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Programs & Events Calendar

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

  • Up with the Birds
    9/3/2016   8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Educational, Wildlife

     

    Bring your binoculars (or borrow a pair) for a guided bird walk to search for dispersing summer residents and early fall migrants. Meet at the Orientation Center. Open to anyone with an interest in birds, age 12 and up. 

    Cost: $5 per person. 

    Eventbrite - Up with the Birds

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    9/3/2016   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Family, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Junior Naturalists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 3
    9/11/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 10

    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!

    August 14

    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.

    September 11

    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.

     

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

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

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

     

    Putting Your Garden to Bed
    9/13/2016   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

    Educational, Gardening

     

    As the summer bounty comes to a close, it is the perfect time to spend some quality time in your garden.  The work you do now putting your garden to bed for the winter will greatly affect your garden in the spring.  Join us to learn specific tasks you can undertake, including cleaning up spent plants and cover cropping.  There are even crops you can plant now for an early spring harvest!  

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - Putting Your Garden to Bed

     

    Evening Birding at Duke Farms
    9/15/2016   6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Educational, Wildlife

     

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Evening Birding at Duke Farms

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    9/17/2016   10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

    Educational, Family, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Vegetable Still Life Photography
    9/17/2016   11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational

     

    Join Master Photographer Dave Blinder for a one of a kind photography workshop! Class will begin with a review of photographs of vegetable still lifes and a discussion of the importance of light, shading, symmetry, and arrangements in all visual media. 

    Participants will get hands-on with local produce while learning techniques for stylizing food photography using minimalistic techniques to create professional results.  This knowledge is applicable to all fields of commercial product photography and will offer recreational photographers the opportunity to practice new techniques. All levels of experience are welcome.

    Cost: $35 per person. Appropriate for ages 12 and up.

    Eventbrite - Vegetable Still Life Photography

     

    Junior Entomologists: 2nd Mini-Series - Class 3
    9/17/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 6

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

     

    Junior Ornithologists: 3rd Mini-Series - Class 3
    9/18/2016   9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

    3rd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 24

    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.

    August 28

    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 18

    Bluebirds Abound

    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!

     

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

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

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 3 - Entire Series

     

    Junior Gardeners - The Summer Garden
    9/18/2016   1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

     

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

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

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

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

    Agenda

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

     

    Native Seed Collection for Beginners
    9/22/2016   10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Native Seed Collection for Beginners

     

    Community Garden Snoop Tour
    9/22/2016   6 to 7 PM

    Educational, Family, Gardening

     

    Did you know that Duke Farms operates the largest allotment-style community garden in the country?

    This five-acre, 462 plot garden is usually closed to the public, but our “Snoop Tours” will provide an opportunity to explore what’s happening inside the fence. Our practices are organic and our diverse garden community utilizes interesting techniques to grow a variety of fruits, vegetables and flowers.

    Tours are led from May-September by experienced volunteer garden educators. Inclement weather will cancel this program.

    Cost: FREE!

    Eventbrite - Community Garden Snoop Tour

     

    Growing Your Community Food System From the Ground Up
    9/24/2016 -9/25/2016  

    Educational, Farming

     

    “Growing Your Community Food System From the Ground Up"

    is an intensive, hands on, training workshop offering the opportunity to learn, plan, develop, operate, and sustain community food projects. 

    The mornings of both days are general sessions that are led by Will Allen, Growing Power and Duke Farms.

    The hands-on workshops are in the afternoons, after the general sessions. Your options are:

    • Project Planning can be done in one day. (and the other day you can take Mushrooms/Microgreens)

    • Mushrooms and Microgreens can be done in one day.

    • Composting/Vermiculture is a two day class. Quite detailed and takes two days to learn. 

    • Hoop house building is a two day class. It takes two days to construct the hoop house.

    • Aquaculture is a two day class. Quite detailed and takes two days to learn.

    For full details on these workshops please CLICK HERE

    Cost: $200 per person for the entire 2-Day workshop.

    Eventbrite - Growing Your Community Food System From the Ground Up: Workshop 3

     

    Big Tree Hike
    9/24/2016   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

     

    Getting to Know Orchids
    9/24/2016   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. Each participant will learn, hands-on, how to repot an orchid that they will take home and enjoy!

