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-8.
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 this Spring and Summer 2018
We have an exciting season planned in Children and Family Programs. Please see all our Spring/Summer 2018 classes below. See our Spring-Summer 2018 Children and Family Programs PDF for a printable reference guide.
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. Registration is not complete until payment is received either in person or over the phone. You can reach us at 919-668-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes with this symbol * qualify for Nature Navigators Certificate credit.
Other ways for your family to learn at Duke Gardens
Use our self-guided activities to explore with your family!
- Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Exploration
- Gardens Scavenger Hunt for preschoolers
- Sensory Scavenger Hunt
- Structures Scavenger Hunt
- Borrow a Family Backpack, filled with learning & exploration materials, at the Information Desk.
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.