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Date
Upcoming Event
February2/15/2014
1:00 PM - 6/19/2014
Beginning Watercolor
Registration Closed
Saturdays, February 15, 22, March 1, 8 (inclement weather: March 15) 1:00 – 4:30 pm In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as washes. Students learn to paint various simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

March3/4/2014
- 4/29/2014
The Wondrous World of Mason Farm Biological Reserve: Photographs by Maria de Bruyn
Spaces Remaining: 200
An exhibition of photographs showing the inherent and fascinating beauty of flora and fauna across seasons at the Reserve. No need to register in advance. Reception with the artist: March 16, 3:00-4:30pm

3/30/2014
1:15 PM - 5/4/2014
Plant Taxonomy
Registration Closed
Sundays, March 30, April 13, May 4 1:15 –4:45 pm 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. Prerequisite: Botany Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

April4/1/2014
9:00 AM - 4/22/2014
Plant Communities of North Carolina
Registration Closed
Tuesdays, Apr 1, 8, 15 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Full-day field trip on April 22 This course is intended for a broad audience and introduces students to North Carolina’s rich diversity of plant communities. Variations in climate and soil types across the state as well as other factors have resulted in the creation of distinctive regions: subtropical maritime forests, salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas and sandhills, pocosins, oak-hickory forests, bottomland hardwoods, spruce-fir forests, rock outcrops and glades, relict prairies, and grasslands. This course explores the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity. Class sessions include nine hours of lecture and a full day field trip with transportation provided. No Prerequisites. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

4/10/2014
1:00 PM - 5/1/2014
Master Class: Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
Registration Closed
Thursdays, April 10, 17, 24, May 1 1:00 – 4:00PM 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 Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

4/23/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas - Spring Babies
Spaces Remaining: 4
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets. Space is limited. No strollers or non-registered siblings, please.

4/23/2014
1:00 PM - 5/14/2014
Pen and Ink: Media Exploration
Spaces Remaining: 9
Wednesdays, April 23, 30, May 7, 14 1:00 – 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 Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

4/26/2014
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Cultivating a Backyard Medicine Garden
Spaces Remaining: 17
Planting a medicinal garden is one of the most effective ways to beautify and enhance your landscape while improving health. Plant herbs outside your door to use in making a tea or adding to your spring salads. From immune system boosters to seasonal allergy remedies, there is an amazing world of plants that can reduce common ailments and boost your overall energy—come learn about it with us! Join Bountiful Backyards and Vital Bloom Botanicals as we explore the Top Ten Easy-to-Grow medicinal plants for shade and sun and answer your questions. Participants will take home potted plants for their own gardens. Fee: $35 ($30 ncbg members)

4/26/2014
10:00 AM - 5/3/2014 12:00 PM
Nature Painting for Kids: Flower Power
Spaces Remaining: 6
Join us as we discover the wondrous world of flowers! Student artists will paint in the garden, using watercolor, while observing the uniqueness of their blooms. Notes will be made from observing their color, shape, and form. Students will then create a painting that reveals the spirit and character of their flower.

4/27/2014
1:15 PM - 6/1/2014
Integrating Color Theory & Composition (Color Theory)
Spaces Remaining: 8
Sundays, April 27, May 4, 18 June 1; 1:15 – 4:45 pm 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. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

May5/1/2014
- 6/30/2014
Overlapping Images of Nature: paintings by Trena McNabb
Spaces Remaining: 200
Reception with the artist: March 16, 3:00-4:30pm No registration required.

5/1/2014
7:00 PM - 5/22/2014
Principles of Conservation Biology
Spaces Remaining: 18
Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 7:00 – 9:00pm This course is intended for an experienced audience and introduces students to the principles of biodiversity and conservation. Students learn about rare plants, conservation genetics, ecological restoration, conservation landscaping, and preserve design. Prerequisites: Botany, Plant Ecology Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

5/3/2014
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Local Trees (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 13
Saturdays, May 3, 10 9:30 am – 12:30 pm This 6-hour short course is aimed for a broad audience, perfect for those just beginning their study of trees, or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. This short course offers students a chance to learn some of the common trees in the Piedmont of North Carolina. We will spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails—learning common trees and how to identify them and understanding why they grow where they do. No prerequisites Fee: $65 ($55 NCBG members)

5/3/2014
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Stream Searchin' - Family Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 4
Discover the amazing world of aquatic insects and other water critters the best way possible... by getting wet! We’ll hike the Nature Trails to Morgan Creek to explore stream habitat and collect and release crayfish, dragonfly nymphs, and more! Learn how these creatures survive in their aquatic home and the importance of indicator species to determine the health of the creek.

