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Closed Parks and Trails (as of 10/16/14)

A Tour of Morris County's Open Spaces

Come walk with us through parks, at a wildlife refuge, on trails and at historic sites in this half-hour program about Open Spaces and Historic Places in Morris County, New Jersey. Thanks to Greener New Jersey Productions for making this video possible!

Winter Recreation

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Looking for Winter Recreation destinations?

Discover where to snowshoe, cross-country ski, ice skate, and sled in Morris County Parks.

Apple Cidering

Apple Cidering

Get involved in the hands-on process by helping to prepare the apples; grinding them, turning the old-fashioned press, and collecting the cider. This engaging experience is topped off with a delicious sample of fresh, homemade cider! You will also learn some amazing facts about the apple’s place in history and in the natural world.

Date: November 8, 9, 22, 23, 29, 30
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township, NJ
Cost: $3.
Contact: 973.635.6629

Gingerbread Wonderland

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This December marks the 23rd annual Gingerbread Wonderland. Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity, skill, and sense of optimism that characterizes this charming exhibit of over 200 edible structures. Past year’s gingerbread creations have included models of Notre Dame Cathedral, Hanukah menorahs, Japanese temples, Chinese pagodas, European castles, and neighborhood sweet shops. Groups of 8 or more must make a reservation by calling 973.326.7601.

Date: Friday, December 5 through Sunday, December 14.
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, Fridays until 7:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
Cost: $2 admission per person, children under 2 are FREE.
Contact: 973.326.7601

Winter on the Home Front: A Civil War Christmas

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Experience holiday life during the Civil War both on the home front and at a soldier’s winter encampment. The 2nd NJ Brigade soldiers prepare for a holiday away from home in authentically reproduced huts. Enjoy a Civil War era Officer’s Ball with period music, costumes, and dance. On the home front at the historic Vail home, listen to families read actual letters from Union troops, ad see how a home was decorated. Shop for unique gifts, stocking stuffers, and holiday ornaments.

Date: Saturday, December 6 and Sunday,
December 7
Time: Saturday: 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown
Cost: $7/adult, $6/senior (65+), $5/child (ages 4 -16), children under 4 are FREE.
Contact: 973.285.6550

Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl

Friday Night Skate

Looking for something fresh and exciting to do this Friday Night? Then come to Mennen Sports Arena and skate the night away! DJ Earl will be playing the newest hits and some of your favorite throw-backs under the psychedelic lights. Want to hear something special? Requests are always welcome. Gather your friends and meet on the ice every Friday night for skating, arcade games, and yummy treats from the snack bar.
Date: Every Friday
Time: 8 p.m. - 10 pm.
Location: Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township
Cost: $7 admission, $3.50 skate rental
Contact: 973.326.7651.

Check Out Our School Programs

Teachers: Take advantage of our many excellent field trips that are close at hand and offer a wealth of educational experiences at affordable prices. Our lesson topics and objectives are closely correlated to the NJ Core Curriculum Standards as well as the most commonly taught science and social studies topics in local schools. Our programs include hands-on activities, pre- and post- trip lessons, and take home follow-up activities. Professional development courses are also available.

White-tailed Deer ManagementWhite-tailed Deer Management Program

The Morris County Park Commission is conducting a controlled deer hunt. Please refer to the hunt schedule for park and trail closures. Hunting is by Park Commission-issued special permit only. Contact 973-326-7600 with any questions.

Click the skating bunny for Mennen Arena Learn to Skate Program informationLearn to Skate Program

Sign up for Mennen Arena's Learn to Skate classes. Programs available for three year olds to adults!


'Tree Cookie'"What is a Tree Cookie, Anyway?"

Natural ‘tree cookies,’ more special than any store bought cookies, are round slices of tree trunks, not edible, of course. They are now available for purchase at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Learn more and order your tree cookie!

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