School & Group Programs

Welcome, teachers and parents!

Our programs introduce students to the wonders and complexities of our natural world. Each program is age-appropriate and supports Common Core as well as North Carolina Standard and Extended Course of Study.

The programs are led by skilled docents familiar with the Gardens and the programs.

Please let us know how we can extend your classroom study through a garden visit and be an active partner with your school.

Registration is required for all groups planning to visit the Gardens.

Guided Gardens School Programs

Available Tuesday through Friday. Correlating standards are listed with programs. Each program is planned for 1 to 1 ½ hours, or enriched and extended if your schedule allows. Fee of $4 per student, with the exception of Garden Walk ($2 per student); $40 minimum.

How to register
Complete a school program registration form.
Return completed form to gardenseducation@duke.edu.
Call 919-668-1707 with questions.

Homeschool Groups

Homeschool groups are welcome to choose from our list of programs or request a topic of your choice. Fee of $6 per student; $60 minimum.

How to register
Complete a homeschool registration form.
Return completed form to gardenseducation@duke.edu.
Call 919-668-1707 with questions.

Self-guided Groups in the Gardens

Advance registration is required so that we may coordinate your visit with other schedules. Self-guided groups are welcome in all areas of the Gardens except the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Tours of the Blomquist Garden, which contains rare and endangered plants, are only available when led by trained Gardens docents. We will accommodate your visit on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we reach capacity, those groups without pre-registration may be asked to reschedule their visit.

Chaperones: Adult chaperones are required for all youth groups. We recommend a ratio of 3 chaperones per 15 students.

Weather: We do take groups out in the rain unless there is threatening weather that includes lightning; in that case we will reschedule.

Cancellation Policy: You may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your fee up to a week before the date of your program. Any program canceled by Duke Gardens will result in a complete refund.

Emergency Preparedness: Remember to bring any medications students might need for bee stings and bug bites, asthma attacks, etc.  Please let us know in advance if there are any limitations with mobility, etc.

Pre-K through K
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
Middle School
High School

Registration form

Project Budburst

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.