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Upcoming Event
9/19/2018 1:30 PM
to 10/10/2018 4:30 PM
[CANCELLED] Copperplate Calligraphy
Registration Closed
Calligraphy means beautiful writing. Calligraphers use a number of different families of letter forms, or “hands.” One of these hands, copperplate, is traditionally used in botanical illustration to identify the subject of the illustration. This four-session course introduces the basics of copperplate. Students learn how to make letterforms using the correct stroke sequence for lower and upper case letters with dip-pen in ink and watercolor paint. Proficiency will require practice beyond the scope of this course. No prerequisites. $130 ($117 Members)
9/20/2018 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Caterpillarology
Learn the secrets of the lives of local caterpillars: their journey from egg to pupa, what they eat, and how they try to survive the many things in their environment that are out to get them. Find out how you can find and raise caterpillars, and what plants will attract some of our more interesting local species. There will also be some live specimens to observe. Free; preregistration required.
9/20/2018 1:00 PM
to 10/4/2018 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as flat and graded washes. Students learn to paint various simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. $150 ($135 Members).
9/20/2018 7:00 PM
to 9:00 PM
Outdoor Film Screening at Forest Theatre: A Plastic Ocean
Join us for an outdoor film screening of the documentary “A Plastic Ocean” at the historic Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill! In addition to the film, this zero-waste event will feature refreshments and a raffle of sustainable products. $5 per person.
9/22/2018 7:15 PM
to 9:30 PM
Singing Insects Night Walk at Mason Farm
Fall is when the night choruses of crickets and katydids reach their peak in diversity. Join us for a night walk at Mason Farm, where there could be over 40 species present, each singing its own species-specific song. Please bring a flashlight, and you are welcome to bring an audio recorder. Since at least a few species may be visible, a camera with a flash may also come in handy. No pets. $10 ($9 Members)
9/23/2018 10:30 AM
to 3:30 PM
Field Trip: The Sandhills Gamelands
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Ever wanted to see a pitcher plant in the wild? Now’s your chance! Come explore one of the finest examples of a longleaf pine ecosystem in North Carolina, home to rare and fascinating plant communities, with expert botanist Bruce Sorrie. We’ll discuss the role of fire (natural and managed) in maintaining the various plant communities in this 60,000 acre public reserve and how the species on the reserve have adapted to the ecosystem’s nutrient-poor soils and frequent disturbance. Transportation to the Sandhills is not included in the timing or in the trip fee. Field trip begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. in Hoffman, NC (just outside the Game Land). Participants must get themselves to Hoffman (about 80 miles or 1.5 hours south of Chapel Hill).
9/23/2018 1:15 PM
to 10/21/2018 4:45 PM
Intermediate Drawing
In this class, students continue their journey to learn the skills needed to produce a clean, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include: measuring, ellipses in perspective, and tonal gradation. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. $150 ($135 Members)
9/27/2018 10:00 AM
to 10:45 AM
Nature Tales: Storytime in the Garden 'Flutter-by Butterfly'
For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Join us Thursday mornings to listen to nature-themed books followed by a hands-on activity or garden exploration. Free, but preregistration is recommended.
9/28/2018 4:00 PM
to 7:30 PM
Fall Plant Sale: Members' Night
Fall is for planting! This special, NCBG Members-only plant sale preview party features live music and refreshments. Choose from a wide variety of southeastern native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, vines and ferns at our annual sale, plus used books and native wildflower seeds. All of the more than 100 species of southeastern native plants offered for sale have been propagated in our own nursery. Free for members; no registration necessary. Non-Members are welcome to become Members at the door. Benefits of membership at the North Carolina Botanical Garden include a 10% discount on plant and garden shop purchases and educational programs as well as free admission to 300 gardens across North America.
9/29/2018 9:00 AM
to 3:00 PM
Fall Plant Sale
Fall is for planting! Choose from a wide variety of southeastern native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, vines and ferns at our annual sale, in addition to used books and native wildflower seeds. All of the more than 100 species of southeastern native plants offered for sale have been propagated in our own nursery. Plant sale proceeds support our continuing research in plant propagation and our 'conservation through propagation' philosophy.
