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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.

  • Nature Storytime for Sprouts
    9/29/2016   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Children ages 3-6 and their adult caregivers are invited to join us for a 90 minute nature themed monthly program. Each month our “sprouts” will use their senses to connect to the natural world through nature stories, short hikes, songs and nature crafts.

    Participants can register for individual classes or for the entire series. 

    September 29th:  Super Awesome Spiders

    Come dressed in your favorite Spidery outfits as we learn more about the true superpowers of this interesting arachnid.  We will listen to stories, play games, act out spider finger-plays, create our own spider, and make spider snacks.  If weather permits, we will go outside to look for spider evidence and maybe even see a few webs. 

    October 27th:  Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

    After reading a story about pumpkins, we will do all things pumpkin.  We will decorate out own tiny pumpkin pulled from a pumpkin patch, participate in pumpkin math activities, sing a song or two and sample some pumpkin treats.

    November 17th:  Be Thankful for Trees

    If weather permits, this will be a mostly outdoor experience, so plan for the weather.  We will read tree stories, find out the parts of the tree, make some rubbings, and look at the fall foliage.  We may even make some leaf pictures.  We will look for evidence that someone is collecting food for the winter, too. 

    December 1st:  Time for Hibernation Tales

    This Storytime will be all about animals that hibernate here in New Jersey.  How do animals get ready for sleeping away winter and where do they go?   We invite you to bring a stuffed animal that hibernates during the winter to go into our makeshift cave for story time.  We will make a paper bag puppet and act out a story.  As always we will go out, just for a little bit to see which animals are still out and about.


    At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not registered for the program. This includes the younger siblings of any registered participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

     ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Cost: $5 per child for each individual class. $15 per child for the entire series. Adults register for free. Entire Series registration will end on September 29.

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Entire Fall Series

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Individual Fall Classes

     

    Hands-On Ecological Restoration
    9/30/2016   9:30 AM to 3:30 pM

    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Learning how to return function and diversity to degraded habitats is one of the fundamental challenges of our time. In this class, we'll collaborate on planning an ecological restoration project. Beginning with a baseline site assessment, we'll determine restoration goals, plan the removal of unwanted species and establishment of others, and set up a monitoring protocol to gauge the long-term success of our efforts.

    The class will take place outside; we'll be restoring a forested area at Duke Farms using the full spectrum of tools and plant materials available to contemporary land stewards. Fundamental concepts in restoration practice, as well as recommended resources, will be covered in depth. The class will be taught by Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC, in cooperation with stewardship staff from Duke Farms. 

    Cost: $50 per person.

    Eventbrite - Hands-On Ecological Restoration

     

    Hands-On Ecological Restoration
    9/30/2016   9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

    Sustainable Landscapes, Wildlife Habitats

     

    Learning how to return function and diversity to degraded habitats is one of the fundamental challenges of our time. In this class, we'll collaborate on planning an ecological restoration project. Beginning with a baseline site assessment, we'll determine restoration goals, plan the removal of unwanted species and establishment of others, and set up a monitoring protocol to gauge the long-term success of our efforts.

    The class will take place outside; we'll be restoring a forested area at Duke Farms using the full spectrum of tools and plant materials available to contemporary land stewards. Fundamental concepts in restoration practice, as well as recommended resources, will be covered in depth. The class will be taught by Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC, in cooperation with stewardship staff from Duke Farms. 

    Cost: $50 per professional.

    Eventbrite - Hands-On Ecological Restoration

     

    Native Seed Collection for Beginners
    10/1/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    This two-hour class, designed for adults who are seeking to explore the world of native plant seed collection, will provide an introduction to the methods used in the collection of native plant seeds.  The class will examine how to identify seeds, plan times to harvest and proper cleaning and storage.   Led by our staff growers, attendees will enjoy the rare opportunity to explore seed collection methods and ethics in the field at Duke Farms. 

    Each participant will leave with pre-packaged native plant seeds and a potted plant from the property to sow at home.

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Native Seed Collection for Beginners

     

    Sunday Mystery Walks
    10/2/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    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.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 22

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

    Cost: $5 per adult; Children under the age of 12 Free!. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

     

    Evening Birding at Duke Farms: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    10/3/2016   5:30pm to 7:30pm

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk after the property is closed to the general public. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up.

