Special Events

Monday, March 1st, the Sugarloaf section of Lewis Morris County Park will be closed due to tree work.

Monday, March 1st, the Sugarloaf section of Lewis Morris County Park will be closed due to tree work.

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

All Ages.

Bring your camera or phone for this month’s scavenger hunt, ‘Brrr! It’s Cold.’ Take a photo of every item, and get a prize.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, February 1—Sunday, February 28
  • Time:
    Participate any time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    $10 per family. (Family/Groups of 6 or less).
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

****** SOLD OUT ******

All Ages.

Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. This year, the program will be held entirely outdoors.

Saturdays, February 20, & 27, March 6 & 13. Space is limited.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 20—Saturday, March 13
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2 p.m. AND 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

  • Cost:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Adults.  

Environmental EducationRegister here. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Thursday, March 18: Be Bear Aware - Black bears are an important part of our natural world, and all New Jersey residents should know how to react if they encounter one of these amazing mammals. An interactive multimedia presentation, bear artifacts, and a fun simulation activity help participants to better understand black bear history, adaptations, life cycle, diet, and needs.

Historic Sites - Register hereFor more information, 973.631.5022.

Thursday, March 11: Fashion Through the Ages - In celebration of Women’s History month, join Museum Registrar Katie Humphreys as we take a virtual tour through the changing face of women’s fashion over the past two hundred years. Discover why certain choices became fashionable, learn how to identify what decade a dress is from, and get a sneak peek at how our museum professional staff preserves these delicate pieces for the future.  

Horticulture - Register hereFor more information, 973.326.7601.

Thursday, February 25: Top Ten Gardening Questions Answered and More! - How do I prune my hydrangeas? How do I prune my clematis? Is it time to divide my peonies? These and other common garden questions will be answered by Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education. Email Ann afahey@morrisparks.net by February 18 and she will add your questions to the presentation.

Thursday, March 25: Wildflowers of the Tourne - Join members of the Rockaway Valley Garden Club as they virtually tour the Tourne Wildflower Trail and discuss spring ephemerals and other native flowers.

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 25—Thursday, March 25
  • Time:
    12 noon – 12:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual programming by the Morris County Park Commission.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Please contact the pertinent division above for more information.

In-Person Home School Days

In-Person Home School Days

All programs are for ages 6 - 12. 

Horticulture - Register here. For more information, 973.326.7601.

March 11 -  The Stories of Trees: Why is a dogwood called a dogwood? How did the oak tree help start the Revolutionary War? Learn stories, legends, and myths about some of the oldest residents of the USA. Dress for the weather.

 

Environmental Education - Register here. For more information, 973.635.6629.

****** SOLD OUT ****** February 25 - Winter Birds: Gather around the feeders to learn to identify our winter resident birds.  Learn the correct way to use binoculars, and find out how you can be part of ongoing citizen science that helps to determine the health of bird populations.

March 25 - Animal Signs: Head into the forest to examine the signs left behind by wildlife and to solve the mystery of what they mean.  Examine your own study plot with a group and draw conclusions about what the animals have been up to.

 

Historic Sites - Register here For more information, 973.631.5022.

****** SOLD OUT ****** March 18 - Garden Start: A farm’s planting is never finished, even in late winter. Come and work with the farmers to get farm crops started! Learn about planting times, frost dates, and come see how our grow lights get everything started. Plant your own seedlings to take home.   

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 25—Thursday, March 25
  • Time:
    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Please check the pertinent program page for the program location.

  • Cost:
    $10/child per class. A $2 material fee may apply.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Please contact the pertinent division above for more information.

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt - March

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt - March

All Ages.

Bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt, ‘Popping Up All Over’. Take a photo of every item, and get a prize.

Register Here.

  • Date:
    Monday, March 1—Wednesday, March 31
  • Time:
    Participate any time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    $10 per family. (Family/Groups of 6 or less).
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Plant of the Month Club for Kids

Plant of the Month Club for Kids

Ages 6 - 12

Meet with other plant lovers, get your hands dirty, plant a new kind of interesting, creepy, unusual, or rare plant, and learn how to take care of it.  Clover or shamrock—what’s the difference? Please pick up supplies at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, March 1
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Horticulture Education.

  • Cost:
    $10 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Garden Sprouts Outside

Garden Sprouts Outside

****** SOLD OUT ******

Ages 3 - 5 (with an adult).

