School & Group Programs

Welcome, teachers and parents!

Our guided programs introduce students to the wonders and complexities of our natural world. Each program is age-appropriate and supports your learning objectives. Guided programs are led by skilled docents familiar with Duke Gardens and the programs.

We also welcome self-guided groups on a first-come, first-served basis in coordination with other schedules. Self-guided group visits require registration but are free of charge.

To request a program, please complete our ONLINE REQUEST FORM or download a registration form (school and self-guided requests or homeschool requests) and return the completed form to gardenseducation@duke.edu.

If you have questions, please contact us at 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu.

Guided School Programs

Our school programs are designed to support Common Core as well as the North Carolina Standard and Extended Course of Study. Please let us know how we can extend your classroom study through a garden visit and be an active partner with your school.

Our programs (standards addressed are noted with each program):

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

Want to cover another topic? Contact us to request a customized program for your group.

Guided school programs are available Tuesday through Friday. 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 "A Garden Walk" ($2 per student); $40 minimum.

Important information for guided trips:

Accessibility: Please let us know in advance if there are any limitations with mobility, such as students using wheelchairs, or other accessibility needs.

Chaperones: Adult chaperones are required for all youth groups. We recommend a ratio of 3 chaperones per 15 students. We cannot accommodate siblings.

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

Emergency Preparedness: Remember to bring any medications students might need for bee stings and bug bites, asthma attacks, etc.

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.

Guided Programs for Homeschool Groups

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

Important information for guided trips:

Accessibility: Please let us know in advance if there are any limitations with mobility, such as students using wheelchairs, or other accessibility needs.

Chaperones: Adult chaperones are required for all youth groups. We recommend a ratio of 3 chaperones per 15 students. We cannot accommodate siblings.

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

Emergency Preparedness: Remember to bring any medications students might need for bee stings and bug bites, asthma attacks, etc.

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.

Self-guided Groups

Advance registration is required so that we may coordinate your visit with other schedules. 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.

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 Duke Gardens docents.