9/30/2018 1:30 PM
to 4:00 PM
Creek Critters! Family Hike - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 7 & up with accompanying adult. Discover the amazing world of aquatic insects and other water critters the best way getting wet! Enjoy an early fall hike along the Nature Trails to Morgan Creek, where we will explore stream habitats and collect/release crayfish, dragonfly nymphs, and more. Learn how these creatures survive in their aquatic home and the importance of indicator species to determine the health of the creek. Wear clothes and closed-toed shoes for hiking and to get wet. NOTE: This is a moderate hike of about 1-mile round-trip on our trail system. Parents/caregivers must remain with child(ren) at all times. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
9/30/2018 2:00 PM
to 10/14/2018 4:00 PM
An Introduction to Birds and Birding
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Join instructors from the New Hope Audubon Society for an introductory course in bird identification, classification, physiology, behavior, and more. This course, which consists of three classroom sessions and one field trip to Mason Farm Biological Reserve (date to be determined), is aimed at bird watchers of all skill levels. Whether you’re not sure if that bird at your feeder is a chickadee or a nuthatch or whether you know how to tell ruby-crowned from golden-crowned kinglets, this class will have something for you. $54 ($49 Members).
10/6/2018 9:30 AM
to 4:00 PM
Introduction to Mushrooms
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is intended for a broad audience as an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. Price includes supply fee, which covers materials for mushroom cultivation bags that participants will be able to take home. No prerequisites. $70 ($63 Members)
10/6/2018 10:00 AM
to 1:00 PM
Early Autumn at Mason Farm
An in-depth tour of Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s Old Farm Trail that travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Explore the beauty of fall, and learn about the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest on the Reserve. The walk includes a short hike off-trail into the Shagbark Hickory Forest. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water (and a walking stick if you use one). Meeting spot supplied upon registration. $15 ($13 Members)
10/6/2018 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Sculpture in the Garden + Glorious Fall Wildflowers
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it. ~Rumi Every fall the Garden hosts one of the Triangle’s most anticipated art events, Sculpture in the Garden. Join us for a walk to enjoy dozens of original works by North Carolina sculptors as well as a beautiful array of fall wildflowers.
10/11/2018 10:00 AM
to 10:45 AM
Nature Tales: Storytime in the Garden 'Animal Signs'
For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Join us Thursday mornings to listen to nature-themed books followed by a hands-on activity or garden exploration. Free, but space is limited! Pre-registration is recommended.
10/11/2018 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Piedmont Perennials for Your Garden
Come hear NCBG Habitat Gardens curator Chris Liloia wax poetic about lots of great perennials native to the North Carolina Piedmont. Chris will also share some of the lessons learned in creating the Piedmont Habitat at NCBG. Free; preregistration required.
10/13/2018 9:30 AM
to 11/3/2018 12:30 PM
Fall Flora
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is intended for a broad audience. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of basic plant morphology, naming conventions for plants and the history of scientific naming, how to identify the prominent plants of the season using a dichotomous key and field characteristics, all through a season-specific lens. No prerequisites. $130 ($117 Members)
10/13/2018 10:00 AM
to 12:00 PM
Create a Pollinator Paradise!
Learn about the principles of designing and planting a pollinator garden and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, and vines to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will give a virtual tour of her popular demonstration pollinator garden in Pittsboro, NC that features over 210 unique species, 85% of them native to North Carolina. She will also share resources she has developed for farmers and gardeners interested in enhancing pollinator habitat that can be found on her website. $22 ($20 Members)
10/13/2018 1:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
Basics of Pruning
Learn the basics of why, when and how to prune trees and shrubs that grow in the Piedmont. This workshop consists of an hour of classroom instruction followed by two hours of demonstration and hands-on practice of tree assessment and proper pruning techniques. $32 ($29 Members)
10/13/2018 1:30 PM
to 3:30 PM
Fall Bouquets in Watercolor
Come celebrate fall color and flora. We will paint loose and juicy watercolors with vibrant autumn color. You will learn wet washes, negative painting, and how to capture the essence of a floral arrangement. No art experience required, just bring your imagination. $22 ($20 Members)
10/14/2018 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
Sculpture in the Garden Community Day
Take a tour of the show, enjoy refreshments, and vote for your pick for the People's Choice Award! The winner will be announced at the end of the afternoon. Free and open to the public; no registration necessary.
