Special Events

April Family Photo Scavenger Hunt: Giants of the Garden

April Family Photo Scavenger Hunt: Giants of the Garden

All ages.

Bring your camera or phone for this month’s hunt. We celebrate Arbor Day this month, so come discover the magnificent trees in the Arboretum. Take a photo of every item and get a prize.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, April 1—Friday, April 30
  • Time:
    Participate any time between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per family. (Family/Group of 6 or less).
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Adults.  

Environmental Education - Register here. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Thursday, April 15: Wild in NJ - Learn some amazing facts about the New Jersey wildlife that you might have thought was ordinary!  Did you know that there is a venomous mammal in NJ, for example? Find out this and much more! 

Thursday, May 13: Endangered in NJ - Some of NJ’s fantastic animals and plants are disappearing! Learn the reasons for this phenomenon, which species are impacted, and ways to help bring these species back from the brink. 

Thursday, June 10: Dealing with Wild Neighbors - Squirrels in the attic! Raccoons in the garbage! Bears in the backyard! What’s a homeowner to do when wildlife gets too close for comfort? Discover the reasons for wild animals’ behavior and simple solutions for peacefully living side by side in this LIVE, virtual presentation.

 

Historic Sites - Register here. For more information, 973.631.5022.

Thursday, June 3: A Portrait is Worth 1000 Words - Ever wonder how the classic artists painted such realistic portraits?  Join Curator and artist Melanie Bump as we explore the portrait collection of the MCPC, discussing skills, methods and the history of portraiture.  Also included is a demonstration of classic painting techniques. 

 

Horticulture - Register here. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Thursday, April 8: Secrets of out Treasured Gardens - Looking for treasures of botanical inspiration?  Join MCPC collection staff as we explore some of the treasured places, inspiring people, stories, and plants that have been preserved within MCPC’s historic gardens.  Learn more about the garden design and preservation efforts at Willowwood Arboretum, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Bamboo Brook, and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. 

Thursday, April 22: The Dirt on Tomatoes - It’s almost time to put tomatoes in the ground.  Learn tricks on how to grow a bumper crop, what all the fuss is about heirlooms, and what to look for at the nursery when buying plants.

Thursday, May 20: Tips and Tricks of Patio Container Planting - Learn the secret of putting together a spectacular summer planter for your porch or patio. 

Thursday, June 17: Demystifying Design - Join Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education for a look at the elements of design and things to consider when planning or re-doing your garden. 

  • Date:
    Thursday, April 8—Thursday, June 17
  • Time:
    12 noon – 12:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual programming by the Morris County Park Commission.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Please contact the pertinent division above for more information.

Spring In-Person Home School Days

Spring In-Person Home School Days

All programs are for ages 6 - 12. 

Horticulture - Register here. For more information, 973.326.7601.

April 8: How’d That Get There? - Explore the gardens of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and look for plants that are not where they should be. Learn seed dispersal methods and other ways that plants move throughout the environment. This class will be held outside, so please dress for the weather.

May 6: Seeds: Perfect Plant in a Package - Seeds come in all sizes and shapes but they all have only one job – to create a new plant.  Explore how seeds do what they do and plant some spring crops and flowers to take home.  This class will be held outside so dress for the weather.

June 3: Gardener’s Best Friend - Take your composting to the next level and learn how vermiculture and raising worms is an important part of the life cycle.  This class will be held outside so dress for the weather.

 

Environmental Education - Register here. For more information, 973.635.6629.

April 22: Spring Spotting - Phenology is the study of seasonal change in nature.  Record the changes that you see as you walk the trails with a naturalist, and compare them to the arrival of the same phenomena in years past.  Learn to keep a record of the changes that spring brings and how to become a part of a phenology citizen science project!

May 27: Symbiosis - The natural world is filled with relationships between living things.  In some, both parties win.  But other times only one wins, while the other definitely loses.  Discover the many kinds of symbiosis that exist in nature as you walk the trails to hunt for examples.

June 17: Nifty Nests - Examine and measure a variety of nests to discover what they are made of and a secret relationship between the nest size and its opening. Then try your hand at building your own nest and play a “Birds in the Nest” game to see how hard it is to be a baby bird.

