Special Events

The Dog Park at Central Park of Morris County will be closed on February 2nd for tree work.

The Dog Park at Central Park of Morris County will be closed on February 2nd for tree work.

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt: Love Is In The Air

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt: Love Is In The Air

All ages. 

It's February and love is in the air! Grab your camera or phone and search for all the reasons to love the winter garden. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, February 1—Tuesday, February 28
  • Time:
    8 am - 4 pm
  • 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 call 973.326.7601.

Popcorn and S’mores Party!

Popcorn and S’mores Party!

All ages. 

Fridays: February 3, February 24, March 3 and March 17

Make popcorn the old-fashioned way and learn how they did it before the microwave! Toast a marshmallow and enjoy a s’more. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, February 3—Friday, March 17
  • Time:
    4 pm - 5 pm
  • Location:

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

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

Hands-On History: Stamping, Stickers, and Stenciling Saturday

Hands-On History: Stamping, Stickers, and Stenciling Saturday

All ages. 

Saturdays: February 4 and March 11

Create cards or pictures with stenciling, stamping or stickers. We will be using paint, so please wear old clothes. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 4—Saturday, March 11
  • Time:
    10 am, 11 am or 1 pm
  • Location:

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

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

Maple Sugaring Demos

Maple Sugaring Demos

Ages 6 & up.

Saturdays and Sundays: February 4 and 5, February 18 and 19, February 25 and 26, March 4 and 5, March 11 or 12

Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make real maple syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Finish with a syrup taste test! This program will be held entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather. Syrup will be available for purchase, while supplies last.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 4—Sunday, March 12
  • Time:
    1 pm - 2 pm or 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
  • Location:

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

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

Winter Wonderland Walk for Littles

Winter Wonderland Walk for Littles

Ages 2 - 5 with an adult.

Sunday, February 5 at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

Tuesday, February 7 at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area

Join us with your toddler for a wonderful walk through the winter woods. See the beauty that the cold season has to offer and learn about what animals do in the winter as we go!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 5—Tuesday, February 7
  • Time:
    10 am - 11 am
  • Location:

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

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

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

Homeschool Days

Homeschool Days

Ages 6 - 12.

Environmental Education:

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

February 7: Skulls and Bones - No bones about it, vertebrates have interesting skeletons! Compare yours to other species in this class. Examine real mammal, reptile, and bird skulls, looking for clues as to who they belong to. We'll also take a close look at the kinds of teeth that mammals have as we munch on apple slices and carrots to test out how they work.

**** SOLD OUT **** March 7: Be Bear Aware - Black bears are NJ's largest land animal, found in every county. But there are so many misconceptions about them! Discover the secrets to their success in our state, practice what to do if you see one, play a game to simulate how they live, and take a walk on the trails looking for signs of bears.

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

February 6: Skulls and Bones - No bones about it, vertebrates have interesting skeletons! Compare yours to other species in this class. Examine real mammal, reptile, and bird skulls, looking for clues as to who they belong to. We'll also take a close look at the kinds of teeth that mammals have as we munch on apple slices and carrots to test out how they work.

March 6: Be Bear Aware - Black bears are NJ's largest land animal, found in every county. But there are so many misconceptions about them! Discover the secrets to their success in our state, practice what to do if you see one, play a game to simulate how they live, and take a walk on the trails looking for signs of bears.

 

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. *

**** SOLD OUT **** February 9: Bare Bones of Botany - Curious about what goes on inside of a plant or want to become a botanist? Students will discover the basics of botany. 

March 9: Maple Madness - Maple trees are an important part of the forests in New Jersey. Students will learn about different maple trees including a tapping demonstration and how to identify winter buds on maple trees.

 

Historic Sites:

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

**** SOLD OUT **** February 16: Ice, Ice Baby - It's ice harvesting season! Learn how ice cutting was historically done and give it a try. 

**** SOLD OUT **** March 16: Veggie Garden Start - Get the garden started early! Help us plant our next crop using grow lights and seed starters. 

  • Date:
    Monday, February 6—Thursday, March 16
  • Time:
    1:30
  • Location:

    Locations vary.

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

Virtual Plant Of The Month Club

Virtual Plant Of The Month Club

Ages 6 - 13. 

Travel around the world and through time in this virtual Plant of the Month Club for kids. Every month kids will propagate a different plant, find out how it got to American, who brought it, the science behind it and get together with other junior green thumbs. 

Monday, February 6: Heavens to Betsy: It's A Prayer Plant - Did you know there are plants that tuck themselves into bed at night -- this month's plant is the Prayer Plant that does just that. 

Monday, March 6: Eucalyptus, Am I Blue? - Koala Bears love Eucalyptus, learn why you should too.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, February 6—Monday, March 6
  • Time:
    4 pm - 5 pm
  • Location:

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

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

Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for Valentine’s Day for Adults

Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for Valentine’s Day for Adults

Adults.