10/20/2018 1:00 PM
to 2:15 PM
Family Gardening Series: It's Pumpkin Time! - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Explore the vegetable patch for pumpkins, hear stories about gourd life cycle and uses, try roasted pumpkin seeds, and decorate a mini-pumpkin to take home! $10 ($9 Members); no fee for accompanying adult
10/20/2018 1:30 PM
to 10/27/2018 4:30 PM
Local Trees
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This six-hour course is perfect for those just beginning their study of trees or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the common deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. Students spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails, learning about common trees, how to identify them, and understanding why they grow where they do. No prerequisites. $65 ($58 Members)
10/21/2018 1:30 PM
to 11/18/2018 4:30 PM
Flowering Plant Families
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course builds on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy and focuses on the study of plant diversity by targeting twenty major and fairly stable plant families found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with field studies in the Garden and close-up examination of representative examples. Prerequisite: Plant Taxonomy. $130 ($117 Members)
10/23/2018 1:00 PM
to 11/13/2018 4:30 PM
Field Sketching
Take your sketchbook outdoors and reconnect with plants in their natural environment. In this course, students are encouraged to shed old habits and try new techniques as they travel to a variety of gardens and habitats. Through a combination of guided exercises and free experimentation, students discover new ways of seeing plants, new problem-solving skills, and a refreshing way of thinking about layout and color. Several media are used, from ballpoint pen to watercolor to pencil. No prerequisite. $150 ($135 Members)
10/24/2018 1:00 PM
to 11/14/2018 4:30 PM
Intermediate Expressive Watercolor
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor and provides instruction based on a fluid watercolor style combined with careful observation of plants. Learn techniques and methods to create form, values, details, textures as well as backgrounds. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. $150 ($135 Members)
10/24/2018 6:30 PM
to 9:00 PM
Full Moon Nature Walk at Mason Farm
Join a Garden educator for a moonlit stroll at Mason Farm Biological Reserve. We’ll walk along a flat 2-mile loop, making several stops along the way to watch the moon rise and learn about the natural world after dark. Dress warmly, wear good walking shoes, and bring water and a flashlight. You may wish to bring binoculars. This event is appropriate for adults and children 10 & up. No pets. $10 ($9 Members)
10/25/2018 10:00 AM
to 10:45 AM
Nature Tales: Storytime in the Garden 'Creepy Crawlies'
For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Join us Thursday mornings to listen to nature-themed books followed by a hands-on activity or garden exploration. Free, but space is limited! Pre-registration is recommended.
10/25/2018 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: The Amazing Spiders of North Carolina
Learn about the diverse spiders that call North Carolina home and what you can do to help! Take a trip across the state learning about the unique natural histories and habits of some of our arachnid friends. Learn what you can do to help habitats across the state and in your own backyard, and yes even inside your home! We'll finish with an introduction to the North Carolina Biodiversity Project and the new Arachnids section. Free; preregistration required.