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Evening Birding at Duke Farms: Fall Migrants and Returning Winter Visitors

     

    Farm to Table Tasting
    10/5/2016 -10/5/2016   6:00p - 9:00p

    Farming

     

    Join us on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:00-9:00pm for the Duke Farms Fall Farm to Fork Tasting Event. This tasting will feature small plates, desserts and hors d’oeuvres from the top chefs in the area featuring fall produce from local farms. Chefs from some of the most popular and awarded restaurants in the area will showcase their culinary skills as they select a seasonal fall ingredient and transform it into a culinary delight for all in attendance.

    This evening will include cooking demonstrations, live music, door prizes and a recipe pamphlet for great farm to fork recipes to try at home. The newly renovated Coach Barn will serve as a beautiful setting for an evening of food and music in support of local agriculture in New Jersey.

    For more information please contact William Wilson at wwilson@dukefarms.org

    Eventbrite - Fall Farm to Fork Tasting Event

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    10/6/2016   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    10/8/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    Fly Tying 101
    10/8/2016   1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational

     

    Wooly bugger, Prince nymph, Hare’s Ear, Sucker Spawn, and San Juan Worm! These are just some of the flies that you will learn about and tie in this fun & interactive class.

    Have you ever thought about fly tying, but figured it was too difficult to learn? This program will take attendees outside, discovering what’s swimming, clinging and crawling in the Duke’s Brook. We will then go back to the classroom and tie the patterns of insects & bait that we found in the water.

    Each attendee will leave with enough completed flies & materials to finish their own flies.

    Cost: $20 per person.

    Eventbrite - Fly Tying 101

     

    Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 1
    10/9/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior Naturalist (accompanied by an adult) will explore our habitats in every season and learn about a different nature topic each month.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

    Fall can be a spectacular season of bright blue skies and brilliant leaf color. We'll talk about why leaves change color and take a close look at how we can use leaves and other characteristics to identify trees. Come take a walk in the woods and get to know the trees of Duke Farms!

    November 6

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

    What's an evergreen? What's a conifer? How do you tell the difference between a fir, a spruce, and a pine? We'll take close look at the "evergreens" and learn how they manage to survive in winter.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    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.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    10/10/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    Garlic 101
    10/11/2016   6 to 7:30 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Garlic is a surprisingly easy crop to include in a backyard garden. During the indoor portion of this class, types of garlic, best planting practices and uses will be discussed. Then we’ll head outdoors to the Community Garden for some hands-on experience as we complete a planting in our Education Plot.

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Garlic 101

     

    Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms
    10/13/2016   6:00 to 9:00 PM

    Educational

     

    You know the term, but you think it's impossible to accomplish. Join Duke Farms' staff on an exploration of green technology at Duke Farms and learn how you can implement some of our successful systems in your home or business. Begin to take steps toward a greener future.

    Tour our recently renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, on-site wastewater treatment, green roof, rain gardens, solar array and geothermal heating and cooling systems. You will see how Duke Farms leads the way in sustainable design and practice.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 15 and older.

    Eventbrite - Off the Grid: A How-to at Duke Farms

     

    Stories from the Land
    10/14/2016  

    Educational

     

     In this weekend retreat you will learn how to become a better storyteller.  Stories from the Land offers participants (Educators can take this into the classroom) the opportunity to:  Generate writing ideas by interacting and collaborating with peers, Communicate, collaborate and negotiate as a member of a team, Investigate the elements of good stories, Write in one or more languages to express thoughts, ideas and experiences, Infuse stories with the full range of body expression, Understand the importance of storytelling, Write across the curriculum, integrating writing and communication skills with performing art, technology, science and culture, Draw inspiration for gathering, writing, and telling stories from the landscape that sustains us all. 

    Language functions not simply to dialogue with other humans but also to converse with [the land]…  Words do not speak about the world; rather they speak to the world…  As the hills and the bending grasses once spoke to our tribal ancestors, so these written letters and words now speak to us.”  David Abram in The Spell of the Sensuous

    Series Schedule:

    Friday, October 14 from 4pm to 10pm

    Saturday, October 15 from 7:30am to 10pm

    Sunday, October 16 from 8am to 3pm

    Cost: $150 per person.

    Eventbrite - Stories from the Land

     

    Pruning Basics
    10/15/2016   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    Wondering how to get all those unruly plants around your property back under control? Trying to get more flowers or fruits out of your plants?

