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Nature Hikes and Tours

  
Month
Date
Upcoming Event
 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!

April4/1/2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
White Pines Restoration Walk
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Join us in Chatham County (30 min south of Chapel Hill) for a tour of TLC’s White Pines Preserve, (directions: http://www.triangleland.org/what-we-do/nature-preserves/white-pines-nature-preserve ) where participants explore this unique population of white pines, the eastern most occurrence of white pines in North Carolina by almost 80 miles. The Preserve is located on steep bluffs at the confluence of the Rocky and Deep Rivers, where a unique micro-climate has allowed these white pines to thrive. Learn more about the habitat, history, and our ongoing restoration efforts in this unique ecosystem. Registrants will be notified of meeting place. Carpooling is encouraged. Free: Preregistration required.

4/9/2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Campus-to-Garden Trail Adventure
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Rediscover Chapel Hill with your feet, walk on dirt, practice orienteering, experience urban natural areas, watch Meeting-of-the-Waters Creek tumble through the Coker Pinetum, all via the Campus-to-Garden Trail. Join Johnny and Ken for this urban adventure beginning at the Garden proper, through the Coker Pinetum and Battle Park, ending at the Coker Arboretum. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for walking over uneven ground for this 1.5 mile trek. If you’re not tuckered-out, trace your way back through the Pinetum or take a shuttle back to the Garden from the Arboretum. Meet at the NCBG visitor parking lot gazebo. Free. Preregistration Required.

4/10/2015
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Priceless Gem Tours: The Noble Grove Tour
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This walk around campus will explore the beauty, history, and future of UNC’s heritage trees. Each year, UNC Visitors’ Center offers tours in the “Priceless Gem Series” to highlight the landmarks that make UNC’s campus special. This April, NCBG is partnering with the UNC Visitors’ Center to offer two such tours that will focus on the grand trees of UNC. Tours begin at the UNC Visitors’ Center, located inside Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St. Registrants will be notified of meeting place. Free. Preregistration required.

4/13/2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Giants Among Us Walk
Spaces Remaining: 3
Join us for a walk at Coker Arboretum, http://ncbg.unc.edu/coker-arboretum/, and hear about the North Carolina Champion Big Tree Program. Participants learn how a tree becomes a champion and how to take tree measurements. There are 4 champion or co-champion trees at Coker Arboretum and this is a great opportunity to re-measure these champion trees! Registrants will be notified of meeting place. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

4/24/2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Priceless Gem Tours: Springtime in the Coker Arboretum
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Come see the unique trees and beautiful wildflowers that make the Coker Arboretum a “Haven in the Heart of Chapel Hill”. Each year, UNC Visitors’ Center offers tours in the “Priceless Gem Series” to highlight the landmarks that make UNC’s campus special. This April, NCBG is partnering with the UNC Visitors’ Center to offer two such tours that will focus on the grand trees of UNC. Tours begin at the UNC Visitors’ Center, located inside Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St. Registrants will be notified of meeting place. Free. Preregistration required.

4/25/2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tree Climbing!
Spaces Remaining: 10
(Rain Date: May 9) Did you ever want to climb high up in a tree, but were afraid to? Patrick Brandt of the Piedmont Recreation Climbers will demonstrate safe tree climbing with ropes. He and his fellow climbers will facilitate those who want to climb up a tree in a safe and secure manner. Climbers must sign a waiver. Registration required. Fee: $15 ($12 NCBG Members)

4/28/2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Trees in Our Forest Walk
Spaces Remaining: 10
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)

May5/10/2015
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Mother's Day Tree Walk at Mason Farm
Spaces Remaining: 8
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).

5/16/2015
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Penny's Bend Wild Blue Indigo Hike
Spaces Remaining: 14
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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email: ncbgregistrar@unc.edu
phone: 919-843-8524 

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

general email: ncbg@unc.edu
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