Special Events

Photo Scavenger Hunt: The Secrets of Trees

Photo Scavenger Hunt: The Secrets of Trees

All ages. 

Trees are shedding their leaves but are they shedding their secrets?   Explore the arboretum to find the big, the historic,  and the most remarkable trees in this fun, family, non-contact photo scavenger hunt.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, November 8—Tuesday, November 30
  • 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.

Lenape Life

Lenape Life

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

Ages 7 & up.

Get a feel for what life was like for the Native Americans of NJ hundreds of years ago!  Tour our decorated model wigwam, try out stone and wooden tools, learn the games Lenape children played, and try making a fire with a bow drill.  You can even make a game to take home!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, November 30
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Toddler Trek: Getting Ready for Winter

Toddler Trek: Getting Ready for Winter

Ages 2 - 5 with an adult.

Winter is on its way, and it's time for all of the Great Swamp's animals and plants to prepare.  Find out what the wildlife are up to with a story and a guided walk on the trails.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, December 1
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 10:45 or 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

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.

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:
    Thursday, December 2
  • 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:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629.

Animal Antics: Cows

Animal Antics: Cows

Ages 3 - 5 with an adult.

How fuzzy do cows get in the winter? Meet the Jersey cows of Fosterfields and get a chance to brush them, listen to a story and create a craft to take home!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 3
  • Time:
    10:00 a.m. - 10:45 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.

Nature Fact or Fiction Hike

Nature Fact or Fiction Hike

Ages 8 & up.

Can you tell a ladybug’s age by its spots?  If you cut a worm in half, do you get two worms?  Is the Daddy Long Legs the most venomous spider?  You’ll be amazed at the things you thought were true and true facts that are hard to believe about New Jersey animals!  Our naturalist will wow you with facts while you walk the trail.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 3
  • 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

Apple Cidering Demonstration

Apple Cidering Demonstration

Saturday, December 4 & Sunday, December 5

Ages 4 & up. 

Find out why you’ve been looking at apples upside down your whole life and help make fresh apple cider by hand with an old-fashioned cider press. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 4—Sunday, December 5
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $5 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629

Civil War Hospitals on the Homefront

Civil War Hospitals on the Homefront

All ages. 

Step back in time with the 2D NJ Brigade to experience a Civil War winter field hospital during the holidays. Through interaction with reenactors and educators, learn how soldiers were cared for both on and off the battlefield, and how civilians and farmsteads were intrinsic in their survival and recovery.  Take a wagon ride to the program!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 4
  • Time:
    Timed entry: 10 a.m, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., , 2 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

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:
    Sunday, December 5
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

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