Pre-Registration required for all programs unless otherwise noted

  • Moth Night
    7/25/2014   8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    This nighttime program is part of National Moth Week, a global-scale citizen science project aimed at learning about and appreciating nocturnal biodiversity.

    Elena Tartaglia of the NMW team will present a slide show about the important role of moths in the ecosystem followed by up-close observation of these fascinating insects attracted to a blacklight.

    Visit http://nationalmothweek.org for more information about National Moth Week.

    Cost: $5 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Getting to Know Orchids
    7/26/2014   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

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

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

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

    REGISTER NOW
  • Bringing Duke Farms Sustainable Technology Home
    7/26/2014   1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Educational

    Join Duke Farms’ staff to learn how to implement some of our sustainable technology techniques at your home—from our green roof, rain gardens, solar array, geothermal heating and on-site waste water treatment, you will see how Duke Farms is working to be a model of sustainability. 

    You will explore the sustainable initiatives in place throughout the newly renovated Farm Barn Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, and gain the knowledge to minimize your own carbon footprint while inspiring your neighborhood to do the same.

    Cost: $5 per person. 

    REGISTER NOW
  • A Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series
    7/26/2014   2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

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

    Class 1: It's All in the Flower (7/26/2014 @ 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

    During this session features of orchid flowers and associations with pollinator partners are explored, as well as relationships between different orchid species and genera.

    Class 2: Growing Orchids in Tune with Nature (8/23/2014 @ 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

    This session focuses 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. 

    Class 3: Potting & Troubleshooting Workshop (9/20/2014 @ 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

    At each session, 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 whole series. Space is limited and advance registration is required. 

    CLICK HERE to register for the whole series.

  • Summer Bat Walk
    7/29/2014   7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    Educational, Wildlife

    Join CWF Biologist, MacKenzie Hall, to learn about the importance of bats to the environment, watch bats as they search for their evening meal, and use a bat acoustic detector to identify the types of bats utilizing Duke Farms.   

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Phases of the Mooon
    7/31/2014   8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Educational

    Learn the moon phases by participating in a hands on family activity which will reward you with oreo cookies in the shape of the eight moon phases.  You will also see the night skies like never before through the telescopes which will be aimed at Mars, the moon, and Saturn. 

    Learn about why preservation and improving our dark skies is essentially to the environment.

    Cost: $5 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Birding by Bicycle
    8/2/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

    Join NJ Audubon naturalists on this unique adventure that combines two of our most popular activities—watching birds and bicycling!

    We will visit several different habitats including forests, meadows and lakes, each of which will provide us with a variety of bird possibilities. This trip is open to anyone interested in learning about the birds of Duke Farms.

    Participants are required to bring their own mountain bikes and protective headgear for this ride. The ride includes both paved and gravel roads and does include some inclines.

    Open to birders age 12 and up with bicycles.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Ornithologists Series: What makes a habitat?
    8/3/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Join a New Jersey Audubon Naturalist to find out about the exciting world of birds!

    During this series you and your child will gain a deep understanding of what makes birds so unique. What’s that in the sky- a plane, a hawk, a heron? Why do birds migrate?

    Join us as we get outside and see what birds are up to throughout the year.

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

    October 5, 2014                Radical raptors- Owls, hawks, and more

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

    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.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Registration is now full for this series.

    We will offer the series again in 2015 so please stay tuned for more details. 

  • NJ 350 Photo Exhibit Reception
    8/8/2014   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Wildlife

    In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary, Creative Spaces, Danielle Austen Photography and XACT Studios, have partnered to present “NJ350 Elements – A Unique Nature and Wildlife Photo Exhibit” at beautiful Duke Farms.

    What makes this exhibit different is the idea of representing the environment within the environment. The selected images will be printed on 40”h x 60”w LexJet Water-Resistant Satin Fabric. The images will be displayed outdoors...around the Duke Farms Orientation Center...using natural light...moving with nature's elements.

