Special Events

The Morris County Park Commission Public Meeting will be streamed live and public comments may be emailed to publicmeeting@morrisparks.net. click here to access the live stream hosted on YouTube Live. September 28th, 5:00 PM.  (view agenda)

The Morris County Park Commission Public Meeting will be streamed live and public comments may be emailed to publicmeeting@morrisparks.net. click here to access the live stream hosted on YouTube Live. September 28th, 5:00 PM.  (view agenda)

FOSTERFIELDS FARM TOURS

FOSTERFIELDS FARM TOURS

Fosterfields Farm Tours has new site hours!

There are now 2 ways for you to see your favorite Fosterfields animals including Hobbes, the retired Belgian draft horse, sheep, including our newest Shropshire breed, the Jersey cows, and of course, Carl the ox! Check out what’s growing in the gardens and talk with a farmer from the safety of your own vehicle during drive thru tours or enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the farm. Tours are approximately 45 minutes (Drive Thru) or 90 minutes (Walk Thru). Fosterfields closes at 3:30 pm.

Register here.

Thursdays - Drive Thru Only - Admission times are 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Closing at 3:30 p.m.

Fridays - Walk Thru Only - Admission times are 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Closing at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday - Walk Thru Only - Admission times are 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., (closing 12 noon - 1 p.m.), 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. - Closing at 3:30 p.m.

  • Date:
    Friday, September 4—Saturday, October 31
  • Time:
    Admission times vary.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    Drive Thru - $10/carload. Walk Thru - $5/person. Admission will be by preregistration only!
  • Contact:
    Visit morrisparks.net for more information.

Home School Programs

Home School Programs

Horticulture - Register here.

October 20 - Ferns and Fun!: Learn about the lifecycle of the prehistoric ferns and how many thousands of different kinds of ferns there are today. Discover how we know ferns were around millions of years ago and make a nature “fossil” out of clay. Pick up supplies prior to class.

November 17 - Clean Air by Plants: Discover why plants are so important to us and what NASA has found out about plants that helps them in space. Pick up supplies prior to class.

December 15 - Water, Water, Everywhere!: Every living thing on earth needs water to survive – animals and plants.  Explore the power of water, the way plants get water into their system and how animals (like us!) need plants to get the water we need, too. Pick up supplies prior to class.

 

Environmental Education - Register here.

October 6 - Amazing Lenape Artifacts: Explore the culture of the Lenape Indians of New Jersey with an emphasis placed on the importance of the natural world in their daily existence. Tour a model wigwam decorated as if it’s still lived in.

November 3 - Apple Cidering: Discover the apple's place in history and the natural world by watching as we prepare and grind apples, turn the old-fashioned press, and collect the cider. Learn what a “fruit” really is and see how simple machines are used to process apples.

December 1 - Owls and Owl Pellets: Learn all about owls and their adaptations from a naturalist during this LIVE virtual program. Then follow her instructions to dissect an owl pellet and attempt to assemble the skeleton of its prey. Participants call ahead to pick up their materials at the Great Swamp OEC. All participants must have at home: liquid glue

 

Historic Sites - Register here.

October 13 - Spider Sense!: It’s time to learn about the creepiest bugs of Halloween; spiders! This class is all about our eight-legged friends and the work they do for our benefit. Learn how the create webs, use vibrations to track movement, and help us get rid of pests. During the class, create your own web and see what a spider can do!

November 10 - Cook It Up 101: Calling all future chefs and backers! Join Miss Allie, as she leads a class on cooking techniques right in time for your holiday feasts! Learn various knife skills, how to measure correctly, and how different cooking utensils work. Near the end of the class, put together a simple meal.

December 8 - Winter on the Homefront: Join the March Sisters as they celebrate the winter holidays during the Civil War as we take a tour through Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. In this literary quest, use the themes from the book to learn how life would have been on the home front during the war between the states.

 

All programs are for ages 5 - 12. 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, September 8—Tuesday, December 15
  • Time:
    1:00 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual.

  • Cost:
    $10/child per class. A $2 material fee may apply.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Garden Sprouts

Garden Sprouts

Ages 3 - 5. Register here.

Wednesday, September 23: Take it outside! - Is it summer or is it fall? Where is all the green going? Explore the start of the season’ change and get outside with your favorite young person on this guided walk and exploration.

Wednesday, October 14: Don’t Call Me That! - Why do plants have the names that they do? What plants look like monsters? Track down creepy plants and find out why we call them what we do. Grab your favorite preschooler for this guided walk and exploration.

Wednesday, November 4: Leaves are Leaving - Leaves are changing color and falling to the ground. Learn why they drop, why they’ll be back, and what the leaves do for us! Join us for this guided walk toexplore and collect leaves along the way.

Wednesday, December 2: Brr! Winter’s Coming - Is it fall or is it winter? How do plants survive in the cold without mittens or a hat?  Learn how! Bundle up your favorite preschooler and head outside on this guided walk and exploration. 

Thursday, December 17: Here Come the Holidays - With the help of an adult, craft a holiday centerpiece out of plant branches and greens perfect for the winter celebration. *Virtual Program.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, September 23—Thursday, December 17
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per child/adult pair per class.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

Virtual Animal Antics

Virtual Animal Antics

Thursday, October 1 - Chickens: Join a virtual lecture discussing the Fosterfields chickens. Learn about what we feed our chickens and why, all about eggs, and how we take care of our feathered friends.

Tuesday, November 24 - Turkeys: Just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday, meet our resident turkeys! See where they live, how they interact with each other, and why they are important to Fosterfields.

Thursday, December 10 -  Cows: Ever wonder how fluffy cows get in the winter? Curious about where they live? Join us to learn about our Jersey cows!  See what we feed them, how we brush them, and learn what would have been their job at Fosterfields.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, October 1—Thursday, December 10
  • Time:
    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Fosterfields Living Historical Farm.

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

Virtual Willowwood Open House and Garden Tour

Virtual Willowwood Open House and Garden Tour

Enjoy a rare peek inside the Tubbs House, home of botanizing brothers, Henry and Robert Tubbs. Get a special glimpse of the decorative arts inside the house. Join us for a live Q&A with Curator of Collections and Exhibits, Melanie Bump and Superintendent of Horticulture Education, Ann Fahey.

Register here.

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

    Virtual Program through Willowwood Arboretum.

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

SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN SCAVENGER HUNT

SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN SCAVENGER HUNT

The arboretum is open and during the month of October, scarecrows will be on display throughout the gardens. Take a leisurely stroll or challenge yourself with a scarecrow scavenger hunt to win a prize.

Sign up here!

  • Date:
    Friday, October 9—Friday, November 6
  • Time:
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per family.
  • Contact:
    For more information, call 973.326.7601.

Grand Harvest Wine Festival

Grand Harvest Wine Festival

Enjoy live music, delicious foods, artisan crafts, and a sampling of wines produced by GPS Inc. and New Jersey wineries. Admission includes souvenir wine glass.

Buy tickets here!

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 10—Sunday, October 11
  • Time:
    12 noon - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Sunrise Lake at Lewis Morris County Park, 270 Mendham Rd, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $25 per person. Must be 21+ to purchase tickets.
  • Contact:
    www.newjerseywineevents.com