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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.

  • Ecological Gardening with North American Prairie and Meadow Flowers and Grasses
    2/5/2015   6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Neil DiBoll is the President of Prairie Nursery and is recognized internationally as an expert in native community ecology. In this “how-to” workshop, he will provide examples of how homeowners can transform portions of their landscapes into wildlife oasis using native plants. Examples will be provided to demonstrate what can be accomplished in a variety of settings.

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Ecological Gardening with North American Prairie and Meadow Flowers and Grasses

     

    Creating Meadows: The Story of Landscape Meadows
    2/6/2015   8:45 AM to 4:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    “Creating Meadows”, is a practical, “how-to” workshop designed to explore the development of a meadow from site preparation through post-planting maintenance.

    Three top experts in meadow establishment and landscape restoration will talk about their successes and why meadows are a critical component of healthy landscapes. 

    Presenter Bios:

    Thom Almendinger is the Director of Natural Resources and Agroecology for Duke Farms. He has developed and to continues direct a large-scale landscape restoration program on the 2,740-acre property that includes a range of habitats fostering nearly 30 species of wildlife, listed as threatened and endangered in New Jersey.   Additionally, Thom has directed the transformation of over 200 acres of manicured lawns to vibrant meadows across the property. 

    Neil Diboll will present the keynote, ”Five Steps to Successful Meadow Establishment”. Neil is the President of Prairie Nursery and is recognized internationally as an expert in native community ecology. A proponent of the early prairie movement, Neil’s goal goes beyond growing native plants to preserve a diverse gene pool and the genetic integrity reflected in the variability and adaptability of Nature itself. His knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm for native plants are at the root of Prairie Nursery's mission and have sustained the nursery through the decades.

    Dr. Jeffrey Keller is principal for Habitat by Design and has 25 years of experience in restoration ecology including landscape design to control nuisance species, stream channel restoration design and the design of created wetlands to filter stormwater runoff. His diverse list of clients includes Walt Disney Company, T. Rowe Price, Johnson & Johnson, the City of Philadelphia and the Trump Organization.

    Cost: $50 per person ($25 for Stewardship Roundtable Members).

    Eventbrite - Creating Meadows: The Story of Landscape Meadows

     

    Creating Meadows: The Story of Landscape Meadows
    2/6/2015   8:45 AM to 4:00 PM

    Sustainable Landscapes, Wildlife Habitats

     

    “Creating Meadows”, is a practical, “how-to” workshop designed to explore the development of a meadow from site preparation through post-planting maintenance.

    Three top experts in meadow establishment and landscape restoration will talk about their successes and why meadows are a critical component of healthy landscapes. 

    Agenda:

    8:45 - 9:30 AM - Registration, light continental breakfast

    9:30 - 9:45 AM – Welcome Michael Catania, Executive Director Duke Farms

    9:45 - 10:30 AM – Thom Almendinger, Duke Farms, ”Great Lawn to Great Meadow: The Evolution of Landscapes at Duke Farms”

    10:30 - 12 AM – Neil DiBoll, Prairie Nursery, ”Five Steps to Successful Meadow Establishment”   

    12 - 1 PM – Lunch

    1 - 2 PM – Dr. Jeffrey Keller, Habitat By Design, “Scales of Meadow Creation:  If You Build it, Who Will Come?”

    2:15 - 3:15 PM  – Breakout session- working groups

    3:15 PM - Final Q & A of all speakers.

    Presenter Bios:

    Thom Almendinger is the Director of Natural Resources and Agroecology for Duke Farms. He has developed and to continues direct a large-scale landscape restoration program on the 2,740-acre property that includes a range of habitats fostering nearly 30 species of wildlife, listed as threatened and endangered in New Jersey.   Additionally, Thom has directed the transformation of over 200 acres of manicured lawns to vibrant meadows across the property. 

    Neil Diboll will present the keynote, ”Five Steps to Successful Meadow Establishment”. Neil is the President of Prairie Nursery and is recognized internationally as an expert in native community ecology. A proponent of the early prairie movement, Neil’s goal goes beyond growing native plants to preserve a diverse gene pool and the genetic integrity reflected in the variability and adaptability of Nature itself. His knowledge, commitment and enthusiasm for native plants are at the root of Prairie Nursery's mission and have sustained the nursery through the decades.

