Pre-Registration required for all programs unless otherwise noted

  • Sunday Mystery Walk
    4/20/2014   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 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 9

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

  • Square Foot Organic Gardening
    4/21/2014   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Make the most of your small garden space by using square foot gardening techniques.Duke Farms’ community garden staff will walk you through a year of square foot gardening from planning and preparing the garden to fall harvests.

    Participants in this program will leave with practical information that will help minimize effort and maximize yield.

    Cost: $10 per person.

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  • Wild Plant Culture! Food and Remedies from Wild Plants
    4/26/2014   9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
    Educational, Plants

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

    From the slender sassafras tree to the common dandelion, this class will explore the myriad uses for introduced and native plant species, as fruits and spices, as well as in preparations such as teas, salves, oils, and more. We will also discuss each plant's role within its natural habitat.

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

    Each class is three hours and features a leisurely-paced hike, during which we'll find, discuss, and in some cases sample wild plants. Classes are offered as a three part series.

    Series Schedule:

    All classes meet from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Class 1: Plants of Early Spring // April 26, 2014

    Botany and plant ecology basics

    Safety & responsible collecting

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

    Infusions and decoctions for tea

    Class 2: Late Spring in the Field and Forest // May 31, 2014

    The ecology of late spring - canopy closure and meadow emergence

    Preparing plants for food and medicine

    Identifying and using edible and medicinal plants of late spring

    Making tinctures

    Class 3: The Summer // June 21, 2014

    Plant stewardship at home

    Identifying and using edibles and medicines of early summer

    Salves and oils for summer complaints

    About the teachers:

    Jared Rosenbaum and Rachel Mackow, a husband and wife team, are owners of Wild Ridge Plants, a local native plant nursery. Both are also active professionals in conservation organizations with many years of experience in stewardship of wild plant communities. Rachel and Jared present lectures on ecology for diverse audiences, from conservation professionals to gardens clubs, as well as the general public.

    Rachel is a writer and photographer whose work can be found online at theshagbarkspeaks.blogspot.com. Jared is the author of Plant Local: Do-It-Yourself Native Plant Gardens. His writings on plant ecology, lore and propagation can be found at wildridgeplants.blogspot.com. Both are prominently featured in the documentary film Sourlands

    Cost: $75 per person for the entire series.

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  • Junior Naturalist: Hummingbirds Come Home
    4/27/2014   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                   Habitats is Another Word for Home

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Plant a Tree Here, Plant a Tree There

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    This program is designed for children ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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
  • Family Night Under the Stars
    5/2/2014   8:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Educational, Family

    Join the staff from the Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium and Observatory for an evening of star gazing on the ‘Dark Campus’ of Duke Farms.

    Each evening you will see a waxing Moon, seasonal constellations and different celestial objects to view through telescopes.  A simple astronomy activity will also be offered to school aged children.

    Come see what you can observe in the night sky when you turn off the night lights!

    Cost: $5 per Adult. Children are Free! Children MUST be accompanied by an adult.

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  • Birding by Bicycle
    5/3/2014   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.

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  • Discovering Dukes Brook
    5/3/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Enjoy a hands-on look at the critters that live in our local waterways.

    We will use the “Save Our Streams” assessment method to discover how aquatic insects can tell us the health of Dukes Brook, while identifying ways to improve the world’s water quality.

    Participants should bring boots or shoes they don’t mind getting wet!

    Cost: $10 per person.

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  • The Dawn Chorus
    5/4/2014   4:30 AM to 8:30 AM
    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

    In our hurried lives, we too often fail to stop and enjoy the incredible things that happen in the natural world.  One such event occurs each day as the darkness of night fades and the first hints of daylight arrive.  Each individual bird awakens, initially with a single call note, its voice slowly building into broken song as it remembers the song it learned from its parents.  Together, birds of many species join, each with their own unique contribution to the marvelous Dawn Chorus

    Join nature lovers in Britain and around the world as we celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day.  We will depart the Farm Barn promptly at 5:00 a.m. for the quiet of the forest core where we will sit in silence awaiting the Dawn Chorus.  After a few minutes, the chorus will disperse into individual bird songs, at which point we will head out into the twilight to enjoy the coming sunrise as we explore the various habitats of Duke Farms, exiting the core about the time the gates open to the public at 8:30. 