10/27/2018 1:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
Peak of Autumn at Penny's Bend
A two-mile hike through the fall landscape of this 84-acre natural area in northeast Durham. Surrounded on three sides by the Eno River, Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and prairies with regionally rare plants. Explore the fall scenery as you learn about how the Garden manages this unique property. Much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water (and a walking stick if you use one). Meeting spot supplied upon registration. $15 ($13 Members)
10/28/2018 1:15 PM
to 11/11/2018 4:45 PM
Graduation Preparation
Students will receive guidance on Independent Projects, graduation procedures and requirements, as well as organizing the exhibit, photographing and framing their paintings, and an introduction to marketing their work. Non-credit course. $76 ($68 Members)
10/28/2018 1:30 PM
to 4:30 PM
Tending the Garden of the Mind: A Mindfulness Meditation Workshop
Mindfulness is friendly awareness of the present moment. It can plant seeds of calm and joy, identify invasive weeds that the mind gets caught up in, and grow flowers of steadiness, delight, kindness and connectedness with the natural world. Come explore with step-by-step guided mindfulness practices for beginners, presentations, and question and answer sessions, with time in the garden and practical tips to take with you. $10 suggested donation.
11/3/2018 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Tree Stories
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Many of our deciduous trees are bursting with color now and all of them have interesting stories to tell, if you listen. Walk with us and explore the beauty and mystery of some of our native trees.
11/3/2018 1:00 PM
to 4:30 PM
Fall Leaves in Colored Pencil
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This workshop is intended for anyone interested in spending a fun afternoon drawing fall leaves and learning about deciduous trees native to North Carolina. Students receive easy-to-follow instructions to draw in color. No prerequisites. Supply fee included. $41 ($37 Members)
11/4/2018 2:30 PM
to 4:00 PM
Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: The Foodscape Revolution
Visionary horticulturalist Brie Arthur joins us for a presentation on her signature design technique of foodscaping, a sustainable landscape practice that integrates edible and ornamental plantings to create beautiful and functional gardens. Working with everyone from home gardeners up against homeowner’s associations to public school systems, Brie is the changing the way green spaces are designed and utilized. Encouraging everyone to think outside the box, Brie will discuss how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases biodiversity and adds purpose to underutilized, everyday spaces. Brie will highlight the best edible and ornamental planting combinations, and attendees will get a sneak peek of scenes from her next book, Gardening with Grains (January 2019), which shows how beautiful, sustainable, and easy it is to grow your own carbohydrates. Booksigning and reception to follow. Free; preregistration required.
11/7/2018 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
Weeds 101
Every gardener and homeowner can tell you what they consider to be a weed. Too often, one person’s weed is another creature’s critical food source or shelter, while another person’s prized plant might be the next ecological disaster. Discussion will include a brief history of weeds and their impact on ecosystems and our economy, ways to identify your weeds, and strategies for their management, whether they be friend or foe. Management practices include time-tested approaches and some new techniques we employ here at NCBG, with an emphasis on environmentally responsible gardening. Participants are welcome to bring in specimens for identification. $22 ($20 Members)
11/8/2018 10:00 AM
to 10:45 AM
Nature Tales: Storytime in the Garden 'Falling Colors'
For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Join us Thursday mornings to listen to nature-themed books followed by a hands-on activity or garden exploration. Free, but space is limited! Pre-registration recommended.
11/8/2018 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: What's on Your Roadside? History, Character, and Conservation of Piedmont Prairie Remnants
Sun-loving plants once occupied the prairies, savannas, and open-canopy woodlands of the North Carolina Piedmont, natural habitats more prevalent historically thanks to fire and other ecological processes. Now, those plants persist in roadsides and powerline rights-of-way, and their remnant populations are increasingly threatened by development and changes in management. We'll explore our North Carolina Piedmont prairie flora, from the rare, endemic, and disjunct species to the more common plants in our area. We'll talk about the biogeographical processes that created our local flora and about the management and conservation necessary to prevent the loss of large suites of these special Piedmont plants and their associated pollinators. Free; preregistration required.
