Pre-Registration required for all programs unless otherwise noted

  • Family Science: The Great Backyard Bird Count
    2/14/2016   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Does your family love birds? Then come celebrate February 14th at Duke Farms by helping to count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)! The GBBC is an online citizen-science project that takes place throughout Valentine’s Weekend this year. People all over the world will collect data on wild birds and submit their data online. We invite you to come learn about the GBBC, tally the numbers and kinds of birds we see, and submit our data online to Ebird. It’s a “lovely” way to help the birds! Part of this program is spent indoors learning about the GBBC. Dress for the weather as a portion of this program is outdoors and will run rain or shine.

    This program is designed for families with children 8 years old and above. At least 1 adult must accompany each child or children from each family. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not of appropriate age. This includes the younger siblings of any registered participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    CHILDREN UNDER 14 YEARS OF AGE ARE FREE. ALL CHILDREN AND ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Cost: $5 per Adult. Children under 14 years old are FREE!.

    Eventbrite - Family Science: The Great Backyard Bird Count

  • The Dirt on Soil
    2/16/2016   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Soil is the backbone of the garden.  Soil management practices such as tilling, mulching and cover cropping can significantly affect plant health and crop yield.  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

  • Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 1
    2/20/2016   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.

    All classes meet at 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Orchid Range.

    February 20:  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.

    March 12:  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.

    April 9:  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 for the entire series. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - A Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 1

  • Introduction to Organic Gardening
    2/20/2016   10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Educational, 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: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Introduction to Organic Gardening

  • Those Dancing Lady Orchids: The Oncidium Alliance
    2/20/2016   1:30pm - 4:00pm
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Enchanted by the wide skirts of those Dancing Lady Orchids? A wide array of tropical species and hybrids will be explored on screen and ‘in person’ in our Orchid Range. Feel the roots, rhizomes, and pseudobulbs as you repot a plant to take home.

    Learn to appreciate why these orchids are not only stunningly beautiful, but critically important components of their environment. 

    Cost: $35 per person which includes an orchid to take home! Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Those Dancing Lady Orchids: The Oncidium Alliance

  • Close Encounters with Birds of Prey
    2/20/2016   2:00 to 3:30 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Using 5 to 6 live raptors, the Delaware Valley Raptor Center will introduce program participants to the fascinating world of raptors. The audience will experience the majesty of hawks, falcons, owls, and eagles up close, while gaining an understanding of a variety of ecological concepts. This experience instills into each individual a greater respect and appreciation for these magnificent birds and fosters a more responsible attitude towards all wildlife.

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Close Encounters with Birds of Prey

  • Junior Ornithologists: 1st Mini-Series - Class 2
    2/21/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

     January 31

    Birds From the Beginning

    This program is an introduction to Birds. We will take a look at Birds from the beginning including their unique Anatomy, Biology and Behavior. Families will learn about binoculars and how to focus them. We will begin to look at ways to identify birds in the field, then go outside with binoculars and try to identify birds we observe at our feeders and in the field.

    February 21

    Eagles - Our Early Nesters

    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.

    March 13

    Spring Migration - Flight and Feathers

    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.

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 1 - Entire Series

  • The Reptiles and Amphibians of the New Jersey Pine Barrens
    2/23/2016   6:00 to 7:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Did you know the Pinelands of southern New Jersey encompasses 1.1 million acres and accounts for 22% of the state's total land area? Several rare & endangered reptile and amphibian species exist there, including the Pine Barrens Treefrog, Timber Rattlesnake, Corn Snake, and Northern Pine Snake. 

    Join expert ecologist and wildlife photographer Robert Zappalorti of Herpetological Associates to learn about what makes the Pinelands unique and why the reptiles and amphibians that live there are so important. 

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

    Eventbrite - The Reptiles and Amphibians of the New Jersey Pine Barrens

  • Flavor of the Wild
    2/29/2016   7:30 to 8:30 PM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    Discover the food and health uses of native plants with botanist Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC. Jared will cover edible native spices, greens, and fruits, and herbal medicines, including wild leek, Solomon's seal, wood nettle, elderberry and others.

    Integrating wildcrafting, ecological restoration ethnobotany, and permaculture, Jared will present a framework for a conservation ethic based on interdependency, stewardship, and awareness.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Flavor of the Wild

  • Planning Your Garden - Advanced
    3/7/2016   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Educational, Gardening, Farming

    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 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 2016 garden plan.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Planning Your Garden - Advanced

  • Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms
    3/8/2016   6:00 to 9:00 PM
    Educational

    You know the term, but you think it's impossible to accomplish. Join Duke Farms' staff on an exploration of green technology at Duke Farms and learn how you can implement some of our successful systems in your home or business. Begin to take steps toward a greener future.

