Parking passes are required on Saturdays. The Orientation Center and Cafe are open Thursdays – Saturdays. Trails and bike rentals open Tuesdays – Saturdays. The property is closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays.

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Botany for Beginners

Whether your phyto-curiosity is as long held as a dormant seed or just beginning like a springtime bud, come...
Sat, Jun 17, 9:00 AM
Duke Farms  •  Hillsborough Township, NJ

About This Event

Whether your phyto-curiosity is as long held as a dormant seed or just beginning like a springtime bud, come explore it with us!

We’ll hit the trails and take a look at all things green and growing, from tiny mosses to grand trees, to learn how plant scientists from different traditions study, classify, and ultimately come to understand this group of living things so different from–and yet so familiar to–us. Between each specimen we’ll take time to introduce some important botanical tools, techniques, and terms (like dichotomous keys, plant family characteristics, and the “native/invasive” divide). Supplies for taking notes or sketching are recommended!

This program is appropriate for adults. Please dress for the weather, this class is entirely outdoors. Long pants and tick deterrents are recommended. Participants should expect to be walking about 2 miles on various trail types for the duration of the class.

Meet in front of the Farm Barn Orientation Center for check-in. We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before the start of class. We cannot accommodate late arrivals and the class will depart on time.


Please stay home if you are sick. Pre-registration is required, walk-ins will not be accepted. No refunds and no exchanging or transferring tickets. Please note that each participant must be registered. Unless otherwise noted, ALL programs at Duke Farms are RAIN or SHINE.

Please note that registration to a Saturday program comes with an entry pass. You DO NOT need to register separately for a Saturday Entry Pass.

Please contact with any questions.