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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
January
1/24/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Arabidopsis Rocket Science: How We Grew Plants on the International Space Station
The assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) as a permanent experimental outpost provided the opportunity for quality plant research in space. Learn how researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison developed a plant growth facility capable of supporting long-term plant growth in microgravity, growing Arabidopsis thaliana (thale cress) from seed-to-seed on the ISS, the first full plant life cycle study on the station. Their experiments, controlled telemetrically from a ground control center, were a prelude to an era of long-term experiments with plants in orbit, where fundamental questions about plant growth in microgravity can be revisited and new questions can be asked.
1/26/2019 1:00 PM
to 3/2/2019 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink: Media Exploration
Building on the skills learned in Pen and Ink, this course is an in-depth exploration of drawing with ink, including exercises in creating texture with pen and ink and scratchboard. It also introduces the student to ink-wash, a bridge between watercolor and ink, stretching a student's grasp of value. New surfaces, such as drafting film and Yupo, are introduced.
1/27/2019 1:15 PM
to 3/3/2019 4:45 PM
Composition
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is a broad study in the elements that formulate a good artistic composition. Students learn how to make visual choices and determine how parts of a plant are arranged on the page to balance botanical accuracy and artistic sensitivity. Composition serves as a prerequisite for Integrating Composition and Color Theory. Note: This class involves homework assignments. The amount of time students need to spend on homework varies and usually ranges from five to 15 hours per week.
February
2/2/2019 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Nature Awakens
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
'In a way, winter is the real spring – the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature.' ~Edna O’Brien | As our days grow longer, new life is stirring in the Garden. Join us for a leisurely walk to see the first signs of the reawakening of many of our plants and animals.
2/9/2019 10:00 AM
to 12:00 PM
Late Winter Garden Maintenance
Learn about caring for your garden in winter, including what to prune in late winter, what to plant and how, differentiating the good from the bad when you’re weeding, and the ins and outs of mulching.
2/9/2019 1:00 PM
to 5:00 PM
Morgan Creek Valley Tour
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
The Morgan Creek Valley in Orange County holds a wealth of natural and cultural heritage, from ice-age rhododendron bluffs and rare plants to American Indians and moonshiners. Come prepared for several short hikes as we explore the length of the Morgan Creek valley, journeying by van from its headwaters near Maple View Farm to the Triassic Basin bottomlands of the Mason Farm Biological Reserve.
2/10/2019 1:00 PM
to 3:00 PM
Soil is Everything: A Vegetable Gardening Workshop
Learn to think of soil as a living ecosystem and use that understanding for gardening success. We will cover different soil types, building soil with organic amendments based on soil testing, effects of tillage, working with raised beds and more. We will show you how to turn heavy clay into good garden soil. The first hour and a half will be indoors with some hands-on followed by a half hour in the community garden to learn more about raised beds and preparing the soil for planting. Note: This program takes place in the Newman Catholic Student Center library, next to the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG). Following the workshop, you are invited to attend the CCCG workday from 3-5 p.m. for some hands-on experience.
2/12/2019 7:00 PM
to 8:30 PM
Darwin Day Lecture: Plasticity, Epigenetics, and Evolution
Celebrate Darwin's birthday with this free lecture by UNC biology professor David Pfennig! Genes are widely regarded as the fundamental unit of heredity and source of all biological information. Yet many organisms can respond to changes in their environment by altering their features - during their lifetime - via ‘developmental plasticity.’ These environmentally modified traits can sometimes be passed to offspring in the absence of changes in genes; that is, acquired traits can be inherited ‘epigenetically’. In this talk, we will examine whether and how such environmentally induced changes to organismal development affect evolution. As we will see, research into developmental plasticity and epigenetics has major implications not only for evolution, but also for human health.
2/14/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: How to Identify and Record Butterflies at Mason Farm Biological Reserve
Butterflies are ubiquitous in our gardens and wild spaces, but their enormous diversity can be daunting for naturalists. Join us for a crash course on local butterfly identification, covering tips and tricks for distinguishing between similar species. Participants will also be introduced to the Mason Farm Butterfly Project, a citizen science project with the goal of collecting long-term data on the abundance and timing of butterflies at Mason Farm Biological Reserve.