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

    The Wonders of Waterfalls Walk
    9/25/2016   12:30 PM to 3:00 PM

    Educational, Recreational, Family

     

    Curious about our lakes, ponds & streams? Do you know the role that waterfalls play in these ecosystems?

    Come take a guided 2 mile walk through our property to learn all about how our man-made waterfalls impact the natural environment. This exploration will allow visitors to see over 6 waterbodies and 5 waterfalls!

    Cost: $10 per person.

    Eventbrite - The Wonders of Waterfalls Walk

     

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

    Educational, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    Cost: $50 per person.

    Eventbrite - Hands-On Ecological Restoration

     

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

    Sustainable Landscapes, Wildlife Habitats

     

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

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

    Cost: $50 per professional.

    Eventbrite - Hands-On Ecological Restoration

     

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

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Native Seed Collection for Beginners

     

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

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here! These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 22

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

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

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

     

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

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

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

    Educational, Recreational

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $20 per person.

    Eventbrite - Fly Tying 101

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

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

    November 6

    Turkey Time

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

    December 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

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

     

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

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

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

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

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Garlic 101

     

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

    Educational

     

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

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

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

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

     

    Stories from the Land
    10/14/2016  

    Educational

     

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

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

    Series Schedule:

    Friday, October 14 from 4pm to 10pm

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

    Sunday, October 16 from 8am to 3pm

    Cost: $150 per person.

    Eventbrite - Stories from the Land

     

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

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

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

    Cost: $15 per person.

    Eventbrite - Pruning Basics

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    2nd Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    July 16

    Fireflies, Lightning Bugs and Lantern Beetles

    August 6

    Life Under Water

    September 17

    Bugs in the Air

    October 15 Log Flippin' Fun

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Entomologist: Mini Series 2 - Entire Series

     

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

    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening

     

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

    This program is designed for kids 8-12 with an adult chaperone. It is sure to be fun for all, as we touch, smell and look into different orchid flowers and their landing pads, and check-out how and where they grow. After a repotting demonstration, each kid & parent team will repot an orchid plant and take it home to nurture.

    Each adult must accompany 1 or 2 children during this program, please no more than 2 adults per child.

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

    Eventbrite - Discovering Orchids for Kids and Parents

     

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

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - Garlic 101

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

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

    November 20

    Turkey Time

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

    December 11

    Winter Birds

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

     

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

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

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

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

    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

     

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

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

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

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

    Agenda

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

     

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

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Creature Show Movie Night

     

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

    Educational, Family

     

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - A Walk with Galileo

     

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

    Educational, Plants

     

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

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

    Saturday May 21: Leafing Out: Tree ID in Spring

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - All Classes

     

    Eventbrite - Seasonal Tree ID Walks - Individual Classes

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

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

    November 6

    Turkey Time

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

    December 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

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

     

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

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

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

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

    Educational, Family

     

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

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

    Cost: $5 per person.

    Eventbrite - An Eye to the Sky

     

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

    Educational, Family, Plants, Gardening, Farming

     

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

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

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

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

    Agenda

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

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Gardeners: The Fall Garden - Entire Series

     

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

    Educational, Recreational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

    Each walk will be different and will focus on one of the following topics: horticulture, agro-ecology, wildlife ecology, sustainability or cultural legacy, but you won’t know until you get here! These walks are geared towards people of all ages and knowledge levels.  

    Mystery Walk Dates:

    January 31

    April 17

    May 22

    June 19

    October 2

    November 13

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

    Eventbrite - Sunday Mystery Walks

     

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

    Educational

     

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

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

    Eventbrite - All Natural Winter Wreath Making

     

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

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

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

    November 20

    Turkey Time

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

    December 11

    Winter Birds

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

     

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

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

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 9

    Autumn Trees

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

    November 6

    Turkey Time

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

    December 4

    Evergreens Keep Winter Green

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

     

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

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

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Naturalists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

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

    Educational, Plants, Gardening

     

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

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

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

    Eventbrite - Getting to Know Orchids

     

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

    Educational, Family, Wildlife, Plants

     

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

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

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

    4th Mini-Series Schedule:

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

    Date Topic

    October 16

    Owls Rule the Night

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

    November 20

    Turkey Time

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

    December 11

    Winter Birds

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

     

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

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

    These programs are designed for families with children in grades K-6. At least 1 adult must accompany each child during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each child.

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

    Eventbrite - Junior Ornithologists: Mini Series 4 - Entire Series

     

 
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