Outdoors, Out Your Window or Online
Duke Gardens supports relationships among people and plants. In this time of physical distancing, we can still connect with each other and the world around us. While Duke Gardens is closed to visitors in keeping with Duke University's COVID-19 policies, we will update this page to share ways to learn, relax, and connect with the human and beyond-human members of our community, whether we go for a walk, observe the world outside our windows, notice what and who sustain us at home, or tap into virtual networks.
We wish our entire community physical and mental health, and we welcome suggestions of resources we can provide. Please contact us at GardensEducation@duke.edu.
Every month we send out an email newsletter highlighting new resources for a variety of interests and audiences! Join by emailing GardensEducation@duke.edu with the subject "join programs listserv." Follow us on social media for even more updates.
- Live Virtual Programs
See our exciting winter 2021 schedule of online adult programs & register here.
ecoEXPLORE classes (primary audience: K-8 students)
ecoEXPLORE hosts fun and informative classes through Facebook Live, most Tuesdays-Fridays at 2 p.m. Click here for the schedule and to attend.
North Carolina Zoo Classroom Programs (primary audience: K-12 students)
The North Carolina Zoo is bringing many of its education programs right into your home. Click here for the schedule and to register.
Science Cafes (primary audience: teens & adults)
Science Cafes at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences are a change from the norm, enabling you to learn about science and technology from experts in an informal setting. Click here for the schedule and to attend.
Night Skies at Home from the Franklin Institute (all ages)
Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts invites stargazers to step outside and join him for a series of night sky tours from home — no telescopes needed. Click here for more information and to attend.
Wild Ideas for Wildflowers from Triangle Land Conservancy and the NC Botanical Garden (primary audience: adults)
Let’s talk about how to create landscapes that have cultural and ecological relevance in our backyards, nature preserves and beyond. Please join us for Wild Ideas for Wildflowers — a night to ground ourselves in the power of plants and see what takes root! October 28 starting at 6pm. Click here for more information and to register.
Heirloom Seeds - Saving Stories, Preserving Biodiversity from the NC Botanical Garden (primary audience: adults)
Join us as visionary seed saver, storyteller, and former NCBG volunteer Ira Wallace explores how tradition, taste, place, and storytelling work to preserve biodiversity, regional food traditions, and seed saving. November 1 from 2:30-3:30pm. Click here for more information and to register.
- Audio & Video Collections
Videos by Outdoor Afro, who celebrate & inspire Black leadership in nature
Plant Power: The Power of Plants in a Changing Climate, a podcast from the N.C. Botanical Garden
Webcams in Beaufort, N.C., from the Duke Marine Lab
Webcams around the United States from the U.S. Geological Survey
Live cams of bird nests and feeders from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Home Gardening Resources
Vegetable Gardening: A Beginner’s Guide from the N.C. Extension Agency
Pollinator Plants: Mid-Atlantic Region (pdf) from the Xerces Society
Stuck at Home, Not Stuck Inside from the North Carolina Botanical Garden
- Learn about the Indigenous peoples connected to this land
We acknowledge that this space and greater university gathers on land that has long served as the site of meeting and exchange amongst a number of Indigenous peoples, historically the Shakori (sha-core-ee) and Catawba (kuh-taa-buh) people.
It is also important to recognize the 8 tribes that currently reside in North Carolina, these include the Coharie (co-HAIR-ee), Lumbee, Meherrin (ma-HAIR-in), Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Haliwa Saponi (HA-lih-WAH suh-PONY), Waccamaw Siouan (WOK-uh-ma Soo-uhn), Sappony, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee. We honor and respect the diverse Indigenous peoples connected to this territory on which we gather.
Land acknowledgement created by the Native American Student Alliance at Duke University
About NC Native Communities from the American Indian Center at UNC-Chapel Hill
The Unacknowledged History of the Land Beneath Our Boots from Blue Ridge Outdoors
- Listen & Learn: Black nature enthusiasts
There are many wonderful Black environmental educators and researchers sharing their knowledge and experiences online. We're creating an ever-growing list of people we like to learn from on our Black in Nature page.
- Children & Family Activities **Algunas actividades disponibles en español
Explore with Duke Gardens
Winter Fun at Home
The seasons are changing, and the world outside is very different than other times of year. What’s going on during winter? Let’s bundle up, explore and find out!
As the seasons change, some animals need to travel to follow the food, temperature, shelter, or other living conditions they need to survive. Learn about some of these amazing migratory animals!
Every living thing needs water to survive! Learn more about this liquid with three activities that engage your senses through art and science.
**Explore el Agua
¡Todo ser vivo necesita agua para sobrevivir! Aprende más acerca este líquido con tres actividades que enganchan sus sentidos a través del arte y la ciencia.