2/14/2019 6:00 PM
to 8:00 PM
Watercolor & Wine
This Valentine’s Day, the North Carolina Botanical Garden invites you to Watercolor & Wine on Thursday, February 14th from 6-8 p.m. At this event, participants of all skill levels will be provided supplies to create their own masterpiece in a guided watercolor painting session with a certified botanical art instructor. Bring a friend or partner, and enjoy a relaxing evening of painting, wine & beer, and light refreshments. Participants must be 21 years or older. Registration is required. $35 per person.
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
2/16/2019 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.
2/19/2019 9:30 AM
to 3/7/2019 12:00 PM
Garden Guide Training
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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.
2/23/2019 1:30 PM
to 3/23/2019 4:30 PM
Plant Ecology
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Plant Ecology is a conceptual course designed for a broad audience interested in the interactions of plants within their environments. Ecological relationships at the organism, population, community, and ecosystem levels are examined, using examples from the rich and diverse North Carolina flora. Students learn about nutrient and energy cycling within ecosystems, as well as about current threats and trends for the conservation of ecosystems. No prerequisites.
2/26/2019 1:00 PM
to 3/19/2019 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).
2/28/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: The Piedmont Patch Project
Piedmont Patch is a collaborative demonstration of how to restore native habitat for wildlife to public and private landscapes in the North Carolina Piedmont. Lisa Fischbeck, vicar of The Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Chapel Hill, and Catherine Bollinger, volunteer botanical advisor, will describe the origin of the project and ongoing partnerships helping to create native habitat for wildlife displaced by the rapid urbanization of our region on part of The Advocate’s 15-acre property. Free; preregistration required.
March
3/2/2019 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: The First Hints of Spring
Every spring is the only spring – a perpetual astonishment. ~Ellis Peters Join us as we take a saunter on our Garden trails to search for signs of the first wildflowers of the season – trout lilies, spring beauties, and more.
3/3/2019 1:00 PM
to 3:00 PM
Get Ready for Spring: A Vegetable Gardening Workshop
Get ready for spring! We are excited to have the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) as the learning laboratory for this workshop in our Home Gardening Series. This workshop covers how to grow spring vegetables including what and when to plant; tips for growing each variety; growing your own seedlings; tips on extending the growing season; and how to get a large harvest from a small space. The first hour and a half will be indoors followed by a half hour in the community garden. Note: This program takes place in the Newman Catholic Student Center library, next to the CCCG. Following the workshop, you are invited to attend the CCCG workday from 3-5 p.m. for some hands-on experience.
3/3/2019 1:30 PM
to 3:30 PM
Vernal Pool Wonders – FOR FAMILIES!
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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
3/9/2019 9:30 AM
to 3/30/2019 1:00 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)
3/9/2019 1:00 PM
to 4:30 PM
Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil
Celebrate Spring! Learn about native plants that flower in early spring and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small drawing of an ephemeral plant species native to North Carolina. No prerequisites.
3/14/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Protecting Our Forests from Pests and Diseases
Learn about the major insect and disease threats to southeastern trees and what you can do to help prevent their introduction and spread.
3/16/2019 1:00 PM
to 2:15 PM
Family Gardening Series: The Uber Tuber: Growing Potatoes - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 5 to 10 with accompanying adult What’s peeled and has eyes and is made into fries? A potato! Learn about this uber tuber and the wacky way it grows, get your hands dirty planting spuds in the garden, and take home your own potato experiment. Fee: $10 ($9 Members); no fee for accompanying adult
3/16/2019 1:30 PM
to 5/18/2019 4:30 PM
Spring Flora
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is intended for a broad audience as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. 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.
3/28/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: The Month of Their Ripening: NC Heritage Foods Through the Year
Telling the stories of twelve North Carolina heritage foods, each matched to the month of its peak readiness for eating, Georgann Eubanks takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state in her new book from UNC Press, The Month of Their Ripening. In this talk, she’ll introduce some of the farmers, fishmongers, and cooks who help us understand how certain foods are deeply tied to the culture of the Old North State. For example, garlicky green ramps, gathered in April and traditionally savored by many Cherokee people, are now threatened by their popularity in fine restaurants. In June, serviceberry trees offer a delicious fruit for pies if you can pick them before the birds descend.These ephemeral ingredients make up the long-standing dialect of North Carolina kitchens. But we have to wait for the right moment to enjoy them, and in that waiting is their treasure.