    This project was developed to highlight New Jersey's natural beauty with the help of talented photographers throughout the state. The exhibit at Duke Farms will be the kick-off event to help create the most comprehensive collection of nature and wildlife images.

    CLICK HERE for more information on this project.

    Cost: FREE! We ask that you please register if you are going to attend this event by following the link below.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Entomologists Series - Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers
    8/10/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

    During this program children and their parents will learn all about the wonders of insects.  From how insects survive the winter to summer water bugs Junior Entomologists (and their parents!) will explore the environment in every season and in all kinds of weather learning to use the tools that professional entomologists use.

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

    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.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $7 per session; $60 for the whole series.*

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

    *Those interested in registering for the whole series must do so before the first session starts on Feb. 9, 2014. 

  • How to Identify Wild Plants
    8/16/2014   9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    This class will teach you how to use Newcomb's Wildflower Guide to identify nearly every common wildflower you encounter in New Jersey, even if you have no idea what it might be. The class will be held outdoors, learning botany fundamentals and identifying plants on a modest-paced hike. Recommendations for further study in wild plant identification will be provided as well.

    Please bring your copy of Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide if you have one, a few copies will be available for sharing.

    The class will be taught by Jared Rosenbaum, botanist and principal of Wild Ridge Plants LLC, a local native plant nursery and consulting firm.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Sunday Mystery Walk
    8/17/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

    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.  All walks are from 1:00 – 3:00PM

    Sunday Mystery Walk Dates:

    Sunday April 6

    Sunday April 20  

    Sunday May 11

    Sunday August 17

    Sunday August 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 9

    Cost: Free! but you must call ahead to register for each walk - (908) 722-3700 ext. 4. 

  • Sunday Mystery Walk
    8/24/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

    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.  All walks are from 1:00 – 3:00PM

    Sunday Mystery Walk Dates:

    Sunday April 6

    Sunday April 20  

    Sunday May 11

    Sunday August 17

    Sunday August 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 9

    Cost: Free! but you must call ahead to register for each walk - (908) 722-3700 ext. 4. 

  • Junior Naturalist: Incredible Insects
    8/31/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons learning what the Naturalists at Duke Farms know!

    During this program children and their parents will learn all about the wonders of nature. From how wildlife survives the winter to summer amphibians. Junior Naturalists will explore the environment in every season and in all kinds of weather, learning to use the tools professional naturalists use.

    Upon completion of the program series children will receive a Junior Naturalist Certificate, Junior Naturalist Ball Cap and Badge. Junior Naturalist parents will receive native plants for their yard!

    Below is a list of all the sessions offered in this series:

    January 26            Nature in Winter a Tale of Survival

    February  23          Who's Eating My Sunflowers

    March 23                Searching for Signs of Spring

    April 27                   Hummingbirds Come Home

    May 25                    Avian Symphony

    June 22                  All About Amphibians

    July  20                   Waterbugs

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21       Monarchs

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    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. This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $7 per child. Follow the link below to register for this session.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Birding by Bicycle
    9/6/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

    Join NJ Audubon naturalists on this unique adventure that combines two of our most popular activities—watching birds and bicycling!

    We will visit several different habitats including forests, meadows and lakes, each of which will provide us with a variety of bird possibilities. This trip is open to anyone interested in learning about the birds of Duke Farms.

    Participants are required to bring their own mountain bikes and protective headgear for this ride. The ride includes both paved and gravel roads and does include some inclines.

    Open to birders age 12 and up with bicycles.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Ornithologists Series: Take flight!
    9/7/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Join a New Jersey Audubon Naturalist to find out about the exciting world of birds!

    During this series you and your child will gain a deep understanding of what makes birds so unique. What’s that in the sky- a plane, a hawk, a heron? Why do birds migrate?

    Join us as we get outside and see what birds are up to throughout the year.

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

    October 5, 2014                Radical raptors- Owls, hawks, and more

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

    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.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Registration is now full for this series.