    Tour our recently renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, on-site wastewater treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems. You will see how Duke Farms leads the way in sustainable design and practice.

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

    Eventbrite - Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms

  • Climate Change Short Course
    3/9/2016   6:00 to 7:30 PM
    Educational

    The Duke Farms Climate Change Short Course will provide a plain-spoken primer for the general public on the basic science behind climate change and the impacts at global and local scales. Leading NJ experts in the field will offer lectures and provide ample opportunities for audience Q&A.

    The course will be held at Duke Farms on four consecutive Wednesday evenings in March from 6:00-7:30pm, featuring the following topics and speakers:

    March 9- “The Basic Science of Climate Change”
    (Bruce Taterka- AP Environmental Science Teacher at West Morris Mendham High School, National Science Foundation Funded PolarTREC Teacher)
    This interactive session will introduce the basic science of climate change, discuss the evidence for a warming earth, and examine the role of human activity and natural causes on climate.

    March 16- “Going Global: Oceans and Climate – and What Happens Next”
    (Tony MacDonald, Director of the Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University)
    At the Paris Climate Summit there was an emerging recognition that low lying coastal countries, coastal areas and ocean ecosystems are vulnerable to some of the most severe impacts of climate change.  This session will provide an overview of the international commitments made in Paris and will address future actions that we must take to protect our oceans and enhance the resilience of coastal communities.

    March 23- "New Jersey Climate Change and Its Likely Impacts" 
    (David Robinson- NJ State Climatologist, Professor of Geography, Rutgers University)
    This session will examine climate variability and change in New Jersey, past, present and future.  The impacts of changes that are underway and expected to intensify as this century progresses will be discussed across a number of sectors, such as health, agriculture, ecology, transportation and tourism. 

    March 30- “Getting Ready for Climate Change Here in New Jersey: Adaptation, Mitigation, and Resilience”

    (Michael Catania- Executive Director of Duke Farms and Jeanne Herb Associate Director Bloustein School. Michael serves as Co-chair of the NJ Climate Adaptation Alliance, and Jeanne serves as the coordinator of that effort.)  

    This session will examine the range of things that New Jersey needs to do to be ready to deal with climate change, especially in the areas of the state and for the categories of people that are particularly vulnerable.  Come learn firsthand what a coalition of leaders from a wide variety of sectors – local government, emergency response, environment, agriculture, health officials, transportation, utilities and other sectors – have recommended so that the Garden State can be prepared to deal with the adverse aspects of climate change.  We will also discuss the difference between mitigation and adaptation, as well as what is meant by becoming more resilient.

    CLICK HERE to view all the speaker bios.

    Cost:

    $40 per person for the entire series. 

    $20 per teacher or student for the entire series.

    Eventbrite - Climate Change Short Course

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    3/12/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Ornithologists: 1st Mini-Series - Class 3
    3/13/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

     January 31

    Birds From the Beginning

    This program is an introduction to Birds. We will take a look at Birds from the beginning including their unique Anatomy, Biology and Behavior. Families will learn about binoculars and how to focus them. We will begin to look at ways to identify birds in the field, then go outside with binoculars and try to identify birds we observe at our feeders and in the field.

    February 21

    Eagles - Our Early Nesters

    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.

    March 13

    Spring Migration - Flight and Feathers

    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.

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 1 - Entire Series

  • Planning Your Garden for Beginners
    3/14/2016   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Educational, Plants, 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!  

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Planning Your Garden for Beginners

  • Sugar Maple Celebration
    3/19/2016   10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family

    Come celebrate the Sugar Maple and the magic it brings to your table.  Tap a tree and enjoy the maple sugaring process with Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania. Participate in activities and nature hikes focused on wildlife, tree identification, best forestry practices, and climate change as it relates to the Sugar Maple and our native forests. Share the taste of New Jersey maple syrup, visit a live sawmill demonstration, and don’t miss your chance to try the maple syrup specialty items that will be served all day in our café!

    Cost: FREE!

    CLICK HERE to find out more and register for this event.

  • Sugar Maple Celebration
    3/20/2016   10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family

    Come celebrate the Sugar Maple and the magic it brings to your table.  Tap a tree and enjoy the maple sugaring process with Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania. Participate in activities and nature hikes focused on wildlife, tree identification, best forestry practices, and climate change as it relates to the Sugar Maple and our native forests. Share the taste of New Jersey maple syrup, visit a live sawmill demonstration, and don’t miss your chance to try the maple syrup specialty items that will be served all day in our café!

