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Date
Upcoming Event
January
1/15/2021
1:30 PM to 2/26/2021 4:30 PM
Winter Flora - Fridays
Registration Closed
This course is designed for a broad audience as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the Garden’s certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in their winter condition in natural settings. Enjoy discovering that many trees and shrubs are easily recognized when not covered with leaves!
1/16/2021
1:30 PM to 3/5/2021 4:30 PM
Winter Flora - Saturdays
Registration Closed
This course is designed for a broad audience as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the Garden’s certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in their winter condition in natural settings. Enjoy discovering that many trees and shrubs are easily recognized when not covered with leaves!
March
3/1/2021
to 4/12/2021 5:00 PM
Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture
The Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture course is the first in an intended series of online courses that teach the theory, practice, and profession of Therapeutic Horticulture. Students will gain an overview of historical uses and theoretical foundations for the use of plants and nature for wellness. How therapeutic horticulture supports human needs, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs, will be explored. A discussion of the profession of therapeutic horticulture, related practices, and ways to pursue further study will conclude the teachings. Students will have the opportunity to research, discuss, and reflect on the people/plant relationship, and will be provided with references and resources for further study.
3/2/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
3/3/2021
2:00 PM to 3/20/2021 4:00 PM
Birding 101 - Hybrid Course
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 hybrid course 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. We will meet for one two-hour Zoom session as a large group, then split into small groups of up to 6 participants for a trip to Mason Farm Biological Reserve.
3/4/2021
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Beginning Drawing: Virtual
An introductory level course of drawing for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Includes using a sketchbook for line drawing exercises on seeing to draw, quick sketching, mapping for accuracy, and other basic principles of drawing. This is a live three hour Zoom format class divided into a group session for lecture, demonstrations and group critique with the instructor followed by one on one individual appointments for consultation and problem solving Prerequisite for Intermediate Drawing, Beginning Watercolor, and Beginning Colored Pencil. 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.
3/5/2021
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Shade Gardening with Native Plants: Virtual
A shady garden can brim with wildflowers in spring, offer cool respite in summer and provide habitat in winter. This virtual class will start with a quick overview of gardening in the shade and then focus on plants suitable for such endeavors.
3/6/2021
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Carolina Futurescapes: Planning and Planting Climate Resilient Landscapes - Virtual
In this workshop, participants will learn about and begin to plan their own native-plant gardens. We will learn the basics of creating Carolina Xeriscape gardens, which do not require additional watering and are resilient to extreme heat. Topics include plant selection, site selection, plant care, and color palettes. Participants will develop or refine planting plans for their own climate-resilient gardens.
3/6/2021
1:15 PM to 3/27/2021 4:45 PM
(CANCELLED) Composition: Virtual
Registration Closed
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.
3/7/2021
1:30 PM to 3/21/2021 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 will learn about nutrient and energy cycling within ecosystems, as well as about current threats and trends for the conservation of ecosystems. No prerequisites.
3/9/2021
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Spring Ephemerals on the Piedmont Nature Trails
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Take a walk through the Piedmont Nature Trails with NCBG’s Battle Park Manager, Nick Adams, in search of trout lilies, sweet Betsy’s, windflowers, and many more of the spring ephemerals that brighten the forest floor this time of year. Please note that the hike is moderate to strenuous, depending on your abilities. The Piedmont Nature Trails traverse uneven and/or steep terrain at times. You are encouraged to bring a hiking stick! For the safety of our guests, dogs are not allowed on tours.
3/9/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
3/10/2021
1:00 PM to 3/31/2021 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
3/11/2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Mitigating Climate Change through NC’s Natural and Working Lands
North Carolina's Natural and Working Land Action Plan recommends 25 activities that will help increase North Carolina’s resilience to natural disasters and offset greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering and storing carbon. Developed through a stakeholder-driven process, the Action Plan recommends conserving, restoring, and managing lands in six sectors: Agriculture, Coastal Habitats, Floodplains and Wetlands, Forestry, Pocosins, and Urban Lands. It also outlines specific projects for North Carolina’s natural and working lands that sequester carbon, build ecosystem and community resilience, provide ecosystem benefits, enhance our economy, and recommend socially equitable implementation.