11/8/2018 1:00 PM
to 12/6/2018 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink
In this class, students learn to draw with pen and ink using standard techniques and conventions. Students work with both “old-fashioned” dip pens and modern technical pens to create accurate botanical drawings. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing. $150 ($135 Members)
11/10/2018 9:30 AM
to 12:30 PM
Bats of North Carolina
In this fun, informative three hour program, we will explore common Chiroptera (bats) native to North Carolina and the US east coast. We’ll cover their natural history, anatomy, and identification methods, plus why we should care about bats and the current challenges specific bat species are facing. Additional topics include bat rehabilitation, endangered species conservation, hosting bats in your backyard, and disease control. $32 ($29 Members)
11/10/2018 9:30 AM
to 11/17/2018 12:30 PM
Soil Ecology
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This 6-hour course is intended for a broad audience. Students are introduced to the complex world of soils, including how they are formed, characterized, and populated by a wide array of organisms. An overview of soil types is presented, followed by the study of typical Piedmont soils and their properties. The various roles that soils play in both human society and ecological systems are discussed. No prerequisites. $65 ($58 Members)
11/10/2018 12:30 PM
to 4:00 PM
Nature Walk: The Haw River in Saxapahaw
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Come explore one of the newest segments of the Haw River Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Alamance County. We will start our adventure with a half-hour private tour of the Saxapahaw Museum to learn about the history and evolution of the textile mill at Saxapahaw. Then, we’ll head out onto the Haw River Trail and walk downstream for several miles. Along the way, we will see a fish weir, large Hackberry trees, and the rocky Haw River. Free; preregistration required.
11/10/2018 1:00 PM
to 2:15 PM
Family Gardening Series: Saving Seeds for Spring - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Did you know that you can save seeds in your vegetable garden to grow next spring? Join us in the vegetable garden to learn how to collect and store seeds, make your own seed packets and ‘seed tape’ to take home, and enjoy harvesting and tasting the last of the fall veggies. $10 ($9 Members); no fee for accompanying adult
11/11/2018 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
FREE Battle Park Tour
Learn about the history and preservation of the property now known as Battle Park on the UNC campus. We'll walk through the park in the peak of its autumn glory, covering hotspots visited and named by Kemp Plummer Battle himself as well as the philosophies behind the preservation and conservation of our natural areas. Free; preregistration required.
11/15/2018 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Emerging Issues in Conservation
What do Venus flytraps and red wolves have in common? Are any places in North Carolina wild enough for these carnivorous creatures? If these elements of our natural heritage are to have a future in North Carolina, they’ll need a functioning ecosystem and a whole lot of help from their friends. We’ll explore why these species are rare, why traditional land conservation practices won’t save them, and discuss how North Carolina might find new solutions to old conservation problems. Come prepared to share your ideas and discuss pros and cons of proposed alternatives. Free; preregistration required.
11/17/2018 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
Gardening for Biodiversity
This workshop will help gardeners plan and maintain landscapes that promote life of all kinds. We’ll spend time on great garden plants that provide necessary resources for pollinators and other wildlife. We will also talk about maintenance techniques to keep your garden in good shape while preserving and enhancing habitat. Weather permitting, we’ll spend some time in the garden learning how to build a pollinator friendly wattle fence from last year’s perennial stems. $22 ($20 Members)
11/18/2018 1:30 PM
to 4:30 PM
Nature Walk: Fall Colors at Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Join us for a late-autumn walk at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in central Durham County! We will explore the autumn flora of the meadow, then walk on woodland trails to enjoy the colors of red maple, hickory and beech. Free; preregistration required.
11/20/2018 1:00 PM
to 12/11/2018 4:30 PM
Advanced Traditional Watercolor
This course builds upon Intermediate Traditional Watercolor. Students independently select a native plant of their choice and design and complete a watercolor painting displaying different aspects of that plant. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving, as well as in-class critiques. Students prepare a written analysis of their work explaining their design choices and a report describing the botanical details of their selected plant. Prerequisites: Intermediate Traditional Watercolor, Integrating Composition and Color Theory. $150 ($135 Members)
11/29/2018 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Insect Adaptations to Life Underwater
Insects display an amazing variety of adaptations to life in aquatic systems. Learn about how insects have adapted their bodies to meet their survival needs in freshwater systems, including how insects breathe and move underwater, avoid being swept away, and deal with drought. Free; preregistration required.