    We will offer the series again in 2015 so please stay tuned for more details. 

  • Junior Entomologists Series - Monarchs
    9/14/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

    During this program children and their parents will learn all about the wonders of insects.  From how insects survive the winter to summer water bugs Junior Entomologists (and their parents!) will explore the environment in every season and in all kinds of weather learning to use the tools that professional entomologists use.

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

    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.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $7 per session; $60 for the whole series.*

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

    *Those interested in registering for the whole series must do so before the first session starts on Feb. 9, 2014. 

  • Native Seed Collection
    9/19/2014   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    This two-hour class, designed for adults, will provide an introduction to the importance of using native plants in the landscape and the methods used to collect the seeds of native plants. The class will examine how to identify various seeds, discuss times to harvest, as well as cleaning and storage.

    Led by our staff horticulturists, attendees will have the opportunity to explore seed collection methods in the field at Duke Farms and learn seed cleaning methods inside our growing areas. Pre-packaged native plant seeds from the property are given to participants to take home and sow.

    Cost: $10 per person. 

    REGISTER NOW
  • Getting to Know Orchids
    9/20/2014   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

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

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

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

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Naturalist: Plant a Tree Here, Plant a Tree There
    9/21/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons learning what the Naturalists at Duke Farms know!

    During this program children and their parents will learn all about the wonders of nature. From how wildlife survives the winter to summer amphibians. Junior Naturalists will explore the environment in every season and in all kinds of weather, learning to use the tools professional naturalists use.

    Upon completion of the program series children will receive a Junior Naturalist Certificate, Junior Naturalist Ball Cap and Badge. Junior Naturalist parents will receive native plants for their yard!

    Below is a list of all the sessions offered in this series:

    January 26            Nature in Winter a Tale of Survival

    February  23          Who's Eating My Sunflowers

    March 23                Searching for Signs of Spring

    April 27                   Hummingbirds Come Home

    May 25                    Avian Symphony

    June 22                  All About Amphibians

    July  20                   Waterbugs

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Monarchs

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    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. This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $7 per child. Follow the link below to register for this session.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Big Tree Hike
    9/26/2014   9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    Duke Farms has a number of large trees around the property. We have the 4th largest Red Oak in the state as well as other champions.

    Join Certified tree Expert Jack Kuhlman for a Big Tree Hike, visiting some of our champions as well as some that haven’t made the list but are impressive in their own right. The large trees are spread all over the property, be prepared to walk 3-4 miles.

    Wear good walking shoes and bring water to drink. Pack a lunch or order a boxed lunch from the Farm Barn Café for the hike.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Heads Up for Hawks
    9/27/2014   1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Educational, Wildlife

    An introduction to the sixteen species of diurnal (daytime) birds of prey that soar, swoop and glide through New Jersey’s skies.

    In this program, we will participate in the excitement of seasonal hawk migration with our own mock “hawk watch” and find out how expert watchers identify raptors by their shapes and flight behavior.

    As we discuss the lives of these fascinating predators, we will also share a few success stories in the ongoing effort to conserve birds of prey.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Sunday Mystery Walk
    9/28/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

    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.  All walks are from 1:00 – 3:00PM

    Sunday Mystery Walk Dates:

    Sunday April 6

    Sunday April 20  

    Sunday May 11

    Sunday August 17

    Sunday August 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 9

    Cost: Free! but you must call ahead to register for each walk - (908) 722-3700 ext. 4. 

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    10/2/2014   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

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

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

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

    REGISTER NOW
  • Birding by Bicycle
    10/4/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

    Join NJ Audubon naturalists on this unique adventure that combines two of our most popular activities—watching birds and bicycling!

    We will visit several different habitats including forests, meadows and lakes, each of which will provide us with a variety of bird possibilities. This trip is open to anyone interested in learning about the birds of Duke Farms.

    Participants are required to bring their own mountain bikes and protective headgear for this ride. The ride includes both paved and gravel roads and does include some inclines.

