Community Garden? This class is for you!  

    Learn the basics of organic gardening from pest and disease identification and control options to soils, compost, planting and harvesting. 

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Introduction to Organic Gardening

  • Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    3/17/2015   8:00a to 10:00a
    Educational, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars for a guided bird walk before the property opens to the general public. 

     

    Meet at the Front Door of the Orientation Center and end somewhere in the core of the property where participants can choose to either return to the Farm Barn or continue to enjoy the day on their own.

     

    Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up (or younger with approval of Leader).

    Cost: $5

    REGISTER NOW
  • Vegetable and Herb Seed Starting
    3/17/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    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.

    Eventbrite - Vegetable and Herb Seed Starting

  • The Puddle Garden - Reading & Class By" Jared Rosenbaum
    3/21/2015   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    In this children’s story full of native plants and wildlife, learn how Bear Cub invited friends to his new house – by creating a Puddle Garden. Bear Cub plants cardinal flower, swamp milkweed, elderberry, and more. His garden quickly fills with wild friends from hummingbirds to frogs, and his new home is no longer lonely.

    The reading is followed by a presentation for children and parents on creating a native rain garden at home. 

    Cost: FREE! Apporpriate for the whole family.

    Eventbrite - The Puddle Garden - Reading & Class By: Jared Rosenbaum

  • The Dirt on Soil - FREE
    3/21/2015   1:00pm to 3:00pm
    Educational, Gardening

    Soil is the backbone of the garden, affecting plant health and crop yield.  Join us to learn about the role of the soil in the growing process. 

    During this interactive class, we will discuss soil type, drainage, nutrients, and various methods of improving your garden soil. This class is a must for any organic gardener. 

    In order to better serve the audience, please feel free to submit questions in advance to cg@dukefarms.org.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - The Dirt on Soil - FREE

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    3/21/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Woodcock Walk
    3/22/2015   5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Join expert birder Bruce McWhorter for a short indoor slide show and a quiet evening walk around the meadows at Duke Farms to look and listen for breeding American woodcock, also known as the timberdoodle! Males of this species show off for females by creating loud, nasal peent calls and performing dazzling aerial displays.

    DRESS WARMLY!!! Long underwear, boots, down jackets, wool sweaters, hats and mittens will be necessary. Standing still and waiting for the birds to display, even when it's 40 F outside, will chill almost anyone to the bone. "Quiet" clothes are preferable to clothes that make noise when you move. 

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Woodcock Walk

  • Introduction to Organic Gardening - FREE
    3/23/2015   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Gardening

    Have you been wanting to transition to an organic garden but weren’t sure where to start?  Are you a new gardener in the Duke Farms Community Garden? This class is for you!  

    Learn the basics of organic gardening from pest and disease identification and control options to soils, compost, planting and harvesting. 

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Introduction to Organic Gardening

  • Deer Resistant Native Gardens
    3/26/2015   7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants, Gardening

    Native plants sustain an inspiring array of wildlife like butterflies, pollinators, birds...and deer. Gardeners are often frustrated when the local deer herd passes through their flowerbeds.

    Learn about an array of native wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and ferns that are deer resistant, attractive, and functional in gardens, landscapes, and restoration projects. 

    Cost: $10 per person. Appropriate for young adults and older.

    Instructor: Rachel Mackow

    Eventbrite - Deer Resistant Native Gardens

  • Introduction to Organic Gardening - FREE
    3/28/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Gardening

    Have you been wanting to transition to an organic garden but weren’t sure where to start?  Are you a new gardener in the Duke Farms Community Garden? This class is for you!  

    Learn the basics of organic gardening from pest and disease identification and control options to soils, compost, planting and harvesting. 

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Introduction to Organic Gardening

  • Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    3/29/2015   8:00a to 10:00a
    Educational, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars for a guided bird walk before the property opens to the general public. 

     

    Meet at the Front Door of the Orientation Center and end somewhere in the core of the property where participants can choose to either return to the Farm Barn or continue to enjoy the day on their own.

     

    Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up (or younger with approval of Leader).

    Cost: $5

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Ornithologists - 1st Mini-Series
    3/29/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

    January 25

    Birds from the Beginning

    Everyone is excited about the eagles that live and nest at Duke Farms. Did you know they lay their eggs in the middle of winter?   This program will help us get to know all about the life cycle and habits of our majestic eagles.

