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.
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 1 Schedule:
(All classes are held on Sundays from 9:00am to 11:00am)
January 22: Birds From the Beginning
This program is an introduction to Birds. We will take a look at Birds from the beginning including their unique Anatomy, Biology and Behavior. Families will learn about binoculars and how to focus them. We will begin to look at ways to identify birds in the field, then go outside with binoculars and try to identify birds we observe at our feeders and in the field.
February 26: Eagles - Our Early Nesters
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.
March 26: Spring Migration - Flight and Feathers
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.
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