    Dr. Jeffrey Keller is principal for Habitat by Design and has 25 years of experience in restoration ecology including landscape design to control nuisance species, stream channel restoration design and the design of created wetlands to filter stormwater runoff. His diverse list of clients includes Walt Disney Company, T. Rowe Price, Johnson & Johnson, the City of Philadelphia and the Trump Organization.

    Cost: $50 per person ($25 for Stewardship Roundtable Members).

    Eventbrite - Creating Meadows: The Story of Landscape Meadows

     

    Junior Naturalists - 1st Mini-Series
    2/8/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

    January 11

    Winter: A Tale of Survival

    Students will be introduced to some of the more common wild residents of Duke Farms and their adaptations for surviving through the winter.  We will take to the field and search for wildlife (or signs of wildlife) that are active all through the winter.

    February 8

    Who's Eating My Sunflower Seed?

    Students will be introduced to the birds that stay active around Duke Farms all winter.  Bird Food and Bird Feeding through the winter will be explored.  We will go out and observe birds with binoculars and begin to learn ways to identify the birds that visit our feeders.

    March 15

    Sings of Spring

    Even though it may still look like winter outside, spring is really not far away.  Join a Naturalist on a scavenger hunt to find the telltale signs of spring at Duke Farms.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 1st Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 1st Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    2/12/2015   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.

    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.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    In the Dooryard: Essential Weeds at Our Feet
    2/12/2015   7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants, Gardening

     

    Gardens and lawns are home to resilient plants like dandelion, plantain, and violets that are often rogued out by hand or pesticides. However, many have traditional uses as food and medicinal remedies, and some provide habitat for native wildlife.

    Learn which common weeds host butterflies, which are high in healthy fats, and where to find the plant called "nature's bandage". 

    Cost: $10 per person. Appropriate for young adults and older.

    Eventbrite - In the Dooryard: Essential Weeds at Our Feet

     

    Up with the Birds: Residents and Winter Wanderers
    2/14/2015   8:00a to 10:00a REGISTER NOW

    Educational, 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

     

    Up with the Birds: Residents and Winter Wanderers
    2/17/2015   8:00a to 10:00a REGISTER NOW

    Educational, 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

     

    Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 1
    2/21/2015   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    This program is a three-part series for the more serious orchid grower, who has gone beyond the beginner’s stage.

    February 21:  During It’s All in the Flower, features of orchid flowers and associations with pollinator partners are explored, as well as relationships between different orchid species and genera.

    March 21:  Growing Orchids in Tune with Nature centers on how different orchids grow in their environments and how that translates into growing practices. Orchid partnerships with fungi, in addition to orchid pests and Integrated Pest Management are also discussed.

    April 18:  At the Potting & Troubleshooting Workshop, participants who have a concern about their plants are encouraged to bring in one or two of their orchids for a diagnosis. Problems are addressed, including the need for repotting. After a repotting demonstration, orchids are supplied for the class to repot, which they take home.  Orchids which have particular issues in the greenhouse may also be examined.

    Cost: $45. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - A Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 1

     

    Looking into Lady's Slippers
    2/21/2015   1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    Ever want to touch the inside of a lady’s slipper pouch, or really examine the details of a petal up close?

    Experience the charm of the lady’s slipper orchid alliance. A wide array of tropical, as well as temperate species and hybrids will be explored on screen and ‘in person’. Feel the roots and rhizome as you repot a plant to take home.

    Learn how to appreciate the habitat needs of a lady slipper plant. And most importantly, appreciate how they are interrelated to their environments. 

    Cost: $35 per person which includes an orchid to take home! Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - Looking into Lady's Slippers

     

    Up with the Birds: Residents and Winter Wanderers
    2/22/2015   8:00a to 10:00a REGISTER NOW

    Educational, 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

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 1st Mini-Series
    2/22/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

    January 25

    Birds from the Beginning

    Everyone is excited about the eagles that live and nest at Duke Farms. Did you know they lay their eggs in the middle of winter?   This program will help us get to know all about the life cycle and habits of our majestic eagles.

    February 22

    Eagles - Our Early Nesters

    Many birds flew the coop for the winter, but they begin to return with the first signs of spring.  Families will learn all about bird spring migration.  We will learn how a bird is adapted to long flights and take an in depth look at feathers and features that make flight possible.

