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Duke Farms feature a variety of gardens that were developed over the years, including eco-friendly indoor and outdoor display gardens using native and endemic plants, as well as two champion trees, a Great Oak and an Amur Cork. The garden is also home to renovated and energy-efficient greenhouses known as the Orchid Range, and the farm’s Farm Barn was renovated to become the Orientation Center.
Duke Farms offers a variety of educational programs and special event opportunities throughout the year for all ages from classes about stewardship and cultivating a stronger connection with nature to seasonal, weekly farm markets and four annual festivals. Educational programs include Habitat Restoration, Agro-Ecology, Sustainability, and Eagle Cam.
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The Habitat Restoration program aims to restore healthy, ecologically functioning systems, and educate and inspire visitors about stewardship and developing a strong conservation ethic, while the purpose of the Agro-Ecology Program is to demonstrate sustainable and wildlife-friendly farming operations. This is done through extensive wildlife habitat enhancement and restoration and the use of programs such as an organic community garden program, and a new farmers training program, which promotes green building practices.
Duke Farms promotes sustainability through ecologically designed buildings and landscapes that reduce pollution and waste and provide minimal demands on non-renewable energy resource, thus creating healthier indoor and outdoor environments.
The Eagle Cam was installed in 2008 and provides an inside look at the daily lives of the bald eagles that call the farm home. The project was established in partnership with The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey and provides educational programs and educational opportunities for learners of all ages.
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