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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.

  • NJ 350 Photo Exhibit
    8/1/2014 -9/2/2014   8:30a to 6:00p

    Recreational, Family, Wildlife

     

    In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary, Creative Spaces, Danielle Austen Photography and XACT Studios, have partnered to present “NJ350 Elements – A Unique Nature and Wildlife Photo Exhibit” at beautiful Duke Farms. This nature photography experience will run the entire month of August 2014.

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

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

    CLICK HERE for more information on this project.

    NJ 350 Photo Exhibit

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

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

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

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

    Registration is now full for this series.

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

     

    Building Raised Beds
    9/8/2014   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Farming

     

    Raised beds are beneficial to your garden for many reasons. 

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

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

    Bring your garden gloves and boots!

    Cost: $10 per person.

     

    Monarchs and Milkweed
    9/9/2014   7:00 PM - 8:30 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    Discovering Meadows: The Story of Landscape Meadows
    9/12/2014   7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Sustainable Landscapes, Wildlife Habitats

     

    Duke Farms is proud to offer the second annual Discovering Meadows for Professionals program. This year’s program, “The Story of Meadows”, is designed to walk you through the development of a meadow from site preparation through post-planting maintenance while explaining the ecology of meadows in this region.  

     

    Up with the Birds: Peak Fall Songbird Activity
    9/13/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Registration for this program is now full

     

    Meadows at Home
    9/13/2014   10:15 AM - 12:30 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

    Cost: $10 per person.

     

    Monarch & Meadow FEST!
    9/13/2014   10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

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

     

    Portraits of Wildflowers
    9/13/2014   1:00 PM - 3:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    Cost: $10 per person.

     

    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. 

     

    The Return of Chimney Swifts
    9/17/2014   7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

    Chimney Swifts are an amazing bird often referred to as "a cigar butt with wings."  This remarkable five-inch bird lacks the ability to perch and can only hang on vertical surfaces.  As we modify our environments, we remove their favorite nesting places, creating a rapid decline in the species.

    We still have a one of these long forgotten industrial Chimneys in Raritan on Orlando Drive about a mile west of Route 206 that is a migration home to over a thousand swifts.  Duke Farms and New Jersey Audubon invites you to come watch and admire these swifts as they return at day's end funneling into their cylindrical home.

    This FREE event will be held on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

    For more information call Pete Bacinski at NJ Audubon at 908-766-5787.

     

    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. 

     

    Birding by Bicycle
    9/20/2014   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.

     

    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.

     

    Up with the Birds: Peak Fall Songbird Activity
    9/21/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    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.

     

    Putting Your Garden to Bed
    9/22/2014   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Farming

     

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

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

    Cost: $10 per person.

     

    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.

     

    Science in Action: Feathers
    9/27/2014   8:30 AM-10:00 AM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

    Great for the novice or experienced bird enthusiast. 

    Cost: $10 per person.

     

    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. 

     

    Up with the Birds: Peak Fall Songbird Activity
    9/30/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

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

    Educational, Family

     

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

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

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

    Cost: FREE!

     

    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.

     

    405 Years Through the 'Scope with Galileo
    10/3/2014   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family

     

    Join Duke Farms and Dark Sky Ambassador, Eve Anna Lotito, for an evening of indoor and outdoor astronomy activities to honor Galileo Galilei on the 405th anniversary of his observations.

    This will include celebrating Galileo and his accomplishments, an activity to examine the movement of Jupiter’s moons, a demonstration and information about protecting our dark skies, and the use of Dobsonian telescopes to spot our guests Saturn, Mars, the Moon, and stars and constellations in the night sky.

    Cost: $5 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.

     

    Up with the Birds: Peak Sparrow, Raptor and Waterfowl Activity
    10/11/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    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. 

     

    Birding by Bicycle
    10/18/2014   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.

     

    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.

     

    Up with the Birds: Peak Sparrow, Raptor and Waterfowl Activity
    10/19/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    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.

     

    Up with the Birds: Peak Sparrow, Raptor and Waterfowl Activity
    10/28/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    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. 

     

    Up with the Birds: Late Migrants, Winter Visitors and Residents
    11/8/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    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.

     

    Sustainable Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    11/15/2014   1:00 PM - 4:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Educational

     

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person. 

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    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. 

     

    Project Learning Tree Teacher Workshop
    11/22/2014   9:00 AM - 3:00 PM REGISTER NOW

    Sustainable Landscapes

     

    Expand your educational options with a Project Learning Tree training at Duke Farms and teach your students how to think, not what to think about the environment! PLT provides teachers (grades K-12) and educators with the necessary tools to bring the environment into the classroom and their students into the environment. The awareness of, and respect for natural resources begins in the classroom!

    The Elementary school curriculum (pre K-8) takes an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to learning and contains more than 90 different lesson plans. The lessons are correlated to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and cover an array of diverse topics and disciplines.

    Educators who attend a Project Learning Tree workshop will receive the PLT 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: FREE!

     

    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.

     

    Up with the Birds: Late Migrants, Winter Visitors and Residents
    11/25/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    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. 

     

    Up with the Birds: The New Winter Bird Community
    12/13/2014   7:30 AM - 9:30 AM REGISTER NOW

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

    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.

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

     

 
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