    This very special event which requires advance registration and is limited to a small group. 

    Cost: $10

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  • Junior Ornithologists Series: Migration
    5/4/2014   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.

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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. 

     

  • Tomatoes: 2 Part In-Garden Series
    5/10/2014   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening, Farming

    Nothing is better in the summer than a thick slice of a Jersey Tomato.

    Learn everything you ever wanted to know about tomatoes from Dogwood Farms’ very own farmer, Jon Knox. Be prepared for the weather, this class takes place in our Community Garden. From seed starting, to planting to trellising, harvesting and pest control, you will leave knowing how to grow your own delicious and ORGANIC Jersey tomatoes.

    Series Schedule:

    May 10 – Tomato selection, planting, types, care and feeding, purchasing plants vs growing from seed.

    June 28 -  Trellising, harvesting and trouble shooting.

    Cost: $15 per person. $8 per Duke Farms Community Gardener.*

    *Participants must register for the series before May 10, 2014.

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  • Sunday Mystery Walk
    5/11/2014   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 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 9

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

  • Birding by Bicycle
    5/13/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

    Join NJA 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.

    Cost: FREE! Space is limited so we ask that you please register by calling: (908) 722-3700 ext. 4.

  • Seasonal Tree ID Walks: Mid-Spring Tree ID
    5/16/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    Join Certified tree Expert Jack Kuhlman as he teaches you about NJ trees and how to identify them in different seasons using leaves, bark, fruit and flowers as clues.  Sign up for individual classes or for the series.

    Series Schedule:

    (All classes meet on Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.)

    March 28               Early Spring Tree ID

    May 16                   Mid-Spring Tree ID

    July 18                   Late Summer Tree ID

    November 14       Autumn Tree ID

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

    Cost: $10 per person for each session or $30 per person for the entire series.

    CLICK HERE to register just for this session.

    CLICK HERE to register for the entire series.*

    *those interested in register for the entire series must do so before the series starts on 3/28/14.

  • Sustainable Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    5/16/2014   1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Educational

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the sustainable initiatives in place throughout the newly renovated Farm Barn Orientation Center and surrounding grounds.

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

    Cost: $10 per person. 

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  • Third Saturday: Up with the Birds
    5/17/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars and join NJA Naturalists 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! Walk-ins welcome.

  • NJ Native Orchids Series
    5/17/2014   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; $25 for the whole series. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    CLICK HERE to register for the whole series.

    CLICK HERE to register for this individual class.

  • Getting to Know Orchids
    5/17/2014   1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

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

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

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

    REGISTER NOW
  • Biological Monitoring Training
    5/18/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational

    Learn how to use macroinvertebrates (aquatic insects) as biological indicators of pollution at this FREE training!

    Cost: FREE! Space is limited so we ask that you please register.

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  • Junior Entomologists Series - Insects and Birds
    5/18/2014   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

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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. 

  • Organic Herbs for Your Garden
    5/22/2014   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Have you been wanting to try and grow herbs in your garden? Do you dream of walking out the door and picking fresh herbs to add to your home cooked meals?

    This program will demonstrate how easy it is to include herbs in your organic garden. Not an organic gardener? This program will also show you how you can get on the path to organic gardening by using herbs in your garden!

    Cost: $10 per person.

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  • Beneficial Insects in the Garden
    5/24/2014   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Gardening

    During this program, participants will attend an indoor training session that introduces beneficial insects (pollinators and natural enemies of insect pests), the ecosystem services they provide, and methods of conservation. Participants will also gain hands-on experience during the outdoor component including identifying beneficial insects and the plants they are visiting in the community garden.

    This event includes indoor and outdoor training components on the conservation of pollinators and other beneficial insects. More than two-thirds of the world's crop species are dependent on animal pollination, with an annual estimated value of $18 to $27 billion in the U.S. alone. In addition to pollination, the native beneficial insects that attack insect pests contribute to natural suppression of crop pests which is valued at $4.5 billion annually in the U.S. Conservation of these beneficial insects is critically important to preserving biodiversity, as well as agriculture.

    Please bring water and a snack or plan to eat lunch in the Farm Barn Café.