    Join Certified tree Expert Jack Kuhlman for a workshop on proper pruning techniques. Learn how and when to prune a variety of plants that can be found at Duke Farms. Use the information you learn today in your own yard right away.

    This course will take place both inside and outside.  Please remember to dress for the weather. 

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Pruning Basics

     

    Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 4
    10/15/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    During this program children (and their parents!) will learn all about the wonders of insects. In the sky and under water, Junior Entomologists will explore the local environment using nets, microscopes, field guides, and other tools that scientists use. 

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held on a Saturday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 6

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

    Cost: $20 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends March 6). 

    Each youth must be accompanied by an adult. ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

     

    Discovering Orchids for Kids
    10/15/2016   2:00 to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening

     

    Join us for a fun, hands-on exploration of orchids. Learn why orchids come in all shapes and sizes based on the wildlife that uses them for pollination.

    This program is designed for kids 8-12 with an adult chaperone. 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.

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents

     

    Garlic 101
    10/15/2016   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Garlic is a surprisingly easy crop to include in a backyard garden. During the indoor portion of this class, types of garlic, best planting practices and uses will be discussed. Then we’ll head outdoors to the Community Garden for some hands-on experience as we complete a planting in our Education Plot.

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Garlic 101

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    10/16/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 1
    10/16/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!

    During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

    What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal? Are owls raptors? Let's take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 20

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 11

    Winter Birds

    Not all birds migrate to warmer places in winter. We'll take a look at the birds that stick around Duke Farms in the coldest months and discover how they survive in the worst conditions.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    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.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

    Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    10/16/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

     

    Have you ever wondered about where your veggies come from?  Maybe you thought about planting a garden but you don’t know how to get started. Become a Junior Gardener and you will learn that growing your own veggies is easy and fun and they taste delicious! (Plus they are super healthy which makes moms and dads smile.)

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades 2-5. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any younger children including the younger siblings of any registered Junior Gardener as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. The rest of the session is spent outdoors in the Duke Farms Community Garden.  Appropriate shoes and garden clothes are required. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! A water bottle is recommended.  Garden gloves will be provided.

    Agenda

    September 18: Fall into Gardening Welcome to the fall garden!  We will head outside to see what’s already growing and check our seed packets to see what cool-season crops can still be planted at this time of year.  We will pull some potatoes right from the ground and do a taste test comparing sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.

    October 16: Growing Garlic This is a great time of year to plant garlic.  It will spend all winter in the ground and be ready for harvest next June!  It’s also a great time of year to pick and taste pumpkins!  Although it’s too late to plant outside, we will plant microgreens in containers to grow on our windowsills for fresh greens all winter long.

    November 13: A Thanksgiving Harvest Gardeners will pick all remaining veggies- some will be for tasting; some will be for bringing home and sharing.  We will get our garden all tucked away for the winter and do a fun craft project with some natural items found in and around the garden.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series.  ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

     

    Creature Fest
    10/21/2016   5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Educational, Recreational, Family

     

    Have some seasonal fun while walking a 1.5 mile well-lit loop discovering some of the "spooky" flora and fauna of New Jersey.  This family-friendly event focuses on nocturnal and native wildlife.  Visit with a wolf, view the night-time sky, learn about our reptiles, and get to know some of the slimy critters that live in our woods.  Get your creature on!

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Duke Farms Creature Fest 2016

     

    Plein Air Watercolor: All Levels
    10/22/2016   9:30am to 12:30pm

    Educational, Recreational

     

    Brush up on your watercolor skills as we enjoy the beauty of Duke Farms’ fall foliage! Artists of all levels (beginners to experienced) are invited to join us for a morning of watercolor painting en plein air. Using nature as our muse we will learn to look artistically at the world around us, and use a simple step-wise approach to create a beautiful Plen Aire painting.

    All supplies will be available to borrow to create three watercolor paintings, but participants should feel free to bring their own supplies and an easel if desired. 

    Participants should dress for the weather, and bring plenty of drinking water!

    Cost: $35 per person.

    Eventbrite - Plein Air Watercolor: All Levels

     

    Creature Fest
    10/22/2016   5:00pm to 8:00pm

    Educational, Recreational, Family

     

    Have some seasonal fun while walking a 1.5 mile well-lit loop discovering some of the "spooky" flora and fauna of New Jersey.  This family-friendly event focuses on nocturnal and native wildlife.  Visit with a wolf, view the night-time sky, learn about our reptiles, and get to know some of the slimy critters that live in our woods.  Get your creature on!