    February 22

    Eagles - Our Early Nesters

    Many birds flew the coop for the winter, but they begin to return with the first signs of spring.  Families will learn all about bird spring migration.  We will learn how a bird is adapted to long flights and take an in depth look at feathers and features that make flight possible.

    March 29

    Spring Migration - Feathers and Flight

    Many birds flew the coop for the winter, but they begin to return with the first signs of spring.  Families will learn all about bird spring migration.  We will learn how a bird is adapted to long flights and take an in depth look at feathers and features that make flight possible.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 25).  

    Registration for this Mini-Series is now FULL

  • Planning Your Garden - Advanced
    3/30/2015   6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Educational, Gardening

    This class is designed for gardeners who have some experience and are looking to grow and expand their knowledge. 

    We will discuss various gardening techniques and theories, including seed starting, crop rotation, successional planting, interplanting and vertical growing.  We will use an interactive format where gardeners can share and learn from each other.  Everyone will sketch out their garden plots with an eye on incorporating one or more new methods into their 2015 garden plan.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Planning Your Garden - Advanced

  • The Art and Practice of Seed Saving: An Introduction to Seed Saving
    4/4/2015   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Gardening

    This class provides the foundational information needed to successfully save seeds from garden vegetables and ornamentals. Topics include: taxonomy, botany, pollination methods and mating systems, seed development and maturation, isolation, population size, and harvesting and cleaning seeds. 

    This class is part of a 9-part series but participants can also register for this as a stand-alone class. 

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - The Art and Practice of Seed Saving: An Introduction to Seed Saving

  • Community Seeds Program Series
    4/4/2015 -11/14/2015   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Gardening

    The Duke Farms “Community Seeds” program is designed to mentor a group of gardeners throughout the entire growing season. Workshops will provide foundational knowledge, assistance with planning, and demonstration of seed-saving techniques. We aim to produce and save seeds of several crops, with the resulting seed harvest shared among all program members.  

    Series Dates, Topics & Locations:

     

    April 4 @ 9:00am to 11:30am - The Art and Practice of Seed Saving: An Introduction to Seed Saving (Farm Barn Classroom)

    This class provides the foundational information needed to successfully save seeds from garden vegetables and ornamentals. Topics include: taxonomy, botany, pollination methods and mating systems, seed development and maturation, isolation, population size, and harvesting and cleaning seeds.

    April 4 @ 12:30pm to 2:30pm - Planning the Seed Garden (Farm Barn Classroom &Community Garden)

    The Community Seeds annual planting plan will be discussed and crop specific seed-saving instructions will be given out. Seed stewards will be identified and assigned to each planting.  Plants and seeds of cool-season crops will be available for participants.

    May 16 @ 9:00am to 11:30am - Sowing Seeds: Seed Garden Planting Day (Community Garden)

    All program participants will be asked to help plant seed crops in the Education Garden and in select Giving Gardens. Seed-saving tasks and timelines will be reviewed with each seed steward.

    June 13 @ 9:00am to 11:30 am - Garden Smarter: Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners (Farm Barn Classroom & Community Garden)

    This class will discuss the importance of variety trials and explain the basics of evaluating vegetable varieties. Participants will learn how to use and upload information to Cornell University’s Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners website. Class participants will begin the process of evaluating varieties that are growing in the garden.

    July 11 @ 9:00am to 11:30 am - Setting Seed: Pollination Methods and Mating Systems(Farm Barn Classroom & Community Garden)

    Class discussion will focus on pollen flow and ways to manage pollination in order to produce true-to-type seeds. Techniques for controlling pollination (hand-pollination, caging, and blossom-bagging) will be demonstrated. Community Seeds plantings will be scouted for potential problems.

    August 15 @ 9:00am to 11:30 am - Staying True: Variety Maintenance (Farm Barn Classroom & Community Garden)

    Class discussion will cover rogueing and selection as critical aspects of saving true-to-type seeds. Seed crops will again be scouted for potential problems and seed quality, seed health, and seed-borne diseases will be discussed. In preparation for the next workshop, seed maturity indicators will be discussed.