    Cost: FREE!

    CLICK HERE to find out more and register for this event.

  • Starting Your Own Veggie Seeds
    3/22/2016   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Starting your own vegetable seeds for the garden is simple!  Instead of being limited by the varieties offered at the garden center, your options will be open to countless vegetable varieties offered in seed catalogs for a fraction of the price of purchasing whole plants. 

    In this class you will learn the basics of organic sustainable seed starting and leave with your own tray of seeds to care for and raise in your garden.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Starting Your Own Veggie Seeds

  • The Dirt on Soil
    3/26/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Soil is the backbone of the garden.  Soil management practices such as tilling, mulching and cover cropping can significantly affect plant health and crop yield.  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

  • Butterfly Gardening for Children
    4/2/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening

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

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

    Series Dates:

    April 2

    May 14

    June 25

    August 13

    Cost: $20 per child for the entire series. Adults are free, but are required to register. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

    Eventbrite - Butterfly Gardening for Children Series

  • Junior Entomologists: 1st Mini-Series - Class 1
    4/2/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 2

    Socializing with Insects

    April 23

    Eat or Be Eaten! (and Other Insect Adaptations)

    May 21

    The Web of Life

    June 18 The Magic of Pollination

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). 

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 1 - Entire Series

  • Junior Gardeners - The Spring Garden
    4/3/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

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

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

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

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

    Agenda

    April 3: What’s in a Garden? Welcome to the spring garden! This very first junior gardeners’ class will be all about getting the garden set up.  We will investigate soil and the creatures that help the plants grow. We will learn the difference between “cool season crops” (such as lettuce, kale and carrots) and “warm season crops” (such as tomatoes and peppers) and get some seeds of each started in pots.  We will finish up by putting our first seeds into the ground- sweet sugar snap peas!

    April 24: Roots & Fruits, Greens & Beans Today is all about the different families that veggies belong to and what crops should be planted near each other.  We will tend to our indoor veggies starts and then head outside to check on our peas and get some more cool season crops in the ground, plus plant a “potato bin”!

    May 22: A Spring Salad Party By this time, many types of veggies are ready to pick and eat!  We will go through the steps of harvesting and cleaning our veggies and then have a salad party!  With the warm nighttime weather, it’s now a great time to plant out some of the peppers and tomatoes we started back in March.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series. ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    4/7/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Voices from the Land: Integrating Language and Landscape, Art and Culture
    4/8/2016 -4/9/2016   8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Educational

    The Voices from the Land project and this workshop (for educators of pre-k to 12, naturalists, artists and other adults) is a celebration of oral and written language… of natural science, art, performance and technology. 

    Taught by veteran teachers, participants experience all aspects of a Voices project, learning strategies for connecting children to natural landscapes… fostering a love for the natural world.  

    Through 2-day this workshop, participants learn how to help children work in small groups as they explore and discover a natural site, using art concepts and skills to create art from natural materials.  Communication skills (oral and written) are used to create, edit and publish poetry.  Digital technologies are used to document and share the art then students help layout, design and publish a full-color book of their art and poetry… or full-color posters that showcase their work.  Finally, students develop performance strategies to share their work.  

    Cost: $50 per person.

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

  • Discovering Orchids for Kids
    4/9/2016   2:00 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 with an adult chaperone. It is sure to be fun for all, as we touch, smell and look into different orchid flowers and their landing pads, and check-out how and where they grow. After a repotting demonstration, each kid & parent team will repot an orchid plant and take it home to nurture.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents

  • Junior Naturalists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 1
    4/10/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 10

    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 15

    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 5

    Frogs are too Much Fun

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Practice of Foraging: Part 1
    4/11/2016   7:00 to 8:30 PM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    The natural world can appear to an array of just green … but what if you had to rely on the wild for food or medicine? Learn how identify and prepare common edible plants and see whether bounty exists between sidewalk cracks and along woodland trails.

    The program will highlight safe collecting strategies, traditional uses of native and non-native plants, cultivation of wild edibles, and an ethic of stewardship towards the wild. This indoor program serves as an introduction to foraging. The Practice of Foraging Part II puts ideas into practice outside. Classes are stand-alone.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Practice of Foraging: Part 1

  • Sunday Mystery Walks
    4/17/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join us for a 2 hour exploration of something around Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Take a risk and come learn something new with us.

