North Carolina Botanical Garden, at 100 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, is free to visit. (Although memberships are available and have many benefits.) The gardens host many events, both for adults and kids. Some of the events have an admission charge and some are free to attend. You can see all of the events here.
There’s a free garden tour the first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. The tours cover different topics month to month, so you can definitely enjoy going several times. Sign up here.
The third Saturday of the month, from March to November, there’s also a free tour of Coker Arboretum at 11 a.m. You don’t need to sign up for this one. Just show up. Coker Arboretum is in the heart of The University of North Carolina, 399 East Cameron Avenue.
Some of the events below take place at Carolina Campus Community Garden, 200 Wilson Street, Chapel Hill.
Some events require registration, so make sure to follow each link.
BOOtanical Family Festival
Friday, October 25th, 2019
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
$5 per person. Children 2 and under are free.
For all ages. Celebrate the fall season with a fun-filled evening of hands-on nature activities at the Garden! Meet green monsters, tackle the spider obstacle course, craft a magic wand and leaf critter, hear creepy crawly tales, and much more. Be sure to view the nature-themed carved pumpkin display, and come dressed in your favorite plant or animal costume! Food for purchase.
Rescheduled! Lunchbox Talk: Plants We Eat and Wear
Thursday, October 31st, 2019
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Explore some of our most fundamental relationships with plants: the foods we eat and the clothes we wear. Our diet and clothing reflect a fascinating history of the domestication and international sharing of plants across cultures over the past 15,000 years. What are the implications of our increasingly global and industrialized diet, and the “locavore” agitation against it? The lecture will be followed by a sampling of plant foods from around the world.
Battle Park Tour
Sunday, November 24th, 2019
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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 autumn 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.
Please note that the hike is moderate to strenuous, depending on your abilities. Battle Park trails traverse uneven and/or steep terrain at times. You are encouraged to bring a hiking stick! For the safety of our guests, dogs are not allowed on tours.
Meeting spot supplied upon registration.