Special Events

Please be informed that firearm hunting is scheduled to begin in a number of parks on December 7th in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. These parks will be closed during firearm hunting. Please check the hunt schedule for more information. 

Please be informed that firearm hunting is scheduled to begin in a number of parks on December 7th in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. These parks will be closed during firearm hunting. Please check the hunt schedule for more information. 

Virtual Awesome Animal Artists

Virtual Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 & Up.

In this LIVE, virtual program, learn to draw a New Jersey native animal and create your own masterpiece! Guess the animal of the month with clues, then learn all the facts about this animal's life before learning to draw it using simple shapes and lines, guided by Miss Jenny. You'll be amazed at what you can do!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 28—Wednesday, December 16
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

  • Cost:
    $6 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Adults.  

Historic Sites - Register here.

Thursday, December 3: Protecting Holiday Treasures - Join museum staff as they share insights about caring for your holiday family heirlooms to help extend their life in years to come, and take a peek at some of the historic ornaments in the Park Commission’s collections.

 

Environmental Education - Register here.

Thursday, December 10: Fact or Fiction – Nature Edition - Should I pick up a fallen baby bird? Do you get two worms when a worm is cut in half? Do black bears actually hibernate? Enjoy an interactive presentation while determining what really is fact or fiction regarding some of the most commonly seen and talked about New Jersey animals.  

 

Horticulture - Register here.

Thursday, December 17: Bringing Greens Indoors - Learn how to tell the difference between pine, fir, and spruce trees. Discover which kinds of greens in your own yard are perfect for cutting and how to successfully bring them inside for seasonal décor.  

  • Date:
    Thursday, November 5—Thursday, December 17
  • Time:
    12 noon – 12:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, email tours@morrisparks.net.

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Plants are the stars of the garden, no matter the season.   The stars are out in this month’s Scavenger Hunt.  Look for the stars and find the “stars” of the winter garden in this contactless family scavenger hunt. Find them all and win a prize! 

Register here!

  • Date:
    Monday, November 16—Thursday, December 31
  • Time:
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per family (group of 6 or less)
  • Contact:
    For more information, email tours@morrisparks.net.

Home School Programs

Home School Programs

All programs are for ages 5 - 12. 

Horticulture - Register here.

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.

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.

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.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, November 17—Thursday, December 17
  • 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, 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:
    Tuesday, December 1—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 Wild Animal Experts: Red-Tailed Hawk

Virtual Wild Animal Experts: Red-Tailed Hawk

All Ages!

Fall, with the leaves being down, makes the perfect time to see red-tailed hawks! Learn all about these amazing raptors in this presentation.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 5—Sunday, December 6
  • Time:
    Use the link you receive upon registration to log in at your convenience on December 5 - 6.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Virtual Plant of the Month Club for Kids

Virtual Plant of the Month Club for Kids

Ages 6 - 12.

Meet with other plant lovers, get your hands dirty, plant a new kind of interesting, creepy, unusual, or rare plant, and learn how to take care of it. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 7
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, email tours@morrisparks.net.

Virtual Animal Antics: Cows

Virtual Animal Antics: 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, 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.

Pre-K Nature on the Farm

Pre-K Nature on the Farm

Ages 2 – 4

Families with pre-K kids take a walk on the trails and farm, learning about the natural world around them.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, December 10
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per child/adult pair, each additional child $5.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Virtual Paranormal Evenings: How to be a Ghost Hunter

Virtual Paranormal Evenings: How to be a Ghost Hunter

Ages 16 & Up.

Do haunted houses call to you? Are ghost stories your favorite? Join the Morris County Park Commission and Specter Seekers Paranormal Society founder, Frank Rigillo, for a virtual lecture on how to become a paranormal investigator! Click here to register.

Specter Seekers Paranormal Society was founded by Frank Rigillo, a 25-year veteran paranormal investigator. SSPS is based out of Morris County, New Jersey. Rigillo and his team have been working with the Morris County Park Commission’s Historic Sites for several years and have lead multiple investigations throughout the sites.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 11
  • Time:
    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Fosterfields Living Historical Farm.

  • Cost:
    $20 per person.
  • Contact:
    To register, http://bit.ly/ParanormalLecture2020

Rockin’ Rocks Hike

Rockin’ Rocks Hike

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

Ages 5 & Up.

Spend some time playing on the rock formations of Pyramid Mountain while also learning a lot about rocks! Limit 10 participants.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 11
  • Time:
    3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information or to get on a wait list, 973.635.6629.

Virtual Demonstration: Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for the Winter Holidays

Virtual Demonstration: Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for the Winter Holidays

Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education, will demonstrate how to design beautiful floral arrangements with supermarket bouquets for the winter holidays!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 15
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, email tours@morrisparks.net.

Holidays in the Parlor (Virtual)

Holidays in the Parlor (Virtual)

Adults.

Join us, virtually, to ring in the holiday season with ornaments, popcorn strings, and wreaths of holly berries. Decked out in traditional holiday delights, take a festive tour of the parlors of the Vail House at Historic Speedwell, and The Willows at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 18
  • Time:
    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    For more information, 973.326.7645.

Virtual Always Evergreen

Virtual Always Evergreen

Adults

Join horticultural staff members to learn the tricks of the trade to make a green centerpiece perfect for the holiday table. Greens and mechanics will be provided prior to class, but feel free to supplement with your own extra greens, decorations, and more.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 22
  • Time:
    10 a.m.- 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    For more information, 973.326.7601 or email tours@morrisparks.net

Virtual Wild About Winter Mini-Camp

Virtual Wild About Winter Mini-Camp

Ages 5 - 8.

Time off from school is a great time to learn about nature! In this LIVE, virtual program series, learn about animals in the winter, enjoy crafts and stories, and finish the day with a packet of other activities to try! Sign up for one or more days, as your schedule allows. Participants must call ahead to pick up their materials at the Great Swamp OEC.

Monday, December 28: Find out what animals do in winter with a LIVE (virtual) animal show!

Tuesday, December 29: Learn all about the tracks that animals leave behind in the snow and how to solve their mysteries.

Wednesday, December 30: Wild turkeys stay awake all winter.  Learn all about these amazing birds and how they survive the cold.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 28—Wednesday, December 30
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center.

  • Cost:
    $10 per child per day.
  • Contact:
    For more information, 973.635.6629.