Special Events

Photo Scavenger Hunt:  Shady Business

Photo Scavenger Hunt:  Shady Business

All Ages.

Bring your phone or camera for this month’s hunt, "That’s Cool.” Search for shady places and cool plants. Take a photo of every item and get a prize.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, July 1—Sunday, July 31
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960

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

“Branching Out!”

“Branching Out!”

Ages 10 – 13. 

Time to get digging and get dirty! “Branching Out!” is a hands-on gardening program for young people where they will be encouraged to play in the dirt. This fun, educational program teaches children that with much patience the food you grow tastes much better!  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, July 5—Thursday, August 11
  • Time:
    9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $400 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

“Branching Out!”

“Branching Out!”

Ages 6 – 9. 

Time to get digging and get dirty! “Branching Out!” is a hands-on gardening program for young people where they will be encouraged to play in the dirt. This fun, educational program teaches children that with much patience the food you grow tastes much better!  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, July 6—Wednesday, August 10
  • Time:
    9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $350 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

Farmer Fridays

Farmer Fridays

All Ages.

Friday, July 8 - Cows, Friday, July 22 - Sheep, Friday, August 5 - Turkeys, Friday, August 19 - Goats, Friday, September 9 - Chickens, Friday, September 23 - Horses 

Join the Fosterfields Farmers to learn about the farm! 

  • Date:
    Friday, July 8—Friday, September 23
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    Included with price of admission.
  • Contact:
    For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Garden Buds

Garden Buds

Ages 4 – 5 with adult. 

Friday, July 8, 2022 through Friday August 12, 2022

Instill a love of gardening in preschoolers, and maybe even dust off your own green thumb in this 6-week hands-on gardening series. Little gardeners and their adult helpers plant, harvest, and even taste vegetables straight from their gardens.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, July 8—Friday, August 12
  • Time:
    9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $75 per child with an adult.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

Farm Friends Day

Farm Friends Day

Ages 2 – 4 with an adult. 

Saturday, July 9: Sheep Saturday - Visit Fosterfields to meet our sheep. Learn about what they do on the farm, where they live and how to interact with them. Come to Fosterfields to meet our sheep flock. Learn about what they do on the farm, where they live and how to interact with them. 

Saturday, August 20: Goat Greet - Come to Fosterfields to meet our goats. Learn about what they do on the farm, where they live and how to interact with them. 

Saturday, Septmber 17: All About Apples - Fall is the perfect time for apples. Check out our apple orchard, make an apple craft and see an apple cidering demo!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, July 9—Saturday, September 17
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m. OR 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

Ages 6 – 12.

Monday, July 11: Salvias Spikes - Salvias are the perfect garden plant.  Learn to attract pollinators and deter those garden pest - deer and rabbits.  

Monday, August 1: Marvelous Mint - Who doesn't like mint?! Learn how easy (sometimes too easy) it is to grow mint, what plants are in the mint family and how to tell, then learn how to make a refreshing summer tea. 

Monday, September 12: Don't Touch Me - Plants have all kinds of defenses and some just shrink from touch. Learn about the Sensitive Plant and how to grow them!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, July 11—Monday, September 12
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual Program through Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

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

In person Floral Arranging with Garden Flowers

In person Floral Arranging with Garden Flowers

Adults.

Visit the Arboretum's gardens, learn how to correctly cut flowers and successfully arrange them into a beautiful, long-lasting display.  All materials supplied.  Take home your arrangement!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, July 12
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960

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

Home School Days

Home School Days

Ages 6 - 12. 

Environmental Education: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, NJ 07928 or Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005. - Register here.

September 6: Fascinating Forest at Great Swamp - Explore the wonders of the forest habitat and its inhabitants through hands-on activities and a guided walk. Focus on trees, plant life cycles and the jobs of roots, leaves, bark, branches and more.

September 13: Fascinating Forest at Pyramid Mountain - Explore the wonders of the forest habitat and its inhabitants through hands-on activities and a guided walk. Focus on trees, plant life cycles and the jobs of roots, leaves, bark, branches and more.

Horticulture: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960. - Register here.

July 14: Suds and Bubbles - Let's have some good clean fun! You will use math, science, botany and creativity, to make your own bars of soap by choosing botanical add-ins, essential oils and dyes.

August 4: Blooming Bouquets - Visit the Arboretum's gardens, learn the correct way to cut flowers and successfully arrange them into a beautiful display. All materials supplied and you can take your arrangement home!

September 8: Oh, The Places You'll Grow - Plants need, water, light, air and food to grow but there are plants that can survive without ever putting roots in the ground. You will learn about epiphytes or air plants and “plant” one in the perfect kind of planter they will create.  

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

September 15: The Harvest - The harvest is an important time of year on the farm. See what grew over the summer and learn important garden skills in this fun class. 

  • Date:
    Thursday, July 14—Thursday, September 15
  • Time:
    1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Locations vary.

  • Cost:
    $10-$12 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629 (Environmental Education), 973.326.7601 (Horticulture), or 973.326.7645 (Historic Sites).

Pond Exploration

Pond Exploration

Ages 5 & up with an adult.

Thursday, July 14, Thursday, August 18 and Tuesday, September 13

The pond is alive with aquatic insects! Search for these macroinvertebrates and learn about their interesting life cycles. Wear boots and old clothes.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, July 14—Tuesday, September 13
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide

Adults.

July 16: Willowwood Arboretum, July 17: Frelinghuysen Arboretum

August 20: Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, August 21: Frelinghuysen Arboretum

September 17: Willowwood Arboretum, September 18: Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Enjoy a combination of Japanese oriented walking, meditation, mindfulness, and wellness promotion. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, July 16—Sunday, September 18
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. – noon.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960

    Willowwood Arboretum, 14 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931

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

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

Ice Cream Party!

Ice Cream Party!

All Ages.

Saturday, July 16 and Saturday, August 27

Life is better with ice cream! Learn how ice cream was made the old fashioned way  and get a chance to sample some. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, July 16—Saturday, August 27
  • Time:
    11 a.m. – noon OR 2 p.m. – 3 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.

Golden Hour Photography

Golden Hour Photography

Adults.

Calling all photographers! The summer sunrise is the perfect time to capture life on the farm. Get exclusive access to the farm in this early morning program. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, July 17
  • Time:
    5:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $20 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.