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 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in BOTANICAL ART and ILLUSTRATION
Spaces Remaining: 4886
The Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration provides comprehensive courses to people who wish to improve their skills in drawing and painting plants in an accurate and technically detailed manner. Studies leading to the certificate will enhance the experience of both the professional and the dedicated amateur artist. The program is designed to give students a well-balanced curriculum combining basic scientific background, visual arts theory, and practical experience using various media. Classes are taught by NCBG staff, and other area art and botany professionals. $100 enrollment fee for administrative costs; courses will entail additional fees. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in NATIVE PLANT STUDIES
Spaces Remaining: 4918
The Certificate in Native Plant Studies provides a well-balanced botany, ecology, and taxonomy curriculum that enables students to develop a greater appreciation of native flora of the southeastern United States. The program provides basic scientific background and hands-on investigative opportunities. Studies leading to the Certificate will enhance the experience of professionals as well as dedicated amateur botanists and provide strong credentials for those involved in botanical, ecological, and conservation endeavors. Classes are taught by Garden staff, UNC professors, and other area experts. $100 enrollment fee for administrative costs; courses will entail additional fees. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

 Field Trip Programs for Schools
Spaces Remaining: 5000
School and Children's groups can visit NCBG to participate in an on-site, hands-on educational program. Different programs are available for different ages, and each is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Each programs lasts about 60 minutes, and can accommodate up to 60 students at a time.

 Group Tours of the Display Gardens
Spaces Remaining: 5000
Botanical Garden Tour Guides lead visiting groups through our Display Gardens on a leisurely 60-90 minute walk. During this walk, your guides will point out plants that are blooming or of particular interest, give you insight into how our gardens were created, and even pass along some home gardening tips. If your group is particularly interested in a specific topic or area of the Garden, our Tour Guides will be happy to accommodate you. Guided tours for adults cost $40 for groups of up to 40 adults, with additional charges for larger groups.

 GIFT CERTIFICATES
Spaces Remaining: 9999
Share your love for the mission of the North Carolina Botanical Garden with a gift certificate in the amount of your choosing. Gift certificates never expire and can be used toward registration in any of our hundreds of programs, or even toward enrollment in one of our certificate programs!

April4/28/2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Trees in Our Forest Walk
Spaces Remaining: 7
Join us for an ecological hike on the Piedmont Nature Trails. Learn to identify some of our common Piedmont trees and their habitat preferences as well as how to read the forested landscape. Along the way, discover that with keen observation and a little practice, you too can see the forest with the trees! Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

May5/2/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Piedmont Savanna Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 16
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16, 30; 9:30am–12:30pm $125 ($115 Members)

5/3/2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Expressive Painting: Watercolor Trees
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. Joyce Kilmer Trees are a fusion of line, color, and shape. Rich with visual poetry, trees represent excitement, life and change. Join nurse/artist Beverly Dyer for this expressive painting workshop. Students learn how to paint trees with loose, spontaneous watercolor techniques. No experience required. Everyone is an artist. Beverly is an avid nature journaler and spends much of her time hiking, sketching, and painting at Mason Farm. She writes a blog called The Art Prescription: A daily dose of art and haiku (artprescription.com). Fee (Includes materials and supplies): $30 ($25 NCBG Members)

5/3/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Spintops: A Wood Turning Demonstration for Families
Spaces Remaining: 24
A Spintop is a toy spun rapidly on the ground, balanced on its tip. These wooden toys have been the pleasure of children since long ago. In a fascinating transformation of a block of wood into a functional item, Frank Penta will demonstrate the art of wood-turning for families and each child will go home with a spintop! Frank’s work integrates function and aesthetics with fine detailing and finishing into one-of-a-kind designs. Numerous pieces of his work will be on display and for sale in the NCBG Garden Shop. NOTE: Adult chaperone required.