3/30/2019 1:30 PM
to 4/6/2019 4:30 PM
Capturing Nature in Words
This class will encourage participants to notice nature in their own backyards and gardens and record their observations. We will explore a range of journaling options and hybrids that will meet the goals of creative writers attempting to deepen their work with vivid natural world details, to gardeners trying to track when flowers bloom, to hikers who want to remember a mountaintop rhododendron tunnel in full, bee-buzzing bloom. Participants will leave the class with sharpened observation skills, methods they prefer for recording and using those observations, and a level of comfort to continue journaling after the class ends. Journaling is about learning; any science or art that springs from that process is a bonus, and anyone at any skill level can journal.
April
4/4/2019 1:00 PM
to 4/25/2019 4:30 PM
Advanced Drawing: Botanical Plates
In this course, students work towards refining drawing skills in creating a plant portrait. Specifics to this class include rendering a tonal botanical plate, working with live plants, studying plant anatomy, using microscopes, as well as mapping and cross-contour drawing for accuracy. Prerequisites: Intermediate Drawing, Composition. $150 ($135 Members)
4/6/2019 9:30 AM
to 4:00 AM
Lichens
This class is intended for a broad audience. Lichens (lichenized fungi) are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a foray out into the Garden.
4/6/2019 1:30 PM
to 3:30 PM
Plants That Bite Back - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, sundews… oh my! Learn about the secret lives of native carnivorous plants. Meet live specimens, dissect pitcher plants, and find out how you can keep some plants that bite back (on insects, not people) in your own backyard. You can even take home a special plant to get you started. $15 ($13 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
4/10/2019 1:00 PM
to 5/1/2019 4:30 PM
Acrylic
Learn the fundamentals in painting with the opaque water medium, acrylic. This course offers a survey of various methods of painting with acrylic and provides instruction in using acrylic in botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing
4/10/2019 1:30 PM
to 5/1/2019 4:30 PM
Principles of Conservation Biology
This course is intended for an experienced audience and introduces the principles of biodiversity and conservation. Topics include natural diversity, island biogeography, rare plants, conservation genetics, ecological restoration, conservation landscaping, and preserve design. Prerequisites: Botany, Plant Ecology (or with instructor permission).
4/11/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Climate Change, Plants, Bugs, and Birds: Interconnections in Your Own Backyard
Climate change is having impacts on the natural world, many of which are evident in our own backyard. We’ll discuss climate change from a bird-centric point of view, thinking about how their fate is tied to the individual responses of different plant and insect groups. Then, we'll review the many different citizen science programs that you could become involved with to help reveal these responses to climate change where you live.
4/13/2019 1:00 PM
to 2:15 PM
Family Gardening Series: Soil Critters - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Time to get your hands dirt-y! Come learn what 'ingredients' you need to make good growing soil, why plants needs soil, how to make black gold (compost), and get up-close with worms and other dirt-loving critters. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
4/14/2019 1:00 PM
to 5/19/2019 5:00 PM
Plant Taxonomy
This course builds on the fundamentals taught in Botany and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of the taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. This course serves as a prerequisite for Flowering Plant Families. Prerequisite: Botany. $130 ($117 Members).
4/14/2019 1:15 PM
to 5/19/2019 4:45 PM
Integrating Composition and Color Theory
In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. This class was formerly known simply as Color Theory. It serves as a prerequisite for the Advanced Watercolor classes and for Intermediate and Advanced Colored Pencil. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor
4/14/2019 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. Please note that the hike is moderate to strenuous, depending on your abilities. Battle Park trails traverse uneven and/or steep terrain at times. You are encouraged to bring a hiking stick!
4/20/2019 1:30 PM
to 4:30 PM
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
This course is intended for a broad audience. Through classroom and field demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods needed to identify invasive species and effectively remove them. We'll discuss the most prominent invasive plants in North Carolina and how to identify them by habit and growth form. Then, we'll cover integrated methods for controlling invasive plants on multiple scales.
4/25/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Contact with Nature = Healthy Child Development
Join the co-founders of NC State University's Natural Learning Initiative (NLI) for this talk on how being in contact with nature broadens children’s play and learning experience, contributes to positive physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development, exposes children to living ecosystems, and stimulates their curiosity to explore the wonders of nature early in life. NLI was founded in 2000 with the purpose of promoting the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.
