Special Events

***** Lewis Morris County Park ***** SATURDAY, MAY 21 AND SUNDAY, MAY 22  - AN EVENT WILL BE USING THE TRAILS AND SUNRISE LAKE AREA FROM 9:00AM-2:00PM. PLEASE EXPECT THIS AREA OF THE PARK TO BE VERY ACTIVE.

***** Lewis Morris County Park ***** SATURDAY, MAY 21 AND SUNDAY, MAY 22  - AN EVENT WILL BE USING THE TRAILS AND SUNRISE LAKE AREA FROM 9:00AM-2:00PM. PLEASE EXPECT THIS AREA OF THE PARK TO BE VERY ACTIVE.

Photo Scavenger Hunt: The Nose Knows

Photo Scavenger Hunt: The Nose Knows

All Ages.

Grab your camera and follow your nose. Use your senses to find all kinds of scents and smells around the gardens. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, May 1—Tuesday, May 31
  • Time:
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Home School Hikers

Home School Hikers

Ages 9 & up with an adult.

Tuesday, May 17: Glacial Geology - This program for older homeschoolers features a 2-3 mile hike on the rugged trails of Pyramid Mountain with a nature lesson along the way! In this session, we will learn about the fascinating geology of Pyramid Mountain with its glacial erratic boulders and gneiss bedrock. Bring a snack and water and wear appropriate shoes for hiking. 

Tuesday, June 21: Amphibians - This program for older homeschoolers features a 2-3 mile hike on the rugged trails of Pyramid Mountain with a nature lesson along the way! In this session, we will learn about the amphibians of the forest: toads, newts, frogs and salamanders. Hikers should bring a snack and water and wear appropriate shoes for hiking. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, May 17—Tuesday, June 21
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005.

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

What’s In Bloom Tour

What’s In Bloom Tour

Adults.

Wednesday, May 18: Willowwood Arboretum, 14 Longview Rd., Far Hills, NJ 07931 - Explore the gardens of Willowwood Arboretum with Superintendent of Horticultural Education, Ann Fahey on this guided tour.  Enjoy the ever-changing beauty each month provides.

Wednesday, June 15: Bamboo Brook Environmental Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Chester Township, NJ 07931 - Explore the gardens with Bruce Crawford, Manager of Horticulture, on this guided tour of the gardens and grounds. Enjoy the ever-changing beauty that each month provides.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, May 18—Wednesday, June 15
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Locations vary.

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

Home School Days

Home School Days

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

Ages 6 - 12. 

Environmental Education: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, NJ 07928. - Register here.

****SOLD OUT**** May 26: Magnificent Migration - Migration is in full swing! Find out how hard it is to be a migratory bird firsthand in a simulation activity, discover why birds migrate in the first place, and head out on the trail with binoculars and a naturalist to see if you can spot any new avian arrivals.

****SOLD OUT**** June 23: Nature Journaling - There are lots of fun and easy ways to record your discoveries and observations of the natural world. In our last class of the school year, learn to make your own journal, see samples of all different kinds of creative journal entries, experiment with different art supplies, and try out your new skills on the trails. This is a great way to keep the learning going all summer long!

 

Horticulture: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960. - Register here.

****SOLD OUT**** June 9: Strawberry Science - Where is DNA found? Extract DNA from strawberries--it's easier than you think! Using common household items and a little bit of chemistry, find out about the smallest pieces of this favorite garden fruit.  

 

Historic Sites: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. - Register here.

****SOLD OUT**** May 19: History's Mysteries - There are plenty of weird looking tools on old farms. Come learn all about them and what they do!

****SOLD OUT**** June 16: Spin Me a Yarn! - Learn how to spin yarn from Master spinner, Ms. Catherine! Work with drop spindles and see how wool becomes yarn. 

  • Date:
    Thursday, May 19—Thursday, June 23
  • Time:
    1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Locations vary.

  • Cost:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629 (Environmental Education), 973.326.7601 (Horticulture), or 973.326.7645 (Historic Sites).

Early Morning Bird Walk

Early Morning Bird Walk

Ages 18 & up.

Friday, May 20 and Friday, June 3

May is peak time for the arrival of colorful migrant birds to our area. Join a naturalist to identify birds by sight and sound along the trails.  Bring binoculars or borrow ours.  All are welcome: beginner to expert!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, May 20—Friday, June 3
  • Time:
    8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $8 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.635.6629.

Little Farm Friends

Little Farm Friends

Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. 