    March 29

    Spring Migration - Feathers and Flight

    Many birds flew the coop for the winter, but they begin to return with the first signs of spring.  Families will learn all about bird spring migration.  We will learn how a bird is adapted to long flights and take an in depth look at feathers and features that make flight possible.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 25).  

    Registration for this Mini-Series is now FULL

     

    Sugar Maple Celebration
    2/28/2015   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Join us in celebrating the Sugar Maple and (quite literally) all it brings to the table. 

    Tap a tree and enjoy the entire maple sugaring process with Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania. Participate in activities and nature hikes focused on wildlife, tree identification, best forestry practices, and climate change as it relates to the Sugar Maple and our native forests. Share the taste of New Jersey maple syrup, visit a live sawmill demonstration, and don’t miss your chance to try the maple syrup specialty items that will be served all day in our café! 

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Sugar Maple Celebration

     

    Sugar Maple Celebration
    3/1/2015   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Join us in celebrating the Sugar Maple and (quite literally) all it brings to the table. 

    Tap a tree and enjoy the entire maple sugaring process with Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania. Participate in activities and nature hikes focused on wildlife, tree identification, best forestry practices, and climate change as it relates to the Sugar Maple and our native forests. Share the taste of New Jersey maple syrup, visit a live sawmill demonstration, and don’t miss your chance to try the maple syrup specialty items that will be served all day in our café! 

    Cost: Free!

    Eventbrite - Sugar Maple Celebration

     

    Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    3/8/2015   8:00a to 10:00a REGISTER NOW

    Educational, 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

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    3/14/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, 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 Dates:

    Saturday March 14th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  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 each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Junior Naturalists - 1st Mini-Series
    3/15/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

    January 11

    Winter: A Tale of Survival

    Students will be introduced to some of the more common wild residents of Duke Farms and their adaptations for surviving through the winter.  We will take to the field and search for wildlife (or signs of wildlife) that are active all through the winter.

    February 8

    Who's Eating My Sunflower Seed?

    Students will be introduced to the birds that stay active around Duke Farms all winter.  Bird Food and Bird Feeding through the winter will be explored.  We will go out and observe birds with binoculars and begin to learn ways to identify the birds that visit our feeders.

    March 15

    Sings of Spring

    Even though it may still look like winter outside, spring is really not far away.  Join a Naturalist on a scavenger hunt to find the telltale signs of spring at Duke Farms.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 1st Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 1st Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    3/17/2015   8:00a to 10:00a REGISTER NOW

    Educational, 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

     

    The Puddle Garden - Reading & Class By" Jared Rosenbaum
    3/21/2015   10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    In this children’s story full of native plants and wildlife, learn how Bear Cub invited friends to his new house – by creating a Puddle Garden. Bear Cub plants cardinal flower, swamp milkweed, elderberry, and more. His garden quickly fills with wild friends from hummingbirds to frogs, and his new home is no longer lonely.

    The reading is followed by a presentation for children and parents on creating a native rain garden at home. 

    Cost: FREE! Apporpriate for the whole family.

    Eventbrite - The Puddle Garden - Reading & Class By: Jared Rosenbaum

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    3/21/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    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

     

    Deer Resistant Native Gardens
    3/26/2015   7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

    Educational, Wildlife, Plants, Gardening

     

    Native plants sustain an inspiring array of wildlife like butterflies, pollinators, birds...and deer. Gardeners are often frustrated when the local deer herd passes through their flowerbeds.

    Learn about an array of native wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and ferns that are deer resistant, attractive, and functional in gardens, landscapes, and restoration projects. 

    Cost: $10 per person. Appropriate for young adults and older.

    Eventbrite - Deer Resistant Native Gardens

     

    Introduction to Organic Gardening
    3/28/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 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

     

    Up with the Birds: Early Spring Migrants
    3/29/2015   8:00a to 10:00a REGISTER NOW

    Educational, 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

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 1st Mini-Series
    3/29/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    1st Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

    January 25

    Birds from the Beginning

    Everyone is excited about the eagles that live and nest at Duke Farms. Did you know they lay their eggs in the middle of winter?   This program will help us get to know all about the life cycle and habits of our majestic eagles.

    February 22

    Eagles - Our Early Nesters

    Many birds flew the coop for the winter, but they begin to return with the first signs of spring.  Families will learn all about bird spring migration.  We will learn how a bird is adapted to long flights and take an in depth look at feathers and features that make flight possible.