5/4/2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Artist reception: 'Overlapping Images of Nature', paintings by Trena McNabb
Spaces Remaining: 200
No registration required.

5/7/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas - Wildflower Wonders
Spaces Remaining: 5
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets. Space is limited. No strollers or non-registered siblings, please.

5/8/2014
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Nature Tales: 'Who Lives in a Pond?'
Spaces Remaining: 10
Listen to nature-themed books and enjoy hands-on explorations in the gardens. Program is held rain or shine. Adult chaperone must remain with child at all times. No more than 3 children per adult, please!

5/10/2014
1:00 PM - 6/7/2014
Flowering Plant Families
Spaces Remaining: 17
Saturdays, May 10, 17, 31, June 7 1:00 – 4:00 pm 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)

5/11/2014
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Mother’s Day Walk at Mason Farm
Spaces Remaining: 19
Take your mother for a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s “old farm trail,” which travels through 260 years of cultural and natural history. Naturalist Ed Harrison will point out wildflowers and discuss how the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest benefits local biological diversity conservation. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring walking stick, insect repellent, and water. Meeting place confirmed after registration. Fee $15 ($12 ncbg members)

5/17/2014
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Nature Play at Home: A Landscape Designed for Children
Spaces Remaining: 18
Join Natural Learning Initiative staff members Jesse Turner and Julie Murphy as they share “Nature Play at Home: A Guide for Boosting Children’s Healthy Development and Creativity.” Jesse and Julie will illustrate simple do-it-yourself projects that can keep kids busy from dawn to dusk, outside! “Nature Play at Home” is a publication created by the Natural Learning Initiative for the National Wildlife Federation in an effort to combat what Richard Louv (author of Last Child in the Woods) aptly describes as “Nature Deficit Disorder.” We will explore many ideas, including fort building, sensory gardens, balancing logs, fairy villages, grass mazes, mud play, and more. Jesse and Julie will show a brief presentation, hand out copies of “Nature Play at Home,” and work with participants to help figure out how everyone can add some “Vitamin G” (g = green) for young people at home. Fee includes take-home materials: $30 ($25 ncbg members)

5/17/2014
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Penny’s Bend Wild Blue Indigo Hike
Spaces Remaining: 18
Enjoy 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. Fee: $15 ($12 ncbg members). Directions provided after registration. Note: 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.

5/18/2014
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 16
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. No prerequisite Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

5/21/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas - Buzzy Bees
Spaces Remaining: 4
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets. Space is limited. No strollers or non-registered siblings, please.

5/22/2014
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Nature Tales: 'Bird Bonanza'
Spaces Remaining: 11
Listen to nature-themed books and enjoy hands-on explorations in the gardens. Program is held rain or shine. Adult chaperone must remain with child at all times. No more than 3 children per adult, please!

5/31/2014
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Home Landscape
Spaces Remaining: 16
This workshop addresses the typical challenges of homeowners in this region. Participants learn how to approach a landscape design project, how to implement a plan with sustainable materials, and finally, you will be given a list of native plants of the region frequently used in home landscapes. Specific topics will include analyzing the property for wind and sun orientation, functional flow, and treating special features of your landscape. Concepts of sight line, public and private areas, and “rooms” will be discussed. Fee: $35 ($30 ncbg members)

June6/1/2014
1:15 PM - 6/29/2014
Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
Spaces Remaining: 12
Sundays, June 1, 8, 22, 29 1:15 – 4:15pm This course is intended for a broad audience and explores many aspects of the evolutionary history, economic and ecological dominance, current distribution, biology, and identification of the “graminoids.” Through lectures, lab work, and short field trips, students learn to appreciate the subtle and detailed beauty of these plants with inconspicuous flowers. Students also learn materials and methods for identifying these distinctive and important members of our flora. No Prerequisite Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

6/1/2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tour of the Honey Beehive
Spaces Remaining: 196
Sunday, June 1, 2:00–3:00 pm (rain date June 8) This workshop takes place at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG), located off Cameron Avenue in Chapel Hill. Learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects, bees, who are responsible for pollinating one-third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. We will explore a live hive with hobbyist beekeeper Anne Cabell, MPH. For all ages and free-of-charge, but please register in advance! For directions to the CCCG and to confirm that the workshop will be held if weather is uncertain, see: http://uncgarden.web.unc.edu/

6/5/2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch and Learn: 'The North American Orchid Conservation Center'
Spaces Remaining: 181
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Learn about native orchids and the Go Orchids website, the first major product of the North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC, http://northamericanorchidcenter.org/). The website currently contains information on orchids of the New England and mid-Atlantic, as well as those that occur in North Carolina. Hear Dennis talk of plans to add orchids from the Southeast and other parts of the country to the database, with a goal of covering all taxa in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2014.

6/7/2014
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Plant Propagation (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 18
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 Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

6/8/2014
1:15 PM - 6/29/2014
NEW! Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 16
Sundays, June 8, 15, 22, 29 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 Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

6/9/2014
9:00 AM - 6/13/2014 12:00 PM
Garden Safari - Summer Camp
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 use all of their senses as we explore who lives in the garden through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included.

6/14/2014
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Botany of Gardening
Spaces Remaining: 17
What makes a seed wake up and germinate? How are flowers pollinated and how are fruit formed? This workshop delves into the science of gardening as we journey through a growing season. Discussion and hands-on activities will cover seeds, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and the science behind gardening practices. This workshop is perfect for gardeners who want to have a better understanding of basic botany and aim to have a more prosperous gardening experience. Fee: $25 ($20 ncbg members)

6/14/2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 14
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. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

6/16/2014
9:00 AM - 6/20/2014 12:00 PM
Garden Safari - Summer Camp
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 use all of their senses as we explore who lives in the garden through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included.

6/21/2014
9:30 AM - 7/19/2014
Summer Flora
Spaces Remaining: 17
Saturdays, June 21, 28, July 12, 19 9:30 am– 12:30 pm This course is intended for a broad audience, as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. No prerequisites Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

6/21/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Pollination Tour of the Garden
Spaces Remaining: 24
In honor of National Pollinator Week, we are offering a free pollination-themed tour of the Garden. Come learn about the plight of our native pollinators and the role that native plant gardening plays in pollinator conservation. This 60-minute tour of our Display Gardens will highlight various plants that attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other native pollinators. Participants will also receive tips and resources to turn their home landscape into a pollinator garden. Free, but please register online. Tour will happen rain or shine.

6/23/2014
9:00 AM - 6/27/2014 12:00 PM
Garden Safari - Summer Camp
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 use all of their senses as we explore who lives in the garden through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included.

July7/7/2014
8:30 AM - 7/11/2014 3:30 PM
Wild Adventure - Summer Camp
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
The garden, forest, and ponds are teeming with life in summer! From tadpoles to Venus fly traps, come discover the awesome diversity of plants and animals that call North Carolina home. Campers will investigate life cycles, adaptations, and habitats of our native neighbors through hands-on explorations, plant and animal encounters, games, and crafts. Learn how everything is connected in our wonderful “backyard”!

7/14/2014
9:00 AM - 7/18/2014 12:00 PM
The Art of Nature - Summer Camp
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Explore the natural wonders of summer and discover your own creative vision! Combining nature illustration and hands-on science learning, artist Bob Palmatier will guide campers through sketching, colored pencil, and watercolor techniques, and introduce the amazing relationships between insects and plants, the secret lives of our native turtles, and more. Campers will compile a portfolio of pencil studies and produce a matted, fully colored nature illustration by week’s end.

7/21/2014
8:30 AM - 7/25/2014 3:30 PM
Young Naturalists - Summer Camp
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Whether your child is interested in birds, bugs, or plants, this is the camp for kids who love nature! Campers spend the week honing their naturalist skills and developing an understanding of ecology by getting their hands dirty exploring the Garden’s woodlands and wetlands. Sweep net for insects, catch crayfish in Morgan Creek, bird-watch, learn wild uses of plants, and keep a nature journal. Guest naturalists and field trips will enrich our nature study and fun!

August8/4/2014
9:00 AM - 8/8/2014 12:00 PM
Garden Safari - Summer Camp
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 use all of their senses as we explore who lives in the garden through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included.

8/10/2014
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Where the Land is the Star
Spaces Remaining: 198
One of the hotspots of the natural world was, and still is, North Carolina. Botanists, naturalists, and explorers gravitated to this land in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the most celebrated plantsmen of their generationsJohn Fraser, Andre Michaux, John and William Bartram, and Asa Graycould be found exploring North Carolina, the real star was the land. Join Tom Earnhardt as he celebrates the Tar Heel landscape and the people drawn to it. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG members)

8/24/2014
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Well-Traveled: On the Influence of William Bartram and His “Travels”
Spaces Remaining: 198
We’ll explore the many facets of Bartram’s influence here and abroad, from poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, to naturalists including Erasmus, Darwin and grandson Charles, Asa Gray, William Baldwin, and Charles Lyell. Free; advanced registration required

September9/4/2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bartram’s Travels: A Book Review Discussion
Spaces Remaining: 198
An enduring classic that influenced Darwin, Thoreau, Leopold, and others, “Bartram’s Travels” tells how the Philadelphia botanist William Bartram explored the Southeast. Peruse the book on your own and then join us in imagining a landscape now gone. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)


 





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