Friday, May 20: Game Day! – It's play time for Pre-K kids! See what all the fun is about by playing a variety of vintage games!

Friday, June 3 and Friday, June 24: Super Seeds! – Learn all about vegetable seeds and how crops grow in this Pre-K class.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, May 20—Friday, June 24
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 1:45 p.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.

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide

Adults. 

Saturday, May 21 & Sunday, June 19 at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960.

Sunday, May 22 at Willowwood Arboretum at 14 Longview Rd. Far Hills, NJ 07931.

Saturday, June 18 at Bamboo Brook Environmental Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Chester Township, NJ 07931.

Enjoy a combination of Japanese oriented walking, meditation, mindfulness and wellness promotion. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, May 21—Sunday, June 19
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
  • Location:

    Locations vary.

  • Cost:
    $20 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

Kids in the Wild

Kids in the Wild

Ages 7 - 11.

Get into the woods with like-minded kids to learn different outdoor skills while building confidence!

Tuesday, May 24: Finding Your Way at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm - In this session, learn the basics of navigation using maps and compasses, the sun and the stars. Register here.

Tuesday, June 14: Camping at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center - In this session, they learn how to set up a camp using a tent and tarp, plus build a small campfire. Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, May 24—Tuesday, June 14
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

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

Virtual Ask the Expert

Virtual Ask the Expert

Adults.

Thursday, May 26: Demystifying Design - Join Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education, for a look at the elements of design and the various parts to consider when planning or re-doing your garden.  

Thursday, June 23: Roses– The Beauties of the Garden - Superintendent of Horticulture and in-house Rosarian at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Kristin Prommel, talks roses -- learn the history and care of roses and view the roses in the arboretum's gardens.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, May 26—Thursday, June 23
  • Time:
    12 noon - 1:00 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Birds’ Nest Challenge and Craft

Birds’ Nest Challenge and Craft

Ages 5 & up.

Friday, May 27 at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, NJ 07928.

Thursday, June 9 at Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005.

How hard is it to build a nest that is sturdy, comfortable and camouflaged? After examining real birds' nests for clues, try your hand at making a home that a bird would approve of. Play a wild game about what it's like to be a parent or baby bird, and finish with a craft that will help birds around your house make their nests.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, May 27—Thursday, June 9
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Locations vary.

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

Piglet Weigh In!

Piglet Weigh In!

All Ages. 

The piglets have arrived! Help farm staff weigh the piglets by putting them in the crate and onto the scale. How much will they weigh?  Find out!  Timed entries throughout day. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, June 4
  • Time:
    10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per person. Free for kids age 3 & under.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom

Adults.

Join us for a magnificent art show of more than a dozen of Matilda Frelinghuysen’s original paintings accompanied by flower arrangement interpretations of her works of art. This year's Art in Bloom will take place in the newly re-opened Frelinghuysen Mansion where Matilda spent her childhood.  If you would like to participate as a flower arranger, call 973.326.7601 for more information.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, June 5
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $30 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

Ages 6 - 12. 

Monday, June 6: A Rose is A Rose - Which plant sometimes has a great scent, but more often has prickles and grows hips?  The rose! Learn about this plant which is one of the oldest plants cultivated by humans and learn to grow one on your own. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, June 6—Monday, June 6
  • Time:
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Pre-K Nature on the Farm

Pre-K Nature on the Farm

Ages 2 - 4 with an adult.

Select Thursdays: June 9 and June 23

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

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, June 9—Thursday, June 23
  • 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 information, call 973.326.7645.

Toddler Trek at Pyramid Mountain

Toddler Trek at Pyramid Mountain

Ages 2 - 5 with an adult.

Thursday, June 9: Beautiful Bees - All kinds of bees are busy visiting flowers to gather pollen and nectar. Learn what kinds of bees live at Pyramid Mountain, why they sometimes sting, and many more facts with a story and a guided walk.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, June 9
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005.

  • Cost:
    $7 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.635.6629.

Civil War Weekend

Civil War Weekend

All Ages.

Civil War Weekend is back at Fosterfields! Join the NJ 2nd brigade as they host a reenactment weekend.  See skirmishes, camp set-ups, and more during this family-friendly event. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, June 11—Sunday, June 12
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per person. Free for kids age 3 & under.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Farm-Phonics

Farm-Phonics

Ages 4 - 7 with an adult. 

Learning to read? Our animals would love to help! Come practice your reading skills by reading to the farm animals at Fosterfields.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, June 25—Saturday, June 25
  • 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 information, call 973.326.7645.