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Duke Farms Creature Fest 2016

     

    Nature Storytime for Sprouts
    10/27/2016   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Children ages 3-6 and their adult caregivers are invited to join us for a 90 minute nature themed monthly program. Each month our “sprouts” will use their senses to connect to the natural world through nature stories, short hikes, songs and nature crafts.

    Participants can register for individual classes or for the entire series. 

    September 29th:  Super Awesome Spiders

    Come dressed in your favorite Spidery outfits as we learn more about the true superpowers of this interesting arachnid.  We will listen to stories, play games, act out spider finger-plays, create our own spider, and make spider snacks.  If weather permits, we will go outside to look for spider evidence and maybe even see a few webs. 

    October 27th:  Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

    After reading a story about pumpkins, we will do all things pumpkin.  We will decorate out own tiny pumpkin pulled from a pumpkin patch, participate in pumpkin math activities, sing a song or two and sample some pumpkin treats.

    November 17th:  Be Thankful for Trees

    If weather permits, this will be a mostly outdoor experience, so plan for the weather.  We will read tree stories, find out the parts of the tree, make some rubbings, and look at the fall foliage.  We may even make some leaf pictures.  We will look for evidence that someone is collecting food for the winter, too. 

    December 1st:  Time for Hibernation Tales

    This Storytime will be all about animals that hibernate here in New Jersey.  How do animals get ready for sleeping away winter and where do they go?   We invite you to bring a stuffed animal that hibernates during the winter to go into our makeshift cave for story time.  We will make a paper bag puppet and act out a story.  As always we will go out, just for a little bit to see which animals are still out and about.


    At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not registered for the program. This includes the younger siblings of any registered participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

     ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Cost: $5 per child for each individual class. $15 per child for the entire series. Adults register for free. Entire Series registration will end on September 29.

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Entire Fall Series

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Individual Fall Classes

     

    Creature Show Movie Night
    10/28/2016   7:00 to 9:00pm

     

    Creature Show Movie Night is a traveling showcase of short environmental documentaries about the wild things—and people and places—of New Jersey. The lineup will include special previews of filmmaker David Kessler’s upcoming film, “The Pine Barrens”, filmmaker Jared Flesher’s upcoming film, “Birds of May,” and the Duke Farms award winning “TALON” video.

    In addition to the seven short films about a wide range of environmental topics pertinent to New Jersey, the program will include an introduction and question and answer session with Creature Show director Jared Flesher and guest appearances from our local movie “stars”.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for all ages.

    Eventbrite - Creature Show Movie Night

     

    NJESTA NGSS Transition Workshop - Phase 2: Moving from Lessons to Assessments
    10/29/2016   8:30am to 2:30pm

     

    It's official - NGSS are our new state science standards.  Are your lessons "blended," and more importantly are your assessments NGSS congruent?  We will review lessons for NGSS congruency and learn how to craft "blended" assessments in this full day workshops.  Participants should have a working knowledge of the NGSS architecture and know how to access NGSS resources. The workshop will be offered twice: October 29th at Duke Farms.

    Cost: $15 per educator

    Professional Development hours will be provided. Registration can be found on www.njesta.org

    For additional information contact Missy Holzer at mholzer@monmouth.com.

     

    A Virtual Tour of the Moon
    11/4/2016   7:00 to 9:00pm

    Educational, Family

     

    Marvel as the Moon shares her varied geography.   Our indoor program will include the concepts of Moon phases, eclipses and tides as well as vivid, close-up images of the lunar terrain and Apollo landing sites. 

    Then, we will take our telescopes outside (weather permitting) and share views of a pink-orange Mars and a waxing crescent Moon march across the southern skies.  We will identify and discuss other stellar night sky wonders that we can find, too.  Dress warmly!! 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - A Walk with Galileo

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    11/5/2016   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

    Join Certified tree Expert Jack Kuhlman and find a deeper connection to New Jersey native trees as he teaches you identification in different seasons using leaves, bark, fruit and flowers as clues.  Sign up for individual classes or for the series.

    Tree ID Walk Schedule:
    Saturday March 26: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 21: Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 16: Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 5: Late Foliage: Tree ID in Late Autumn

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

    Cost: 10 per person for individual classes. $30 per person for the entire series.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    11/6/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 2
    11/6/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior Naturalist (accompanied by an adult) will explore our habitats in every season and learn about a different nature topic each month.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

    Fall can be a spectacular season of bright blue skies and brilliant leaf color. We'll talk about why leaves change color and take a close look at how we can use leaves and other characteristics to identify trees. Come take a walk in the woods and get to know the trees of Duke Farms!

