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Programs & Events Calendar

Duke Farms has events of all types tailored to meet your needs, whether you are coming as a family, school, professional, or just want to make it a day trip.

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

    Educational

     

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    Birding by Bicycle
    8/2/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Junior Ornithologists Series: What makes a habitat?
    8/3/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

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

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Registration is now full for this series.

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

     

    NJ 350 Photo Exhibit Reception
    8/8/2014   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm REGISTER NOW

    Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    CLICK HERE for more information on this project.

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

     

    Junior Entomologists Series - Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers
    8/10/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

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

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

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

     

    Full Moon Walk: The Super Moon
    8/10/2014   8:00 PM-10:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family

     

    Come observe the Super Moon at Duke Farms! On August 10th, the moon will be in its orbit closest to the Earth, making it appear to be the largest of the year.  After the sun sets, many animals come out to play (as well as eat). 

    Join an NJA Naturalist on this evening nature walk for families.  We will take moments to watch and listen, in hopes of encountering and learning about some of our extraordinary night wildlife. 

    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.

     

    Seasons, Constellations and Planets
    8/15/2014   7:30 PM - 9:30 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational

     

    Enjoy a night finding stars, constellations, and planets!

    Learn to love all the dark skies have to offer.  Explore why we see different constellations in each season.  View Saturn, Mars and other objects through telescopes.

    This program is designed for adults and families with children ages 10 and up.

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    How to Identify Wild Plants
    8/16/2014   9:30 AM to 12:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Writing in Response to Nature: Creative Explorations for Teachers
    8/16/2014   11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    Sustainable Landscapes

     

    Join us at Duke Farms to take in whatever interests, delights or speaks to you. You’ll have time to wander the grounds, including the world-famous Orchid Range, the Old Foundation and the many waterfalls, meadows, streams and miles of walking trails of this historic estate which is a model for environmental stewardship.

    Led by Dodge Poets, this day is designed to spark and nourish your creativity. The conversation with peers and the in-credible natural treasures of Duke Farms invite you to doodle, journal, sketch, or draft poems or other writing. A sig-nificant portion of the day is self-guided, allowing you to explore the grounds and respond at your own pace. Time will be set aside to share experiences and writing with the rest of the group. Critiquing writing is not part of this activity.

    Details: Open to any teacher who works or lives in NJ. Pre-registration required. Space is limited. Registration fee of $20 for the session. 5 NJ PD Hours awarded for participation. You may bring a lunch or purchase lunch at the Café.

    Retired teachers may email poetryprogram@grdodge.org to be put on a waiting list. In the event that there is space in a workshop, retired teachers will be invited to register.

     

    Sunday Mystery Walk
    8/17/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here!

    These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  All walks are from 1:00 – 3:00PM

    Sunday Mystery Walk Dates:

    Sunday April 6

    Sunday April 20  

    Sunday May 11

    Sunday August 17

    Sunday August 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 2

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

     

    Sunday Mystery Walk
    8/24/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here!

    These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  All walks are from 1:00 – 3:00PM

    Sunday Mystery Walk Dates:

    Sunday April 6

    Sunday April 20  

    Sunday May 11

    Sunday August 17

    Sunday August 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 2

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

     

    Project WET Workshop
    8/28/2014   9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Sustainable Landscapes

     

    Make a splash in class this year with Project WET (Water Education for Teachers). Project WET provides teachers (grades K-12) with the necessary tools, resources and lessons to help teach students about the importance and value of water in every day life. The awareness of, and respect for water resources begins in the classroom!

    The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is a collection of more than 64 science-based, interdisciplinary activities and lesson plans that are teacher-tested and classroom ready for K-12 students. The lessons are correlated to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and cover an array of diverse topics and disciplines.

    Teachers who attend a WET workshop will receive the Project WET Curriculum Guide and other related materials and a certification for six hours of professional development credits.

    Light refreshments will be provided. Participants are asked to bring a bagged lunch with them.

    Come prepared to go outside!

    Cost is FREE!

    TO REGISTER: Online or Contact Heather at 908-685-0315 x231 or hdesko@raritanbasin.org.

    Please register by August 15, 2014.

     

    Junior Naturalist: Incredible Insects
    8/31/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

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

    January 26            Nature in Winter a Tale of Survival

    February  23          Who's Eating My Sunflowers

    March 23                Searching for Signs of Spring

    April 27                   Hummingbirds Come Home

    May 25                    Avian Symphony

    June 22                  All About Amphibians

    July  20                   Waterbugs

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21       Monarchs

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

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

     

    Birding by Bicycle
    9/6/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Junior Ornithologists Series: Take flight!
    9/7/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

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

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Registration is now full for this series.

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

     

    Junior Entomologists Series - Monarchs
    9/14/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

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

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

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

     

    Native Seed Collection
    9/19/2014   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    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. 

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    9/20/2014   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Junior Naturalist: Monarchs
    9/21/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

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

    January 26            Nature in Winter a Tale of Survival

    February  23          Who's Eating My Sunflowers

    March 23                Searching for Signs of Spring

    April 27                   Hummingbirds Come Home

    May 25                    Avian Symphony

    June 22                  All About Amphibians

    July  20                   Waterbugs

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Monarchs

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

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

     

    Big Tree Hike
    9/26/2014   9:00 AM to 2:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

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

    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.

     

    Sunday Mystery Walk
    9/28/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here!

    These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  All walks are from 1:00 – 3:00PM

    Sunday Mystery Walk Dates:

    Sunday April 6

    Sunday April 20  

    Sunday May 11

    Sunday August 17

    Sunday August 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 9

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

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    10/2/2014   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Birding by Bicycle
    10/4/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Bat House Building Workshop
    10/4/2014   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

    One bat house will be raffled off among the participants!