5/3/2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meet Roy Underhill
Spaces Remaining: 190
Roy Underhill of PBS fame runs the Woodwright’s School (http://www.woodwrightschool.com/)which is devoted to revealing the pleasures of hand-tool working in wood. Roy entertains us with stories of his school, wood working practices, and his travels. Fee $15 ($10 Members). Preregistration required.

5/5/2015
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Longleaf Pine Forest in the American South
Spaces Remaining: 193
Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Today these forests have declined to a fraction of their original extent, threatening such species as the gopher tortoise, the red-cockaded woodpecker and the Venus fly-trap. Conservationists have proclaimed longleaf restoration a major goal, but has it come too late?” Join us to hear of this remarkable and important “story”. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

5/6/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink: Media Exploration
Spaces Remaining: 4
Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27; 1–4:30pm This 4-week course is an in-depth exploration of drawing with ink, including exercises in creating texture with pen and ink and scratchboard. It also introduces the student to ink-wash, a bridge between watercolor and ink, stretching a student's grasp of value. New surfaces, such as drafting film and Yupo are introduced. Prerequisite: Pen & Ink $125 ($115 Members)

5/9/2015
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Family Gardening Series: Herbs
Spaces Remaining: 2
It’s thyme to plant herbs! Enjoy a morning learning about and planting some favorite sweet and savory plants – like rosemary, mint, and chives – in the vegetable garden, and create an herb basket to take home for Mother’s Day. NOTE: Adult chaperone required.

5/10/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 11
Sundays, May 10, 17, 31; 1:15–4:45pm This course builds on the fundamentals of the Botany course and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. (Note: Class on 5/17 will be held in the Bell Seminar Room at NCBG rather than the classroom.) Prerequisite: Botany $125 ($115 Members)

5/10/2015
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Mother's Day Tree Walk at Mason Farm
Spaces Remaining: 7
Take your mother for a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s “old farm trail,” which travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Naturalist Ed Harrison will focus on native trees specifically and discuss how the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest benefits local biological diversity conservation. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring a walking stick, insect repellant and water. Meeting place will be confirmed at registration. Fee $15 ($12 NCBG members).

5/13/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife
Spaces Remaining: 103
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Chris discusses basic wildlife habitat requirements, the unique challenges posed to wildlife in the urban environment, and simple strategies to maximize habitat quality through progressive landscaping with native trees and plants. Chris suggests a variety of native plant tree species that could be used to provide food and cover for birds and other wildlife in the urban environment. Free: Preregistration required.

5/14/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: Bending Sticks: The Documentary
Spaces Remaining: 103
Bring your lunch and join us for a free screening! This past September at the Garden, Patrick Dougherty transformed locally harvested tree saplings into a remarkable piece of public art. This is his most recent sculpture, Home Grown, which invited collaboration and engaged our community in the making of the piece. Join us for this film showing, followed by a conversation with some of the volunteers who assisted Patrick in the making! The feature length documentary Bending Sticks celebrates the twenty-five year career of internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film follows the artist and his collaborators during a year of stick work and reveals Dougherty’s process, personal story and inspirations. Free: Preregistration required.

5/16/2015
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Penny's Bend Wild Blue Indigo Hike
Spaces Remaining: 13
Ed Harrison, Penny’s Bend Management Committee member, leads a hike through the spring landscape of this 84-acre natural area surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in northeast Durham. With luck, the wild blue indigo (Baptisia australis) will be in full bloom. Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and remnant diabase glades and prairies with regionally rare plants. About 2 miles in length, much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring a walking stick, insect repellant and water. Fee: $15 ($12 NCBG members). Directions provided after registration.

5/16/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Flowering Plant Families
Spaces Remaining: 18
Saturdays, May 16, 30, June 6, 13; 1–4pm This course builds on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy and focuses on the study of plant diversity by targeting twenty major and fairly stable plant families found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with field studies in the Garden and close-up examination of representative examples. Prerequisite: Plant Taxonomy Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

5/17/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Integrating Color Theory & Composition
Spaces Remaining: 10
Sundays, May 17, 31, Jun 7, 14; 1:15–4:45pm In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor. $125 ($115 Members)

5/17/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants
Spaces Remaining: 15
This course is intended for a broad audience. Participants explore the beauty of spring native south eastern medicinal plants through field identification. Using the expansive resources of the NCBG gardens themselves as well as woodland trails in close proximity, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses as well as preparations. $30 ($25 Members)

5/26/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators
Spaces Remaining: 6
Tuesdays, May 26, Jun 2, 9, 16; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. $125 ($115 Members)

5/30/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'Around the Pond'
Spaces Remaining: 4
Share a morning of discovery with your little sprout and nurture their natural curiosity for the living world. Each class includes hands-on indoor and outdoor activities for you and your child to learn about plants, animals, and nature. Play games, take a short hike, make a craft, hear a story, and more. NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings.

June6/3/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 17
Wednesdays, Jun 3, 10, 17 24; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon Intermediate Colored Pencil. Student independently selects a native plant of their choice and designs and completes a complex colored pencil drawing. Student also prepares a critique of their work focusing on botanical accuracy, use of the media and artistic style. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving. Prerequisites: Intermediate Colored Pencil. $125 ($115 Members)

6/6/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Plant Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 17
This short course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn fundamentals of vegetative propagation and techniques for propagating southeastern native plants by means of stem and root cuttings. Class includes hands-on propagation and a tour of the vegetative propagation facilities of NCBG. No prerequisites $30 ($25 Members)

6/6/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 19
Saturdays, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:15–4:45pm This four-week elective course gives the student an introduction to the fundamentals in painting gouache (opaque watercolor) and provides instruction for botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing, Beginning Watercolor $125 ($115 Members)

6/7/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 18
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 – 4:30pm This new elective course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG member)

6/7/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Honey Beehive Tour
Spaces Remaining: 199
Come to the Carolina Campus Community Garden (http://ncbg.unc.edu/carolina-campus-community-garden/ ) and learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with hobbyist beekeeper, Anne Cabell. The workshop will take place on at the Carolina Campus Community Garden located off Cameron Ave. (Rain Date: June 20th) Free. Preregistration required.

6/14/2015An Exhibit: Fragile Flora: Rare Plants of North Carolina
Spaces Remaining: 200
No registration required. An Exhibit: Fragile Flora: Rare Plants of North Carolina May 15 – June 14 Reception, Saturday, May 16; 2:00pm There are currently 27 federally endangered plants in North Carolina. In recognition of Endangered Species Day on May 15 (http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/), the Garden will display in the Pegg Exhibit Hall a collection of endangered species of North Carolina. Torey Wahlstrom, a student in the NCBG Native Plant Studies Program, uses botanical illustrations and engaging written descriptions to educate the public about Endangered Plants in North Carolina and inspire support current related restoration projects.

6/14/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 18
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 – 4:30pm This new elective course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG member)

6/15/2015
9:00 AM - 6/19/2015 12:00 PM
Summer Camp 'Sensing Nature'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will take to the gardens and trails to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Each session has 10 campers, 2 educators, and one teen volunteer.

6/21/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil (Short Course)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This half-day short course is an introduction to drawing with colored pencils, using one of North Carolinas many butterflies as the reference. Students are given step-by-step instruction. Students can purchase drawing materials or borrow them for the course. During the course, information about our native butterflies is also provided. No prerequisites. $40 ($35 NCBG members)

6/21/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 18
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 – 4:30pm This new elective course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG member)

6/22/2015
9:00 AM - 6/26/2015 12:00 PM
Summer Camp 'Sensing Nature'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will take to the gardens and trails to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Each session has 10 campers, 2 educators, and one teen volunteer.

