Special Events

Please be informed that bow hunting is scheduled to begin on September 9 in several parks in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. Please click here for the hunt schedule. Please contact (973) 326-7600 with any questions.

Please be informed that bow hunting is scheduled to begin on September 9 in several parks in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. Please click here for the hunt schedule. Please contact (973) 326-7600 with any questions.

Outdoor Skills: Backpacking Basics

Outdoor Skills: Backpacking Basics

Ages 10 - 15.

Satisfy the appetites for adventure while learning wilderness and survival skills. This class focuses on skills and helpful tips for backpacking, including what to bring, how to pack, and how to hike safely.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, September 20
  • Time:
    4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $10 per child, per class.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

A Day Off with Nature: Fun in the Forest

A Day Off with Nature: Fun in the Forest

Ages 5 - 9.

Spend the day off from school enjoying our fabulous forest! Explore life under the leaf litter, up in the tree tops, and everywhere in between. Enjoy fun games, activities, crafts, and a leisurely hike, all based on a tree theme.

  • Date:
    Thursday, September 21
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $35 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Grow Your Groceries: Preserve Your Harvest

Grow Your Groceries: Preserve Your Harvest

This series features Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gardener, Jeanne Lardino, and Chef and Master Gardener, Cynthia Triolo. Jeanne focuses on growing techniques, varieties, pest and disease management, and harvesting. Cynthia prepares dishes using the veggies for tasting, while focusing on storage and cooking methods. Recipes accompany the talk. This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 23
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Epistles & Erasures: The Poetry of Address &What Is Unsaid

Epistles & Erasures: The Poetry of Address &What Is Unsaid

Join 2017 Honoree Artist, Emari DiGiorgio, in this craft talk and writing workshop to learn a brief history of the epistolary poem (the letter as poem), try your hand at two guided writing exercises, and share your work informally. Workshop open to all levels.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 23
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave, Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $30 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/SpeedwellMasterClass2017 or call 973.285.6537

Paranormal Evenings at Historic Speedwell

Paranormal Evenings at Historic Speedwell

Ages 16 & Up.

Experience the phenomenon known as ‘ghost hunting,’ led by Specter Seekers Paranormal Society, a group of experts with over 25 years of paranormal experience. Join an investigation of the historic 1790s Vail House, while learning the different methods and equipment used.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 23
  • Time:
    7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $45 per person. All programs are rain or shine, no refunds.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, http://tinyurl.com/ParanormalRegistrationVail. For information, 973.631.5077 or khumphreys@morrisparks.net.

Welcome Autumn Hike: Moderate

Welcome Autumn Hike: Moderate

Ages 7 & Up.

Hike the trails of Turkey Mountain, and look for signs of the newly arrived autumn season.

  • Date:
    Sunday, September 24
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain, 472 Boonton Avenue, Boonton Township.

  • Cost:
    $1 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130.

Wool for the War!

Wool for the War!

Meet the Fosterfields’ sheep, and clean, card, and spin their wool. Try your hand at knitting, an important WWI-related home front activity that helped the troops.

  • Date:
    Sunday, September 24
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, FREE per child under age 2.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645.

Upcycle Sunday-Ceramics

Upcycle Sunday-Ceramics

Get the most out of your things, just like in days of old. Upcycle ceramics into useful items, and keep them out of the landfill.

  • Date:
    Sunday, September 24
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4.
  • Contact:
    973.285.6537.

Family Science Day: Fantastic Forest

Family Science Day: Fantastic Forest

All Ages with an adult.

Learn about trees and forests while rotating through hands-on activity stations designed to challenge families to work together and make new discoveries. 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, September 26
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain, 472a Boonton Ave, Boonton Township.

  • Cost:
    $8 per child age 5 & up, $5 per child age 3 & 4.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130.

Meet the Servants at The Willows

Meet the Servants at The Willows

During a special hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows, during the WWI era. Help the maid with some household chores, and assist in prepping historic foods for the cook to bake using the wood-burning cook stove.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 30
  • Time:
    1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, FREE per child under age 2.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645.

Preparing the House for Winter

Preparing the House for Winter

One of women’s responsibilities throughout history was to prepare the home for winter. Harvest time is a time of plenty. However, it is followed by lean times, meaning that budgets must be prepared, and supplies must be put aside to sustain the family through the winter months. Learn about what was done to get ready, and also participate in a soap making craft.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 30
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4.
  • Contact:
    973.285.6537.

