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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 - 2:00 PM
The Trees in Our Forest Walk
Spaces Remaining: 9
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)

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).

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.


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phone: 919-843-8524 

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