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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.

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars for a 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.

    Eventbrite - Up with the Birds: Late Migrants, Winter Visitors and Residents

     

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

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Trees and Shrubs in Winter

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

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

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 2, 2014               Birding basics

    March 2, 2014                    Nests and eggs galore!

    April 6, 2014                       Do you hear what I hear?

    May 4, 2014                        Migration

    June 1, 2014                      Bird identification- a closer look

    July 6, 2014                        Feathered friends

    August 3, 2014                  What makes a habitat?

    September 7 2014           Take flight!

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

    November 2, 2014           Birding at home

    December 7, 2014           Bills, beaks, and breakfast.

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

    Registration is now full for this series.

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

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Learn what the Entomologists at Duke Farms know!

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    February 9, 2014         Introduction to Insects

    March 16, 2014            Insects and Others

    April 13, 2014               Early Pollinators and Early Flowers

    May 18, 2014                Insects and Birds

    June 15, 2014              Moths and Butterflies

    July 13, 2014                Water Bugs

    August 10, 2014          Cicadas, Katydids and Other Noisemakers

    September 14, 2014   Monarchs

    October 12, 2014         Bumble Bees and Late Pollinators

    November 16, 2014    Become a Plant Hero

    December 7, 2014      Insect Eating Plants

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

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

    CLICK HERE to register for JUST THIS SESSION.

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

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars for a 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.

    Eventbrite - Up with the Birds: The New Winter Bird Community

     

    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.

     

    Star Hopping in the Winter Sky
    12/16/2014   5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

    Educational, Family

     

    The winter sky is the best sky to see the constellations of the night.  During this session participants will learn how to navigate or “star hop” the night time sky and will be able to identify the major constellations of the winter sky.  Highlights of the constellations and lore will be discussed.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Star Hopping in the Winter Sky

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars for a 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.

    Eventbrite - Up with the Birds: The New Winter Bird Community

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars for a 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.

    Eventbrite - Up with the Birds: The New Winter Bird Community

     

    Introduction to Organic Gardening
    3/23/2015   6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Gardening

     

    Have you been wanting to transition to an organic garden but weren’t sure where to start?  Are you a new gardener in the Duke Farms Community Garden? This class is for you!  

    Learn the basics of organic gardening from pest and disease identification and control options to soils, compost, planting and harvesting. 

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Introduction to Organic Gardening

     

    Introduction to Organic Gardening
    3/28/2015   10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Gardening

     

    Have you been wanting to transition to an organic garden but weren’t sure where to start?  Are you a new gardener in the Duke Farms Community Garden? This class is for you!  

    Learn the basics of organic gardening from pest and disease identification and control options to soils, compost, planting and harvesting. 

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Introduction to Organic Gardening

     

 
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