    September 12 @ 9:00am to 11:30am - Gathering: Garden Seed Collection Techniques (Community Garden)

    This workshop will focus on different methods of harvesting and drying seeds. The class will discuss ripeness indicators and how to best gauge seed maturity. Once-over and staggered harvesting will be compared, and the differences between harvesting dry-fruited and fleshy-fruited crops will be reviewed. Seeds at the proper stage for collection will be gathered from the gardens, and some wet-processing of fleshy-fruited crops will be performed.

    October 24 @ 9:00am to 11:30am - Thresh and Winnow: Cleaning Garden Seeds (Farm Barn Classroom)

    This workshop will focus on different methods of drying and cleaning seeds. The group will clean seeds of various Community Seed harvests. Threshing methods (hand-shelling, stripping, treading, flailing) will be demonstrated. Equipment will be brought to screen and winnow dry-fruited crops. Methods will emphasize the use of tools and materials found in the common household.

    Novemeber 14 @ 9:00am to 11:30am - Seed Swap, Season Review, and Planning for 2016 (Farm Barn Classroom)

    This gathering is intended to give all participants an opportunity to review and discuss the successes and failures encountered throughout the season. Participants’ seed-saving logs will be collated to form the basis of Duke Farms Community Seeds catalog. Seed harvests will be shared amongst participants and distribution of excess seeds will be planned. Preliminary planting plans for 2016 will be drafted. Gardeners will be asked to provide feedback about the program and suggest changes for following years. 

    Cost: $120 per person for the general public ($100 per person for Community Garden Members).

    Eventbrite - Community Seeds Program Series

  • Planning Your Garden - Beginner
    4/8/2015   6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Educational, Gardening

    Are you a new gardener?  Do you have some garden experience but still have questions? 

    This class will gently introduce concepts such as crop rotation, vegetable seasonality and planning your garden space.  There will be lots of time for questions & answers and group discussion.  We will work together to sketch out your garden plot before you leave so you are confident with your plan before opening day!  This class is also beneficial for those who are planning out their Duke Farms neighborhood giving garden.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Planning Your Garden - Beginner

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    4/9/2015   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    4/11/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

    From our on-site waste water treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems you will see how Duke Farms is working to be a model of sustainability and will learn how you can implement some of these technologies at your home or business.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

  • Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series
    4/12/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 12

    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 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 17

    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 14

    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.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 12).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Square Foot Organic Gardening
    4/15/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Educational, Gardening

    Make the most of your small garden space by using square foot gardening techniques. 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.

    This program is also being offered on Saturday, April 18 @ 10am - 12pm. You have the option to register for either program by following the link below.

    After taking the this program, gardeners are invited to assist with a hands-on demonstration of installing a square foot garden on Saturday, May 5 @ 10am to 12pm. CLICK HERE to register for the FREE In-Garden Demonstration.  

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Square Foot Organic Gardening

  • Square Foot Organic Gardening
    4/18/2015   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Gardening

    Make the most of your small garden space by using square foot gardening techniques. 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.

    After taking the this program, gardeners are invited to assist with a hands-on demonstration of installing a square foot garden on Saturday, May 5 @ 10am to 12pm. CLICK HERE to register for the FREE In-Garden Demonstration.  

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Square Foot Organic Gardening

  • Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents
    4/18/2015   2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents

  • Wild Plant Culture! Food and Remedies from Wild Plants
    4/25/2015   9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants, Gardening

    Walk into a meadow or along a woodland trail, and you are surrounded with edible and medicinal plants, many with long-standing traditional uses and each with a unique ecology.

    This class will explore the myriad uses for introduced and native plant species, as fruits, spices, teas, salves, oils, and more. We will also discuss each plant's role within its natural habitat.

    Plant identification, safety and responsible collecting, and basic ecology will be taught as part of an ethic of stewardship towards the land.

    Each class features a leisurely-paced hike, during which we'll find, discuss, and sample wild plants. This course is offered as a three part series and students should attend all.

    Class 1: Plants of Early Spring - April 25, 2015

    Botany and plant ecology basics

    Safety & responsible collecting

    Identifying and using spring greens, bitters, barks, and spring ephemerals

    Infusions and decoctions for tea

    Class 2: Late Spring in the Field and Forest - May 23, 2015

    The ecology of late spring - canopy closure and meadow emergence

    Preparing plants for food and medicine

    Identifying and using edible and medicinal plants of late spring

    Making tinctures

    Class 3: The Summer - June 13, 2015

    Plant stewardship at home

    Identifying and using edibles and medicines of early summer

    Salves and oils for summer complaints

    Cost: $75 per person for the entire 3-class series. Appropriate for young adults and older. 

