Special Events

HUNTING CLOSURES -  Lewis Morris County Park and Patriots’ Path from Sussex Avenue to Woodland Avenue will be closed Wednesday, 1/16/2019 and Black River Facilities (Cooper Gristmill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook & Willowwood Arboretum) will be closed Thursday, 1/17/2019 for permitted firearem hunting.  For a full schedule click here. 

HUNTING CLOSURES -  Lewis Morris County Park and Patriots’ Path from Sussex Avenue to Woodland Avenue will be closed Wednesday, 1/16/2019 and Black River Facilities (Cooper Gristmill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook & Willowwood Arboretum) will be closed Thursday, 1/17/2019 for permitted firearem hunting.  For a full schedule click here. 

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:
    Thursday, January 17—Thursday, February 28
  • Time:
    Sunrise to Dusk.
  • Location:

    Morris County Parks.

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

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:
    Thursday, January 17—Saturday, June 1
  • Time:
    Varies based on camp.
  • Location:

    Varies based on camp.

  • Cost:
    Varies based on camp.
  • 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:
    Friday, January 18—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.

Botanical Drawing for Beginners with Katy Lyness

Botanical Drawing for Beginners with Katy Lyness

Join artist, passionate home gardener, and Botanical Illustration teacher at the New York Botanical Garden Katy Lyness, and expand your drawing skills over this 4-week course. Learn exclusive tips on how to draw a variety of plant parts using new techniques.

Saturdays, January 5 - January 26

  • Date:
    Saturday, January 19—Saturday, January 26
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $85 for the series of four classes.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, visit arboretumfriends.org.

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, January 19—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.

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, January 20—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.

A Day Off with Nature: Survival Skills

A Day Off with Nature: Survival Skills

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

Grades 1 - 4.

Spend your day off from school with nature! Explore how wildlife and humans survive the cold winter, build and test a shelter, discover where animals find food, and learn fire-building skills while roasting marshmallows as a special winter treat.

  • Date:
    Monday, January 21
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Outdoor Skills: Keeping Warm

Outdoor Skills: Keeping Warm

Ages 10 - 15.

Do you feel comfortable in the woods or know what to do when the temperatures drop at night? Spend an afternoon learning different ways to stay warm in harsh temperatures, from clothing to shelters.  

  • Date:
    Saturday, January 26
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    Cost: $10 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Cooking Demonstration: Winter Food to Warm Your Heart and Hearth

Cooking Demonstration: Winter Food to Warm Your Heart and Hearth

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

Spend a cozy, winter afternoon with Chef Cynthia Triolo, and learn new recipes that will warm both your heart and home.

  • Date:
    Sunday, January 27
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, visit arboretumfriends.org.

Blackburn Scholarship Lecture - Speaking for the Trees: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests

Blackburn Scholarship Lecture - Speaking for the Trees: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests

Join Joan Maloof, Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and founder of the Old-Growth Forest Network, as she shares her journey protecting community forests from development. Learn the importance of preserving, protecting, and promoting the country’s few remaining stands of old-growth forests in this fascinating lecture and book signing. This program is sponsored by The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, and admission fees support the Benjamin Blackburn Scholarship, awarded since 1979. It is also eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s. Snow Date: Sunday, February 3.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 2
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

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

A Winter’s Day on the Farm

A Winter’s Day on the Farm

Join an exciting, outdoor family adventure, and experience traditional farm life as it was in the early 20th century. Enjoy an open-air, tractor pulled wagon ride, meet the friendly farm animals, learn the importance of ice harvesting and what tools were used, and help with daily farm chores. Visit the cozy Farmhouse, and follow the inviting scent of seasonal foods cooking on the wood-burning cook stove. 

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 3
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $8 per adult, $7 per senior (65+), $6 per child age 4 - 16, and $4 per child age 2 & 3. FREE for children under age 2. Friends m
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645.

Celebrate The Lorax

Celebrate The Lorax

Ages 5 & Up.

Enjoy this classic story together, and make it come to life by creating truffula trees and Lorax moustaches.

  • Date:
    Friday, February 8
  • Time:
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Suitable for Framing: A Woman’s Place in Botanical Art & Scientific Illustration

Suitable for Framing: A Woman’s Place in Botanical Art & Scientific Illustration

Join garden historian and writer Dr. Lesley Parness, and discover the 17th - 20th century women who greatly contributed to the world of botanical art and scientific illustration. Gain access to view the Women’s Botanical Art and Scientific Illustration exhibit from the Elizabeth Donnell Kay Rare Book Collection. Register at arboretumfriends.org. Snow date: Saturday, February 23.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 10
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $12 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Games and Gardens: Family Garden Game Day

Games and Gardens: Family Garden Game Day

Shake that cabin fever! Play Garden-opoly, Plant Scrabble, Life-Sized Chess, and Garden Bingo Challenge to win prizes. Enjoy popcorn and other seasonal snacks.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 10
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $3 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

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.