4/27/2019 9:00 AM
to 4/28/2019 6:00 PM
Educator Trek: Pitcher This - Plants that Eat Bugs!
North Carolina is home to an amazing diversity of plants, including some of the ‘most wonderful plants in the world,’ according to Charles Darwin. Join the Museum of Natural Sciences and the NC Botanical Garden on an overnight trek to discover and learn about our wonderful insect-eating plants and the habitats in which they thrive. Venue: The Green Swamp Preserve and Holly Shelter Game Land near Wilmington, NC. Fee: $90 (includes lodging, transportation, some meals)
4/30/2019 1:00 PM
to 5/21/2019 4:30 PM
Intermediate Traditional Watercolor
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately.
May
5/4/2019 2:00 PM
to 7:00 PM
Spring Native Plant Sale & Festival
Join us for our annual Spring Native Plant Sale and Festival, where you can purchase southeastern native plants for your home garden, enjoy live music, play games, get some tasty food-truck treats, and more! Admission is free, and all are welcome. No registration necessary.
5/5/2019 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
Creek Critters! Family Hike - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Discover the amazing world of aquatic insects and other water critters the best way possible...by 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
5/9/2019 12:00 PM
to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Virtual Tour of the Morgan Creek Valley
The Morgan Creek Valley holds a wealth of natural and cultural heritage - from ice-age rhododendron bluffs and rare plants to American Indians and moonshiners. Come on a virtual tour and explore the length of the Morgan Creek valley from its headwaters near Maple View Farm to the Triassic Basin bottomlands of the Mason Farm Biological Reserve, all of which occurs within Orange County.
5/11/2019 1:30 PM
to 4:30 PM
Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants
Explore the beauty of native southeastern medicinal plants through field identification. Using the expansive resources of the NCBG display gardens and the Piedmont Nature Trails behind the Garden, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses as well as preparations. No prerequisites.
5/18/2019 10:00 AM
to 4:00 PM
Botanical Contact Printing
Explore papers, fabrics, thread, and natural dyes while learning about eco/botanical contact printing. We'll cover vocabulary, techniques, and wild color recipes, and we'll explore the process of extracting plant tannins and natural wild color to create nature prints. Plus, we'll discuss watercolor techniques, printmaking, and sewing touches. This class includes hands-on activities and time out in the Garden. You'll take home a small hand bound journal of your prints as a memento of a day!
5/18/2019 1:00 PM
to 2:15 PM
Family Gardening Series: Hooray for Herbs - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. It’s thyme to plant herbs! Enjoy a morning learning about and planting some favorite sweet and savory plants – like rosemary, mint, and chives – in the vegetable garden, and create an herb basket to take home. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
June
6/1/2019 9:30 AM
to 6/15/2019 12:30 PM
Entomology
This nine hour course is designed for a broad audience. Most aspects of insect biology will be covered, with an emphasis on the adaptations that have made them the most diverse group of organisms. The variety of orders, families, and species will be reviewed, using examples found in the local area. Observational techniques will be demonstrated in a field trip to Mason Farm, and a tour of the Garden’s display areas will be used to discuss how to improve habitats for insects in our own backyards.
6/1/2019 1:30 PM
to 6/22/2019 4:30 PM
Plant Communities of North Carolina
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course introduces students to North Carolina’s rich diversity of plant communities. Variations in climate and soil types across the state as well as other factors have resulted in the creation of distinctive regions: subtropical maritime forests, salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas and sandhills, pocosins, oak-hickory forests, bottomland hardwoods, spruce-fir forests, rock outcrops and glades, relict prairies, and grasslands. Students explore the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity. Class sessions include nine hours of lecture and a full day field trip with Julie and UNC Herbarium director Alan Weakley. No prerequisites.
6/4/2019 1:00 PM
to 6/25/2019 4:30 PM
Beginning Colored Pencil
Colored pencil is a next step in advancing from drawing to painting, and introduces the full array of fine art pigments. This course is a hands-on introduction to commonly used materials and techniques such as layering, blending, burnishing and tonal gradation. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing.