In this hybrid class, bring a bunch of supermarket flowers and learn how to use supermarket flowers to make a knock-out bouquet perfect for giving to someone special -- just in time for Valentines' Day! Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education, will lead this hands-on class. Attendees can come in person or attend virtually. We supply greens and the container and you supply the flowers. Virtual registrants must pick up supplies prior to class. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 7
  • Time:
    10 am - 11 am
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information call 973.326.7601.

Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for Valentine’s Day for Kids

Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for Valentine’s Day for Kids

Ages 6 - 12. 

Young flower arrangers will create a floral arrangement using easy techniques to make the perfect for Valentine gift. All materials will be supplied.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 9
  • Time:
    4 pm - 5 pm
  • Location:

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

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

Hands-On History: Hand Spinning with Wool

Hands-On History: Hand Spinning with Wool

Ages 7 & up.

Thursdays: February 9 and March 16 

We are giving it a whorl at Fosterfields with our hands-on experience of creating yarn. You will use wool hand cards to prepare fibers for spinning, then use a drop spindle to create yarn. Take a spin on our spinning wheel or bring your own! This program is intended for both adults and/or children.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 9—Thursday, March 16
  • Time:
    5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per adult/child pair.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

HANDS ON HISTORY: Valentine’s Day Felting

HANDS ON HISTORY: Valentine’s Day Felting

Adults. 

Learn the basics of needle felting while making a gift for your sweetheart! 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, February 10
  • Time:
    6:30 pm - 8 pm
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 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.

February 10: Feeding Day - Have you ever fed a farm animal? Curious about what they eat? Come feed our animals at Fosterfields! 

February 24: Whose Hooves? - They’re not feet, they’re not paws… They’re hooves! Learn about farm animal tracks and make a craft to take home! 

March 10: Chickens, Ducks, and Geese – Oh My! - Learn about the farm’s loudest animals: our chickens, ducks, and geese. See where they live, learn what they eat, and feed them a snack. 

March 24: Cow Crew - Did you know the cows were once the most important animals at Fosterfields? Learn why, meet them close up, and even brush their fur. Make a cow craft to take home. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, February 10—Friday, March 24
  • Time:
    1 pm - 2 pm
  • Location:

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

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

Winter’s Day on the Farm

Winter’s Day on the Farm

All ages. 

Winter doesn't halt activity on the farm! Come to Fosterfields for Winter's Day on the farm. Learn how to cut and harvest ice, help the staff saw wood, pet the cows and see a cooking demonstration. Take a wagon ride around the farm to see it in all of it's wintery splendor!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 12
  • Time:
    10 am - 3 pm
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration suggested. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Garden Sprouts

Garden Sprouts

Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. 

Wednesday, February 15: Heartwood - What better time to look at the “heart” of a tree than around Valentine’s Day? Garden Sprouts will go for a walk to see giant Dawn Redwoods, and a slice of their cousin, the Sequoia.

Wednesday, March 1: Marvelous Maples - Sugar maples and red maples and Japanese maples, oh my! Maples make up a large amount of our forests in New Jersey. Garden Sprouts will go for a walk to see the different maple trees in our collection, and watch a demonstration of maple tree tapping. 

Wednesday, March 15: Itsy Bitsy Buds - What signs of life can we still see in the garden? Sprouts will use magnifying glasses to see the tiniest parts of the plant that that reveal signs that it is still alive. Sprouts will peel open a bud or two and examine what is inside. 

Wednesday, March 29: Small Seeds, Big Roots - With some time, teeny tiny seeds grow into very big plants. How? Sprouts will discover what is inside a seed, and will start their own.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, February 15—Wednesday, March 29
  • Time:
    10 am - 11 am or 1:30 - 2:30 pm
  • 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.

HANDS ON HISTORY: The Art of Tea Blending

HANDS ON HISTORY: The Art of Tea Blending

Adults.

Join us for a wonderful cuppa tea! Learn the history of tea and blending teas. Experience the mixing of herbs for wellness and relaxation

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 16
  • Time:
    6:30 pm - 8 pm
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $30 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Virtual Lunch & Learn:  Plants for Winter Interest

Virtual Lunch & Learn:  Plants for Winter Interest

Adults.

Winter need not be a season without garden beauty and interest!  This program will focus upon the best of the best for providing winter interest to your garden, allowing you to not only have good garden ‘bones’, but wonderful visual interest as well! 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 16
  • Time:
    12 noon - 12:45 pm
  • Location:

    Virtual program via Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

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

Winter Birding for Adults

Winter Birding for Adults

Adults.

Just because many birds have left for the winter doesn't mean there aren't still lots of birds to see! Start indoors to view the activity at our feeders before we head out on the trails to see which intrepid birds have decided to stick it out in NJ. Bring binoculars or borrow ours.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, February 17
  • Time:
    8 am - 9:30 am
  • Location:

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

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

Hot Chocolate Walk

Hot Chocolate Walk

All ages.