    November 6

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

    What's an evergreen? What's a conifer? How do you tell the difference between a fir, a spruce, and a pine? We'll take close look at the "evergreens" and learn how they manage to survive in winter.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    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.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

    An Eye to the Sky
    11/11/2016   7:00 to 9:00pm

    Educational, Family

     

    You can recognize the Big Dipper in the northern sky.  Orion’s Belt has been a winter “friend” since childhood.  How about all the other stars up there? 

    Come learn your way around the night sky.  Make a star wheel to take home and help your family navigate and appreciate the heavens from your own back yard.  No telescope needed!  Learn to find more than 20 constellations, asterisms and bright “anchor” stars.  Observation and laser constellation tour afterwards, weather permitting.  

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - An Eye to the Sky

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    11/12/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    11/13/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

     

    Have you ever wondered about where your veggies come from?  Maybe you thought about planting a garden but you don’t know how to get started. Become a Junior Gardener and you will learn that growing your own veggies is easy and fun and they taste delicious! (Plus they are super healthy which makes moms and dads smile.)

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with Duke Farms Garden Educator to experience the magic of the garden!  You will learn about designing your garden, what kind of soil is best and how to grow many different types of veggies such as sugar peas, sweet carrots, colorful lettuces and plump Jersey tomatoes.  We will work in the Community Garden, planting, weeding and watering our crops during each class. Best of all, at the end of each mini-session you will get to EAT what you GROW!

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades 2-5. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any younger children including the younger siblings of any registered Junior Gardener as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. The rest of the session is spent outdoors in the Duke Farms Community Garden.  Appropriate shoes and garden clothes are required. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! A water bottle is recommended.  Garden gloves will be provided.

    Agenda

    September 18: Fall into Gardening Welcome to the fall garden!  We will head outside to see what’s already growing and check our seed packets to see what cool-season crops can still be planted at this time of year.  We will pull some potatoes right from the ground and do a taste test comparing sweet potatoes and regular potatoes.

    October 16: Growing Garlic This is a great time of year to plant garlic.  It will spend all winter in the ground and be ready for harvest next June!  It’s also a great time of year to pick and taste pumpkins!  Although it’s too late to plant outside, we will plant microgreens in containers to grow on our windowsills for fresh greens all winter long.

    November 13: A Thanksgiving Harvest Gardeners will pick all remaining veggies- some will be for tasting; some will be for bringing home and sharing.  We will get our garden all tucked away for the winter and do a fun craft project with some natural items found in and around the garden.

    Cost: $15 per child for the entire 3 series.  ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

     

    Sunday Mystery Walks
    11/13/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    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.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 22

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

    Cost: $5 per adult; Children under the age of 12 Free!. Appropriate for the whole family!

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

     

    Nature Storytime for Sprouts
    11/17/2016   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Children ages 3-6 and their adult caregivers are invited to join us for a 90 minute nature themed monthly program. Each month our “sprouts” will use their senses to connect to the natural world through nature stories, short hikes, songs and nature crafts.

    Participants can register for individual classes or for the entire series. 

    September 29th:  Super Awesome Spiders

    Come dressed in your favorite Spidery outfits as we learn more about the true superpowers of this interesting arachnid.  We will listen to stories, play games, act out spider finger-plays, create our own spider, and make spider snacks.  If weather permits, we will go outside to look for spider evidence and maybe even see a few webs. 

    October 27th:  Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

    After reading a story about pumpkins, we will do all things pumpkin.  We will decorate out own tiny pumpkin pulled from a pumpkin patch, participate in pumpkin math activities, sing a song or two and sample some pumpkin treats.

    November 17th:  Be Thankful for Trees

    If weather permits, this will be a mostly outdoor experience, so plan for the weather.  We will read tree stories, find out the parts of the tree, make some rubbings, and look at the fall foliage.  We may even make some leaf pictures.  We will look for evidence that someone is collecting food for the winter, too. 

