Special Events

HUNTING CLOSURES: Cooper Gristmill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum will be closed on Monday 12/5, Thursday 12/8, and Thursday 12/15 for firearm hunting by permit only. For full hunt schedule, please click here.

HUNTING CLOSURES: Cooper Gristmill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum will be closed on Monday 12/5, Thursday 12/8, and Thursday 12/15 for firearm hunting by permit only. For full hunt schedule, please click here.

Close to Extinction! Endangered in NJ

Close to Extinction! Endangered in NJ

Ages 7 - 11.

Which animals are endangered in our state? What does that even mean? Find out which species are in trouble, why, and how you can help! At the end, you will be able to meet our state endangered corn snake named Sniffles!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, December 1
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $7 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Photo Scavenger Hunt:  Totally Trees

Photo Scavenger Hunt:  Totally Trees

All ages. 

Don't be fooled by winter! There are lots of trees with winter beauty. Use the clues and find them all in this family friendly and fun photo scavenger hunt.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, December 1—Saturday, December 31
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

  • Cost:
    $10 per family or group of 6.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Holiday Gift Workshop

Holiday Gift Workshop

Adults.

Happy Holidays! 

**** SOLD OUT **** Thursday, December 1: Soap Making - Using essential oils, create bars of melt and pour soap to gift during the holidays. Workshop includes 3 bars of soap and 1 bar of soap shaped in a holiday mold. $35 per person.

**** SOLD OUT **** Thursday, December 8: Holiday Ornament Felting - Tis the season for fiber crafting! Participants will learn the basics of needle felting, while making a festive felted holiday ornament. $10 per person.

Friday, December 9: Snow Globe Making - Create a unique snow globe to give as a gift! Each participant creates a snow globe to take home or give away as a gift. $10 per person.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, December 1—Friday, December 9
  • Time:
    6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $10-35 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Little Farm Friends

Little Farm Friends

Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. 

Friday, December 2: Winter Walk - Take a stroll on the wintery farm. See what changed throughout the seasons and make a craft to take home.

Friday, December 16: Winter Walk - Take a stroll on the wintery farm. See what changed throughout the seasons and make a craft to take home.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 2—Friday, December 16
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $10 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7645.

Kids in the Wild

Kids in the Wild

Ages 7 – 11.

In this series, kids get into the woods, learning different outdoor skills, meeting other like-minded kids and building confidence.

December 3: Shelter Building - In this session, learn about survival shelters and build a debris shelter. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 3
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Willows Wonderland

Willows Wonderland

All ages.

December 3 and 4

Celebrate the holiday season at Fosterfields! Tour The Willows mansion decorated for different decades of Christmas, talk to costumed interpreters and watch live cooking demos at both the mansion and the 1915 farm house. Create a holiday craft and take a wagon ride and meet the animals in the barnyard.  Even take your picture with Santa!

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 3—Sunday, December 4
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $10 per person, children 2 & under are FREE.
  • Contact:
    Walk-ins welcome! For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

Ages 6 -12. 

Monday, December 5: Evergreens - This month Plant of the Month Club will meet in person just for the holidays. Learn about all kinds of evergreens from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum's gardens. Kids will use them to make a kissing ball -- but no kissing allowed!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 5
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

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

Homeschool Days

Homeschool Days

Ages 6 - 12.

Environmental Education: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, NJ 07928 - Register here.

December 13: Staying Warm - It's cold out there!  How do the animals handle it?  There are many different strategies and we will explore them all.  We will even try to insulate  tiny "frogs" and see if we can keep them warm in the dens we build. 

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

December 6: Staying Warm - It's cold out there!  How do the animals handle it?  There are many different strategies and we will explore them all.  We will even try to insulate  tiny "frogs" and see if we can keep them warm in the dens we build. 

 

Horticulture: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960 - Register here. * Drop Off Only * If your child needs special accommodations, please let us know prior to the program. *

December 15: The Botany Behind the Holly-Days - Learn about holly, poinsettias and mistletoe. What’s a parasitic plant? How did these plants become part of yearly traditions? Find out and bring home a holiday swag to display and enjoy. 

 

Historic Sites: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960 - Register here.

December 8: Holiday History - How was Christmas celebrated in the past? Tour The Willows mansion decorated for different decades of Christmas and learn all about it! 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 6—Thursday, December 15
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. OR 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Locations vary.

  • Cost:
    $10 - $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Environmental Education, 973.635.6629. Horticulture, 973.326.7601. Historic Sites, 973.326.7645.

Hootin’ Owls

Hootin’ Owls

Ages 7 & up.

Tuesday, December 6 at Great Swamp 

Tuesday, December 13 at Pyramid Mountain 

Our nighttime feathery friends come out at dusk to hunt. We'll learn about their unique adaptations and how they spend the winter as we take a walk on the trails to observe their forest habitat. We will also dissect a real owl pellet!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 6
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $12 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

What in the World is a Watershed?!

What in the World is a Watershed?!

Ages 7 & up with an adult.

Discover what a watershed is by making it rain and watching what happens to pollution on our interactive EnviroScape model. Then explore our own watershed on a guided trail walk and search for the ways that people have positively and negatively impacted the water. By the time you leave, you will be a water expert who can help keep water clean in your neighborhood!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, December 7
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $5 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

What’s In Bloom Tour

What’s In Bloom Tour

Adults.

Explore The Frelinghuysen Arboretum with Thyra Kelly, Horticultural Program Specialist on this guided tour of the gardens and grounds. Enjoy the ever-changing beauty each month provides.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, December 7
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    Locations vary. Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931. Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 11 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960.

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

All ages. 

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Celebrate the season by touring the Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Mansion decorated for the holidays in this first annual Festival of Trees. Enjoy trees decorated by scouts, families, floral designers and garden clubs in this festive family outing!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 9—Saturday, December 31
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

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

Wild Animal Experts

Wild Animal Experts

Ages 6 – 10.

Friday, December 9: Bears

After school is a great time to take a nature walk and discover new facts about New Jersey's wildlife! Join a naturalist for this popular series to learn about a new animal every month.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 9—Friday, December 9
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $8 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

All About Bald Eagles

All About Bald Eagles

Ages 7 & up.

During this time of year, bald eagles from far up north begin to migrate south to parts of New Jersey where water is not frozen. Become an eagle expert as you learrn all about the bald eagle and its conservation success story. At the end, we will build a life-sized bald eagle nest!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 10
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $12 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Hoot, Hoot, Hooray for Littles

Hoot, Hoot, Hooray for Littles

Ages 2 - 5 with an adult. 

Enjoy a fun owl-themed story and a walk on the trails to hunt for some of our owl neighbors. We'll learn about their unique adaptations and how they will spend their winter.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, December 11
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $7 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Hoot, Hoot, Hooray for Littles

Hoot, Hoot, Hooray for Littles

Ages 2 - 5 with an adult. 

Enjoy a fun owl-themed story and a walk on the trails to hunt for some of our owl neighbors. We'll learn about their unique adaptations and how they will spend their winter.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, December 11
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $7 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Courses in Nature

Courses in Nature

Adults.

In this series, nature-minded adults can take a deep dive into various natural history topics each month with an expert naturalist.

Sunday, December 11: Surviving the Winter - In this session, join us for an indoor presentation followed by a walk through the Great Swamp to learn about how New Jersey's wildlife has adapted to surviving the winter in a multitude of different ways, sometimes in a drastic fashion!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, December 11—Sunday, December 11
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $12 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Puddle Jumpers

Puddle Jumpers

Ages 5 - 7.

Has your child outgrown our Toddler Treks but still craves adventures in nature? Puddle Jumpers is for you! Join Miss Jenny to discover new things about the natural world through stories, games, activities and guided walks. Parents can stay or drop off.