February 17 and 18, March 10 and 11

Join Fosterfields staff on a walking tour around the farm and warm up with a cup of delicious hot chocolate. See how the farm changes when the weather gets cold. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, February 17—Saturday, March 11
  • Time:
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Location:

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

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

Sensory Friendly Saturdays

Sensory Friendly Saturdays

All ages.

February 18 and March 18

Visit Fosterfields for our new Sensory Friendly Saturdays. This is an event that is designed to be less overwhelming to those with sensory sensitivities. This hour-long program allows families to come to the farm and enjoy the open, quiet spaces with no crowds.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 18—Saturday, March 18
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m.- 10-:30 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $5 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Courses in Nature: Maple Sugaring

Courses in Nature: Maple Sugaring

Adults.

Courses in Nature is a monthly series for nature-minded adults lead by an expert naturalist in which a topic is explored in depth with a multimedia presentation & a walk. In this session, the process of maple sugaring will be explored from harvesting the sap to the final sweet product. Learn how climate change is affecting the future of maple syrup & discuss other state-of-the-art research in the world of maple sugaring.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 19
  • Time:
    10:30 am - 12 noon
  • Location:

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

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

Day Off with Nature: Skull-astic

Day Off with Nature: Skull-astic

Ages 6 - 10.

Did you know that a turtle's shell is part of its skeleton? Or which bones are the smallest and largest in your body? Join us on your day off & discover what bones do for you and what an animal's bones reveal. Includes a trail walk, a craft, meeting our LIVE animals and more! Please bring a nut-free lunch and snack.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, February 20
  • Time:
    9 am - 2 pm
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $40 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.635.6629.

Adventures in STEM

Adventures in STEM

Ages 6 - 10.

Young scientists explore different parts of the natural world through fun experiments and activities. Science will surprise you with things that you didn't know were possible!

February 21: Wonderous Water - In this session, compete against your friends in water-themed events, such as balancing drops on top of a penny, and many more!

March 21: Exploring Spring - In this session, dissect a bean, learn how plants come back to life after winter, and more!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 21—Tuesday, March 21
  • Time:
    4 pm - 5 pm
  • 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.

Animal Antics

Animal Antics

All ages. 

February 22 - Goats, March 22 - Poultry Party

Come to the farm for these afternoon programs and learn all about our farm animals. Meet the cows up close and personal, greet the goats and check out our chickens!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, February 22—Wednesday, March 22
  • Time:
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Arboretum Tours

Arboretum Tours

Adults.

February 22: A Walk Through the Witch Hazels at Willowwood Arboretum - In this tour you will discover fragrant, colorful witch hazels and the earliest of bulbs at this hidden gem. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear. Meet by the Stone Barn. 

March 22: Beauty in the Blooms and Birds at Bamboo Brook OEC - In this tour, you will visit a garden with understated elegance that meets the wilds. Wear sturdy footwear and bring your binoculars. Meet in the parking lot near the top of the stairs.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, February 22—Wednesday, March 22
  • Time:
    10 am - 11:30 pm
  • Location:

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

    Willowwood Arboretum, 14 Longview Rd., Far Hills, NJ 07931

    Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 11 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931

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

HANDS ON HISTORY: Indoor Victorian Dish Garden

HANDS ON HISTORY: Indoor Victorian Dish Garden

Adults.

In this workshop, you will put together a Victorian dish Garden and learn how to care for it.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 23
  • Time:
    6:30 pm - 8 pm
  • Location:

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

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

Seed Starting for a Spectacular Flower Garden

Seed Starting for a Spectacular Flower Garden

Adults.

Overwhelmed by all the seed catalogs? Wondering what to plant and how to plant it for a beautiful flower garden? This class offers tips, tricks, and suggestions as well as hands-on starting of new perennials and annuals for the home garden.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 25
  • Time:
    10 am - 11 am
  • Location:

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

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

HANDS ON HISTORY: Make Your Own Butter

HANDS ON HISTORY: Make Your Own Butter

All ages.

Join us for this complete butter making workshop. We will make butter in the Crazy Daisy butter churns, then you will select the ingredients for flavored butter (salt or fruit). Enjoy some butter and biscuits and take the rest home! 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 25
  • Time:
    10 am, 12 noon, and 2 pm
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $20 per family up to five people.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Sunshine Yoga for Kids

Sunshine Yoga for Kids

Ages 4 - 7.

February 25: Arctic Animals

March 25: Birds

An awesome class for kids who want to play games, use their imaginations, and have FUN! Each class is taught by a licensed instructor and centers around a nature theme. Kids learn 5 yoga poses to use in our games. At the end of every class, we will talk about a “big feeling,” such as being mad, and learn a new tool to help us cope with that feeling. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 25
  • Time:
    10:30 am - 11:15 am
  • Location:

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

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