School’s Out Camp: Awesome Amphibians

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Do you know the difference between a frog and a toad? How is an amphibian different from a reptile? Find out as we explore the Garden for frogs, toads, and salamanders and learn about where they live, their magical life cycles, and incredible survival skills. We will meet some amphibians up close and practice our identification skills by sight and sound. Designed for young nature enthusiasts, this day camp offers a perfect blend of outdoor exploration, wildlife discovery, and creative indoor activities.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Biocultural Diversity Conservation for our Collective Future

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Biocultural diversity conservation is an approach to conservation that centers the deep relationships between human cultures and the natural world. Contained within the world’s diversity of languages, systems of medicine, ritual traditions, and artistic expressions is culturally-specific knowledge about the natural world and its stewardship. Many cultural practices are dependent upon a diversity of biological species, and the continued practice or revitalization of practices maintains the cultural value of nature, and promotes the conservation of biological diversity. A global shift toward a biocultural approach to conservation is vital for biological and cultural diversity, and the health of both humans and ecosystems.

Virtual Webinar – Pine Tree Pharmacy

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

During this talk, Mr. Arvis Boughman will discuss plants and herbal remedies, including those of the longleaf pine ecosystem, that members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina have used for centuries in the coastal plain of North Carolina and continue to use today.

Lifelong Longleaf Hike: Green Swamp Preserve

Green Swamp Preserve

The longleaf pine story continues as we explore one of the best examples of a longleaf pine savanna remaining in North Carolina. Venus flytraps, pitcher plants and other carnivorous plants dot the grassy landscape under the dappled shade of longleaf pines in this Nature Conservancy Preserve.

$15

An Introduction to Birds and Birding

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

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.

Virtual Webinar – Hooheh (Longleaf Pine) Reforestation and Cultural Burn Program

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Learn about the strength of the grassroots tribal program, Waccamaw Siouan STEM Studio and its impact to the local tribal community; reestablishing Hooheh (long leaf pine) that impacts our environment and inspiring fire back to the landscape.

Wild Herbs of the Longleaf Pine Forest and Carolinas

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Come learn common wild herbs that you can use for food and medicine daily. April Punsalan, Founder of Wild Herb Academy, will show you how to connect with common wild herbs to improve your vitality and health. In this workshop, she will cover up to 10 common wild herbs of the longleaf pine and other coastal ecosystems and discuss how she incorporates these herbs into her daily life to improve wellbeing.

$52

Little Sprouts: ‘I Spy Spring’

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Spring has sprung! What’s blooming? Who’s singing? Let’s explore the garden for all things springtime – frogs, flowers, new leaves, nesting birds – and enjoy stories and a craft, too.

$10

Longneedle: Meet the Author & Craft Paper Critters

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

We're celebrating the amazing longleaf pine habitat this spring! Join us for a special program with author and illustrator Anne Marshall Runyon. Anne will read excerpts from her wonderful picture book, Longneedle, about the 300-year life of a single longleaf pine tree in the North Carolina Coastal Plain – how it survived fire and hurricanes and its connections with other plants and animals. See original illustrations and learn about the inspiration behind the book, too. Following the reading, families will have the unique opportunity to craft paper sculptures of the two charming squirrels featured in Longneedle – the fox squirrel and the southern flying squirrel.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: The Longleaf Pine as a Source of Food, Medicine, and Craft for Tribal Nations of the Southeast

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

This talk will explore how the longleaf pine, a native tree of the Southeast, provides food, medicine, and craft materials for various tribes such as the Lumbee, the Waccamaw Siouan, and the Coharie. Nancy Fields will share examples of how the longleaf pine was historically used and continues to be used today in various aspects of tribal life, culture, and history.

Spring Break Camp

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Spring has sprung! Send your nature lover to a week full of hands-on outdoor discovery celebrating the change of season. What’s stirring in the pond, sprouting from the soil, and emerging in the trees? Participants will explore different habitats for signs of animals and plants that come to life in spring, enjoy games and stories, and express creativity through themed arts/crafts. Camp features a blend of indoor and outdoor learning, a camper to staff ratio of 4:1, experienced environmental educators and naturalists, and loads of fun!

$360

Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture with Bill Finch

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

The longleaf pine ecosystem has often been described as North America’s most diverse forest ecosystem, and longleaf, like few other ecosystems, fostered diversity within and outside its canopy. But understanding the diversity of that diversity will be critical not only to maintaining longleaf pine but also to restoring forest ecosystems that can survive the dramatic changes of the next century, while more equitably serving the people who live there.

Free

Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature – Spring Series

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

Learning comes naturally during this fun-filled series that fosters a sense of wonder for nature and science. Preschoolers will get their hands dirty learning about seeds, dip in the pond for tadpoles, observe birds up-close, pretend to be pollinators, and more through hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, stories, crafts, and group play. Healthy snack provided. Program is led by experienced early childhood environmental educators.

$144