    This event is presented in partnership with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Kelly Gill is the Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions for the Xerces Society and a partner biologist with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service. More information about the Xerces Society is available at www.xerces.org.

    Cost: $20 per person.

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  • Junior Naturalist: Avian Symphony
    5/25/2014   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                   Habitats is Another Word for Home

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Plant a Tree Here, Plant a Tree There

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    This program is designed for children ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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
  • Seed to Seed (Part 1: Seed Starting)
    5/29/2014   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Learn the basics of organic sustainable seed starting and leave with your own tray of seeds to care for and then raise in your garden plot.

    Cost: $10 per person.

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  • Wonder Walk: Insects of the Night
    5/30/2014   8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

    Join an NJA Naturalist on this evening nature walk for families.  We will leave by the light of the sun and return by the light of the full moon!  Whatever or “hoot-ever” we encounter, we will watch, listen and learn. 

    This program is geared for families with children in grades K-6 who have a desire to explore the marvelous mysteries of nature.  

    Cost: $5 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Ornithologists Series: Bird Identification
    6/1/2014   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.

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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. 

     

  • Supporting Your Garden
    6/2/2014   5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    Tired of wrestling those tomato cages and searching endlessly through the lawn for squash that escaped the garden boundaries? Does your flowering vine just lay there in a heap? 

    Use the information from this program to support your garden in every way!  Learn the different ways plants climb and what type of support is best for each as we use examples from our Community Garden.

    Cost: $10 per person. 

    REGISTER NOW
  • Getting to Know Orchids
    6/5/2014   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
    6/7/2014   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
    6/14/2014   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
    6/14/2014   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 Entomologists Series - Moths and Butterflies
    6/15/2014   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

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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. 

  • Extending the Harvest
    6/19/2014   6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

    In an average vegetable garden, spring and fall may be slow times of the year and summer brings a bounty.  In this class you will learn how to increase your yields in the slower spring and fall months.

    Practical advice and instruction will have you planning and preparing your garden for nearly-year-round harvest.  Learn to extend your fresh vegetable harvest in a sustainable way from Duke Farms’ community garden staff.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Third Saturday: Up with the Birds
    6/21/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars and join NJA Naturalists 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! Walk-ins welcome.

  • Junior Naturalist: All About Amphibians
    6/22/2014   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                   Habitats is Another Word for Home

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Plant a Tree Here, Plant a Tree There

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    This program is designed for children ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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
  • American Kestrel Walk
    6/24/2014   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    Educational, Wildlife

    Join Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ and NJ Endangered & Nongame Species Program biologists on a walk and talk about American kestrels.

    Duke Farms is home to several pairs of breeding kestrels. During this program you will learn about their habits and habitats, conservation status in NJ and (hopefully!) get up close to some chicks as we attempt to affix leg bands to help further research in NJ.

    There will be a fair amount of walking during this program so please be prepared.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Tomatoes: 2 Part In-Garden Series
    6/28/2014   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening, Farming

    Nothing is better in the summer than a thick slice of a Jersey Tomato.

    Learn everything you ever wanted to know about tomatoes from Dogwood Farms’ very own farmer, Jon Knox. Be prepared for the weather, this class takes place in our Community Garden. From seed starting, to planting to trellising, harvesting and pest control, you will leave knowing how to grow your own delicious and ORGANIC Jersey tomatoes.

    Series Schedule:

    May 10 – Tomato selection, planting, types, care and feeding, purchasing plants vs growing from seed.

    June 28 -  Trellising, harvesting and trouble shooting.

    Cost: $15 per person. $8 per Duke Farms Community Gardener.*

    *Participants must register for the series before May 10, 2014.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Become a Piedmont Explorer! - Geology of the Piedmont
    6/28/2014   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

    Become a Piedmont Explorer! The Piedmont is an area of the U.S. stretching from New Jersey to Alabama characterized by rolling hills, complex geology and tremendous biological diversity.

    This series of programs will take you to two different locations in the Piedmont where you will experience the diversity of this special region and learn more about the area in which you live. These programs will be a mix of indoor presentation and outdoor examination.  Join us each season to discover what makes this area of the world so amazing.