‘Gesneriads in History’ Gesneriad Society Show and Sale

‘Gesneriads in History’ Gesneriad Society Show and Sale

Don’t miss the annual show and sale of these beautiful, diminutive, exotic cousins of African Violets. A Q&A discussion takes place from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 1
  • Time:
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

Tea for Two

Tea for Two

Marc Zukovich and Cynthia Triolo join forces for this fascinating program on all things tea, both traditional and herbal. Learn how tea is grown, how and when it is harvested, and how to prepare infusions and tisanes. Enjoy a sampling of all the teas discussed, accompanied by delicious scones.

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 1
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Falling for Fungus

Falling for Fungus

Ages 6 & Up.

Enjoy a walk and talk with a fungus enthusiast, and search for sprouting mushrooms.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, October 3
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $3 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Sprouts: Fabulous Fall Flowers

Sprouts: Fabulous Fall Flowers

Ages 2 - 3 with an adult.

Summer is over, but some flowers are still in bloom. Take a garden walk to find flowers, and enjoy a story read aloud, song, and a craft. Pre-registration recommended, walk-ins welcome.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 4
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $5 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

‘The Time to Mourn’

‘The Time to Mourn’

Ages 12 & Up.

Tour the Foster family home, The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian period. Customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after the deceased had passed.

Wednesday, October 4 through Sundays, October 22.
Wednesday October 25 through Friday, October 27
Sunday, October 29

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 4—Sunday, October 29
  • Time:
    1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4-16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, FREE per child under age 2.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645.

Halloween Fun Galore

Halloween Fun Galore

Brace yourself for the best Halloween ex-FEAR-iences this season! Starting Wednesday, October 4 through Tuesday, October 31, enjoy haunting activities at various Morris County Park Commission locations. From trembling, nature-themed tales to creating boo-tiful pumpkins, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Check out our featured Halloween events below!

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 4—Tuesday, October 31
  • Time:
    Check Halloween Fun Galore Page
  • Location:

    Check Halloween Fun Galore Page

The Liberated Landscape: A Lecture by Larry Weaner

The Liberated Landscape: A Lecture by Larry Weaner

Using examples from his own property, as well as diverse client projects, Landscape Designer Larry Weaner shows how partnering with nature can result in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities. This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 7
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $40 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Hammerin’! Blacksmithing Master Class - 2 Day Course

Hammerin’! Blacksmithing Master Class - 2 Day Course

Join William Barrett, of Bill Barrett Custom Knives, for a two-day, intermediate blacksmithing class, focusing on more advanced techniques, and work on a project to take home. All supplies are provided. Space is limited, so register early. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Speedwell. 

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 7—Sunday, October 8
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave, Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $60 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register visit https://tinyurl.com/SpeedwellMasterClass2017 or call 973.285.6537

Grand Harvest Wine Festival

Grand Harvest Wine Festival

Enjoy a day of live music, delicious foods, artisan crafts, and a sampling of 300+ wines produced by GPS Inc. and New Jersey wineries. For more info, visit www.newjerseywineevents.com.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 7—Sunday, October 8
  • Time:
    12 noon - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $20 advanced discount admission, $25 day-of (cash only), $5 non-samplers ages 21 & up, FREE under 21.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645.

Lenape Day

Lenape Day

Celebrate the Lenape culture and history with a traditional drum circle, dancers in regalia, historic tools and artifacts, a wigwam replica, demos, and fun, hands-on activities. Take a guided walk on the wooded trails to discover even more about the Lenape. This event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 7
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $5 per person age 3 & up.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629.

Expressions of Nature

Expressions of Nature

Spend the day strolling the exquisite gardens through the blossoming eyes of an artist. Admire the stunning seasonal blooms, and watch firsthand as the artists create original masterpieces based on the arboretum scenery. Artwork is available for purchase.

(Rain date: Sunday, October 15)

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 8
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

A Day Off with Nature: Lenape Life

A Day Off with Nature: Lenape Life

Ages 5 - 9.

Enjoy a day off from school filled with fun facts, games, and crafts that celebrate the Lenni Lenape people of New Jersey. Examine artifacts, practice using natural tools to plant and grind corn, make an authentic Lenape game to take home, and identify edible and medicinal wild plants. 

  • Date:
    Monday, October 9
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $35 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Flowers Galore Tea & Tour

Flowers Galore Tea & Tour

Step onto the beautiful grounds for a leisurely one-hour tour focusing on the seasonal blooms of the magnificent gardens of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Then, at the charming Matilda’s Café, delight in a sumptuous selection of scones and traditional tea sandwiches, pastries, and teas.

  • Date:
    Monday, October 23
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

     Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $35 per person. Preregistration is required. Visitors ages 13+ are most welcome!
  • Contact:
    973.394.1100.