    March 29

    Spring Migration - Feathers and Flight

    Many birds flew the coop for the winter, but they begin to return with the first signs of spring.  Families will learn all about bird spring migration.  We will learn how a bird is adapted to long flights and take an in depth look at feathers and features that make flight possible.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends January 25).  

    Registration for this Mini-Series is now FULL

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    4/9/2015   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.

    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.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    4/11/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational

     

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

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

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

     

    Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series
    4/12/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 12

    Hummingbirds Come Home 

    It’s almost impossible to believe that a bird that weighs less than a penny can migrate all the way to Central America and back every year.  The end of April is when Hummingbirds return to Duke Farms. We will take an in depth look at the life and times of this miracle on the wing.  We’ll also learn about gardening for hummingbirds and participants will take home seeds of a plant that is a hummingbird favorite.

    May 17

    Spring is for the Birds

    By the middle of May, most migratory birds have returned from their winter homes.  This is a super busy time for birds as they establish territories, sing for mates, build nests, lay eggs and find food.  Let’s explore the habitats of Duke Farms as we learn why spring is for the birds. 

    June 14

    Frogs are Too Much Fun!

     You may know they are both amphibians, but what’s the difference between a frog and a toad?   And why do they make so much noise at night? We’ll have a super fun time as we learn all about these unique creatures of Duke Farms.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 12).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents
    4/18/2015   2:00 PM 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 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.

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents

     

    Wild Plant Culture! Food and Remedies from Wild Plants
    4/25/2015   9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Educational, Wildlife, Plants, Gardening

     

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

    This class will explore the myriad uses for introduced and native plant species, as fruits, spices, teas, salves, oils, and more. We will also discuss each plant's role within its natural habitat.

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

    Each class features a leisurely-paced hike, during which we'll find, discuss, and sample wild plants. This course is offered as a three part series and students should attend all.

    Class 1: Plants of Early Spring - April 25, 2015

    Botany and plant ecology basics

    Safety & responsible collecting

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

    Infusions and decoctions for tea

    Class 2: Late Spring in the Field and Forest - May 23, 2015

    The ecology of late spring - canopy closure and meadow emergence

    Preparing plants for food and medicine

    Identifying and using edible and medicinal plants of late spring

    Making tinctures

    Class 3: The Summer - June 13, 2015

    Plant stewardship at home

    Identifying and using edibles and medicines of early summer

    Salves and oils for summer complaints

    Cost: $75 per person for the entire 3-class series. Appropriate for young adults and older. 

    Eventbrite - Wild Plant Culture! Food and Remedies from Wild Plants

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series
    4/26/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 26

     Hummingbirds Come Home

    It’s almost impossible to believe that a bird that weighs less than a penny can migrate all the way to Central America and back every year.  The end of April is when Hummingbirds return to Duke Farms. We will take an in depth look at the life and times of this tiny miracle on the wing.  We’ll also learn about gardening for hummingbirds and participants will take home seeds of a plant that is a hummingbird favorite.

    May 24

    Tweets, Twitters, Nests and Eggs

    May is the time when birds become very vocal and even noisy as they establish territories and search for mates.  We will explore  bird communication as well as mating, nests, and eggs.  Put your cell phones away as we listen for the live tweets, twitters and songs of the birds of spring.

    June 28

    Habitats Are for the Birds

    Birds have adaptations that make them well suited to live in some habitats, but not all habitats. Let’s explore the meadows, lakes and woodlands of Duke Farms and learn about the different kinds of birds that call these places home.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    5/16/2015   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.

    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.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    NJ Native Orchids Series
    5/16/2015   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    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.

    Cost: $10 per class; $25 for the whole series. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Individual Classes

     

    Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series
    5/17/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 12

    Hummingbirds Come Home 

    It’s almost impossible to believe that a bird that weighs less than a penny can migrate all the way to Central America and back every year.  The end of April is when Hummingbirds return to Duke Farms. We will take an in depth look at the life and times of this miracle on the wing.  We’ll also learn about gardening for hummingbirds and participants will take home seeds of a plant that is a hummingbird favorite.