6/5/2019 1:00 PM
to 6/26/2019 4:30 PM
Advanced Expressive Watercolor
This course reviews and builds on Intermediate Expressive Watercolor techniques. Using a live plant and/or reference photographs of their choice, students will create a small series of paintings of a native North Carolina plant. Prerequisites: Intermediate Watercolor, Integrating Composition and Color Theory
6/8/2019 9:00 PM
to 10:30 PM
Moth Night
Moths are among our most diverse, colorful, and ecologically important groups of organisms. Approximately 2,700 species occur in North Carolina, but most people only ever see just a few and are startled when they first see a Luna Moth or a Polyphemus Moth, never having suspected that there were such species flying around in the night. Moth Night shines a light on this amazing group of organisms. We'll use two common techniques to sample moth populations – blacklights and baiting – to take a look at the local fauna. Bring your cameras, with best results obtained using a flash.
6/9/2019 1:30 PM
to 4:30 PM
Native Plant Propagation
This workshop is intended for a broad audience. Students learn fundamentals of vegetative propagation and techniques for propagating southeastern native plants by means of stem and root cuttings. Class includes hands-on propagation and a tour of the vegetative propagation facilities of NCBG.
6/10/2019 9:00 AM
to 6/14/2019 12:00 PM
Sensing Nature - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 4-5)
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will use all of their senses to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Session has 10 campers. Fee: $145 ($130 Members)
6/17/2019 9:00 AM
to 6/21/2019 12:00 PM
Sensing Nature - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 4-5)
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will use all of their senses to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Session has 10 campers. Fee: $145 ($130 Members)
6/22/2019 9:30 AM
to 7/27/2019 12:30 PM
Summer Flora
This course is intended for a broad audience as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. 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.
6/22/2019 1:00 PM
to 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with this half-day introduction to drawing with colored pencils, using one of North Carolina's many butterflies as the reference. Students are given step-by-step instruction. During the course, information about our native butterflies is also provided. No prerequisites.
6/24/2019 9:00 AM
to 6/28/2019 12:00 PM
Sensing Nature - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 4-5)
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will use all of their senses to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Session has 10 campers. Fee: $145 ($130 Members)
July
7/8/2019 9:00 AM
to 7/12/2019 3:00 PM
Things with Wings - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 6-7)
Learn about native bats, birds, bugs, and even seeds that fly as we search the gardens, forest, and ponds for nature's winged wonders. Campers will investigate the lives and habitats of our high-flying neighbors and enjoy hikes, games, stories, and crafts. Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
7/15/2019 9:00 AM
to 7/19/2019 3:00 PM
Things with Wings - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 6-7)
Learn about native bats, birds, bugs, and even seeds that fly as we search the gardens, forest, and ponds for nature's winged wonders. Campers will investigate the lives and habitats of our high-flying neighbors and enjoy hikes, games, stories, and crafts. Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
7/27/2019 8:30 PM
to 10:30 PM
Moth Magic - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 10 & up with accompanying adult. Join us during National Moth Week to observe some of our night-flying neighbors – MOTHS! Discover how to attract moths and their caterpillars in your home landscape, hear some of their fascinating adaptations, and get tips on how to identify some of our common species. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
7/29/2019 9:00 AM
to 8/2/2019 3:00 PM
Junior Naturalists - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 8-10)
Whether your child is interested in plants, bugs, or birds, this is the camp for kids who love nature! Campers spend the week honing their naturalist skills and developing an understanding of ecology by getting their hands dirty exploring the Garden’s woodlands and wetlands. Guest naturalists, art projects, and field trips will enrich our nature study and fun! Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
August
8/5/2019 9:00 AM
to 8/9/2019 3:00 PM
Junior Naturalists - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 8-10)
Whether your child is interested in plants, bugs, or birds, this is the camp for kids who love nature! Campers spend the week honing their naturalist skills and developing an understanding of ecology by getting their hands dirty exploring the Garden’s woodlands and wetlands. Guest naturalists, art projects, and field trips will enrich our nature study and fun! Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
September
9/14/2019 10:30 AM
to 12:30 PM
Caterpillarology - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Fall is a great time to observe the larvae of butterflies and moths – the caterpillars! Meet live caterpillars, hear their fascinating stories, what they need to survive, and explore the garden for these mysterious insects and their plant partners. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult