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Nature Hikes and Tours

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 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.

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!

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Early Autumn at Mason Farm
Spaces Remaining: 7
Join naturalist Ed Harrison for an in-depth tour of the “old farm trail” that travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Ed points out early fall wildflowers and others as well as discusses the many positive effects of the Garden’s intense management for both field and forest on the Reserve. Meet at the NCBG Visitor Parking Lot gazebo to drive to the location. Fee $16 ($14 NCBG members). Preregistration required. Limit 20.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Peak of Autumn at Penny's Bend
Spaces Remaining: 8
Take a walk through the colorful fall landscape of this remnant 84-acre diabase glade and Piedmont prairie in northwest Durham, surrounded on three sides by the Eno River. Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, managed by NCBG, encompasses mature forests as well as remnant prairies with numerous regionally rare plants. Late-October/early November is generally the peak of fall color season in the Piedmont. Meeting place will be sent to you after registration. Please Note: This hike is about 2 miles in length, and much of it is on uneven terrain. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and carry a walking stick if you use one, as well as water. Fee $20 ($18 NCBG members). Limit 15.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
An Owl Prowl: A Nocturnal Experience
Spaces Remaining: 20
All are Friday nights from 7:00-9:00 pm; Nov 20, Dec 11, Jan 15, Feb 5 In early winter, local owls are coming back to their nesting sites to find their mate and get ready for their new family. Owls become more vocal as they claim their territory and call to let their mate know they have returned for another mating season. Join Gail Abrams, Executive Director of Piedmont Wildlife Center, on a trip to the Mason Farm Biological Reserve to listen and look for signs of screech, barred, and great horned owls. After searching for owls in the wild, you'll get to meet an eastern screech owl, barred owl and great horned owl up close! Learn why owls are so important to the environment and what you can do to help protect them. Cost:$15 NCBG members get a $5 discount! Register and use code 'NC Botanical Garden' at check out.

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Holly Walk
Spaces Remaining: 19
Sunday, December 6; 2:00 – 4:00pm December is a great time to enjoy the trees of the UNC campus. Ken Moore will trace the footsteps of well-known horticulturist William L. Hunt who enjoyed leading an annual UNC Winter Campus Tree walk. Among the impressive mature specimens of broad-leaf evergreens and conifers are an amazing collection of evergreen holly species and cultivars. In addition to relating some of Mr. Hunt’s “tree stories,” Ken will use a selection of vintage photographs to show how the campus landscape has changed during the past 100 years. Fee: $15 ($13.50 NCBG members) Limit 20.


For questions about registration, please contact the Registrar:
phone: 919-843-8524

For questions about Adult Certificate Programs (Botanical Art & Illustration or Native Plant Studies), please contact the Director of Education:
phone: 919-962-9460

phone: 919-962-0522
fax: 919-962-3531
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