    The Piedmont Explorers programs are appropriate for ages 12 and up. Participants should dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

    Geology of the Piedmont

    Saturday, February 1

    Location: Duke Farms

    It is the soils that determine what plants grow in an area and the plants that determine the animals, so it all starts with the soil.  Learn what is so incredible about the rocks and soil in this area and how it impacts everything else around us. 

    Spring Wildflowers

    Saturday, May 3

    Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve Explore our woodland floors for spring ephemerals and other native plants that make this season so special. Learn about pollination, seed dispersal and the interesting stories behind these fleeting beauties. 

    Winged Wildlife

    Saturday, June 28

    Location: Duke Farms

    We will identify some of the many birds, butterflies, dragonflies and other winged wildlife we will see in the meadows, lakes, streams and forests of Duke Farms.

    Autumn Colors

    Saturday, September 27

    Location: Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

    Nature’s colors come to life through a palette of autumn flowering plants, fleshy fruits and jewel toned leaves. Discover the variety of fall perennials, shrubs and trees that play an important role in the fall landscape.

    Field Experience - (Only for those who register for the whole series)

    Saturday, October 25

    Meet at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

    A field trip to see all of these somewhere in the middle of BHWP and Duke Farms – along the Delaware River.  Meet at Bowman’s Hill and take a van ride to see plants and geology of the Piedmont.  (DF will supply the van) This program would not be open to the public and would only be available to those who signed up for the entire Explorer Series.  Michael Pollock will lead the trip.

    Special Promotion: register for the entire Piedmont Explorers series and save! 

    Series Price: $40. Register for the series and join us on the Piedmont Explorers Field Trip! 

    To register for the entire Piedmont Explorers series CLICK HERE

    Individual Class Price: $12 per class. Follow the REGISTER NOW link below to register for this class. To register for the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve programs, call (215) 862-2924.

    Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve is located at 1635 River Road, New Hope, PA 18938.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Beekeeping 101: An introduction to bees, honey and starting your own hives
    6/29/2014   1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
    Educational, Wildlife, Farming

    Do you love honey? Have you ever been curious what goes on inside a beehive? Have you ever considered the sweet rewards of keeping your own honeybees? If you answered yes to any of these, this class is for you.

    Beekeeping 101: An Introduction to Bees, Honey, and Starting Your Own Hives is a 90 minute course that will introduce students to the fundamentals of beekeeping and will cover topics such as:

    • Honeybee basics: The different classes of bees the roles they perform

    • Treasures of the beehive: Honey, propolis, beeswax, royal jelly

    • Bees and the environment: Why bees are so important to humans, why they are being threatened and simple ways we can help

    • Beekeeping basics: What it takes in terms of land, time, equipment, costs and physical strength

    • Types of beehives/equipment

    • Recommended resources for learning more and gaining hands-on experience: Readings, courses, internships and other volunteer opportunities to help you get started

    Molly is a full time graphic designer (mollyconley.com) and a part time beekeeper--two passions which creatively fuel each other. She serves as a core member of the New York City Beekeepers Association and has studied organic beekeeping in New York and Finland. She currently maintains a small number of hives in New Jersey and New York City.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Birding by Bicycle
    7/5/2014   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: Feathered Friends
    7/6/2014   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.

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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. 

  • Getting to Know Native Bees
    7/12/2014   12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    The honey bee is easily recognized as an important pollinator. However, North America is home to more than 4,000 species of native bees. In New Jersey, over 300 species of native bees have been documented and studies show these species are important pollinators in natural and managed landscapes.

    Recent decline in both managed and wild bee populations make the conservation of these beneficial insects critically important to preserving biodiversity, as well as agriculture.This event includes indoor and outdoor training components on recognizing native bees and their habitat.

    During this event, participants will attend an indoor training session that introduces native bees of New Jersey, the ecosystem services they provide, and methods of conservation. Participants will also gain hands-on experience identifying bees visiting flowering plants during a tour of Duke Farm’s restored meadows.

    Please bring water and a snack or plan to eat at the Farm Barn Café.

    This event is presented in partnership with The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Kelly Gill is the Pollinator Conservation Specialist, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions for the Xerces Society and a partner biologist with the USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service. More information about the Xerces Society is available at www.xerces.org.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Entomologists Series - Water Bugs
    7/13/2014   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

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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. 

