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The Great White Outdoors

This winter, don’t let Mother Nature keep you inside. Duke Farms offers so many ways to stay active and engaged with the natural environment during the colder months.

If you’re looking to connect with the wildlife, animal tracking at Duke Farms is a perfect opportunity. On January 19 learn new skills, including identification, print classification, and animal locomotion at this breathtaking 2,700 acre estate in Hillsborough. Be sure to dress for the weather, and bring a notebook and tape measure. The program is for adults and focused young people. The walk will take place from 9am-12pm, with a cost of $17 per person. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please click here.

Duke Farms will also host a snowshoe walk among winter weeds and wildflowers on January 26. On this walk, you'll learn new plant names and discuss the benefits of having a little wild in the winter months. Hot chocolate will follow the walk. The cost is $12 per person and the hike will take place from 10am-12pm. Please register here as space is limited.

If you'd rather explore the  Duke Farms estate on your own, you're in luck. Bring your own snow shoes or cross-country skis, then make a quick stop by the orientation center for a map, and then head off for a full day of fun. You'll spot thousands of native species (flora and fauna), historic structures once belonging to J.B. and Doris Duke, an orchid range, and waterfalls, among many other fascinating sights. For a full list of upcoming programs, events and hours, please visit dukefarms.org.

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