    May 17

    Spring is for the Birds

    By the middle of May, most migratory birds have returned from their winter homes.  This is a super busy time for birds as they establish territories, sing for mates, build nests, lay eggs and find food.  Let’s explore the habitats of Duke Farms as we learn why spring is for the birds. 

    June 14

    Frogs are Too Much Fun!

     You may know they are both amphibians, but what’s the difference between a frog and a toad?   And why do they make so much noise at night? We’ll have a super fun time as we learn all about these unique creatures of Duke Farms.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 12).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Being Green at Home
    5/23/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 P0 BUY TICKETS

    Educational

     

    Have you ever wondered what you could be doing at home to more sustainable?  Join Duke Farms staff member, Clifford Berek, and discuss three main areas where small changes make a big impact.  During this program, we will discuss the four “R”s, your options when it comes to power, and your impact on your local water resources.

    To help you apply what you learned at home, you will be provided with a list of available green resources at the end of the class.    This is a great opportunity to share your successes as well, so please bring along any resources you may have found helpful in your quest to be “green”.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Being Green at Home

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series
    5/24/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 26

     Hummingbirds Come Home

    It’s almost impossible to believe that a bird that weighs less than a penny can migrate all the way to Central America and back every year.  The end of April is when Hummingbirds return to Duke Farms. We will take an in depth look at the life and times of this tiny miracle on the wing.  We’ll also learn about gardening for hummingbirds and participants will take home seeds of a plant that is a hummingbird favorite.

    May 24

    Tweets, Twitters, Nests and Eggs

    May is the time when birds become very vocal and even noisy as they establish territories and search for mates.  We will explore  bird communication as well as mating, nests, and eggs.  Put your cell phones away as we listen for the live tweets, twitters and songs of the birds of spring.

    June 28

    Habitats Are for the Birds

    Birds have adaptations that make them well suited to live in some habitats, but not all habitats. Let’s explore the meadows, lakes and woodlands of Duke Farms and learn about the different kinds of birds that call these places home.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    5/30/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, 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 Dates:

    Saturday March 14th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  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 each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    6/11/2015   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.

    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.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Big Tree Hike
    6/12/2015   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational

     

    Join Certified Tree Expert Jack Kuhlman, and visit a few of the largest trees in the state.  Duke Farms is home to the 4th largest Red Oak in New Jersey (our State tree!), many other Champion trees, and quite a few trees that haven’t made the official list but are impressive in their own right.  

    During this program, you will learn how to estimate tree size, explore the reasons behind impressive tree growth, and learn how to ID many of our native species.  The large trees are spread all over the property, so be prepared to walk 3-4 miles and dress for the weather.  This program runs through lunch so don’t forget a water and snack!

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Big Tree Hike

     

    Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series
    6/14/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 12

    Hummingbirds Come Home 

    It’s almost impossible to believe that a bird that weighs less than a penny can migrate all the way to Central America and back every year.  The end of April is when Hummingbirds return to Duke Farms. We will take an in depth look at the life and times of this miracle on the wing.  We’ll also learn about gardening for hummingbirds and participants will take home seeds of a plant that is a hummingbird favorite.

    May 17

    Spring is for the Birds

    By the middle of May, most migratory birds have returned from their winter homes.  This is a super busy time for birds as they establish territories, sing for mates, build nests, lay eggs and find food.  Let’s explore the habitats of Duke Farms as we learn why spring is for the birds. 

    June 14

    Frogs are Too Much Fun!

     You may know they are both amphibians, but what’s the difference between a frog and a toad?   And why do they make so much noise at night? We’ll have a super fun time as we learn all about these unique creatures of Duke Farms.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 12).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 2nd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    NJ Native Orchids Series
    6/20/2015   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    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.

    Cost: $10 per class; $25 for the whole series. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Individual Classes

     

    Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    6/20/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational

     

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

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

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series
    6/28/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     April 26

     Hummingbirds Come Home

    It’s almost impossible to believe that a bird that weighs less than a penny can migrate all the way to Central America and back every year.  The end of April is when Hummingbirds return to Duke Farms. We will take an in depth look at the life and times of this tiny miracle on the wing.  We’ll also learn about gardening for hummingbirds and participants will take home seeds of a plant that is a hummingbird favorite.

    May 24

    Tweets, Twitters, Nests and Eggs

    May is the time when birds become very vocal and even noisy as they establish territories and search for mates.  We will explore  bird communication as well as mating, nests, and eggs.  Put your cell phones away as we listen for the live tweets, twitters and songs of the birds of spring.

