Enrich Your Visit

Fall 2021

Come to the Gardens on select Saturdays this fall for an enriched experience with family activities, temporary exhibits, and garden guides & ambassadors available to answer your questions.  


Saturday, November 20

Interactive Audio Tour: Indigenous Land Relationships in the Carolinas
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., drop-in anytime
throughout the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants

Use your smartphone to interact with a self-guided tour featuring short audio recordings of Indigenous people telling their own stories about their relationships with the land.

Exploring Edible Plants
12 p.m. - 3 p.m., drop in anytime
Discovery Garden, Doris Duke Center Gardens (D3)

Learn about the fruits, vegetables, and other plants growing in the Discovery Garden. Share the recipes and plants that are important to your family and hear stories from others.

Listen to Audio Documentaries: Indigenous Land Relationships
2 p.m. - 4 p.m., drop in anytime
Azalea Court, Historic Gardens (H1)

Quinn Smith, citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, shares three half-hour audio documentaries he has created from interviews with Indigenous people across the Carolinas about their relationships with the land.

Explore Fall Leaves
2 p.m. - 4 p.m., drop in anytime
Rose Circle, Historic Gardens (H10) AND Historic Terraces (H7) near the fish pool

Visit both activity tables for different ways to learn about leaves. Make leaf art, match leaves to the name of the tree they fell from, and learn why it’s a great idea to leave your rake in the shed and the leaves on the ground.


Try these anytime

Enrich your visit to Duke Gardens with our self-guided exploration resources! Choose one or more of these things to do on your own or with others and deepen your experience.

Chat with an Ambassador (for everyone)

Find a Duke Gardens ambassador (wearing a name tag or green vest) and ask them your questions! Learn what interesting things are growing or blooming right now, their favorite place to visit, or just how to find the nearest restroom.

Do Community Science (for everyone)

Community science (also called citizen science) is when people who aren't professional scientists help to collect and analyze information used to answer research questions that can't be studied without a large group of people. There are many projects you can participate in from Duke Gardens. Here are a few of our favorites:

Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees.

eBird data document bird distribution, abundance, habitat use and trends through checklist data collected within a simple scientific framework.

In GLOBE Observer, your observations help scientists track changes in clouds, water, plants and other life in support of climate research. 

iNaturalist is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers and learn about the natural world. 

ISeeChange is dedicated to empowering communities to document and understand their environment, weather and climate in order to increase resilience.

Project BudBurst is a network of citizen scientists that tracks changes in plant seasons to assist scientists studying climate.

Use Identification Tools (for everyone)

Many of the plants in our collection have labels, but the animals or fungi that live here don't. If you want to figure out what that thing is, try using these tools:

Merlin Bird ID asks you a few simple questions about your bird observation and finds out what species you're most likely to encounter, offering photos, sounds and more information.

The Dragonfly ID app is a comprehensive and easy-to-use resource to find and identify dragonflies and damselflies across the U.S. and Canada.

Herps of NC provides information about every species of amphibian and reptile found in North Carolina.

FloraQuest ($7.99) connects you with everything you need to know about naturally occurring plants in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic U.S.

Play & Learn with Family Activities (for adults with children in pre-K through 8th grade)

ecoEXPLORE, for children in grades K-8, combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children while encouraging them to explore the outdoors and participate in citizen science. Duke Gardens is an ecoEXPLORE Hot Spot.

Make new discoveries as you observe your way through the Gardens with Observation Bingo! Use the pdf or online versions, and check back for new activities.


Looking for more ways to enhance your visit? Check out our children & family programs.