December 12: Feed the Birds! - Learn to identify all the birds that stay in NJ for the winter, and make them a tasty snack to hang outside.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 12—Monday, December 12
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $7 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Floral Arranging for the Holidays with Supermarket Flowers

Floral Arranging for the Holidays with Supermarket Flowers

Adults.

Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education will demonstrate how to design beautiful floral arrangements with supermarket bouquets for any holiday table. We supply the container, the greens and the mechanics. You bring your own supermarket bouquet to style. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 13
  • Time:
    10 a.m – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

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

Garden Sprouts

Garden Sprouts

Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. 

Wednesday, December 14: Here Come the Holidays! - Craft a holiday centerpiece out of branches, berries and seasonal greens that are perfect for the winter celebration.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, December 14
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $10 - $15 per child with an adult.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Close to Extinction! Endangered in NJ

Close to Extinction! Endangered in NJ

Ages 7 - 11.

Which animals are endangered in our state, and what does that even mean? Find out which species are in trouble, why, and how you can help! At the end, you will be able to meet our state endangered corn snake named Sniffles!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, December 15
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $8 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Holiday Greens workshop for Daisy and Brownie Scouts.

Holiday Greens workshop for Daisy and Brownie Scouts.

Daisies and Brownies

With precut, fresh greens, Daisies and Brownies will earn how to create a holiday arrangement perfect for the holiday table. All materials, decorations and instruction will be given. This workshop helps with some of the requirements for Daisy Outdoor Art Maker and Brownies Outdoor Art Creator. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 17
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

  • Cost:
    $15 per scout.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Centerpiece Masterpiece for Girl Scouts

Centerpiece Masterpiece for Girl Scouts

Juniors, Cadettes and Senior Girl Scouts

No flowers in the winter? Think again! There are flowers that bloom even during the coldest months, and Girl Scouts will discover ways to bring color indoors on gloomy days. Scouts will learn about simple floral design and how to correctly and safely use garden clippers by arranging both pre-cut greens and greens fresh from the Arboretum's trees to create one seasonal centerpiece perfect for the holiday table. This workshop helps with Cadette Trees Badges #3 and #5; Junior Gardener Badge #1, #2 and #3.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 17
  • Time:
    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

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

Always Evergreen

Always Evergreen

Adults.

Learn the tips of the trade in making a green centerpiece perfect for the holiday table. All greens, mechanics and decorations will be provided prior to class but feel free to supplement with your own extra greens, decorations and more.   

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 19
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

  • Cost:
    $30 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Hiking Through History

Hiking Through History

Adults.

Adults can take to the trails to discover the history and geology of Pyramid Mountain on this 2.5 mile hike to Bear Rock and the stone ruins of the Morgan place. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 20
  • Time:
    2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $12 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Going Green

Going Green

Ages 6 - 12. 

Using seasonal greens and festive supplies, young arrangers will create a winter arrangement perfect for the holiday table. All materials will be supplied.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 20
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

  • Cost:
    $25 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Winter Solstice Celebration

Ages 6 & up.

Join a woodland gathering around a campfire under the glowing full moon to experience the historical and ceremonial aspects of the winter solstice. Bundle up to listen to storytellers and enjoy hot cider and roasted marshmallows. Space is limited!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, December 21
  • Time:
    7p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Winter Mini-Camp

Winter Mini-Camp

Ages 6 - 10.

Time off from school is a great time to get out in nature and explore! Enjoy walks, crafts, stories, games and activities! On Tuesday, discover all there is to know about the bald eagles that spend the winter in NJ. On Wednesday, explore the world of seeds; search for them on the trails and even invent a seed of your own for our Seed Building Challenge. Thursday is all about snow and ice; compete in an ice cube melting race, take a winter scavenger hunt and much more! Sign up for one or more days, as your schedule allows. Participants should bring a nut-free snack and water each day.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 27—Thursday, December 29
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $25 per child per day.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.