12/1/2018 9:30 AM
to 12:30 PM
Dormant-Season Vegetative Propagation
Learn the fundamentals of vegetative propagation and how to propagate woody plants through stem cuttings during the dormant season (November through February). We’ll focus on low-tech methods you can apply at home, emphasizing plants native to the southeastern United States. The workshop will take place in the classroom and the NCBG nursery. This class can accompany our Native Plant Propagation workshop for those who have taken it, but you don’t need to have taken Native Plant Propagation to participate. $32 ($29 Members)
12/1/2018 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Preparing for Winter
In a way, winter is the real spring – the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature. ~Edna O’Brien Take a walk and learn how the plants and animals of the Garden are preparing for the cold months that lie ahead.
12/1/2018 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
Holly Walk
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.
12/6/2018 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Conserving North Carolina's Imperiled Plants
Although North Carolina is a botanically rich state, hundreds of species are considered rare or even imperiled. The NC Plant Conservation Program is working across the state to protect imperiled plants in their native habitats now and for future generations. These projects range from Southern Appalachian bogs, to Piedmont prairies, longleaf pine savannas, and much more in between. Come hear about the work they're doing and how you might become involved. Free; preregistration required.
12/15/2018 1:00 PM
to 4:30 PM
Edibles on Paper: Holiday Pears
A favorite around the holidays, the pear has historically been depicted in artwork as a symbol of yuletide elegance and prosperity. Discover painting a pear in transparent watercolor. Techniques covered include color matching, wet on wet washes and detailing with drybrush. Watercolor experience helpful. $38 ($34 Members)
1/12/2019 9:30 AM
to 12:30 PM
Exploring Wildlife Rehabilitation
Wildlife rehabilitation is the permitted care of orphaned injured and ill wildlife for the purpose of release back into their natural habitat. In this four hour program you will learn what wildlife rehabilitation is all about, the federal and state regulations that govern it, and what it is to work hands on with different wildlife with the goal of rerelease. We will also explore a variety of patient cases, from birds to reptiles to mammals to fit all interests. Students will take away a glimpse into the practice,and how to earn their permit if they so choose. If you are interested in wildlife rehab or would simply like to know more this is the course for you. $32 ($29 Members)
1/13/2019 1:15 PM
to 4:45 PM
Native Seed Propagation
Intended for all levels, students learn seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage, seed sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. No prerequisites. $38 ($34 Members)
2/16/2019 10:00 AM
to 11:30 AM
Winter Backyard Birds – FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. From yellow-bellied sapsuckers to Carolina chickadees, learn to identify common winter birds by sight and sound. We’ll visit our bird-feeding station for up-close encounters, learn how to be a citizen scientist, and take home a feeder and identification chart to common NC feeder birds. Fee: $12 ($10 Members); no fee for accompanying adult
2/19/2019 9:30 AM
to 3/7/2019 12:00 PM
Garden Guide Training
Do you have an enthusiasm for nature and the Garden that you’d like to share with others? Are you looking for a fun and exciting learning opportunity? Become a Garden Guide! Garden Guides are specially trained volunteers who help us to educate thousands of people each year about plants and the natural world. Our enthusiastic and committed volunteers create memorable learning experiences for small groups of schoolchildren (PreK-6th) and adults. You don’t need to be an expert or have a background in teaching! Successful volunteers are open-minded, willing to learn, friendly, enjoy working with people, and have time to volunteer on weekdays. In-depth training covers the Garden’s history and mission, native plants and habitats, plant-animal interactions, interpretive techniques, and program curriculum.
3/3/2019 1:30 PM
to 3:30 PM
Vernal Pool Wonders – FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 6 & up with accompanying adult. Chorus frogs, dragonfly larvae, and spotted salamanders…oh my! Nature is waking up in the garden’s vernal pools. These spring nurseries are swimming with life in early spring. Peek into the ponds with dip nets, meet live critters, and learn about the wonders and mysteries of life in a vernal pool. Fee: $12 ($10 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult