Children and Family Programs

We offer a range of fun, imaginative and challenging programs for children and families. Learn and discover together in beautiful and biodiverse Duke Gardens!

Please see our Nature Adventures Camp page for information about our week-long themed day camps for grades K-12.

Want to bring your group to Duke Gardens? Choose from our offerings of age appropriate programs on a variety of topics or request your own customized program. Please see our School and Group Programs page.

Join us in Spring 2017!

We have an exciting season planned in Children and Family Programs! Please see all our Spring 2017 classes below.

Check the “Sign me up!” box for each program you'd like to register for, then fill in your contact information at the bottom and click "submit." We'll get in touch to finalize your registration. You can contact us at 919-668-1707 or for more information.

Classes with this symbol * qualify for Nature Navigators Certificate credit

Tuesdays, Feb. 14-May 30, 1-3 pm, for parents and children together; ages 3 and up
Thursdays, April 6 - May 25, 3-5 pm, for parents and children together; ages 3 and up
Thursdays, 10:30 am, March 2-June 8; suggested for children ages 3-5, FREE!
8 Tuesdays, March 7-April 25, from 10:30-11:30 am, for children ages 3-5 (adult chaperone required)
Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. Discover diverse living things and the ways they interact with the environments that sustain them. Investigate with all senses, play games, experiment and create through crafts and more! Each class focuses on a different interdisciplinary topic.
Monday, Feb. 27 for ages 5-6 from 10:30-11:30 and 7-9 from 10:30-noon
Monday, March 13 for ages 5-6 from 10:30-11:30 and 7-9 from 10:30-noon
Monday, May 8 for ages 5-6 from 10:30-11:30 and 7-9 from 10:30-noon
Monday, May 22 for ages 5-6 from 10:30-11:30 and 7-9 from 10:30-noon
Artists in the Gardens workshops

Use art to hone your observation skills and express yourself! Art can communicate everything from how you’re feeling today to the close relationship between a caterpillar and its host plant. We’ll explore habitats, uncover wildlife and identify plants while learning about art and making our own. Each workshop will use photography and other media, including drawing, painting and collage. Classes will include time to investigate the garden, make connections, create art and share work with the group. Join us for the full series or sign up for individual workshops. Bring your own digital camera; any kind is great, from cell phones to SLRs. All other materials provided.

Monday, March 20
Monday, April 3
Monday, April 17
Monday, May 1
Join us on Monday, May 1, from 12:30-2 pm for an exhibit of art works produced during all four workshops.

Monday-Friday, April 10-14, 9am-1pm, for children in grades K-5

Explore the natural world with our certificate program for young naturalists!
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Other ways for your family to learn at Duke Gardens

Use our self-guided activities to explore with your family!

Participate in Project BudBurst

Plants tell a story about our changing climate. Phenology is the science of tracking a plant. The timing of a plant leafing, flowering and fruiting is affected by temperature, rainfall and day length.

A worldwide network of "citizen scientists" is being created to track the changes in plant seasons, and you can join through Duke Gardens. The data will go into an international resource, the Plant Phenology Network, to assist scientists studying climate.

Please click the logo above to help collect information for plants in North Carolina.