Junior Naturalists 2020
Junior Naturalists will spend one Sunday afternoon per month exploring the wonders of nature at Duke Farms with an experienced environmental educator. Through games, classroom and outdoor activities, we will explore the life histories and habitats of our resident feathered and furry friends. Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month and then we go outdoors to identify and observe nature in the field. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather and be prepared to walk between one and two miles with varying trail conditions. Please bring a refillable water bottle.
*Note: These programs are designed for families with children ages 7-12. At least 1 adult must accompany each family of children during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each family. We cannot accommodate any younger children who are not currently ages 7-12. This includes the younger siblings of participant, as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers. ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER and pay the listed fee.
January 5: What do our Animals Friends do in Winter?
Come learn about some of the more common wildlife 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 them) that are active throughout the year.
February 2: Birds at Your Feeder
Did you know that many birds stay active all winter, but only some will visit our bird feeders? We will explore the topic of feeding birds through the winter months and then go out to observe our feathered friends with binoculars. Come learn to identify some of the birds that frequent bird feeders during the harshest time of the year.
March 15: Signs of Spring
Even though it may still look like winter outside, spring is not far away. Join a naturalist on a scavenger hunt to find the telltale signs of spring.
April 5: What’s the Buzz on Bumblebees?
Bumblebees are extremely important pollinators of flowers and agricultural crops. They can fly in cooler temperatures than many other bees, making them excellent pollinators in early spring. April is a good time to search for Queen Bumblebees and learn all about these fuzzy friends in the garden.
May 17: Spring Is for The Birds
By the month 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 7: Frogs Are Too Much Fun
Do you know the difference between frogs and toads and that we can identify frogs by the calls they make? We’ll have a super fun time as we learn all about these amazing amphibious creatures.
Tickets are required to attend. The transfer of tickets is not permitted.