3/14/2021
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Meditation in the Garden
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of attention these days, from articles in the Harvard Business Review to studies by psychologists and neuroscientists. The basic techniques are easy to learn and practice. Join us for an introduction to meditation in a beautiful outdoor setting. We will mainly practice seated meditation with an optional short walking meditation. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you’ve been meditating for years and enjoy practicing with a group, we’d love to see you there!
3/15/2021
3:00 PM to 4/26/2021 4:00 PM
Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants (Hybrid Spring Edition)
Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants is a certificate series designed to provide home gardeners and emerging landscape professionals with foundational concepts of landscape design, species selection, implementation and maintenance of compellingly beautiful and ecologically productive native plant gardens based on conservation principles.
3/16/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
3/18/2021
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Demystifying Botany: For New Plant Enthusiasts - Virtual
Do you find yourself confusing your philodendron with your monstera? And what's the deal with all of this Latin? Let's come together, and demystify the world of botany. In this class, we will go over basics of botany, from leaf shape, and plant families. Let's grow our knowledge of plants together.
3/19/2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Compost: Your Garden’s Best Friend
March is a great time of year to start preparing garden beds for spring planting! In the first part of this virtual workshop, learn about the benefits of composting and how to set up a backyard compost system at home from Orange County Solid Waste Management.
3/19/2021
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Preparing Garden Soil for Native Plants: Virtual
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
We will explore basic soil science and learn what we can do to create optimum conditions in your garden for a range of native plants. Learn how to properly test your soil and amend it based on soil test results. Finally, we will explore the best way to build and maintain good soil.
3/20/2021
10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
12 Tips for Happy, Healthy Trees: Virtual
What are the best ways to care for your trees? How can you make them happy, strong, and long-lived? During this virtual presentation we will focus on what we believe to be the most important actions. Healthy trees in abundance create happy people and a vibrant planet.
3/20/2021
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Spring Garden Walk
Join us on the Spring Equinox for a leisurely guided walk through our native plant display gardens and learn about some seasonal highlights, including spring ephemerals, on the first day of spring. Walks led by our trained Garden Guides. Please dress for the weather and in comfortable shoes for walking outdoor pathways. Best suited for adults and children age 10 & up. Meet at the Gazebo.
3/23/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
3/25/2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Back to the Future: Suther Prairie Nature Reserve
After being cared for by generations of the Suther family for generations going back to the 1700s, this relatively undisturbed remnant Piedmont wet prairie on the floodplain of Dutch Buffalo Creek became a “must see” destination over the last two decades for scientists, conservationists, researchers and reporters/writers from across the country after being listed in the natural heritage inventory of Cabarrus County.
3/26/2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Spring Nature Walk
Join us for a leisurely guided walk on our Piedmont Nature Trails and learn about seasonal highlights with a focus on spring ephemerals. Slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest.
3/27/2021
1:00 PM to 5/8/2021 4:00 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.
3/30/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
April
4/6/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
4/6/2021
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Keep the Animals Out: Virtual
Mammal browse is one of the biggest challenges that gardeners face. And we all have critters that we are sharing our gardens with, including deer, rabbits, groundhogs, even cats and dogs! The reality is, our gardens are delicious- they are fertilized, irrigated and full of tasty exotic plants, so of course the local wildlife will take delight in eating our hard work. In this fun webinar, author, and horticulturist Brie Arthur, will explain her approach to dealing with unwanted animals. She will cover it all, including a few things that you should NOT do! From the best repellents and inexpensive fencing solutions to using a few favorite veggies to help deter problem animals, attendees will learn easy-to-apply strategies. Brie aims to make you laugh and answer all your questions in this interactive virtual session.
4/7/2021
1:00 PM to 4/28/2021 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
4/8/2021
1:30 PM to 4/29/2021 4:30 PM
Intermediate Traditional Watercolor: Virtual
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens and photo references, 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. This is a live three hour Zoom format class divided into a group session for lecture, demonstrations and group critique with the instructor followed by one on one individual appointments for consultation and problem solving. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing
4/8/2021
1:30 PM to 4/29/2021 3:45 PM
Plant Communities of North Carolina
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is intended for a broad audience and introduces students to North Carolina’s rich diversity of plant communities. Variations in geology, climate, soils, fire regimes, landscape positions, and other factors have resulted in the creation of distinctive ecosystems: subtropical maritime forests, salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas and sandhills, pocosins, oak-hickory forests, bottomland hardwoods, swamps, spruce-fir forests, rock outcrops and glades, fens, and grasslands. This course explores the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity.
4/9/2021
1:30 PM to 4/23/2021 4:30 PM
Flowering Plant Families
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.
4/11/2021
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Virtual Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Lecture: Coloring the Conservation Conversation
Dr. Lanham will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author and conservation activist blend to bring our awareness of the natural world and our moral responsibility for it forward in new ways. Candid by nature — and because of it — Lanham will examine how conservation must be a rigorous science and evocative art, inviting diversity and race to play active roles in celebrating our natural world.
4/13/2021
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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 spring 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.
4/13/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
4/13/2021
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Spring Veggie Garden Prep: Virtual
Are you ready for the growing season? Life-long home gardener Brie Arthur shares expert advice for success in the veggie garden. She will cover everything you need to cultivate an abundant harvest. From seed selection and sowing, to bed prep, fertilization and proper crop rotations, this informative program will inspire attendees to grow all the food they love to eat. Brie will also share tips for maximizing your homegrown harvest through easy to learn processing and preserving techniques. After this session you will be ready to grow like a pro!
4/17/2021
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Spring Silent Walk
Join us for a leisurely, quiet guided walk on our Piedmont Nature Trails. Our trained Garden Guides will give suggestions on how to focus on the world around you using your senses of sight, touch, hearing, and smell as you silently hike along the trails. The walk will wrap up with a chance to share your experiences with each other.
4/18/2021
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Meditation in the Garden
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of attention these days, from articles in the Harvard Business Review to studies by psychologists and neuroscientists. The basic techniques are easy to learn and practice. Join us for an introduction to meditation in a beautiful outdoor setting. We will mainly practice seated meditation with an optional short walking meditation. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you’ve been meditating for years and enjoy practicing with a group, we’d love to see you there!
4/20/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
4/20/2021
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Foodscaping with Native Plants: Virtual
Thoughtful design and management of landscapes is more important than ever as concerns of climate, water quality and invasive plants increase. Brie will discuss how to create a foodscape using native plants mixed with favorite seasonal food crops. The best organic products are featured and easy, earth friendly maintenance strategies are highlighted. Learn about native edible plants and the pollinators they attract that aid in ecological restoration. Get inspired to see the potential every landscape offers by transforming them into purposeful spaces that embrace solutions to modern day landscape practices.
4/22/2021
10:00 AM to 5/6/2021 11:30 AM
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants - Hybrid
This course is intended for a broad audience. Through virtual classroom and in person 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. Some of the material will be presented using prerecorded lectures which students will watch on their own schedule between 4/22 and 5/6.
4/22/2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair Preserve
Redlair Preserve is best known for the charismatic bigleaf magnolia which has the largest leaves of any tree species in the nation. The Preserve also has an incredible diversity of plant species and vegetation types. Robert Peet will start by describing the Redlair Preserve and then discuss the vegetation pattern across this landscape and the challenges for management. He will then discuss the distribution of bigleaf magnolia across the Southeast and will place it in the context of other rare or geographically disjunct species of the Piedmont. Fisher Stines will then present a summary of his research at NC State University on the distribution, abundance and population structure of bigleaf magnolia across the Redlair Preserve.
4/24/2021
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
The Anatomy of Shadows: Form and Cast in Watercolor - Zoom Short Course
Have you spent time on a sunny day studying shadows and the patterns they create? Have you looked at the soft subtle shadows as a subject turns from the light? Shadows are an important and useful tool for artists to create form as they accurately render their subjects. Shadows can be used creatively to enhance compositions. Join Kate to study and paint shadows in watercolor. The subject and drawing will be provided, students have the option of using their own subject matter. The course will consist of presentations, demonstrations, handouts, and student work time.
4/27/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
4/30/2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Spring Garden Walk
Join us for a leisurely guided walk through our native plant display gardens and learn about some seasonal highlights as well as what makes the NCBG a conservation garden. Walks led by our trained Garden Guides. Please dress for the weather and in comfortable shoes for walking outdoor pathways. Best suited for adults and children age 10 & up. Meet at the Gazebo.