    June 28

    Habitats Are for the Birds

    Birds have adaptations that make them well suited to live in some habitats, but not all habitats. Let’s explore the meadows, lakes and woodlands of Duke Farms and learn about the different kinds of birds that call these places home.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends April 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 2nd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    How to Identify Wild Plants
    7/9/2015   9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

     

    This class will teach you how to use Newcomb's Wildflower Guide to identify nearly every common wildflower you encounter in New Jersey, even if you have no idea what it might be.

    The class will be held outdoors, learning botany fundamentals and identifying plants on a modest-paced hike. Recommendations for further study in wild plant identification will be provided as well.

    Cost: $10 per person. Appropriate for young adults and older.

    Eventbrite - How to Identify Wild Plants

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    7/18/2015   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.

    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.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    7/18/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, 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 Dates:

    Saturday March 14th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  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 each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Creating Meadows
    7/18/2015   10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

    Outdoors, we'll discuss meadow ecology, species, and interactions. Indoors, we'll cover the nuts and bolts of planning and implementing your own prairie-style restoration, on scales small and large.

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

    Cost: $50 per person. Appropriate for adults.

    Eventbrite - Creating Meadows

     

    Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    7/19/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 19

    Incredible Insects 

    What makes an insect an insect?  We’ll explore the major groups of insects and discover what makes them so incredible.  Then we’ll go out in the meadow to collect, identify, and observe some of the bees, butterflies and bugs of Duke Farms.

    August 9

    Water Bugs

    Don your water shoes and come learn how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates (aka water bugs).  We’ll use special nets to sample the organisms that live in streams and observe what they have to teach us about water quality.  Special note: We will be walking in water up to our knees so be sure to wear shoes or boots that can get muddy and very wet!

    September 20

    Monarchs

    The monarch butterfly is a marvel of nature. Every autumn, with no map, no directions, and no guide, this butterfly sets out on a migratory journey of more than 2500 miles.  Come explore the life cycle of the monarch butterfly as we observe live caterpillars, chrysalides, and adult butterflies. We’ll also discover why milkweed is critical to the survival of monarchs and participants will take home milkweed  to plant in their own garden.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 19).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Being Green at Home
    7/25/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 P0 BUY TICKETS

    Educational

     

    Have you ever wondered what you could be doing at home to more sustainable?  Join Duke Farms staff member, Clifford Berek, and discuss three main areas where small changes make a big impact.  During this program, we will discuss the four “R”s, your options when it comes to power, and your impact on your local water resources.

    To help you apply what you learned at home, you will be provided with a list of available green resources at the end of the class.    This is a great opportunity to share your successes as well, so please bring along any resources you may have found helpful in your quest to be “green”.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Being Green at Home

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series
    7/26/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 26

    Bluebirds Abound

    Did you know that eastern bluebirds actually begin their courtship in late winter?  Or that bluebirds often raise two broods in one season?  We’ll check on active bluebird nest boxes as we learn all about the life history of these “birds of happiness”.

    August 16

    Birds, Beaks and Bugs

    What’s a bird’s favorite meal?  The answer depends on what kind of bill is attached to the bird. And what’s the difference between a bill and a beak anyway? We’ll explore these topics then go out and observe birds and their bills in action.

    September 27

    Fall Migration - Bird Banding

    Every fall, many species of birds prepare for fall migration.  We’ll talk about some of the birds that fly elsewhere for the winter and how banding birds helps scientists study bird migration.   No promises, but we hope to have a hands on bird banding session with an experienced scientist!

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    8/6/2015   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.

    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.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    8/9/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 19

    Incredible Insects 

    What makes an insect an insect?  We’ll explore the major groups of insects and discover what makes them so incredible.  Then we’ll go out in the meadow to collect, identify, and observe some of the bees, butterflies and bugs of Duke Farms.

    August 9

    Water Bugs

    Don your water shoes and come learn how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates (aka water bugs).  We’ll use special nets to sample the organisms that live in streams and observe what they have to teach us about water quality.  Special note: We will be walking in water up to our knees so be sure to wear shoes or boots that can get muddy and very wet!

    September 20

    Monarchs

    The monarch butterfly is a marvel of nature. Every autumn, with no map, no directions, and no guide, this butterfly sets out on a migratory journey of more than 2500 miles.  Come explore the life cycle of the monarch butterfly as we observe live caterpillars, chrysalides, and adult butterflies. We’ll also discover why milkweed is critical to the survival of monarchs and participants will take home milkweed  to plant in their own garden.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 19).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 2
    8/15/2015   9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

    This program is a three-part series for the more serious orchid grower, who has gone beyond the beginner’s stage.

    August 15:  During It’s All in the Flower, features of orchid flowers and associations with pollinator partners are explored, as well as relationships between different orchid species and genera.

    September 19:  Growing Orchids in Tune with Nature centers on how different orchids grow in their environments and how that translates into growing practices. Orchid partnerships with fungi, in addition to orchid pests and Integrated Pest Management are also discussed.

    October 24:  At the Potting & Troubleshooting Workshop, participants who have a concern about their plants are encouraged to bring in one or two of their orchids for a diagnosis. Problems are addressed, including the need for repotting. After a repotting demonstration, orchids are supplied for the class to repot, which they take home.  Orchids which have particular issues in the greenhouse may also be examined.

    Cost: $45. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - A Deeper Understanding of Orchids Series 2

     

    NJ Native Orchids Series
    8/15/2015   2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

    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.

    Cost: $10 per class; $25 for the whole series. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - NJ Native Orchids Series - Individual Classes

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series
    8/16/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 26

    Bluebirds Abound

    Did you know that eastern bluebirds actually begin their courtship in late winter?  Or that bluebirds often raise two broods in one season?  We’ll check on active bluebird nest boxes as we learn all about the life history of these “birds of happiness”.

    August 16

    Birds, Beaks and Bugs

    What’s a bird’s favorite meal?  The answer depends on what kind of bill is attached to the bird. And what’s the difference between a bill and a beak anyway? We’ll explore these topics then go out and observe birds and their bills in action.

    September 27

    Fall Migration - Bird Banding

    Every fall, many species of birds prepare for fall migration.  We’ll talk about some of the birds that fly elsewhere for the winter and how banding birds helps scientists study bird migration.   No promises, but we hope to have a hands on bird banding session with an experienced scientist!

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    8/22/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational

     

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

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

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    9/19/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    9/20/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 19

    Incredible Insects 

    What makes an insect an insect?  We’ll explore the major groups of insects and discover what makes them so incredible.  Then we’ll go out in the meadow to collect, identify, and observe some of the bees, butterflies and bugs of Duke Farms.

    August 9

    Water Bugs

    Don your water shoes and come learn how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates (aka water bugs).  We’ll use special nets to sample the organisms that live in streams and observe what they have to teach us about water quality.  Special note: We will be walking in water up to our knees so be sure to wear shoes or boots that can get muddy and very wet!

    September 20

    Monarchs

    The monarch butterfly is a marvel of nature. Every autumn, with no map, no directions, and no guide, this butterfly sets out on a migratory journey of more than 2500 miles.  Come explore the life cycle of the monarch butterfly as we observe live caterpillars, chrysalides, and adult butterflies. We’ll also discover why milkweed is critical to the survival of monarchs and participants will take home milkweed  to plant in their own garden.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 19).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Hands-On Ecological Restoration
    9/25/2015   9:30 AM to 12:30 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 two-class series, we'll collaborate on an ecological restoration project from start to finish. Beginning with a baseline site assessment, we'll determine restoration goals, remove unwanted species and establish others, and set up a monitoring protocol to gauge the long-term success of our efforts. 

    Class Dates: Sept. 25, 2015 & Oct. 9, 2015.

    Cost: $75 per person for entire 2-class series. Appropriate for adults.

    Eventbrite - Hands-On Ecological Restoration

     

    Big Tree Hike
    9/26/2015   10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational

     

    Join Certified Tree Expert Jack Kuhlman, and visit a few of the largest trees in the state.  Duke Farms is home to the 4th largest Red Oak in New Jersey (our State tree!), many other Champion trees, and quite a few trees that haven’t made the official list but are impressive in their own right.  

    During this program, you will learn how to estimate tree size, explore the reasons behind impressive tree growth, and learn how to ID many of our native species.  The large trees are spread all over the property, so be prepared to walk 3-4 miles and dress for the weather.  This program runs through lunch so don’t forget a water and snack!

