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.
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.
ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.
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!
Mini-series 3 Schedule:
(All classes are held on Sundays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm)
July 16: 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 6: 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 10: 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.
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Duke Farms serves as a model of environmental stewardship and inspires visitors to become informed stewards of the land. It is a place of education, enjoyment and research that enhances the environmental health of the region.