    Instructors: Rachel Mackow and Jared Rosenbaum

    Eventbrite - Wild Plant Culture! Food and Remedies from Wild Plants

  • Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series
    4/26/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 26

     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 24

    Tweets, Twitters, Nests 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 28

    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.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 26).  

    Registration for this mini-series is now full.

  • Square Foot Organic Gardening: In-Garden Demonstration - FREE
    5/2/2015   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Gardening

    Make the most of your small garden space by using square foot gardening techniques.  After taking the “Square Foot Gardening” course, gardeners are invited to assist with a hands-on demonstration of installing a square foot garden. 

    Participants in this program will leave with practical information that will help minimize effort and maximize yield.  Bring your garden gloves!  Meet at Plot 45B which is the square foot gardening demonstration plot.

    Eventbrite - Square Foot Organic Gardening: In-Garden Demonstration

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    5/16/2015   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • NJ Native Orchids Series
    5/16/2015   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    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.

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Individual Classes

  • Growing Good Jersey Tomatoes Organically: Part 1
    5/17/2015   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Gardening

    Part 1- This class is Part 1 of a 2 part series on tomatoes. 

    We will meet in the Farm Barn classroom where attendees will 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. 

    This class will be taught by Jon Knox, who farms organically right here on the Duke Farms property, last season his farm grew 12 different varieties, produced over 5000 lbs of tomatoes, and started their own product line of tomato salsa and marinara.  Students are welcome to bring pictures of their home gardens and tomatoes for questions and discussion. 

    All participants will receive a tomato plant grown by Dogwood Farms!

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Growing Good Jersey Tomatoes Organically: Part 1

  • Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series
    5/17/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 12

    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 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 17

    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 14

    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.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 12).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Being Green at Home
    5/23/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 P0
    Educational

    Have you ever wondered what you could be doing at home to more sustainable?  Join Duke Farms staff member, Clifford Berek, and discuss three main areas where small changes make a big impact.  During this program, we will discuss the four “R”s, your options when it comes to power, and your impact on your local water resources.

    To help you apply what you learned at home, you will be provided with a list of available green resources at the end of the class.    This is a great opportunity to share your successes as well, so please bring along any resources you may have found helpful in your quest to be “green”.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Being Green at Home

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  • Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series
    5/24/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 26

     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 24

    Tweets, Twitters, Nests 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 28

    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.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 26).  

    Registration for this mini-series is now full.

  • Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    5/30/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Plants

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

    Tree ID Walk Dates:

    Saturday March 14th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  Late Foliage: Tree ID in Late Autumn

    This is an outdoor program involving a lot of walking.  Please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $10 per person for each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

  • Preserving the Harvest: Canning & Freezing
    6/3/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Educational, Gardening

    Do you grow more vegetables and fruits than you can eat?  Do you love the taste of homemade jelly?  Do you want to preserve locally grown produce to enjoy next winter? 

    Then these workshops are for you.  Each workshop will cover why safety is critical and how to safely can or freeze fresh produce.  We will discuss equipment, share resources for recipes and learn the techniques.    

    Workshop Dates:

    Wednesday, June 3 @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm: Canning

    Wednesday, June 10 @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm: Freezing

    Cost: $10 per person for an individual class OR $15 per person for both classes.

    Eventbrite - Preserve the Harvest: Canning & Freezing (Both Classes)

    Eventbrite - Preserve the Harvest: Canning & Freezing

  • Raising All My Vegetables Year Round with No Poisons, Power Machinery, or Commercial Fertilizers
    6/6/2015   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Gardening

    Pat Kenschaft has been raising all of her family's vegetables year-round for the past 30 years on a small plot of land in Montclair, NJ.  She uses no chemicals, power machinery or commercial fertilizers. 

    Join Pat to hear a discussion about how she accomplishes this amazing task.  She will outline her ideas and show pictures of her garden.  Pat participates in the Cornucopia Network of NJ and opens her backyard gardens to the public for tours throughout the year. 

