Special Events

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Discover the best spots to sled, ice skate, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and more, all right here in Morris County! Make the most of this season, and experience the great outdoors with exciting winter activities.

Click here to check out the facilities and programs the Morris County Park Commission has to offer.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 19—Thursday, February 28
  • Time:
    Sunrise to Dusk.
  • Location:

    Morris County Parks.

  • Cost:
    Various based on activity and/or program.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7600.

Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl

Friday Night Skate with DJ Earl

Your weekend plans are here! Meet your friends on the ice at Mennen Sports Arena every Friday night from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m., and skate the night away to today’s top hits.

Every Friday night, now through April.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 19—Friday, April 26
  • Time:
    8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Location:

    161 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $9 per person.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7651.

Summer Camp Registration

Summer Camp Registration

Looking for a fun, unique experience for your child this summer? Check out our wide range of action-packed and memorable summer camps for kids with a variety of interests. These popular programs fill up FAST, so register today!

Click here to learn more.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 19—Saturday, June 1
  • Time:
    Varies based on camp.
  • Location:

    Varies based on camp.

  • Cost:
    Varies based on camp.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7600.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

All Ages.

The trees are tapped, and the firewood is chopped - it’s maple sugaring season at the Great Swamp OEC! Experience the fascinating process of maple sugaring from tree to pancake topping. Watch as staff identifies and taps maple trees and collects sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different, delicious syrups, including syrup made at the Great Swamp OEC. Rain or shine.

Saturdays & Sundays, January 19, 20, 26, 27, February 2, 3, 10, 16, 17, 23, & 24.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 23—Sunday, February 24
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $3 per person age 3 & up.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629. No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served.

Let’s Talk Design

Let’s Talk Design

Join Assistant Superintendent of Horticulture Education and landscape designer Ann Fahey, and learn the secrets to creating the garden of your dreams. Bring in a photograph of your garden, and learn simple rules and tips to follow to create a beautiful landscape.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 24
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $20 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain NHA

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain NHA

Ages 10 & Up.

Get outside and active this winter, and experience the unique and exhilarating sport of snowshoeing! Enjoy a guided trek exploring the beautiful winter scenery and looking for signs of wildlife - all while getting a great workout. No experience is necessary. Please call in advance regarding conditions.

If you already know how to snowshoe or want to venture out on your own, various sizes, including children’s, are available for one-day rental and use at Pyramid Mountain NHA. You must be 18 years or older to rent shoes, and a photo ID or rental deposit of $10/pair per day by cash is required. Shoes can be rented between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and must be returned by 4 pm the same day.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 24—Sunday, March 10
  • Time:
    1 p.m. if renting shoes, 1:30 p.m. if using your own.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township (Intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue).

  • Cost:
    $5 per person for trek, $15 for trek and snowshoe rental.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register and for conditions, 973.334.3130.

Branches & Buds Walk

Branches & Buds Walk

Ages 18 & Up.

Join a naturalist on the trails, and learn to identify trees when they have no leaves.

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 28
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $3 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Exploring Paranormal

Exploring Paranormal

Don’t miss out on this haunting lecture! Enjoy a spooky night out with Specter Seekers Paranormal Society's Founder and 25-year veteran paranormal investigator Frank Rigillo, and discover the science of ghost hunting. Learn the different methods and equipment used during an investigation, and check out real ghost hunting equipment.

  • Date:
    Friday, March 1
  • Time:
    7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, https://tinyurl.com/ParanormalLecture2019.

Ninth Annual Community Garden Conference

Ninth Annual Community Garden Conference

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

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension team up to present the Annual Community Garden Conference. Join expert session speakers and this year’s keynote speaker, author, lecturer, and vegetable gardening expert Barbara Pleasant, and explore topics pertinent to community gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden. Lunch is provided. For complete details, visit arboretumfriends.org. This program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s. Snow date: Sunday, March 3.

  • Date:
    Saturday, March 2
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Maple Sugar Festival

Maple Sugar Festival

All Ages.

Join this annual festival celebrating the peak of maple sugaring season. Enjoy tree tapping demonstrations, delicious syrup taste tests, maple snow cones, and fun games. ‘Hike through Maple Sugaring History’ to discover how sugaring has changed over time, learn to identify differences in quality, and so much more. This event is rain or shine.

  • Date:
    Saturday, March 2
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $4 per person.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629.

Baby and Me Hikes - March

Baby and Me Hikes - March

Put your baby in a backpack, and explore one of many wonderful Morris County area trails select Tuesdays in March. All adults are welcome.

  • March 5 - Schiff Nature Preserve, Mendham Township.
  • March 12 - Lewis Morris County Park, Morris Township.
  • March 19 - Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, Bernardsville.
  • March 26 - Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, Chester Township.
  • Date:
    Tuesday, March 5—Tuesday, March 26
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    See description.

  • Cost:
    $2 per adult.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Matilda’s Tea: Shall We Dance?

Matilda’s Tea: Shall We Dance?

Ages 5 & Up with an adult.

Join dance instructor Jamie DiMare, and learn the basics of ballroom dance. Explore the rise of the ballroom dance craze in the early 20th century, from the waltz to the foxtrot. Wear your best dancing shoes, and hit the dance floor the way young Matilda Frelinghuysen would have. Enjoy tea, pastries, and tea sandwiches. Snow date: Sunday, March 10.

  • Date:
    Saturday, March 9
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Caching for Gold

Caching for Gold

Ages 7 & Up.

Geocaching is the perfect outdoor activity for families. Use a GPS and map to locate hidden treasure, called ‘caches,’ along the trail that contain special St. Patrick’s themed trinkets. All materials are provided.

  • Date:
    Sunday, March 17
  • Time:
    10:30 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $8 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

An Afternoon with Dan Hinkley, Take Two: Making Windcliff

An Afternoon with Dan Hinkley, Take Two: Making Windcliff

Join writer, naturalist, lecturer, explorer, and plant expert Dan Hinkley as he shares his experiences creating his gardens, Heronswood and Windcliff. Committed to solid and sustainable horticultural practices, Dan strives to raise awareness of the diversity of plant life on Earth and speaks frequently throughout North America, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Learn about his exploration of the world searching for unique plants. This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

  • Date:
    Sunday, March 17
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $40 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, visit arboretumfriends.org.