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here! These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 1

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

    Cost: $5 per adult; Children under the age of 12 Free!. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

  • The 5 Essentials of Backyard Composting
    4/18/2016   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    This fun lecture explains why composting is one of the most important steps to take for improving your garden and your entire gardening experience. First, we will get right down to the roots of the subject by considering the importance of soil (“Dirt 101”), and how it can be improved. You will discover how to transform your leaves, grass clippings, garden trimmings, plant prunings, and certain kitchen scraps into a healthy, nutrient-rich organic soil conditioner.

    Learn the “Five Essentials” of successful composting, the many uses of compost, and appropriate bin selection and placement. Composting is good for your soil and good for your soul, and participants will leave this lecture with an improved sense of humus. 

    For beginners and experienced home gardeners!

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - The 5 Essentials of Backyard Composting

  • Square Foot Organic Gardening
    4/23/2016   10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, 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. The class will then move to the Community Garden where they will assist will laying out and planting the square foot garden demonstration plot.

    Participants in this program will leave with practical information that will help minimize effort and maximize yield.  Bring your garden gloves!

    Cost: $10

    Eventbrite - Square Foot Gardening

  • Junior Entomologists: 1st Mini-Series - Class 2
    4/23/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 2

    Socializing with Insects

    April 23

    Eat or Be Eaten! (and Other Insect Adaptations)

    May 21

    The Web of Life

    June 18 The Magic of Pollination

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). 

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 1 - Entire Series

  • Junior Ornithologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 1
    4/24/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 24

    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 22

    Tweet, Twitter, Nest and Eggs

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

    June 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".

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Junior Gardeners - The Spring Garden
    4/24/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

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

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

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

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

    Agenda

    April 3: What’s in a Garden? Welcome to the spring garden! This very first junior gardeners’ class will be all about getting the garden set up.  We will investigate soil and the creatures that help the plants grow. We will learn the difference between “cool season crops” (such as lettuce, kale and carrots) and “warm season crops” (such as tomatoes and peppers) and get some seeds of each started in pots.  We will finish up by putting our first seeds into the ground- sweet sugar snap peas!

    April 24: Roots & Fruits, Greens & Beans Today is all about the different families that veggies belong to and what crops should be planted near each other.  We will tend to our indoor veggies starts and then head outside to check on our peas and get some more cool season crops in the ground, plus plant a “potato bin”!

    May 22: A Spring Salad Party By this time, many types of veggies are ready to pick and eat!  We will go through the steps of harvesting and cleaning our veggies and then have a salad party!  With the warm nighttime weather, it’s now a great time to plant out some of the peppers and tomatoes we started back in March.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series.  ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden - Entire Series

  • Field Botanist
    4/25/2016   Multiple Dates - Times Vary
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    Learn plant identification skills in a small-class format with botanist Jared Rosenbaum. In this three-part field trip series, we’ll explore some of central New Jersey's characteristic habitats, immersing in the flora and discussing ID tips and tools. We’ll discuss the ecological niches of each plant and the cultural uses (food, medicine, craft) that link plants with us. Emphasis will be placed on knowing and understanding plants in a field setting using our senses and the ecological context. Use of identification manuals, dichotomous keys, and other specialized tools will be covered.

    The first evening class is classroom based, all others are field based.

    Series Schedule:

    Monday, 4/25 @ 7 - 8:30pm

    Saturdays, 4/30 @ 9:30am-12:30pm

    Saturday, 8/13 @ 9:30am-12:30pm

    Saturday, 10/8 @ 9:30am-12:30pm

    Locations are TBA.

    Eventbrite - Field Botanist

  • Sunday Mystery Walks
    5/1/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join us for a 2 hour exploration of something around Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Take a risk and come learn something new with us.

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here! These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 1

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

    Cost: $5 per adult; Children under the age of 12 Free!. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

  • Organic Control of Vegetable Pests & Disease
    5/9/2016   6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    Educational, Gardening, Farming

    Everything you've wanted to know about those pesky insects in your garden and how to keep them from getting to your tasty vegetables before you do! Information on biology, ecology and control will be presented within the parameters of small-scale organic production. Learn how to identify the most common insects found on vegetables and control strategies to optimize plant health and harvest.  As plant disease is much more difficult to identify, we will discuss cultural controls and strategies to lessen their impact. 

    This class will be taught by Sabrina Tirpak, Principal Laboratory Technician at the Plant Diagnostic Laboratory at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Organic Control of Vegetable Pests & Disease

  • The Art of Propagation
    5/12/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    This class is designed for adults who want to take their gardening skills to the next level. The staff growers at Duke Farms will provide an introduction to the methods used in the propagation of native plants.  The first half of the class will examine various methods for propagation of native seeds and the second half of class will explore cuttings and divisions.

    Attendees will have the rare opportunity to hone their skills in the native nursery and the fields at Duke Farms.  Each participant will leave with native plants to sow in their home gardens.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - The Art of Propagation

  • Growing Organic Tomatoes
    5/14/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Gardening, Farming

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

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

    All participants will receive a tomato plant grown by Dogwood Farms! (Then head outside to receive a tomato plant grown by Duke Farms!)

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Growing Organic Tomatoes

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    5/14/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • NJ Native Orchid Series
    5/14/2016   2:00 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 - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Registration for the entire series ends on May 14, 2016.

  • Junior Naturalists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 2
    5/15/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 10

    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 15

    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 5

    Frogs are too Much Fun

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Going Green with Eco-Friendly Yard Care
    5/17/2016   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Educational, Plants

    Take a fascinating look at your backyard eco-system, and how to work with Nature, not against her. You’ll gain an appreciation for the importance of healthy soil – the precious interface between Earth’s geology and biology – the delivery system providing nutrients to the plants we grow; never again will you treat it like dirt!

    You will learn how to grow and maintain a beautiful lawn without toxic chemicals, by proper seeding and feeding, mowing correctly, and grasscycling. Discover “water-wise gardening”, the essentials for successful composting, Integrated Pest Management and how to transform your backyard into a certified habitat for beautiful birds and butterflies.

    Finally, find out about the many ways yard care affects our health, our families, our neighborhood, and the ecosystem of our watersheds, and how we can easily reduce these impacts while renewing our enjoyment and love of gardening.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Going Green with Eco-Friendly Yard Care

  • The Art of Propagation
    5/21/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    This class is designed for adults who want to take their gardening skills to the next level. The staff growers at Duke Farms will provide an introduction to the methods used in the propagation of native plants.  The first half of the class will examine various methods for propagation of native seeds and the second half of class will explore cuttings and divisions.

    Attendees will have the rare opportunity to hone their skills in the native nursery and the fields at Duke Farms.  Each participant will leave with native plants to sow in their home gardens.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - The Art of Propagation

  • Junior Entomologists: 1st Mini-Series - Class 3
    5/21/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 2

    Socializing with Insects

    April 23

    Eat or Be Eaten! (and Other Insect Adaptations)

    May 21

    The Web of Life

    June 18 The Magic of Pollination

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). 

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 1 - Entire Series

  • Junior Ornithologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 2
    5/22/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 24

    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 22

    Tweet, Twitter, Nest and Eggs

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

    June 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".

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Junior Gardeners - The Spring Garden
    5/22/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

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

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

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

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

    Agenda

    April 3: What’s in a Garden? Welcome to the spring garden! This very first junior gardeners’ class will be all about getting the garden set up.  We will investigate soil and the creatures that help the plants grow. We will learn the difference between “cool season crops” (such as lettuce, kale and carrots) and “warm season crops” (such as tomatoes and peppers) and get some seeds of each started in pots.  We will finish up by putting our first seeds into the ground- sweet sugar snap peas!

    April 24: Roots & Fruits, Greens & Beans Today is all about the different families that veggies belong to and what crops should be planted near each other.  We will tend to our indoor veggies starts and then head outside to check on our peas and get some more cool season crops in the ground, plus plant a “potato bin”!

    May 22: A Spring Salad Party By this time, many types of veggies are ready to pick and eat!  We will go through the steps of harvesting and cleaning our veggies and then have a salad party!  With the warm nighttime weather, it’s now a great time to plant out some of the peppers and tomatoes we started back in March.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series.  ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Spring Garden - Entire Series

  • Junior Naturalists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 3
    6/5/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 10

    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 15

    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 5

    Frogs are too Much Fun

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    6/9/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Big Tree Hike
    6/10/2016   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

  • Practice of Foraging: Part 2
    6/11/2016   9:30 to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    The natural world can appear to an array of just green … but what if you had to rely on the wild for food or medicine? Learn how identify and prepare common edible plants and see whether bounty exists between sidewalk cracks and along woodland trails.

    The program will highlight safe collecting strategies, traditional uses of native and non-native plants, cultivation of wild edibles, and an ethic of stewardship towards the wild. Participants will have the opportunity to harvest and taste wild edibles for themselves. This outdoor class builds on The Practice of Foraging Part I, but can be taken as a stand alone class.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Practice of Foraging: Part 2

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    6/12/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

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

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

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

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

    Agenda

    June 12: How Does Your Garden Grow? Welcome to the summer garden! We will begin this session by touring the garden to see what is already growing.  We will do LOTS of planting today- tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peppers and more!  By learning what a plant needs to survive, we will make sure our garden has everything it needs to produce lots of delicious summer veggies.

    July 17: The Bugs in our Garden There are lots of creatures in the garden.  They are tucked in the soil, visiting the leaves and flowers, and crawling around the compost.  Today we will identify which bugs are the helpers and which bugs can hurt the crops. We will build a “worm bin” and feed our new friends the weeds we pull from the garden!

    August 21: Summer Eats! So much is growing at this time of year! We will harvest and clean all kinds of veggies and have a summer feast in the garden.  Even though it is so hot, we will begin planting our fall garden with crops such as spinach, lettuce, beets and carrots.  These will be ready to eat when the weather starts to cool!

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series. $7 per child for individual classes. ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Summer Garden - Entire Series

  • Preserving the Harvest: Canning & Freezing
    6/13/2016   6:00 to 9:00 PM
    Educational, Gardening

    Do you grow more vegetables and fruits than you can eat?  Do you want to preserve locally grown produce to enjoy over the winter?   Then this workshop is for you.  Learn how to safely can (in jars) or freeze fresh produce. 

    Daryl Minch from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County will show samples of equipment needed for proper canning & freezing.  She will offer resources for safe and reliable recipes and educate on proper procedures to ensure a safe and tasty product.   Handouts will be provided.

    Cost: $10 per person.


    Eventbrite - Preserving the Harvest: Canning & Freezing

  • Discovering Orchids for Kids
    6/18/2016   9:00 to 10:30 AM
    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 with an adult chaperone. It is sure to be fun for all, as we touch, smell and look into different orchid flowers and their landing pads, and check-out how and where they grow. After a repotting demonstration, each kid & parent team will repot an orchid plant and take it home to nurture.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents

  • Junior Entomologists: 1st Mini-Series - Class 4
    6/18/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 2

    Socializing with Insects

    April 23

    Eat or Be Eaten! (and Other Insect Adaptations)

    May 21

    The Web of Life

    June 18 The Magic of Pollination

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). 

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 1 - Entire Series

  • NJ Native Orchid Series
    6/18/2016   2:00 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 - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Registration for the entire series ends on May 14, 2016.

  • Sunday Mystery Walks
    6/19/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join us for a 2 hour exploration of something around Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Take a risk and come learn something new with us.

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here! These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 1

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

    Cost: $5 per adult; Children under the age of 12 Free!. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

  • Junior Ornithologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 3
    6/26/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    April 24

    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 22

    Tweet, Twitter, Nest and Eggs

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

    June 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".

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Junior Naturalists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 1
    7/10/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 10

    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!

    August 14

    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.

    September 11

    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.

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Enjoying the Harvest: Herbs & Friends
    7/11/2016   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Educational, Gardening

    Enjoying the harvest is all about flavor! Herbs boost the flavor of food.  Drying vegetables, fruit or herbs preserves them for another day and intensifies their flavor. 

    Join Daryl Minch from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County to learn about culinary herbs- how to pair them with food, how to preserve by freezing or drying and how to make herb vinegar.  She will demonstrate how to dry various crops in a food dehydrator for later use.  Workshop includes demonstration and tasting!  Handouts will be provided.

    Cost: $10 per person.


    Eventbrite - Enjoying the Harvest: Herbs & Friends

  • Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 1
    7/16/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 13

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    7/16/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    7/17/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

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

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

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

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

    Agenda

    June 12: How Does Your Garden Grow? Welcome to the summer garden! We will begin this session by touring the garden to see what is already growing.  We will do LOTS of planting today- tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peppers and more!  By learning what a plant needs to survive, we will make sure our garden has everything it needs to produce lots of delicious summer veggies.

    July 17: The Bugs in our Garden There are lots of creatures in the garden.  They are tucked in the soil, visiting the leaves and flowers, and crawling around the compost.  Today we will identify which bugs are the helpers and which bugs can hurt the crops. We will build a “worm bin” and feed our new friends the weeds we pull from the garden!

    August 21: Summer Eats! So much is growing at this time of year! We will harvest and clean all kinds of veggies and have a summer feast in the garden.  Even though it is so hot, we will begin planting our fall garden with crops such as spinach, lettuce, beets and carrots.  These will be ready to eat when the weather starts to cool!

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series. ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Summer Garden - Entire Series

  • Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms
    7/23/2016   1:00 to 4:00 PM
    Educational

    You know the term, but you think it's impossible to accomplish. Join Duke Farms' staff on an exploration of green technology at Duke Farms and learn how you can implement some of our successful systems in your home or business. Begin to take steps toward a greener future.