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Big Tree Hike

     

    Being Green at Home
    9/26/2015   1:00 PM to 4:30 P0 BUY TICKETS

    Educational

     

    Have you ever wondered what you could be doing at home to more sustainable?  Join Duke Farms staff member, Clifford Berek, and discuss three main areas where small changes make a big impact.  During this program, we will discuss the four “R”s, your options when it comes to power, and your impact on your local water resources.

    To help you apply what you learned at home, you will be provided with a list of available green resources at the end of the class.    This is a great opportunity to share your successes as well, so please bring along any resources you may have found helpful in your quest to be “green”.

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Being Green at Home

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series
    9/27/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     July 26

    Bluebirds Abound

    Did you know that eastern bluebirds actually begin their courtship in late winter?  Or that bluebirds often raise two broods in one season?  We’ll check on active bluebird nest boxes as we learn all about the life history of these “birds of happiness”.

    August 16

    Birds, Beaks and Bugs

    What’s a bird’s favorite meal?  The answer depends on what kind of bill is attached to the bird. And what’s the difference between a bill and a beak anyway? We’ll explore these topics then go out and observe birds and their bills in action.

    September 27

    Fall Migration - Bird Banding

    Every fall, many species of birds prepare for fall migration.  We’ll talk about some of the birds that fly elsewhere for the winter and how banding birds helps scientists study bird migration.   No promises, but we hope to have a hands on bird banding session with an experienced scientist!

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends July 26).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 3rd Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Garlic 101
    10/3/2015   10:00 AM - 11:30 AM REGISTER NOW

    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: $10

    Eventbrite - Introduction to Organic Gardening

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    10/8/2015   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.

    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.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Pruning Basics
    10/10/2015   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 Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    10/11/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 11

     Trees; All About Fall

    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 15

    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 13

    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.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview
    10/17/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational

     

    Join Duke Farms’ staff on an exploration of the green technology in place throughout the newly renovated Orientation Center and surrounding grounds, which allows us to be completely off the grid.

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

    Cost: $5 per person. Appropriate for ages 14 and older.

    Eventbrite - Green Technology at Duke Farms: An Overview

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series
    10/18/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 18

     Owls, Hawks and Vultures - OH MY!

    Do hawks migrate? How can you tell a hawk from a vulture? What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal ?  Let’s take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 22

    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 20

    Wonderful 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.   

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 18).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Seasonal Tree ID Walks
    11/7/2015   9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, 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 Dates:

    Saturday March 14th, 2015: Bark and Structure: Tree ID of Leafless Trees in Late Winter

    Saturday May 30th, 2015:  Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

    Saturday July 18th, 2015:  Blooms and Leaves: Tree ID in Summer

    Saturday November 7th, 2015:  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 each date OR $30 per person for all dates.

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    11/14/2015   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.

    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.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    11/15/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 11

     Trees; All About Fall

    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 15

    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 13

    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.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series
    11/22/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 18

     Owls, Hawks and Vultures - OH MY!

    Do hawks migrate? How can you tell a hawk from a vulture? What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal ?  Let’s take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 22

    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 20

    Wonderful 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.   

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 18).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    12/4/2015   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.

    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.

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    Junior Naturalists - 3rd Mini-Series
    12/13/2015   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

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

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 11

     Trees; All About Fall

    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 15

    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 13

    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.

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 11).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

    Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series
    12/20/2015   9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

    Spend Sunday afternoons with a Duke Farms Naturalist learning all about the wonders of nature. Junior Naturalists and their parents will explore our habitats in every season, learning about a different nature topic each month.

    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.

    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!

    Each class is held on a Sunday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

    ACCOMPANING ADULTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

    Date Topic

     October 18

     Owls, Hawks and Vultures - OH MY!

    Do hawks migrate? How can you tell a hawk from a vulture? What do we mean when we say owls are nocturnal ?  Let’s take a close look at our birds of prey and find out all about the fascinating birds we call raptors.

    November 22

    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 20

    Wonderful 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.   

    Cost: Participants have the option to register for an entire mini-series or individual classes. Individual classes cost $7 each or are $5 per class if you sign up for an entire mini series (Registration for the entire mini-series ends October 18).  

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Entire Series

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists - 4th Mini-Series - Individual Classes

     

 
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