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Raising All My Vegetables Year Round with No Poisons, Power Machinery, or Commercial Fertilizers

  • Preserving the Harvest: Canning & Freezing
    6/10/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Educational, Gardening

    Do you grow more vegetables and fruits than you can eat?  Do you love the taste of homemade jelly?  Do you want to preserve locally grown produce to enjoy next winter? 

    Then these workshops are for you.  Each workshop will cover why safety is critical and how to safely can or freeze fresh produce.  We will discuss equipment, share resources for recipes and learn the techniques.    

    Workshop Dates:

    Wednesday, June 3 @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm: Canning

    Wednesday, June 10 @ 6:30pm to 8:30pm: Freezing

    Cost: $10 per person for an individual class OR $15 per person for both classes.

    Eventbrite - Preserve the Harvest: Canning & Freezing (Both Classes)

    Eventbrite - Preserve the Harvest: Canning & Freezing

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    6/11/2015   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Big Tree Hike
    6/12/2015   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational

    Join Certified Tree Expert Jack Kuhlman, and visit a few of the largest trees in the state.  Duke Farms is home to the 4th largest Red Oak in New Jersey (our State tree!), many other Champion trees, and quite a few trees that haven’t made the official list but are impressive in their own right.  

    During this program, you will learn how to estimate tree size, explore the reasons behind impressive tree growth, and learn how to ID many of our native species.  The large trees are spread all over the property, so be prepared to walk 3-4 miles and dress for the weather.  This program runs through lunch so don’t forget a water and snack!

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Big Tree Hike

  • Garden Smarter: Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners
    6/13/2015   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Gardening

    This class will discuss the importance of variety trials and explain the basics of evaluating vegetable varieties. Participants will learn how to use and upload information to Cornell University’s Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners website. Also they will begin the process of evaluating varieties that are growing in the garden. 

    This class is part of a 9-part series but participants can also register for this as a stand-alone class. 

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Garden Smarter: Vegetable Varieties for Gardeners

  • Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series
    6/14/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 12

    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 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 17

    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 14

    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.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 12).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • NJ Native Orchids Series
    6/20/2015   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    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.

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Individual Classes

  • Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    6/20/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

    From our on-site waste water treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems you will see how Duke Farms is working to be a model of sustainability and will learn how you can implement some of these technologies at your home or business.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

  • Extending the Harvest
    6/24/2015   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Educational

    In an average vegetable garden, spring and fall may be slow times of the year and summer brings a bounty. 

    In this class you will learn how to increase your yields in the slower spring and fall months. Practical advice and instruction will have you planning and preparing your garden for nearly-year-round harvest.  Learn to extend your fresh vegetable harvest in a sustainable way from Duke Farms’ community garden staff.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Extending the Harvest

  • Growing Good Jersey Tomatoes Organically: Part 2
    6/28/2015   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Gardening

    Part 2- This class is Part 2 of a 2 part series on tomatoes. 

    Nothing is better in the summer than a thick slice of a Jersey Tomato! We will meet in the Community Garden and take a look at the tomatoes growing there.  We will discuss trellising, harvesting, pest control and trouble shooting. 

    This class will be taught by Jon Knox, who farms organically right here on the Duke Farms property, last season his farm grew 12 different varieties, produced over 5000 lbs of tomatoes, and started their own product line of tomato salsa and marinara.  Students are welcome to bring pictures of their home gardens and tomatoes for questions and discussion. 

    Wear your garden boots!

     

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Growing Good Jersey Tomatoes Organically: Part 2

  • Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series
    6/28/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 26

     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 24

    Tweets, Twitters, Nests 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 28

    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.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 26).  

    Registration for this mini-series is now full.

  • How to Identify Wild Plants
    7/9/2015   9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    This class will teach you how to use Newcomb's Wildflower Guide to identify nearly every common wildflower you encounter in New Jersey, even if you have no idea what it might be.

    The class will be held outdoors, learning botany fundamentals and identifying plants on a modest-paced hike. Recommendations for further study in wild plant identification will be provided as well.

    Cost: $10 per person. Appropriate for young adults and older.

    Instructor: Jared Rosenbaum

    Eventbrite - How to Identify Wild Plants

  • The Buzz on Beekeeping
    7/13/2015   6:30pm to 8:30pm
    Educational, Gardening, Farming

    This hands-on program is an introduction to the ancient art of keeping honeybees.  Becoming a beekeeper draws you in to the intimacies of the landscape by making you aware of how the workings of a honeybee colony is influenced by plant phenology, weather/climate, soils and other environmental factors.  Once a person becomes a beekeeper, it forever alters how they look at their surroundings and motivates one to enhance its shortcomings.