    December 1st:  Time for Hibernation Tales

    This Storytime will be all about animals that hibernate here in New Jersey.  How do animals get ready for sleeping away winter and where do they go?   We invite you to bring a stuffed animal that hibernates during the winter to go into our makeshift cave for story time.  We will make a paper bag puppet and act out a story.  As always we will go out, just for a little bit to see which animals are still out and about.


    At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not registered for the program. This includes the younger siblings of any registered participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

     ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Cost: $5 per child for each individual class. $15 per child for the entire series. Adults register for free. Entire Series registration will end on September 29.

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Entire Fall Series

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Individual Fall Classes

     

    All Natural Winter Wreath Making
    11/19/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational

     

    Join Woodsedge Tree Farm as they introduce you to the art of wreath making.  Brush up on your local evergreen ID skills while gathering adornments like fresh greens, pinecones, sprigs, and more to build your very own lush wreath to celebrate the season.  Each participant will leave with one completed winter wreath and the know-how to build many more.  All materials included.  Bring gardening gloves and your creativity! 

    Cost: $15 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

    Eventbrite - All Natural Winter Wreath Making

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    11/19/2016   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    11/20/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 2
    11/20/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!

    During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

    What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal? Are owls raptors? Let's take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 20

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 11

    Winter Birds

    Not all birds migrate to warmer places in winter. We'll take a look at the birds that stick around Duke Farms in the coldest months and discover how they survive in the worst conditions.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    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.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    11/26/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    Nature Storytime for Sprouts
    12/1/2016   10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Children ages 3-6 and their adult caregivers are invited to join us for a 90 minute nature themed monthly program. Each month our “sprouts” will use their senses to connect to the natural world through nature stories, short hikes, songs and nature crafts.

    Participants can register for individual classes or for the entire series. 

    September 29th:  Super Awesome Spiders

    Come dressed in your favorite Spidery outfits as we learn more about the true superpowers of this interesting arachnid.  We will listen to stories, play games, act out spider finger-plays, create our own spider, and make spider snacks.  If weather permits, we will go outside to look for spider evidence and maybe even see a few webs. 

    October 27th:  Pumpkins, Pumpkins Everywhere!

    After reading a story about pumpkins, we will do all things pumpkin.  We will decorate out own tiny pumpkin pulled from a pumpkin patch, participate in pumpkin math activities, sing a song or two and sample some pumpkin treats.

    November 17th:  Be Thankful for Trees

    If weather permits, this will be a mostly outdoor experience, so plan for the weather.  We will read tree stories, find out the parts of the tree, make some rubbings, and look at the fall foliage.  We may even make some leaf pictures.  We will look for evidence that someone is collecting food for the winter, too. 

    December 1st:  Time for Hibernation Tales

    This Storytime will be all about animals that hibernate here in New Jersey.  How do animals get ready for sleeping away winter and where do they go?   We invite you to bring a stuffed animal that hibernates during the winter to go into our makeshift cave for story time.  We will make a paper bag puppet and act out a story.  As always we will go out, just for a little bit to see which animals are still out and about.


    At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child. Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not registered for the program. This includes the younger siblings of any registered participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

     ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    Cost: $5 per child for each individual class. $15 per child for the entire series. Adults register for free. Entire Series registration will end on September 29.

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Entire Fall Series

    Eventbrite - Nature Storytime for Sprouts - Individual Fall Classes

     

    “The Art of Growing Food”- A Garden Design Workshop
    12/3/2016   10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    Ellen Ecker Ogden, co-founder of “The Cook’s Garden” seed catalog and author of numerous books on cooking and gardening, will present this full day garden design workshop. “The Art of Growing Food” will teach you the six steps to successful garden design that are often used in ornamental gardens, and how to put them to use in your edible patch.

    During the hands-on afternoon workshop, we will discuss how to draw a design on paper and then transfer it to your landscape. This in-depth program is ideal for new gardeners, or anyone who has a garden and needs help seeing it with fresh eyes. Bring your garden plans and ideas. Lunch and a copy of Ellen’s book “The Complete Kitchen Garden” are included with your registration.

    For more information, visit http://www.ellenogden.com/.

    Cost: $85 per person for the general public. $75 per Duke Farms Community Gardner.

    Eventbrite - “The Art of Growing Food”- A Garden Design Workshop

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    12/4/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    Junior Naturalists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 3
    12/4/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend one Sunday afternoon per month with a Duke Farms Educator learning all about the wonders of nature. Each Junior Naturalist (accompanied by an adult) will explore our habitats in every season and learn about a different nature topic each month.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

    Fall can be a spectacular season of bright blue skies and brilliant leaf color. We'll talk about why leaves change color and take a close look at how we can use leaves and other characteristics to identify trees. Come take a walk in the woods and get to know the trees of Duke Farms!