March 3 - Yum! Yum! Yum!:  Weather permitting, the maple sap will be running.   Learn how tree sap becomes delicious syrup, and have a taste, too!  Dress for the weather.

March 17 - Wake Up!: Spring is almost here, or at least the calendar says so.   Look around to see what’s up and what’s already in bloom. Dress for the weather.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, March 3—Wednesday, March 17
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Family Farm Stroll

Family Farm Stroll

All Ages.

Take a walk on the farm, learning about the history of the area and the animals that live there!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, March 4
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    $5 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.631.5343.

Virtual Home School Days

Virtual Home School Days

All programs are for ages 6 - 12. 

Horticulture Register here. For more information, 973.326.7601.

March 23 - The Power of Flower: Flower blossoms have only one job, no matter how pretty or drab they are.  Dissect a flower and learn its parts, how it does what it does, and start some flower seeds or early spring plantings. Please pick up supplies at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

 

Environmental EducationRegister here. For more information, 973.635.6629.

March 9 - Wondrous Woodpeckers: Play a Jeopardy game to learn everything there is to know about these fascinating creatures.  Find out what kinds we have, what their unique adaptations are, and many more fun facts!

 

Historic SitesRegister here.  For more information, 973.631.5022. 

March 16 - Food to Faces: Students will learn the basic skills of collage in creating a human form.  They will then learn about Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who is famous for creating portraits out of food items.  After a discussion of nutrition, the participants will then create their own “portrait a la Giuseppe Arcimboldo,” creating their body out of their favorite foods. 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, March 9—Tuesday, March 23
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual programs hosted by the Morris County Park Commission.

  • Cost:
    $10/child per class. A $2 material fee may apply.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Please contact the pertinent division above for more information.

Virtual Awesome Animal Artists

Virtual Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 & Up.

In this virtual program, learn to draw a NJ native animal and create your own masterpiece!  First guess the animal of the month with clues, then learn all the facts about this animal's life before learning to draw it using simple shapes and lines, guided by Miss Jenny.  You'll be amazed at what you can do!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, March 9
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Environmental Education.

  • Cost:
    $6 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Caching for Gold

Caching for Gold

Ages 7 & Up.

Geocaching is a great outdoor activity for families! Use a GPS unit and a map to locate hidden treasures, called “caches”, along the trail that contain extra special St. Patrick’s themed trinkets. All materials are provided.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, March 17
  • Time:
    3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Environmental Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

  • Cost:
    $10 per family.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Pre-K Nature on the Farm

Pre-K Nature on the Farm

****** SOLD OUT ******

Ages 2 - 4.

Families with pre-K kids take a walk on the trails and farm, learning about the natural world around them.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, March 18
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.631.5343.

Wild Animal Experts Online:  Slithering Snakes

Wild Animal Experts Online:  Slithering Snakes

All Ages!

Discover the snakes of NJ through fun facts and meeting our LIVE snake up close. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, March 20—Sunday, March 21
  • Time:
    Use the link you receive upon registration to log in at your convenience on March 20 - 21.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Environmental Education.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide at Willowwood Arboretum

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide at Willowwood Arboretum

Ages 12 & Up.

A Japanese walking meditation reminds us that we are part of nature, not separate from it. This program is a mix of meditation, mindfulness, and wellness promotion. Space is limited.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, March 20
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. – 12 noon.
  • Location:

    Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township, 07931.

  • Cost:
    $20 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Ages 12 & Up.

A Japanese walking meditation reminds us that we are part of nature, not separate from it. This program is a mix of meditation, mindfulness, and wellness promotion. Space is limited.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, March 21
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. – 12 noon.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    $20 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Signs of Spring Walk at Great Swamp

Signs of Spring Walk at Great Swamp

All Ages.

Spring signs are popping up all along the trails!  Come explore to see what animals and plants are appearing after the months of winter cold.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, March 25
  • Time:
    3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Environmental Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

  • Cost:
    $10 per family.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Signs of Spring Walk at Pyramid Mountain

Signs of Spring Walk at Pyramid Mountain

All Ages.

Spring signs are popping up all along the trails!  Come explore to see what animals and plants are appearing after the months of winter cold.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, March 26
  • Time:
    3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township, 07045 (intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue).

  • Cost:
    $10 per family.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.