Special Events

HUNTING CLOSURES: Cooper Gristmill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum will be closed on Monday 12/6 and Thursday 12/9 and Lewis Morris County Park will be closed on Wednesday 12/8 and Friday 12/10 for firearm hunting by permit only. For full hunt schedule, please click here.

HUNTING CLOSURES: Cooper Gristmill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum will be closed on Monday 12/6 and Thursday 12/9 and Lewis Morris County Park will be closed on Wednesday 12/8 and Friday 12/10 for firearm hunting by permit only. For full hunt schedule, please click here.

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Let It Snow

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Let It Snow

All ages. 

Trees and plant can survive all kinds of crazy winter weather.   Hunt through the gardens for signs on the adaptions plants make in this family fun, non-contact scavenger hunt.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, December 1—Monday, January 3
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Winter Tree ID walk

Winter Tree ID walk

Adults.

Head onto the wooded trails of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum to learn how to identify the native trees without their leaves. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, December 8
  • Time:
    10 a.m - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7601.

Leave No Trace Hike

Leave No Trace Hike

Ages 8 & up.

We hear the term "Leave No Trace" all the time, but what does it really mean?  It turns out there are 7 principles of LNT that every hiker, camper or nature enthusiast should know.  Learn all about them as you take a guided walk with a naturalist.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, December 8
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Sleep, Stay or Fly Away?

Sleep, Stay or Fly Away?

Ages 6 & up.

Every animal must make a choice in the wintertime in order to survive.  Learn what NJ wildlife do - you'll be surprised at the answers! - on an easy hike with a naturalist.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 13
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $4 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629

Virtual: Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for the Holidays

Virtual: Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for the Holidays

Adults.

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 14
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Pre-K Nature on the Farm

Pre-K Nature on the Farm

Ages 2 - 4 with an adult.

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

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, December 16
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Full Moon Winter Solstice Celebration

Full Moon Winter Solstice Celebration

Ages 6 & up with an adult.

Join a woodland gathering around a campfire under the glowing full moon to experience the historical and ceremonial aspects of the winter solstice. Listen to storytellers and enjoy hot cider and roasted marshmallows. Space is limited!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 17
  • Time:
    7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629

Virtual: Going Green

Virtual: Going Green

Ages 9 - 17.

Using seasonal greens and festive supplies, young arrangers will create a winter arrangement perfect for the holiday table.  All materials will be supplied.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 20
  • Time:
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7601.

Virtual: Always Evergreen

Virtual: Always Evergreen

Adults.

Virtually join Horticultural Staff members and learn the tips of the trade in making 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:
    Monday, December 20
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7601.

Winter Mini-Camp

Winter Mini-Camp

Ages 6 - 10.

Time off from school is a great time to get out in nature and explore!  Discover which of our feathered friends stay around for the winter on Monday, find out all the ways animals stay warm on Tuesday, and learn everything there is to know about owls on Wednesday!  Enjoy walks, crafts, stories, games, and activities!  Sign up for one or more days, as your schedule allows.  Participants should bring a nut-free snack each day.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 27—Wednesday, December 29
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $25 per child per day.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629