 

Historic Sites - Register here.  For more information, 973.631.5022.

***SOLD OUT*** April 15: Spring Babies - Spring has finally sprung! Come to the farm and meet our newest spring arrivals. Learn all different facts about these babies and their parents.  

***SOLD OUT*** May 13: Seed Bombs Away! - Bombs away! Students are invited to prepare the soil and plant seedlings in the farmhouse garden for use throughout the season. After planting, get your hands even more dirty by creating seed bombs out of clay and seeds for use in your own gardens! 

***SOLD OUT*** June 10: Art on the Farm - It’s a beautiful time of year on the farm! Use your artistic talents to create beautiful paintings of the flora and fauna of Fosterfields. After learning about landscape paintings, make your way to Cara’s Cottage were the class make their very own masterpieces.

  • Date:
    Thursday, April 8
  • Time:
    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Please check the pertinent program page for the program location.

  • Cost:
    $10/child per class.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Please contact the pertinent division above for more information.

Spring Virtual Home School Days

Spring Virtual Home School Days

All programs are for ages 6 - 12. 

Horticulture - Register here. For more information, 973.326.7601.

April 13 - Oh, The Places You’ll Grow: Learn what plants need to live (and what they don’t) in this class on epiphytic plants. Participants will “plant” an air plant and create a clay living place for it.

 

Environmental Education - Register here. For more information, 973.635.6629.

May 11 - Be Bear Aware!: Bears can be found in every NJ county, and all NJ residents should know about their life cycles, habits, and what to do if they see one.  This interactive program will tell you everything you need to know about NJ’s largest land mammal.  

 

Historic Sites - Register here.  For more information, 973.631.5022. 

June 8: Cooking It Up 101 - Learn what it takes to be a good cook!  In this virtual homeschool program, study different cooking techniques, learn how to properly measure, and understand basic nutrition. 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, April 13
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual programs hosted by the Morris County Park Commission.

  • Cost:
    $10/child per class.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Please contact the pertinent division above for more information.

Signs of Spring Walk at Pyramid Mountain

Signs of Spring Walk at Pyramid Mountain

All ages.

Spring signs are popping up all along the trails!  Come explore to see what animals and plants are appearing after the months of winter cold.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, April 19
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Raptor Adaptations

Raptor Adaptations

Ages 10 & up.

Join The Nature Conservancy virtually on Zoom as The Raptor Trust takes an in-depth look at the particular biological adaptations raptors have that make them such mighty hunters. You will learn more about each group of raptors (hawks, owls, eagles, falcons, and vultures) and what makes each group unique.

  • Date:
    Friday, April 23
  • Time:
    2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through The Nature Conservancy.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    RSVP to Lisa.shippy-woods@tnc.org

Spring Golden Hour Photography

Spring Golden Hour Photography

Ages 18 & up.

The farm is in bloom and spring is officially back at Fosterfields. Join staff at sunrise as golden hour begins and take photos of the new crops, new farm babies, and the landscape as the farm reinvents itself for the spring season. Amateur and professional photographers are invited to this unique morning experience to photograph the beauty of the farm.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, April 25
  • Time:
    5:45 a.m. – 8 a.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township, 07962.

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

Orienteering for Families

Orienteering for Families

Ages 8 & up.

Learn the basics of map and compass use, then try out your skills through a series of challenges on the trails!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, April 27
  • Time:
    3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Spring Bird Walk – Meadows & Edges

Spring Bird Walk – Meadows & Edges

Adults.

Naturalist Bill Lynch will lead us through the meadows and forest edges of Bamboo Brook as we search for both spring migrants and breeding birds. Songbirds love the transition between forest and field, and use the treetops to sing their hearts out to potential mates.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, April 28
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 10 a.m.
  • Location:

    8 a.m. – 10 a.m.8 a.m. – 10 a.m.Bamboo Brook Environmental Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Chester Township, 07931.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    Please register online at https://www.njconservation.org/event/spring-bird-walk-meadows-edges/

Born to Be Shorn

Born to Be Shorn

All ages.

It’s time for a haircut! Visit Fosterfields and watch master shearer, Margaret Quinn, demonstrate how to properly shear a sheep, the old-fashioned way. Space is limited!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, May 1
  • Time:
    10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.