6/27/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Summer Flora
Spaces Remaining: 19
Saturdays, Jun 27, Jul 11, 18, 25; 9:30am–12:30pm Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. $125 ($115 Members)

6/28/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 18
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 – 4:30pm This new elective course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG member)

6/30/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 15
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, 14, 21; 1–4:30pm This class is designed to increase the skills and confidence in the use of colored pencils by building on the instruction from Intermediate Colored pencil and adding other media. The instructor demonstrates techniques to combine watercolor and ink with colored pencils to create vibrant botanical paintings. Students receive one-on-one instruction to evolve their own unique drawing and painting. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Pen and Ink, Intermediate Watercolor $125 ($115 NCBG members)

July7/6/2015
9:00 AM - 7/10/2015 3:00 PM
Summer Camp 'Things With Wings'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn about native bats, birds, bugs, and even seeds that fly as we search the gardens, forest, and ponds for nature's winged wonders. Campers will investigate the lives and habitats of our high-flying neighbors and enjoy hikes, games, stories, and crafts. Each session has 16 campers, 2 educators, and at least 2 teen volunteers.

7/11/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Paint a Cast Shadow
Spaces Remaining: 13
Using different-sized objects and various surfaces, students look at how shadows change with shapes and how shadows are affected by the surfaces they fall on. No prerequisite. $40 ($35 Members)

7/13/2015
9:00 AM - 7/17/2015 3:00 PM
Summer Camp 'Things With Wings'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn about native bats, birds, bugs, and even seeds that fly as we search the gardens, forest, and ponds for nature's winged wonders. Campers will investigate the lives and habitats of our high-flying neighbors and enjoy hikes, games, stories, and crafts. Each session has 16 campers, 2 educators, and at least 2 teen volunteers.

7/18/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Paint a Flat Wash
Spaces Remaining: 12
Working on pre-stretched watercolor paper, students will tackle painting a large flat wash. No prerequisite. $40 ($35 Members)

7/27/2015
9:00 AM - 7/31/2015 3:00 PM
Summer Camp 'The Secret Lives of Bugs'
Spaces Remaining: 1
Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat depends on bees? Or that dragonflies begin their lives underwater? That a daddy-long-legs isn’t really a spider? Discover the weird and wonderful world of beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies, and slugs, and the important role “bugs” play in nature. Campers will hone their naturalist skills while sweep netting in the meadow, dipping for aquatic insects at the pond and stream, identifying pollinators, making bug traps, and more. Guest naturalists and field trips will enrich our nature study and fun! Each session has 16 campers, 2 educators, and at least 2 teen volunteers.

August8/3/2015
9:00 AM - 8/7/2015 12:00 PM
Summer Camp 'The Art of Nature'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn how nature illustrators sketch and color the wildflowers, butterflies, and turtles of our North Carolina piedmont forest while exploring the woodland paths of the Garden with illustrator and naturalist Bob Palmatier. Campers will create their own works of art in graphite and watercolor, and learn the techniques of professional nature illustrators. Each child will have a notebook of sketches, paintings, and a piece of their nature art matted for framing by week's end! Session has 12 campers, 1 educator, and one teen volunteer.

8/10/2015
9:00 AM - 8/14/2015 12:00 PM
Summer Camp 'Sensing Nature'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will take to the gardens and trails to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Each session has 10 campers, 2 educators, and one teen volunteer.

September9/26/2015
9:30 AM - 10/24/2015
Landscape for Life
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 9:30am - 12:00pm Harness nature’s power to create a healthy, beautiful home landscape. Landscape For Life shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm, or the common area of your condominium. Conventional gardens often work against nature. They can damage the environment's ability to clean air and water, reduce flooding, combat climate change, and provide all the other natural benefits that support life on earth-including us. The good news is that even one home garden can begin to repair the web of life. It's possible to create a great–looking garden that's healthier for you, your family, your pets, and the environment-and that saves you time and money. Topics will include successful soil, water, plant and materials practices with emphasis on native plants. Also, consider registering for a valuable and subsequent course, Home Landscape Design Workshop, scheduled to begin April 18. Fee: $150 ($140 NCBG Members)

 
 

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