  • Summer Bat Walk
    7/15/2014   7:00 PM - 9:00 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
  • Seasonal Tree ID Walks: Late Summer Tree ID
    7/18/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    Join Certified tree Expert Jack Kuhlman as he teaches you about NJ trees and how to identify them in different seasons using leaves, bark, fruit and flowers as clues.  Sign up for individual classes or for the series.

    Series Schedule:

    (All classes meet on Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.)

    March 28               Early Spring Tree ID

    May 16                   Mid-Spring Tree ID

    July 18                   Late Summer Tree ID

    November 14       Autumn Tree ID

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

    Cost: $10 per person for each session or $30 per person for the entire series.

    CLICK HERE to register just for this session.

    CLICK HERE to register for the entire series.*

    *those interested in register for the entire series must do so before the series starts on 3/28/14.

  • Third Saturday: Up with the Birds
    7/19/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars and join NJA Naturalists 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! Walk-ins welcome.

  • Creating Meadows
    7/19/2014   10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Educational, Plants, Gardening

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

    Outdoors, we'll explore the stunningly restored Great Meadow at Duke Farms and discuss meadow ecology, species, and interactions. Indoors, we'll cover the nuts and bolts of planning and implementing your own prairie-style restoration, on scales small and large.

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

    Bring a lunch or enjoy a terrific meal at the Farm Barn café. 

    Cost: $50 per person

    REGISTER NOW
  • Junior Naturalist: Habitat is Another Word for Home
    7/20/2014   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                   Habitats is Another Word for Home

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Plant a Tree Here, Plant a Tree There

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    This program is designed for children ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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
  • 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, $20 per family (up to 5 people).

    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.

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  • Sustainable Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    7/26/2014   1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Educational

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the sustainable initiatives in place throughout the newly renovated Farm Barn Orientation Center and surrounding grounds.

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

    Cost: $10 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.

  • 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.

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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 - 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

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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. 

  • Third Saturday: Up with the Birds
    8/16/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars and join NJA Naturalists 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! Walk-ins welcome.

  • 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
    8/24/2014   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 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                   Habitats is Another Word for Home

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Plant a Tree Here, Plant a Tree There

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    This program is designed for children ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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.

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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
  • Third Saturday: Up with the Birds
    9/20/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars and join NJA Naturalists 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! Walk-ins welcome.

  • 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                   Habitats is Another Word for Home

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Plant a Tree Here, Plant a Tree There

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    This program is designed for children ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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 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.

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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. 

  • Third Saturday: Up with the Birds
    10/18/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars and join NJA Naturalists 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! Walk-ins welcome.

  • 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                   Habitats is Another Word for Home

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Plant a Tree Here, Plant a Tree There

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    This program is designed for children ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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.

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 9

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

  • Seasonal Tree ID Walks: Autumn Tree ID
    11/14/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Educational, Plants

    Join Certified tree Expert Jack Kuhlman as he teaches you about NJ trees and how to identify them in different seasons using leaves, bark, fruit and flowers as clues.  Sign up for individual classes or for the series.

    Series Schedule:

    (All classes meet on Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.)

    March 28               Early Spring Tree ID

    May 16                   Mid-Spring Tree ID

    July 18                   Late Summer Tree ID

    November 14       Autumn Tree ID

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

    Cost: $10 per person for each session or $30 per person for the entire series.

    CLICK HERE to register just for this session.

    CLICK HERE to register for the entire series.*

    *those interested in register for the entire series must do so before the series starts on 3/28/14.

  • Third Saturday: Up with the Birds
    11/15/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars and join NJA Naturalists 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! Walk-ins welcome.

  • 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

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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                   Habitats is Another Word for Home

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Plant a Tree Here, Plant a Tree There

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    This program is designed for children ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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.

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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

    This program is designed for ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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                   Habitats is Another Word for Home

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Plant a Tree Here, Plant a Tree There

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    This program is designed for children ages 6-11, at least 1 parent must accompany their child during this program, please no more than 2 adults accompanying a 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
  • Third Saturday: Up with the Birds
    12/20/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    Educational, Family, Wildlife

    Bring your binoculars and join NJA Naturalists 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! Walk-ins welcome.

 
 
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