Learn about the animals that are Masters of Disguise.
Aprende sobre los animales que son Maestros del Disfraz.
**Pintar con Tierra
¡Sé un artista y un científico recogiendo muestras de tierra para crear tu propia pintura!
Instrucciones escritas | Un video con instrucciones y más información (con subtítulos en español)
Discover the moths that live around your home!
Summer Fun at Home
We will miss our time together in Duke Gardens with campers this year, but thanks to your interest and feedback we are creating materials for families to enjoy at home.
Ways to Learn, Explore and Play Inspired by Nature
Save and revisit this collection of quick, engaging and adaptable ideas for families.
Nature Navigators Journals
These outdoor exploration booklets are part of our homeschool student certificate, but they can be used by anyone. Feel free to change the directions to fit your situation. Available for 4- to 5-year-olds, 6- to 8-year-olds and 9- to 12-year-olds.
More explorations from our neighbors
Life and Science at Home from the Museum of Life + Science
Every day, the Museum of Life + Science will share digital content to provide you with engaging ways to learn, ask questions, and discover life and science in exciting new ways.
**Vida y Ciencias en casa por el Museo de Vida y Ciencias
Todos los días, el Museo de Vida y Ciencias compartirán contenido digital para proporcionarle formas interactivas de aprender, hacer preguntas y descubrir la vida y la ciencia de maneras nuevas y emocionantes.
SmokiEEEs at Home from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Learn online and outside with Park Ranger-led adventures, activities and resources for students of all ages.
Activity videos and more from Outdoor Afro
Outdoor Afro is a national network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature.
Make a Mini-zine from Plant Heroes
A zine is a Do-It-Yourself publication that can be made and shared by anyone. Today, we invite you to make a zine about "the story of a bug!"
**Crea una zine con Plant Heroes
Zine (voz inglesa) es una publicación casera que todxs podemos crear y compartir. ¡Hoy te invitamos a crear una zine sobre “la historia de un insecto!”
**与Plant Heroes 一起制作 小杂志
小杂志是指自己手工制作 (D.I.Y.）的小型杂志，任何人 都可以制作和分享。今天，我们想邀请你制作一份小杂志，主题是《昆虫 的故事》!
STEM at Home for Families from NASA
These science, technology, engineering and math activities are fun for kids, adults and the whole family.
Art Activities for Families from the Nasher Museum of Art
These art activities and lesson plans can be used by parents or teachers, and feature suggestions for careful looking, guided conversation, and further work inspired by select works of art.
Stuck at Home, Not Stuck Inside from the North Carolina Botanical Garden
NCBG has compiled a list of activities to help you still get your Vitamin N (nature), even if you are confined to your home.
- Community Science Projects
Become a Triangle Explorer through the Triangle Land Conservancy
The Triangle Explorer Challenge is an opportunity to get kids outside and learning in fun and engaging ways through conducting science experiments, exploring nature, and creating works of art.
How To Go on a Turtle Trek from Piedmont Wildlife Center
Learn how you can become part of PWC's citizen science project, Triangle Turtle Trekkers!
NYBG Steere Herbarium digitazation
You can contribute to scientific research from anywhere by helping botanists interpret herbarium specimens.
SciStarter is the place to find, join, and contribute to science through providing people access to more than 2,700 searchable formal and informal research projects and events.
The Zooniverse is the world’s largest and most popular platform for people-powered research.
Bumble Bee Watch
Bumble Bee Watch is a collaborative effort to track and conserve North America’s bumble bees.
EarthEcho Water Challenge
The EarthEcho Water Challenge builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local bodies of water.
eBird data document bird distribution, abundance, habitat use and trends through checklist data collected within a simple scientific framework.
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.
Foldit is a revolutionary crowdsourcing computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research by taking advantage of humans' puzzle-solving intuitions and having people play competitively to fold the best proteins.
Your observations help scientists track changes in clouds, water, plants and other life in support of climate research.
HerpMapper gathers and shares information about reptile and amphibian observations across the planet.
iNaturalist.org 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.
Nature's Notebook gathers information on plant and animal phenology across the U.S. to be used for decision-making on local, national and global scales to ensure the continued vitality of our environment.
This network of citizen scientists tracks changes in plant seasons to assist scientists studying climate.
- Durham Community Resources
Where to Buy Local While Social Distancing from the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
More than 150 farms across North and South Carolina have added on-farm pickups, home delivery & online pre-orders to accommodate for social distancing in light of the COVID-19 outbreak
Welcome Baby provides accurate child development information and emotional and practical support, including remote resources and virtual classes.
Community Resources to Support Families During COVID-19 from NC Cooperative Extension
The Durham County Extension Center has compiled a list of resources connecting people with food, healthcare, computer & internet, public school assistance, and financial & emergency.