May
5/1/2021
1:00 PM to 5/8/2021 3:00 PM
Visualizing Trees, A Photographic Journey Through the Artist’s Lens
This course is designed for nature-lovers, image-makers, and those interested in creative expression. All cameras are appropriate from iPhone to pro level. Conceived distinctively for out-door nature photography, Barbara will lead a visualization journey into the gardens of the Coker Arboretum. Students will experiment with the technical aspects of photographing trees, including the use of specific lenses, perspective and distortion control, depth of focus, and exposure management. Students will explore the artistic characteristics of various tree species with attention to the design elements including tonality and contrast, textural attributes, compositional arrangement, ambient light and shadow values.
5/2/2021
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Meditation in the Garden
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of attention these days, from articles in the Harvard Business Review to studies by psychologists and neuroscientists. The basic techniques are easy to learn and practice. Join us for an introduction to meditation in a beautiful outdoor setting. We will mainly practice seated meditation with an optional short walking meditation. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you’ve been meditating for years and enjoy practicing with a group, we’d love to see you there!
5/4/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
5/5/2021
1:00 PM to 5/26/2021 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. No prerequisites
5/6/2021
1:15 PM to 6/17/2021 4:45 PM
Integrating Composition and Color Theory: Virtual
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
5/7/2021
1:30 PM to 5/21/2021 4:30 PM
Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
This course is intended for a broad audience and explores many aspects of the evolutionary history, economic and ecological dominance, current distribution, biology, and identification of the “graminoids.” Through lectures, lab work, and short field trips, students learn to appreciate the subtle and detailed beauty of these plants with inconspicuous flowers. Students also learn materials and methods for identifying these distinctive and important members of our flora. $135 ($122 Members)
5/8/2021
10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Excursion: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair Preserve, Gaston County
The Redlair Preserve is a 730 acre tract that forms the core of a larger 1200+ acre conservation area along the South Fork of the Catawba River near Mount Holly, NC. The complex topography and geologic diversity of the site provide habitat for a great diversity of plant species and natural vegetation types. The most dramatic species is the rare bigleaf magnolia, the tree species with the largest leaves of any tree species in the US. We will be sure to visit a broad range of habitats and discuss their distribution across the landscape, the natural dynamics of these forests, and the management challenges they present. Although the topography is complex and there will be a bit of up and down, the hike will be of only moderate difficulty as the trails are relatively smooth and well-maintained.
5/11/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
5/13/2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: How Trees Can Save the World - And What We Can Do to Help
Trees were – and are – one of Nature’s most powerful tools for creating the planet we know and love today. If we plant many new trees and care for the ones we have, we can begin healing our planet.
5/13/2021
1:30 PM to 6/3/2021 4:30 PM
Intermediate Drawing: Virtual
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.
5/15/2021
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Vegetative Propagation of Southeastern Native Plants
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn the fundamentals of vegetative propagation and how to propagate plants native to the southeastern United States. We’ll focus on low-tech methods you can apply at home, and all participants will have a newly stuck cutting to take home in a rudimentary, DIY mobile greenhouse. This workshop will feature a lecture, in-class demonstrations and participation, and a tour of the NCBG nursery.
5/18/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
5/19/2021
10:00 AM to 6/2/2021 12:30 PM
Local Trees
This short 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.
5/22/2021
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Spring Nature Walk
Join us for a leisurely guided walk on our Piedmont Nature Trails and learn about what’s happening in our Piedmont forest in spring. Slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. Walks led by our trained Garden Guides.
5/25/2021
3:00 PM to 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Modifications of poses will be offered.
5/27/2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Monitoring and Management at the Green Swamp Preserve
Monitoring studies are essential for the management and preservation of select species, but also for restoration and management on a broader community scale. The Nature Conservancy has supported long-term studies on longleaf pine restoration, the endangered species Lysimachia asperulifolia, and Venus flytrap in the Green Swamp and other preserves. The studies are particularly important for determining the success of restoration efforts but also in quantifying impacts of seasonal controlled burns.
5/27/2021 2:00 PM
Local Trees
This short 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.
5/28/2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Spring Silent Walk
Join us for a leisurely, quiet guided walk on our Piedmont Nature Trails. Our trained Garden Guides will give suggestions on how to focus on the world around you using your senses of sight, touch, hearing, and smell as you silently hike along the trails. The walk will wrap up with a chance to share your experiences with each other.