    November 6

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

    What's an evergreen? What's a conifer? How do you tell the difference between a fir, a spruce, and a pine? We'll take close look at the "evergreens" and learn how they manage to survive in winter.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    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.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    12/8/2016   9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

    Participants will get an introductory tour of the Orchid Range and Native Orchid Nursery Bed. There will be the chance to see some of the 1,500 orchid varieties grown here. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 16 and up. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    12/10/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    New Jersey Geography for Elementary and Middle School Students
    12/10/2016   9:00am to 3:00pm

     

    Join the New Jersey Geographic Alliance for a workshop and hands-on activities that focus on the physical and human geography of our home state. Our work will be specifically geared towards 4th grade standards but can easily be scaled up or down for different grade levels.

    Special emphasis will be placed on the newly released Jersey-specific version of National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Map!  Teachers will experience the 16x20ft floor map and learn how to reserve the map for a visit to their school! Traveling maps bring hands-on and feet-on geographic education to hundreds of thousands students around the country each year. 

    Cost: $25 per educator.

    Eventbrite - New Jersey Geography for Elementary and Middle School Students

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    12/11/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 4th Mini-Series - Class 3
    12/11/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Join a Duke Farms Educator one Sunday morning a month to learn why Duke Farms is for the Birds!

    During this series, Junior Ornithologists will gain an understanding of what makes birds so unique and fascinating. Through games and classroom activities we will explore the life histories of birds and delve into topics such as bird biology and adaptations for flight, bird behavior, diets and habitats. We will learn to use binoculars and field guides and will go outside to see what our feathered friends are up to throughout the year.

    Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month. Then we go outdoors to explore nature in the field. Appropriate shoes are required and this program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Each class is held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

    What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal? Are owls raptors? Let's take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 20

    Turkey Time

    As Thanksgiving approaches, we can't help but think and wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We'll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.

    December 11

    Winter Birds

    Not all birds migrate to warmer places in winter. We'll take a look at the birds that stick around Duke Farms in the coldest months and discover how they survive in the worst conditions.

     

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Cost: $15 per youth for the entire mini-series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 10, 2016). $7 per youth for the each individual class in the mini-series.

    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.

    Please note that we cannot accommodate any children who are not currently in Kindergarten. This includes the younger siblings of any registered K through 6 participant as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

    Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors
    12/17/2016   8:00 to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Recreational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk of the property. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Up with the birds: Fall migrants and returning Winter visitors

     

    Bald Eagle Ecology for Teachers (K-12)
    1/21/2017   9:00am to 3:00pm

    Wildlife Habitats

     

    The Eagle Cam is a wonderful tool for teaching about ecology, endangered species or animal adaptions. The Conserve Wildlife Foundation and Duke Farms will help you to enhance your understanding of the science behind NJ’s bald eagle management program and discover the many ways this technology can be used in your classroom. Eagle biologist Larissa Smith will talk about her work with this charismatic species, live birds of prey will make an appearance and an opportunity will be announced for one teacher to participate in the spring eagle chick banding at Duke Farms.

    Cost: $25 per educator.

    Eventbrite - Bald Eagle Ecology for Teachers (K-12)

     

    Bald Eagles in the Classroom: Using an NGSS Aligned and Problem Based Approach
    2/4/2017   9:00am to 4:00pm

    Wildlife Habitats

     

     If you are a K-12 teacher who is passionate about STE(A)M, environmental studies, biology or earth science education and want to bring a NGSS bald eagle Problem-Based Learning (PBL) unit into your classroom, this workshop is for you!

    Duke Farms and Innovative Designs for Education (IDE) have partnered to create grade level specific PBL units that will meet the needs of the CCSS and NGSS including the cross-cutting standards, practices, and core ideas. Teachers will explore the power of PBL as they spend the day working with other teachers at their grade level and will then leave with new tools including a problem-based task, analytic rubric, unit level scaffold, and tools for facilitation to implement a new bald eagle  unit in their classrooms.

    Cost: $30 per educator. includes coffee and lunch.

    Eventbrite - Bald Eagles in the Classroom: Using an NGSS Aligned and Problem Based Approach

     

 
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