    Participants will be provided with information (and inspiration!) on basic equipment needed and where to obtain it, and helpful local resources and information to help enhance their beekeeping experience.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - The Buzz on Beekeeping

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    7/18/2015   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    7/18/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Plants

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

    Tree ID Walk Dates:

    Saturday March 14th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  Late Foliage: Tree ID in Late Autumn

    This is an outdoor program involving a lot of walking.  Please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $10 per person for each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

  • Creating Meadows
    7/18/2015   10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Convert a lawn to a wildflower meadow or restore a field to a diverse, bountiful native habitat. This class will explore meadow ecology and creation, including site preparation, plant selection, seeding and planting, and maintenance.

    Outdoors, we'll discuss meadow ecology, species, and interactions. Indoors, we'll cover the nuts and bolts of planning and implementing your own prairie-style restoration, on scales small and large.

    The class will be co-taught by Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC, a native plant nursery and stewardship consulting firm, and David Hughes RLA of Weatherwood Design, LLC, a landscape architecture firm specializing in native landscapes. 

    Cost: $50 per person. Appropriate for adults.

    Instructors: Jared Rosenbaum and David Hughes

    Eventbrite - Creating Meadows

  • Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    7/19/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 19

    Incredible Insects 

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

    August 9

    Water Bugs

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

    September 20

    Monarchs

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 19).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Being Green at Home
    7/25/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 P0
    Educational

    Have you ever wondered what you could be doing at home to more sustainable?  Join Duke Farms staff member, Clifford Berek, and discuss three main areas where small changes make a big impact.  During this program, we will discuss the four “R”s, your options when it comes to power, and your impact on your local water resources.

    To help you apply what you learned at home, you will be provided with a list of available green resources at the end of the class.    This is a great opportunity to share your successes as well, so please bring along any resources you may have found helpful in your quest to be “green”.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Being Green at Home

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  • Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series
    7/26/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 26

    Bluebirds Abound

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

    August 16

    Birds, Beaks and Bugs

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

    September 27

    Fall Migration - Bird Banding

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    8/6/2015   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    8/9/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 19

    Incredible Insects 

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

    August 9

    Water Bugs

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

    September 20

    Monarchs

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 19).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 2
    8/15/2015   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    August 15:  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 19:  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 24:  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. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - A Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 2

  • NJ Native Orchids Series
    8/15/2015   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    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.

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Individual Classes

  • Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series
    8/16/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 26

    Bluebirds Abound

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

    August 16

    Birds, Beaks and Bugs

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

    September 27

    Fall Migration - Bird Banding

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    8/22/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

    From our on-site waste water treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems you will see how Duke Farms is working to be a model of sustainability and will learn how you can implement some of these technologies at your home or business.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

  • Putting Your Garden to Bed
    9/12/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Gardening

    As the summer bounty comes to a close, it is the perfect time to spend some quality time in your garden.  The work you do now putting your garden to bed for the winter will greatly affect your garden in the spring. 

    Join us to learn specific tasks you can undertake, including cleaning up spent plants and cover cropping.  There are even crops you can plant now for an early spring harvest!  This class will have an indoor presentation and an outdoor, hands-on component.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Putting Your Garden to Bed

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    9/19/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    9/20/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 19

    Incredible Insects 

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

    August 9

    Water Bugs

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

    September 20

    Monarchs

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 19).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Hands-On Ecological Restoration
    9/25/2015   9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    Learning how to return function and diversity to degraded habitats is one of the fundamental challenges of our time.

    In this two-class series, we'll collaborate on an ecological restoration project from start to finish. Beginning with a baseline site assessment, we'll determine restoration goals, remove unwanted species and establish others, and set up a monitoring protocol to gauge the long-term success of our efforts. 

    Class Dates: Sept. 25, 2015 & Oct. 9, 2015.

    Cost: $75 per person for entire 2-class series. Appropriate for adults.