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    Junior Ornithologists Series: Radical raptors
    10/5/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

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

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Registration is now full for this series.

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

     

     

    Pruning Basics
    10/10/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Root Crop Basics
    10/11/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Junior Entomologists Series - Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators
    10/12/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

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

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

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

     

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

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Are you aware that New Jersey is home to almost 60 species of orchids and over 35 of them are native to our own Piedmont region?

     During this program, you will learn about orchids native to NJ through a brief lecture and by exploring them in our Native Orchid Nursery Bed, Landscape Beds, and the Subtropical Southeast Coast Display. As many are threatened or endangered, we will also discuss how we can help them to survive, including the possibilities of cultivating some of them at home.

    This series of programs has been scheduled to coincide with blooming periods throughout the year so you can witness the beauty of all of our various orchids in person!  Take classes individually or as the whole series with a savings.

    Series Schedule:

    May 17, 2014

    June 14, 2014

    October 18, 2014

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

    CLICK HERE to register for this individual class.

     

    Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents
    10/18/2014   2:00 PM - 3:30 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Junior Naturalist: Trees with Leaves
    10/19/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

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

    January 26            Nature in Winter a Tale of Survival

    February  23          Who's Eating My Sunflowers

    March 23                Searching for Signs of Spring

    April 27                   Hummingbirds Come Home

    May 25                    Avian Symphony

    June 22                  All About Amphibians

    July  20                   Waterbugs

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21       Monarchs

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

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

     

    Bringing the Arctic to New Jersey: Teaching the Importance of Thawing Permafrost in our Local Environment
    10/25/2014   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Sustainable Landscapes

     

    Presented by Brue Taterka, West Morris Mendham High School

    Science teacher and polar researcher Bruce Taterka will explain how we can use our local NJ environment to teach lessons about the critical importance of the earth’s permafrost, its role in the earth’s carbon cycle, and its potential to affect global climate as the Arctic warms and permafrost thaws.

    This workshop will present lessons and labs for 6th- 12th grade teachers in New Jersey to use to teach about the carbon cycle, global climate change, and the importance of the earth’s permafrost.  We will start with a brief overview and then take a field trip through Duke Farms to study organic material in soil and surface water. Using basic lab equipment, we’ll take samples and measure respiration rates of soil and aquatic communities, and consider the factors that affect the production of carbon dioxide and the implications for climate change.   Taterka will provide teachers with classroom-ready lab and lesson plans and presentation materials to take back to their classrooms.

    Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Teachers who participate will be awarded certificates for four New Jersey Professional Development hours.  Optional lunch networking opportunity to follow workshop- teachers may bring a lunch or purchase lunch at the Café.

    Cost: $30 per educator.

     

    Birding by Bicycle
    11/1/2014   9:00 AM - 12:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Research and Design: Using Outdoor Spaces as Living Laboratories
    11/1/2014   10:00 AM - 4:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Sustainable Landscapes

     

    Presented by Dr. Sarah O’Donnell, North Plainfield High School

    This training class is designed to support teachers who want to challenge high school students to complete college-level independent research in the fields of Environmental and Behavioral Sciences.  Discussions and activities are provided to help teachers provide an environment that strives to make this experience a dynamic collaborative experience for students. Also, discussions and activities are provided to help teachers provide support for project definition, experimental design, proposal development, methodology identification, data analysis and interpretation, and results presentation. Outdoor spaces at Duke Farms will be utilized to prompt project ideas. 

    Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Teachers who participate will be awarded certificates for six New Jersey Professional Development hours. Teachers may bring a lunch or purchase lunch at the Café.

    Cost: $30 per educator.

     

    Junior Ornithologists Series: Birding at home
    11/2/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

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

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Registration is now full for this series.

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

     

     

    Sunday Mystery Walk
    11/2/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here!

    These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  All walks are from 1:00 – 3:00PM

    Sunday Mystery Walk Dates:

    Sunday April 6

    Sunday April 20  

    Sunday May 11

    Sunday August 17

    Sunday August 24

    Sunday Sept 28

    Sunday Nov 2

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

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    11/15/2014   9:00 AM - 12:30 PM REGISTER NOW

    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.

     

    Junior Entomologists Series - Become a Plant Hero
    11/16/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

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

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

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

     

    Junior Naturalist: Turkey Time!
    11/23/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

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

    January 26            Nature in Winter a Tale of Survival

    February  23          Who's Eating My Sunflowers

    March 23                Searching for Signs of Spring

    April 27                   Hummingbirds Come Home

    May 25                    Avian Symphony

    June 22                  All About Amphibians

    July  20                   Waterbugs

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Monarchs

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

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

     

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

    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.

     

    Junior Ornithologists Series: Bills, beaks and breakfast
    12/7/2014   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

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

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

    Registration is now full for this series.

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

     

    Junior Entomologists Series - Insect Eating Plants
    12/7/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.  This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

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

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

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

     

    Junior Naturalist: Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green
    12/14/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

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

    January 26            Nature in Winter a Tale of Survival

    February  23          Who's Eating My Sunflowers

    March 23                Searching for Signs of Spring

    April 27                   Hummingbirds Come Home

    May 25                    Avian Symphony

    June 22                  All About Amphibians

    July  20                   Waterbugs

    August  31             Incredible Insects

    September 21      Monarchs

    October 19            Trees with Leaves

    November 23       Turkey Time!

    December 14       Coniferous Trees Keep Winter Green

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. This program will run rain or shine so please dress for the weather!

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

     

 
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