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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
September
9/12/2016 7:00 PM - 10/1/2016 9:00 PM
Birding for Beginners (4-session course)
Registration Closed
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
9/25/2016 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Beauty and Charm of Forest Theatre: A Tour
Registration Closed
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.
October
10/10/2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Arboretum on a Fall Day Tours
Spaces Remaining: 25
Join us on a Monday afternoon for a seasonal tour of the Coker Arboretum. Learn the history and diversity of the Arboretum, the jewel of a beautiful campus and enjoy the “turning” of leaves as trees enter their dormant winter state. Fee: $12 ($8 NCBG members)
10/15/2016 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Early Autumn at Mason Farm
Spaces Remaining: 9
Spring isn’t the only time of year that Mason Farm Biological Reserve is worth a scenic stroll! 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 will point out early fall wildflowers and others as well as discuss 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. Fee: $16 ($14 NCBG members).
10/17/2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Arboretum on a Fall Day Tours
Spaces Remaining: 25
Join us on a Monday afternoon for a seasonal tour of the Coker Arboretum. Learn the history and diversity of the Arboretum, the jewel of a beautiful campus and enjoy the “turning” of leaves as trees enter their dormant winter state. Fee: $12 ($8 NCBG members)
10/23/2016 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Mason Farm Bird Walk
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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.
10/24/2016 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Arboretum on a Fall Day Tours
Spaces Remaining: 25
Join us on a Monday afternoon for a seasonal tour of the Coker Arboretum. Learn the history and diversity of the Arboretum, the jewel of a beautiful campus and enjoy the “turning” of leaves as trees enter their dormant winter state. Fee: $12 ($8 NCBG members)
10/29/2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Autumn at Penny’s Bend
Spaces Remaining: 15
Ed Harrison, Penny’s Bend Management Committee member, leads a hike through the fall landscape of this 84-acre natural area surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in northeast Durham. 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 repellent and water. Fee: $23 ($21 NCBG members). Directions will be provided.
December
12/11/2016 10:00 AM - 12/12/2016 10:00 PM
Winter Wildlife at Mattamuskeet and Pungo Lake Field Trip
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations

January
1/1/2030
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.
1/1/2030
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.