    Instructors: Rachel Mackow and Jared Rosenbaum

    Eventbrite - Hands-On Ecological Restoration

  • Big Tree Hike
    9/26/2015   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational

    Join Certified Tree Expert Jack Kuhlman, and visit a few of the largest trees in the state.  Duke Farms is home to the 4th largest Red Oak in New Jersey (our State tree!), many other Champion trees, and quite a few trees that haven’t made the official list but are impressive in their own right.  

    During this program, you will learn how to estimate tree size, explore the reasons behind impressive tree growth, and learn how to ID many of our native species.  The large trees are spread all over the property, so be prepared to walk 3-4 miles and dress for the weather.  This program runs through lunch so don’t forget a water and snack!

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Big Tree Hike

  • Being Green at Home
    9/26/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 P0
    Educational

    Have you ever wondered what you could be doing at home to more sustainable?  Join Duke Farms staff member, Clifford Berek, and discuss three main areas where small changes make a big impact.  During this program, we will discuss the four “R”s, your options when it comes to power, and your impact on your local water resources.

    To help you apply what you learned at home, you will be provided with a list of available green resources at the end of the class.    This is a great opportunity to share your successes as well, so please bring along any resources you may have found helpful in your quest to be “green”.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Being Green at Home

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  • Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series
    9/27/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 26

    Bluebirds Abound

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

    August 16

    Birds, Beaks and Bugs

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

    September 27

    Fall Migration - Bird Banding

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Garlic 101
    10/3/2015   10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Educational, Gardening

    Garlic is a surprisingly easy crop to include in a backyard garden. During the indoor portion of this class, types of garlic, best planting practices and uses will be discussed. Then we’ll head outdoors to the Community Garden for some hands-on experience as we complete a planting in our Education Plot. 

    Cost: $10

    Eventbrite - Introduction to Organic Gardening

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    10/8/2015   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Pruning Basics
    10/10/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    Wondering how to get all those unruly plants around your property back under control? Trying to get more flowers or fruits out of your plants?

    Join Certified tree Expert Jack Kuhlman for a workshop on proper pruning techniques. Learn how and when to prune a variety of plants that can be found at Duke Farms. Use the information you learn today in your own yard right away.

    This course will take place both inside and outside.  Please remember to dress for the weather. 

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Pruning Basics

  • Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    10/11/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 11

     Trees; All About Fall

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

    November 15

    Turkey Time

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

    December 13

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    10/17/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

    From our on-site waste water treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems you will see how Duke Farms is working to be a model of sustainability and will learn how you can implement some of these technologies at your home or business.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

  • Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series
    10/18/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 18

     Owls, Hawks and Vultures - OH MY!

    Do hawks migrate? How can you tell a hawk from a vulture? What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal ?  Let’s take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 22

    Turkey Time

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

    December 20

    Wonderful Winter Birds

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 18).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Thresh and Winnow: Cleaning Garden Seeds
    10/24/2015   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Gardening

    This workshop will focus on different methods of drying and cleaning seeds. The group will clean seeds of various Community Seed harvests. Threshing methods (hand-shelling, stripping, treading, flailing) will be demonstrated. Equipment will be brought to screen and winnow dry-fruited crops. Methods will emphasize the use of tools and materials found in the common household. 

    This class is part of a 9-part series but participants can also register for this as a stand-alone class. 

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Thresh and Winnow: Cleaning Garden Seeds

  • Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    11/7/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Plants

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

    Tree ID Walk Dates:

    Saturday March 14th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  Late Foliage: Tree ID in Late Autumn

    This is an outdoor program involving a lot of walking.  Please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $10 per person for each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    11/14/2015   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    11/15/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 11

     Trees; All About Fall

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

    November 15

    Turkey Time

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

    December 13

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series
    11/22/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 18

     Owls, Hawks and Vultures - OH MY!

    Do hawks migrate? How can you tell a hawk from a vulture? What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal ?  Let’s take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 22

    Turkey Time

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

    December 20

    Wonderful Winter Birds

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 18).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    12/4/2015   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here.

    In addition, each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they may take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    12/13/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 11

     Trees; All About Fall

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

    November 15

    Turkey Time

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

    December 13

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

  • Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series
    12/20/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

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

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

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 18

     Owls, Hawks and Vultures - OH MY!

    Do hawks migrate? How can you tell a hawk from a vulture? What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal ?  Let’s take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 22

    Turkey Time

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

    December 20

    Wonderful Winter Birds

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

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 18).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

 
 
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