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Upcoming Event
6/25/2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Honey Beehive Tour
Registration Closed
Come 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. The workshop is open to all ages and free-of-charge!
9/12/2016 7:00 PM - 10/1/2016 12:00 PM
Birding for Beginners (4-session course)
Spaces Remaining: 5
This 4-session course discusses what field marks to look for and strategies to use when identifying birds, whether they are resident birds, summer or winter-only residents, or birds just migrating through our area. Participants learn about bird calls and songs and birding equipment, including binoculars, spotting scopes, books, and applications. The field trip takes participants to the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Mason Farm Preserve. If you have questions, please contact Tom Driscoll at
9/18/2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday in September with Chapel Hill's Swifts
Spaces Remaining: 85
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to visit a roost of migrant chimney swifts in downtown Chapel Hill! We can expect to view thousands of these extraordinary birds enter a chimney at sunset to rest for the night. Meeting site will be provided upon registration. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.
9/25/2016 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Beauty and Charm of Forest Theatre: A Tour
Spaces Remaining: 7
Tour the Koch Memorial Forest Theatre, a stone amphitheater structure built into the hillside on the eastern edge of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The first outdoor drama was first performed on this site in 1916. Participants take a physical and virtual tour of this incredible theatre and learn the rich history of this UNC iconic landmark. Forest Theatre was described by Frederick Koch, founder of Carolina Playmakers, as an “...open air palace of light and sound, haunt of birds and breezes and human voices, home of natural beauty, poetry and drama...” Fee: $10 ($9 NCBG Member). Limit 10.
10/23/2016 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Mason Farm Bird Walk
Spaces Remaining: 12
On this walk, participants will look for birds migrating through our area and early winter arrivals. Mason Farm is an excellent place with many native plants (think food) to look for late migrants and winter resident such as White-throated, Song, Swamp, and other sparrows. Wear long pants, bring insect repellant, and water. The hike will be about 2 miles on level ground. If you have questions, then please contact Tom at spttdrdshnk@yahoo.com. Free; pre-registration required.
12/11/2016 10:00 AM - 12/12/2016 10:00 PM
Field Trip Programs for Schools
Spaces Remaining: 4999
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. Programs are offered on weekdays only, and should be requested at least 4 weeks in advance.
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. Tours are offered on weekdays only, and should be requested at least 4 weeks in advance.