June
6/1/2021
3:30 PM to 6/15/2021 5:00 PM
Principles of Conservation Biology: Hybrid
This course is intended for an experienced audience and introduces the principles of biodiversity and conservation. Students learn about rare plants, conservation genetics, ecological restoration, conservation landscaping, and preserve design.
6/2/2021 2:00 PM
Local Trees
This short 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.
6/5/2021
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Vegetative Propagation of Southeastern Native Plants
Learn the fundamentals of vegetative propagation and how to propagate plants native to the southeastern United States. We’ll focus on low-tech methods you can apply at home, and all participants will have a newly stuck cutting to take home in a rudimentary, DIY mobile greenhouse. This workshop will feature a lecture, in-class demonstrations and participation, and a tour of the NCBG nursery.
6/5/2021
10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Excursion: Boiling Spring Lakes and Green Swamp Preserve, Brunswick County
The Green Swamp Preserve (over 16,000 acres) contains some of the country’s finest examples of longleaf pine wet savannas as well as extensive pocosins. The savannas are bounded by pocosins containing pond pine and cypress as well as numerous shrubs including titi. The open savannas have a diverse grass/herb layer with many wildflowers including orchids and insectivorous plants. The Green Swamp is the nexus of Venus flytraps. Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve (~6,000 acres) is characterized by a mix of communities including xeric sandhill longleaf pine and pocosins. The preserve has a variety of carnivorous and other plant species and it is home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Upwards of 400 vascular plant species have been reported in the preserve. Fire is integral to the health of these plant communities and is the primary management activity in both preserves. Trails in both preserves are flat but may be wet depending upon the weather.
6/9/2021
1:00 PM to 6/30/2021 4:30 PM
Intermediate Colored Pencil
This course adds to the information covered in Beginning Colored Pencil and hones skills in color, value and layering. Students will be introduced to new surfaces and techniques. This elective is intended for students who wish to develop a strong, more advanced-level skill in colored pencil. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Intermediate Drawing.
6/10/2021
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Pawpaws and Other Native Tree Fruits
Interest in native tree fruits is growing as people are exploring permaculture, homesteading and a renewed attentiveness to food self-sufficiency. Native fruits have less pest problems and are well-suited to the growing conditions of their bioregion. Mary Jac Brennan will talk about pawpaws, American persimmons, chinquapins, and more in time to prepare your site for fall/winter planting.
6/12/2021
9:30 AM to 6/26/2021 12:30 PM
Entomology
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is designed for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment.
6/14/2021
9:00 AM to 6/18/2021 12:00 PM
CAMP FLYTRAP: Garden Safari (4-5 year-olds)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious young children will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Campers will meet meat-eating plants, catch and release pond critters, and discover how the sun powers all life in the garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. *Camp Flytrap will follow current local, state, and federal health guidelines and implement a range of safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These include (but are not limited to): limiting the number of campers per session, requiring masks of campers and staff, daily health screening, increasing cleaning protocols, leaving windows and doors open to promote air flow, and spending most of our time outdoors (of course, that’s what we do anyway!). AGES: 4-5 years-old PARTICIPANT MAX: 6 FEE: $170 ($153 Members) NOTE: You can only register your child for one week of this camp theme.
6/21/2021
9:00 AM to 6/25/2021 12:00 PM
CAMP FLYTRAP: Garden Safari (4-5 year-olds)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious young children will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Campers will meet meat-eating plants, catch and release pond critters, and discover how the sun powers all life in the garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. *Camp Flytrap will follow current local, state, and federal health guidelines and implement a range of safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These include (but are not limited to): limiting the number of campers per session, requiring masks of campers and staff, daily health screening, increasing cleaning protocols, leaving windows and doors open to promote air flow, and spending most of our time outdoors (of course, that’s what we do anyway!). AGES: 4-5 years-old PARTICIPANT MAX: 6 FEE: $170 ($153 Members) NOTE: You can only register your child for one week of this camp theme.
6/22/2021
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Sustainable Solutions to Your Landscape Challenges: Virtual
Are the trees in your garden maturing, resulting in a change in the level of light (sun to shade) in your garden? Or does your garden have existing mature trees, creating challenges for planting without damaging the roots? If so, this class is for you.