    Tour our recently renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, on-site wastewater treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems. You will see how Duke Farms leads the way in sustainable design and practice.

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

    Eventbrite - Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms

  • Junior Ornithologists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 1
    7/24/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 24

    Habitats are for the Birds

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

    August 28

    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 18

    Bluebirds Abound

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    8/4/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 2
    8/13/2016   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.

    All classes meet a t 9:00 to 11:30 AM in the Orchid Range.

    August 13:  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 17:  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 15:  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 for the entire series. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - A Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 2

  • Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 2
    8/13/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 13

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6).

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • NJ Native Orchid Series
    8/13/2016   2:00 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 - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Registration for the entire series ends on May 14, 2016.

  • Junior Naturalists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 2
    8/14/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 10

    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!

    August 14

    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.

    September 11

    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.

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies
    8/15/2016 -8/16/2016   8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
    Educational, Wildlife

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

    This 2-day workshop enables pre-K through 12th grade educators to teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social studies… through the captivating story of monarchs (but isn’t limited to educators). 

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

    Cost: $50 per person.

    Eventbrite - Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies

  • Great Meadow Medicine
    8/20/2016   9:30 to 11:30 AM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    Long before modern medicine, people relied on wild plants to remedy common complaints. In this program, we'll explore the Great Meadow at Duke Farms, seeking medicinal plants like echinacea, boneset, Joe Pye weed, and others. We'll touch on harvesting, preparation, and the conservation of native medicinal plants.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Great Meadow Medicine

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    8/21/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

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

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

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

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

    Agenda

    June 12: How Does Your Garden Grow? Welcome to the summer garden! We will begin this session by touring the garden to see what is already growing.  We will do LOTS of planting today- tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peppers and more!  By learning what a plant needs to survive, we will make sure our garden has everything it needs to produce lots of delicious summer veggies.

    July 17: The Bugs in our Garden There are lots of creatures in the garden.  They are tucked in the soil, visiting the leaves and flowers, and crawling around the compost.  Today we will identify which bugs are the helpers and which bugs can hurt the crops. We will build a “worm bin” and feed our new friends the weeds we pull from the garden!

    August 21: Summer Eats! So much is growing at this time of year! We will harvest and clean all kinds of veggies and have a summer feast in the garden.  Even though it is so hot, we will begin planting our fall garden with crops such as spinach, lettuce, beets and carrots.  These will be ready to eat when the weather starts to cool!

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series. ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Summer Garden - Entire Series

  • Junior Ornithologists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 2
    8/28/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 24

    Habitats are for the Birds

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

    August 28

    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 18

    Bluebirds Abound

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Junior Naturalists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 3
    9/11/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 10

    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!

    August 14

    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.

    September 11

    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.

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    9/17/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 3
    9/17/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 13

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). 

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Junior Ornithologists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 3
    9/18/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 24

    Habitats are for the Birds

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

    August 28

    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 18

    Bluebirds Abound

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    9/18/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

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

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

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

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

    Agenda

    September 18: Fall into Gardening Welcome to the fall garden!  We will head outside to see what’s already growing and check our seed packets to see what cool-season crops can still be planted at this time of year.  We will pull some potatoes right from the ground and do a taste test comparing sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.

    October 16: Growing Garlic This is a great time of year to plant garlic.  It will spend all winter in the ground and be ready for harvest next June!  It’s also a great time of year to pick and taste pumpkins!  Although it’s too late to plant outside, we will plant microgreens in containers to grow on our windowsills for fresh greens all winter long.

    November 13: A Thanksgiving Harvest Gardeners will pick all remaining veggies- some will be for tasting; some will be for bringing home and sharing.  We will get our garden all tucked away for the winter and do a fun craft project with some natural items found in and around the garden.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series.  ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

  • Native Seed Collection for Beginners
    9/22/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    This two-hour class, designed for adults who are seeking to explore the world of native plant seed collection, will provide an introduction to the methods used in the collection of native plant seeds.  The class will examine how to identify seeds, plan times to harvest and proper cleaning and storage.   Led by our staff growers, attendees will enjoy the rare opportunity to explore seed collection methods and ethics in the field at Duke Farms. 

    Each participant will leave with pre-packaged native plant seeds and a potted plant from the property to sow at home.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Native Seed Collection for Beginners

  • Big Tree Hike
    9/24/2016   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

  • Hands-On Ecological Restoration
    9/30/2016   9:30 AM to 3:30 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 class, we'll collaborate on planning an ecological restoration project. Beginning with a baseline site assessment, we'll determine restoration goals, plan the removal of unwanted species and establishment of others, and set up a monitoring protocol to gauge the long-term success of our efforts.

    The class will take place outside; we'll be restoring a forested area at Duke Farms using the full spectrum of tools and plant materials available to contemporary land stewards. Fundamental concepts in restoration practice, as well as recommended resources, will be covered in depth. The class will be taught by Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC, in cooperation with stewardship staff from Duke Farms. 

    Cost: $50 per person.

    Eventbrite - Hands-On Ecological Restoration

  • Native Seed Collection for Beginners
    10/1/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    This two-hour class, designed for adults who are seeking to explore the world of native plant seed collection, will provide an introduction to the methods used in the collection of native plant seeds.  The class will examine how to identify seeds, plan times to harvest and proper cleaning and storage.   Led by our staff growers, attendees will enjoy the rare opportunity to explore seed collection methods and ethics in the field at Duke Farms. 

    Each participant will leave with pre-packaged native plant seeds and a potted plant from the property to sow at home.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Native Seed Collection for Beginners

  • Sunday Mystery Walks
    10/2/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join us for a 2 hour exploration of something around Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Take a risk and come learn something new with us.

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here! These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 1

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

    Cost: $5 per adult; Children under the age of 12 Free!. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    10/6/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 1
    10/9/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

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

    November 6

    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 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

  • Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms
    10/13/2016   6:00 to 9:00 PM
    Educational

    You know the term, but you think it's impossible to accomplish. Join Duke Farms' staff on an exploration of green technology at Duke Farms and learn how you can implement some of our successful systems in your home or business. Begin to take steps toward a greener future.

    Tour our recently renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, on-site wastewater treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems. You will see how Duke Farms leads the way in sustainable design and practice.

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

    Eventbrite - Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms

  • Pruning Basics
    10/15/2016   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 Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 4
    10/15/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 13

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). 

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

  • Discovering Orchids for Kids
    10/15/2016   2:00 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 with an adult chaperone. It is sure to be fun for all, as we touch, smell and look into different orchid flowers and their landing pads, and check-out how and where they grow. After a repotting demonstration, each kid & parent team will repot an orchid plant and take it home to nurture.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents

  • Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 1
    10/16/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

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

    November 20

    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 11

    Winter Birds

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    10/16/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

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

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

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

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

    Agenda

    September 18: Fall into Gardening Welcome to the fall garden!  We will head outside to see what’s already growing and check our seed packets to see what cool-season crops can still be planted at this time of year.  We will pull some potatoes right from the ground and do a taste test comparing sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.

    October 16: Growing Garlic This is a great time of year to plant garlic.  It will spend all winter in the ground and be ready for harvest next June!  It’s also a great time of year to pick and taste pumpkins!  Although it’s too late to plant outside, we will plant microgreens in containers to grow on our windowsills for fresh greens all winter long.

    November 13: A Thanksgiving Harvest Gardeners will pick all remaining veggies- some will be for tasting; some will be for bringing home and sharing.  We will get our garden all tucked away for the winter and do a fun craft project with some natural items found in and around the garden.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series.  ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

  • Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 2
    11/6/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

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

    November 6

    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 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

  • Sunday Mystery Walks
    11/13/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Join us for a 2 hour exploration of something around Duke Farms. The topic and the educator is a mystery. Take a risk and come learn something new with us.

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here! These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 1

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

    Cost: $5 per adult; Children under the age of 12 Free!. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

  • Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    11/13/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

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

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

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

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

    Agenda

    September 18: Fall into Gardening Welcome to the fall garden!  We will head outside to see what’s already growing and check our seed packets to see what cool-season crops can still be planted at this time of year.  We will pull some potatoes right from the ground and do a taste test comparing sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.

    October 16: Growing Garlic This is a great time of year to plant garlic.  It will spend all winter in the ground and be ready for harvest next June!  It’s also a great time of year to pick and taste pumpkins!  Although it’s too late to plant outside, we will plant microgreens in containers to grow on our windowsills for fresh greens all winter long.

    November 13: A Thanksgiving Harvest Gardeners will pick all remaining veggies- some will be for tasting; some will be for bringing home and sharing.  We will get our garden all tucked away for the winter and do a fun craft project with some natural items found in and around the garden.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series.  ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    11/19/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 2
    11/20/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

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

    November 20

    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 11

    Winter Birds

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

  • Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 3
    12/4/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

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

    November 6

    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 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    12/8/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

  • Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 3
    12/11/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

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

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

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

    November 20

    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 11

    Winter Birds

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

     

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

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

 
 
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