    Open to birders age 12 and up with bicycles.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Ornithologists Series: Radical raptors
    10/5/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Join a New Jersey Audubon Naturalist to find out about the exciting world of birds!

    During this series you and your child will gain a deep understanding of what makes birds so unique. What’s that in the sky- a plane, a hawk, a heron? Why do birds migrate?

    Join us as we get outside and see what birds are up to throughout the year.

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

    October 5, 2014                Radical raptors- Owls, hawks, and more

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

    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.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Registration is now full for this series.

    We will offer the series again in 2015 so please stay tuned for more details. 

     

  • Pruning Basics
    10/10/2014   9:00 AM - 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!

    Cost: $15 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Root Crop Basics
    10/11/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Gardening

    Purple Carrots, purple potatoes, golden beets and spicy garlic are just some of the root crops you could be growing in your garden. 

    Join Rebecca McElheny from Aunt Bee’s Organic Farm in our Community Garden for a discussion of successfully growing root crops organically from sowing to harvest.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Entomologists Series - Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators
    10/12/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

    During this program children and their parents will learn all about the wonders of insects.  From how insects survive the winter to summer water bugs Junior Entomologists (and their parents!) will explore the environment in every season and in all kinds of weather learning to use the tools that professional entomologists use.

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

    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.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $7 per session; $60 for the whole series.*

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

    *Those interested in registering for the whole series must do so before the first session starts on Feb. 9, 2014. 

  • NJ Native Orchids Series
    10/18/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    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.

    Series Schedule:

    May 17, 2014

    June 14, 2014

    October 18, 2014

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

    CLICK HERE to register for this individual class.

  • Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents
    10/18/2014   2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening

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

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

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

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

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Naturalist: Trees with Leaves
    10/19/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons learning what the Naturalists at Duke Farms know!

    During this program children and their parents will learn all about the wonders of nature. From how wildlife survives the winter to summer amphibians. Junior Naturalists will explore the environment in every season and in all kinds of weather, learning to use the tools professional naturalists use.

    Upon completion of the program series children will receive a Junior Naturalist Certificate, Junior Naturalist Ball Cap and Badge. Junior Naturalist parents will receive native plants for their yard!

    Below is a list of all the sessions offered in this series:

    January 26            Nature in Winter a Tale of Survival

    February  23          Who's Eating My Sunflowers

    March 23                Searching for Signs of Spring

    April 27                   Hummingbirds Come Home

    May 25                    Avian Symphony

    June 22                  All About Amphibians

    July  20                   Waterbugs

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21       Monarchs

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    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. This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $7 per child. Follow the link below to register for this session.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Birding by Bicycle
    11/1/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

    Join NJ Audubon naturalists on this unique adventure that combines two of our most popular activities—watching birds and bicycling!

    We will visit several different habitats including forests, meadows and lakes, each of which will provide us with a variety of bird possibilities. This trip is open to anyone interested in learning about the birds of Duke Farms.

    Participants are required to bring their own mountain bikes and protective headgear for this ride. The ride includes both paved and gravel roads and does include some inclines.

    Open to birders age 12 and up with bicycles.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Ornithologists Series: Birding at home
    11/2/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Join a New Jersey Audubon Naturalist to find out about the exciting world of birds!

    During this series you and your child will gain a deep understanding of what makes birds so unique. What’s that in the sky- a plane, a hawk, a heron? Why do birds migrate?

    Join us as we get outside and see what birds are up to throughout the year.

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

    October 5, 2014                Radical raptors- Owls, hawks, and more

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

    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.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Registration is now full for this series.

    We will offer the series again in 2015 so please stay tuned for more details. 

     

  • Sunday Mystery Walk
    11/9/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

    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.  All walks are from 1:00 – 3:00PM

    Sunday Mystery Walk Dates:

    Sunday April 6

    Sunday April 20  

    Sunday May 11

    Sunday August 17

    Sunday August 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 9

    Cost: Free! but you must call ahead to register for each walk - (908) 722-3700 ext. 4. 

