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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
March
3/1/2023
6:00 PM - 3/18/2023 10:00 AM
An Introduction to Birds and Birding
Spaces Remaining: 9
Join instructors from the New Hope Audubon Society for an introductory course in bird identification, classification, physiology, behavior, and more. This hybrid course is aimed at bird watchers of all skill levels. Whether you're not sure if that bird at your feeder is a chickadee or a nuthatch or whether you know how to tell ruby-crowned from golden-crowned kinglets, this class will have something for you. We will meet for a two and a half-hour Zoom session as a group on Wednesday, March 1, then split into small groups for a trip to Mason Farm Biological Reserve.
3/10/2023
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hike: Dutchman's Breeches at Willie Duke's Bluff
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Milo Pyne and Scott Ward will lead you to the natural area known as Willie Duke’s Bluff. You will have the opportunity to observe an outstanding display of Dutchman’s breeches and other rare and unusual spring native wildflowers including some of our local ephemeral favorites, including bloodroot and dimpled trout lily. This hike is somewhat difficult, depending on your abilities, and includes one steep climb. During the hike you will be off trail during times, and if there have been recent rains, parts of the trail might be muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes/boots and long pants. This traverse usually requires approximately three hours. Meeting spot provided upon registration.
3/11/2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Saturday NCBG Tour
Spaces Remaining: 18
From March to November, join our skilled volunteer Garden Guides on the second Saturday of the month for a guided tour of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Each month offers a glimpse into what’s happening in our unique native plant gardens – from spring wildflowers to fall color – and what makes the NCBG one of the premier conservation gardens in the US. Tours are one (1) hour and space is limited! Please register each member of your party separately.
3/18/2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Spaces Remaining: 7
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with a Coker Arboretum curator. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
3/25/2023
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Creek Week Rain Garden Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 15
The North Carolina Botanical Garden, the Town of Chapel Hill, and the N.C. Cooperative Extension invites you to participate in a rain garden workshop hosted at the Carolina Community Garden (CCG). The workshop will be led by stormwater expert Mitch Woodward. It will cover all aspects of rain garden design, plant selection, and care, and will provide participants hands-on experience in rain garden installation on-site at the CCG. As a part of Orange County Creek Week, participants will learn how to create beautiful rain gardens as an option for dealing with stormwater in residential properties and communities. Additionally, Allison Weakley, a Town of Chapel Hill stormwater analyst and botanist, will be present to answer participants’ questions regarding choosing native plants for your own rain garden.
April
4/1/2023
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Penny's Bend: A Half Day Field Trip
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve is an 84-acre site that protects numerous rare plant species. It is surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in eastern Durham County, North Carolina. This half day field trip will include a visit to distinct plant communities including a remnant Piedmont prairie, rich mesic and alluvial forests, and dry shortleaf pine-dominated bluffs. Rare species found on the Preserve include the smooth purple coneflower (Echinacea laevigata), eastern prairie blue wild indigo (Baptisia minor var. aberrans), hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens), and Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria). Much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.
4/8/2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Second Saturday NCBG Tour
Spaces Remaining: 20
From March to November, join our skilled volunteer Garden Guides on the second Saturday of the month for a guided tour of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Each month offers a glimpse into what’s happening in our unique native plant gardens – from spring wildflowers to fall color – and what makes the NCBG one of the premier conservation gardens in the US. Tours are one (1) hour and space is limited! Please register each member of your party separately.
4/15/2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Spaces Remaining: 20
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with a Coker Arboretum curator. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
4/18/2023
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Battle Park Tour
Spaces Remaining: 5
Learn about the history and preservation of the property now known as Battle Park on the UNC campus. We'll walk through the park in the peak of its spring glory, covering hotspots visited and named by Kemp Plummer Battle himself as well as the philosophies behind the preservation and conservation of our natural areas.
4/29/2023
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Spring at Mason Farm
Spaces Remaining: 9
Take a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s Old Farm Trail, which travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Naturalist Ed Harrison will point out wildflowers and discuss how the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest benefits local biological diversity conservation. About 2.5 miles in length, the hike includes a short off-trail foray into the old-growth Shagbark Hickory forest. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.
May
5/20/2023
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Blue Wild Indigo at Penny's Bend
Spaces Remaining: 12
This hike will provide a wonderful opportunity to see rare flora at Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, and managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Baptisia aberrans is an imperiled species at the state level and survives in only a small number of remnant Piedmont prairie or savanna patches. The Garden’s management practices at Penny’s Bend has favored a variety of prairie and savanna flora. About 2 miles in length, much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.