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Junior Naturalists at Duke Farms – Bridgewater
August 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
One event on September 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm
One event on October 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm
One event on November 3, 2019 at 1:00 pm
One event on December 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Junior Naturalists will spend one Sunday afternoon per month exploring the wonders of nature at Duke Farms with an experienced environmental educator. Through games, classroom and outdoor activities, we will explore the life histories and habitats of our resident feathered and furry friends.
*Note: These programs are designed for families with children in grades 1 through 6. At least 1 adult must accompany each family of children during this program, with no more than two adults accompanying each family. We cannot accommodate any younger children who are not currently in 1st grade. This includes the younger siblings of any registered 1st-6th grade participant, as well as any toddlers or babies in arms, carriers, slings or strollers.
ACCOMPANYING ADULTS ARE ALSO REQUIRED TO REGISTER.
Part of each program is spent indoors learning about the topic of the month and then we go outdoors to identify and observe birds in the field. This program will run rain or shine, so please dress for the weather! Appropriate shoes are required. Please bring a refillable water bottle.
August 4: Water Bugs
Don your water shoes and come learn how to collect and identify macroinvertebrates (aka water bugs). We’ll use special nets to sample the organisms that live in streams and learn what they can teach us about water quality. Special note: We will be walking in water up to our knees so be sure to wear shoes or boots that can get muddy and very wet!
September 8: Magical Monarchs
The monarch butterfly is a marvel of nature. Every autumn, with no map, no directions, and no guide, this butterfly sets out on a migratory journey of more than 2500 miles. Come explore the life cycle of the monarch butterfly as we observe live caterpillars, chrysalides, and adult butterflies. We’ll also discover why milkweed is critical to the survival of monarchs and participants will take home milkweed seeds to plant in their own garden.
October 13: Autumn Trees
Fall can be a spectacular season of bright blue skies and brilliant leaf color. We’ll talk about why leaves change color and take a close look at how we can use leaves, buds, branches and other characteristics to identify trees. Come take a walk in the woods and get to know the trees of Duke Farms.
November 3: Turkey Time
As Thanksgiving approaches, we can’t help but wonder about this iconic bird. Come learn all about where they live, what they eat, and how they raise their families. We’ll make our own turkey calls and even learn to talk turkey! Come have some fun as we explore the life and times of the eastern wild turkey.
December 8: Evergreens Keep Winter Green
Evergreens play an important role in the landscape and in the survival of wildlife in winter. We’ll take a close look at the “evergreens” and learn some tricks for knowing how to identify the firs, spruces and pines that keep winter green.