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    11/15/2014   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

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

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

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

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Entomologists Series - Become a Plant Hero
    11/16/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

    During this program children and their parents will learn all about the wonders of insects.  From how insects survive the winter to summer water bugs Junior Entomologists (and their parents!) will explore the environment in every season and in all kinds of weather learning to use the tools that professional entomologists use.

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

    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.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $7 per session; $60 for the whole series.*

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

    *Those interested in registering for the whole series must do so before the first session starts on Feb. 9, 2014. 

  • Junior Naturalist: Turkey Time!
    11/23/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons learning what the Naturalists at Duke Farms know!

    During this program children and their parents will learn all about the wonders of nature. From how wildlife survives the winter to summer amphibians. Junior Naturalists will explore the environment in every season and in all kinds of weather, learning to use the tools professional naturalists use.

    Upon completion of the program series children will receive a Junior Naturalist Certificate, Junior Naturalist Ball Cap and Badge. Junior Naturalist parents will receive native plants for their yard!

    Below is a list of all the sessions offered in this series:

    January 26            Nature in Winter a Tale of Survival

    February  23          Who's Eating My Sunflowers

    March 23                Searching for Signs of Spring

    April 27                   Hummingbirds Come Home

    May 25                    Avian Symphony

    June 22                  All About Amphibians

    July  20                   Waterbugs

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Monarchs

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    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. This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $7 per child. Follow the link below to register for this session.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Trees and Shrubs in Winter
    12/6/2014   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    A class dedicated to knowing trees and reading their individual stories -- in the dormant season!

    During this winter walk, we'll identify trees and shrubs by bark, buds, habitat and other signs. Tip-up mounds, multiple trunked individuals, snags and ancient trees will also be discussed in terms of their ecological function and the clues they offer into land use history.

    The class will be taught by Jared Rosenbaum, botanist and principal of Wild Ridge Plants LLC, a local native plant nursery and consulting firm.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Ornithologists Series: Bills, beaks and breakfast
    12/7/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Join a New Jersey Audubon Naturalist to find out about the exciting world of birds!

    During this series you and your child will gain a deep understanding of what makes birds so unique. What’s that in the sky- a plane, a hawk, a heron? Why do birds migrate?

    Join us as we get outside and see what birds are up to throughout the year.

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

    October 5, 2014                Radical raptors- Owls, hawks, and more

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

    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.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Registration is now full for this series.

    We will offer the series again in 2015 so please stay tuned for more details. 

  • Junior Entomologists Series - Insect Eating Plants
    12/7/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

    During this program children and their parents will learn all about the wonders of insects.  From how insects survive the winter to summer water bugs Junior Entomologists (and their parents!) will explore the environment in every season and in all kinds of weather learning to use the tools that professional entomologists use.

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

    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.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $7 per session; $60 for the whole series.*

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

    *Those interested in registering for the whole series must do so before the first session starts on Feb. 9, 2014. 

  • Junior Naturalist: Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green
    12/14/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Spend Sunday afternoons learning what the Naturalists at Duke Farms know!

    During this program children and their parents will learn all about the wonders of nature. From how wildlife survives the winter to summer amphibians. Junior Naturalists will explore the environment in every season and in all kinds of weather, learning to use the tools professional naturalists use.

    Upon completion of the program series children will receive a Junior Naturalist Certificate, Junior Naturalist Ball Cap and Badge. Junior Naturalist parents will receive native plants for their yard!

    Below is a list of all the sessions offered in this series:

    January 26            Nature in Winter a Tale of Survival

    February  23          Who's Eating My Sunflowers

    March 23                Searching for Signs of Spring

    April 27                   Hummingbirds Come Home

    May 25                    Avian Symphony

    June 22                  All About Amphibians

    July  20                   Waterbugs

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Monarchs

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    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. This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Cost: $7 per child. Follow the link below to register for this session.

    REGISTER NOW
 
 
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