Pre-Registration required for all programs unless otherwise noted

  • NJ 350 Photo Exhibit
    8/1/2014 -9/2/2014   8:30a to 6:00p
    Recreational, Family, 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. This nature photography experience will run the entire month of August 2014.

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

    This unique project was developed to highlight New Jersey's natural beauty with the help of talented photographers throughout the state. 

    CLICK HERE for more information on this project.

    NJ 350 Photo Exhibit

  • Soils Workshop
    8/23/2014   10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Farming

    Soil is the backbone of the garden, affecting plant health and crop yield. 

    Join us to learn about the role of the soil in the growing process.  During this interactive class, we will discuss soil type, drainage, nutrients, and various methods of improving your garden soil. This class is a must for any organic gardener.

    In order to better serve the audience, we ask that you submit specific soil questions upon registration.

    Cost: FREE!

    REGISTER NOW
  • Poetry in Nature
    8/23/2014   1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
    Educational, Recreational

    Participants will explore the ability of poetry to express the beauty of the natural world amidst the lakes, trees, and meadows of Duke Farms. 

    Poetry taps into our cognitive, emotional, creative, and social selves, and whether we share the poems of others or write poetry ourselves, sharing nature poetry with like-minded individuals in this workshop will remind us of the power of poetry and of our important role as stewards of this landscape we call earth.

    Come read, write, and share!

    Important Notice:

    This Program has been canceled and will be rescheduled to a later date in the fall so please stay tuned!

  • 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 2

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

  • Up with the Birds
    8/26/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: FREE!

    REGISTER NOW
  • 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
  • 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. 

  • Building Raised Beds
    9/8/2014   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Educational, Family, Farming

    Raised beds are beneficial to your garden for many reasons. 

    Join this outdoor demonstration to learn how to build two different types of raised beds, one with a wooden frame and one without. 

    Class participants will aid in constructing, filling and winterizing these new beds.  This is the perfect time to get your beds in place so when the spring rains arrive, you are ready to plant! 

    Bring your garden gloves and boots!

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Monarchs and Milkweed
    9/9/2014   7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Duke Farm's Education Manager, Tanya Sulikowski, will take you on a photo journey to explore monarch ecology and identify threats to the species. Tanya traveled to Mexico to support research in the overwintering colonies and used the butterflies as a key component of her science classroom curriculum.

    You’ll learn about how to get involved in citizen science programs and about small changes you can make in your home landscape to help these iconic butterflies. A short walk to a meadow near the Farm Barn will focus on identification of milkweed, the only food plant for the monarch caterpillar.  Maybe we’ll even see some live monarchs!

    Cost: $5 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Up with the Birds: Peal Fall Songbird Activity
    9/13/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: FREE!

    REGISTER NOW
  • Monarch & Meadow FEST!
    9/13/2014   10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Beginning in late September, a phenomenon of natural migrations begins. Monarch butterflies that have been visiting for the summer begin a trek to the forests of central Mexico, where they will spend the winter. Try to spot some of these flashy migrants and learn about their connection with meadows at Duke Farms’ Second Annual “Monarch & Meadow Fest”! 

    This family friendly program will include activity stations located throughout Duke Farms’ meadows as well as guided walks and monarch-and-meadow-centric workshops. Learn all about a variety of plants, birds and insects that are so important to balance these amazing ecosystems.  Help out with hands-on meadow plantings, and participate in the live tagging of monarch butterflies every hour! 

    Participants will get a passbook with free admittance to a Duke Farms Program ($10 value) upon completion, and there will also be a native plant giveaway!

    Cost of this program is FREE but pre-registration is required.

  • Meadows at Home
    9/13/2014   10:15 AM - 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Join Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC, and learn how to convert a lawn to a wildflower meadow! This class will explore meadow ecology and creation, including site preparation, plant selection, seeding and planting, and maintenance.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Portraits of Wildflowers
    9/13/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

    Wander the Great Meadow with your camera and Rachel Mackow of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC,  and learn how to make intriguing photographs of native wildflowers and their habitat. We will discuss composition, depth of field, and a bit of photographic history.

    Class emphasis will be on promoting and educating about the beauty and ecology of native meadows.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • 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
  • Birding by Bicycle
    9/20/2014   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
  • Up with the Birds: Peak Fall Songbird Activity
    9/21/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Naturalist: Monarchs
    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
  • Putting Your Garden to Bed
    9/22/2014   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Educational, Family, Farming

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

    Join us to learn specific tasks you can undertake, including cleaning up spent plants and cover cropping.  There are even crops you can plant now for an early spring harvest!

    Cost: $10 per person.

    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
  • Science in Action: Feathers
    9/27/2014   8:30 AM-10:00 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Come join Dawn Fariello, a PhD candidate from Fordham University, as she demonstrates the technique of mist-netting used by ornithologists to study songbirds.

    The program will include a short lecture and discussion session on the history of bird banding and the different techniques used by ornithologists to study birds. Following this short discussion Dawn will present a live demonstration of the mist-netting technique. 

    Great for the novice or experienced bird enthusiast. 

    Cost: $10 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. 

  • Up with the Birds: Peak Fall Songbird Activity
    9/30/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network: Introduction and Training
    9/30/2014   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    Educational, Family

    Have you ever wondered how much rain or snow fell at your home, across town, across the state or elsewhere in the US? As a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network citizen scientist you can make your own precipitation measurements and share them as part of the nation’s largest weather observing program. 

    Come learn how to take observations, submit them and compare with those of others.  Learn how your observations assist in the generation of accurate weather and flood forecasts, in environmental studies and for a number of other purposes. We’ll also take a short walk to see Duke’s new weather station.

    Rain gauges will be available for purchase at a special discounted workshop rate for $30. 

    Cost: FREE!

    REGISTER NOW
  • 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
  • Bat House Building Workshop
    10/4/2014   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    The workshop will kick off with an introduction to the bats of NJ and their life cycles, habitats, benefits, and challenges.  We will discuss why some bats choose to roost in buildings and why they’re not always welcomed by their human “landlords.”  We will talk about solutions to bat-human conflicts, including bat houses! 

    The bat house workshop itself will provide people (in family groups or small teams) with the materials and tools to assemble bat houses for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation’s Bats in Buildings conservation project.  All supplies will be provided by Joe Cermenaro as part of his Eagle Project.

    One bat house will be raffled off among the participants!

    Cost: $5 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
  • Up with the Birds: Peak Sparrow, Raptor and Waterfowl Activity
    10/11/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 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. 

  • Birding by Bicycle
    10/18/2014   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
  • 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
  • Up with the Birds: Peak Sparrow, Raptor and Waterfowl Activity
    10/19/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    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
  • Up with the Birds: Peak Sparrow, Raptor and Waterfowl Activity
    10/28/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    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
    11/2/2014   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 2

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

  • Up with the Birds: Late Migrants, Winter Visitors and Residents
    11/8/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • 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
  • Up with the Birds: Late Migrants, Winter Visitors and Residents
    11/16/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    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
  • Up with the Birds: Late Migrants, Winter Visitors and Residents
    11/25/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    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. 

  • Up with the Birds: The New Winter Bird Community
    12/13/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • 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
  • Up with the Birds: The New Winter Bird Community
    12/21/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Up with the Birds: The New Winter Bird Community
    12/30/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
 
 
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