6/28/2021
9:00 AM to 7/2/2021 12:00 PM
CAMP FLYTRAP: Garden Safari (4-5 year-olds)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious young children will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Campers will meet meat-eating plants, catch and release pond critters, and discover how the sun powers all life in the garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. *Camp Flytrap will follow current local, state, and federal health guidelines and implement a range of safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These include (but are not limited to): limiting the number of campers per session, requiring masks of campers and staff, daily health screening, increasing cleaning protocols, leaving windows and doors open to promote air flow, and spending most of our time outdoors (of course, that’s what we do anyway!). AGES: 4-5 years-old PARTICIPANT MAX: 6 FEE: $170 ($153 Members) NOTE: You can only register your child for one week of this camp theme.
July
7/12/2021
9:00 AM to 7/16/2021 3:00 PM
CAMP FLYTRAP: Habitat Explorers (6-7 year-olds)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
The garden, forest, and ponds are teeming with life in summer! From tadpoles to Venus fly traps, come discover the awesome diversity of plants and animals that call North Carolina home. Campers will investigate the life cycles, adaptations, and habitats of our native neighbors and learn how everything is connected in our wonderful “backyard”. *Camp Flytrap will follow current local, state, and federal health guidelines and implement a range of safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These include (but are not limited to): limiting the number of campers per session, requiring masks of campers and staff, daily health screening, increasing cleaning protocols, leaving windows and doors open to promote air flow, and spending most of our time outdoors (of course, that’s what we do anyway!). AGES: 6-7 years-old PARTICIPANT MAX: 8 FEE: $340 ($306 Members) NOTE: You can only register your child for one week of this camp theme.
7/19/2021
9:00 AM to 7/23/2021 3:00 PM
CAMP FLYTRAP: Habitat Explorers (6-7 year-olds)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
The garden, forest, and ponds are teeming with life in summer! From tadpoles to Venus fly traps, come discover the awesome diversity of plants and animals that call North Carolina home. Campers will investigate the life cycles, adaptations, and habitats of our native neighbors and learn how everything is connected in our wonderful “backyard”. *Camp Flytrap will follow current local, state, and federal health guidelines and implement a range of safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These include (but are not limited to): limiting the number of campers per session, requiring masks of campers and staff, daily health screening, increasing cleaning protocols, leaving windows and doors open to promote air flow, and spending most of our time outdoors (of course, that’s what we do anyway!). AGES: 6-7 years-old PARTICIPANT MAX: 8 FEE: $340 ($306 Members) NOTE: You can only register your child for one week of this camp theme.
August
8/2/2021
9:00 AM to 8/6/2021 3:00 PM
CAMP FLYTRAP: Nature Detectives (8-10 years-old)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Grab your magnifier and dig in to the mysteries of the natural world! Campers will unravel nature’s secrets through hands-on field experiences and experiments, take part in citizen science projects, and see how their observations can contribute to our understanding of the world around us. *Camp Flytrap will follow current local, state, and federal health guidelines and implement a range of safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These include (but are not limited to): limiting the number of campers per session, requiring masks of campers and staff, daily health screening, increasing cleaning protocols, leaving windows and doors open to promote air flow, and spending most of our time outdoors (of course, that’s what we do anyway!). AGES: 8-10 years-old PARTICIPANT MAX: 8 FEE: $340 ($306 Members) NOTE: You can only register your child for one week of this camp theme.
8/9/2021
9:00 AM to 8/13/2021 3:00 PM
CAMP FLYTRAP: Nature Detectives (8-10 years-old)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Grab your magnifier and dig in to the mysteries of the natural world! Campers will unravel nature’s secrets through hands-on field experiences and experiments, take part in citizen science projects, and see how their observations can contribute to our understanding of the world around us. *Camp Flytrap will follow current local, state, and federal health guidelines and implement a range of safety precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These include (but are not limited to): limiting the number of campers per session, requiring masks of campers and staff, daily health screening, increasing cleaning protocols, leaving windows and doors open to promote air flow, and spending most of our time outdoors (of course, that’s what we do anyway!). AGES: 8-10 years-old PARTICIPANT MAX: 8 FEE: $340 ($306 Members) NOTE: You can only register your child for one week of this camp theme.