Special Events

FOSTERFIELDS FARM TOURS

FOSTERFIELDS FARM TOURS

Fosterfields Farm Tours has new site hours!

There are now 2 ways for you to see your favorite Fosterfields animals including Hobbes, the retired Belgian draft horse, sheep, including our newest Shropshire breed, the Jersey cows, and of course, Carl the ox! Check out what’s growing in the gardens and talk with a farmer from the safety of your own vehicle during drive thru tours or enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the farm. Tours are approximately 45 minutes (Drive Thru) or 90 minutes (Walk Thru). Fosterfields closes at 3:30 pm.

Register here.

Thursdays - Drive Thru Only - Admission times are 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - Closing at 3:30 p.m.

Fridays - Walk Thru Only - Admission times are 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. - Closing at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday - Walk Thru Only - Admission times are 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., (closing 12 noon - 1 p.m.), 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. - Closing at 3:30 p.m.

  • Date:
    Friday, September 4—Saturday, October 31
  • Time:
    Admission times vary.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    Drive Thru - $10/carload. Walk Thru - $5/person. Admission will be by preregistration only!
  • Contact:
    Visit morrisparks.net for more information.

Home School Programs

Home School Programs

All programs are for ages 5 - 12. 

Horticulture - Register here.

October 20 - Ferns and Fun!: Learn about the lifecycle of the prehistoric ferns and how many thousands of different kinds of ferns there are today. Discover how we know ferns were around millions of years ago and make a nature “fossil” out of clay. Pick up supplies prior to class.

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.

October 6 - Amazing Lenape Artifacts: Explore the culture of the Lenape Indians of New Jersey with an emphasis placed on the importance of the natural world in their daily existence. Tour a model wigwam decorated as if it’s still lived in.

November 3 - Apple Cidering: Discover the apple's place in history and the natural world by watching as we prepare and grind apples, turn the old-fashioned press, and collect the cider. Learn what a “fruit” really is and see how simple machines are used to process apples.

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.

October 13 - Spider Sense!: It’s time to learn about the creepiest bugs of Halloween; spiders! This class is all about our eight-legged friends and the work they do for our benefit. Learn how the create webs, use vibrations to track movement, and help us get rid of pests. During the class, create your own web and see what a spider can do!

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, September 8—Tuesday, December 15
  • 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, September 23: Take it outside! - Is it summer or is it fall? Where is all the green going? Explore the start of the season’ change and get outside with your favorite young person on this guided walk and exploration.

Wednesday, October 14: Don’t Call Me That! - Why do plants have the names that they do? What plants look like monsters? Track down creepy plants and find out why we call them what we do. Grab your favorite preschooler for this guided walk and exploration.

Wednesday, November 4: Leaves are Leaving - Leaves are changing color and falling to the ground. Learn why they drop, why they’ll be back, and what the leaves do for us! Join us for this guided walk toexplore and collect leaves along the way.

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:
    Wednesday, September 23—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 Animal Antics

Virtual Animal Antics

Thursday, October 1: Chickens - Join a virtual lecture discussing the Fosterfields chickens. Learn about what we feed our chickens and why, all about eggs, and how we take care of our feathered friends.

Tuesday, November 24: Turkeys - Just in time for the Thanksgiving Holiday, meet our resident turkeys! See where they live, how they interact with each other, and why they are important to Fosterfields.

Thursday, December 10: 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, October 1—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.

SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN SCAVENGER HUNT

SCARECROWS IN THE GARDEN SCAVENGER HUNT

The arboretum is open and during the month of October, scarecrows will be on display throughout the gardens. Take a leisurely stroll or challenge yourself with a scarecrow scavenger hunt to win a prize.

Sign up here!

  • Date:
    Friday, October 9—Friday, November 6
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 6 p.m. (5 p.m. after November 1)
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per family.
  • Contact:
    For more information, call 973.326.7601.

Bamboo Brook Gardens and Birds Tour

Bamboo Brook Gardens and Birds Tour

All ages.

On Wednesday, October 14 and Wednesday, October 21, participants take a tour, learning the historic aspects of the gardens at Bamboo Brook, along with the wild-side of the location, taking a close look at the birds common in the area.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 14—Wednesday, October 21
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Rd., Chester Township, 07931.

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

Virtual Presentation: Dealing with Wild Neighbors

Virtual Presentation: Dealing with Wild Neighbors

Ages 15 & Up.

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.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 21
  • Time:
    4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center.

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

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.  Walks are on Thursdays, October 22, November 12, and December 10.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, October 22—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 Cooking the Books

Virtual Cooking the Books

Adults.

Historic cookbooks are full of more than just standard recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  These often handwritten, personal documents capture anything that could have been concocted over a fire. This Halloween season, enjoy an exploration of the more fanciful recipes from our Rare Books Collection, including a demonstration of open-hearth cooking to see if we can’t find any “magic” in the pot.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, October 22
  • Time:
    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    For more information, 973.285.6536.

Virtual Paranormal Evenings

Virtual Paranormal Evenings

Ages 16 & Up.

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.

Friday, October 23: Ghosts and Ghouls: Discussing Different Entities - Happy almost Halloween! Sign up for a spook-tacular lecture about the different entities from the other side! Join the Morris County Park Commission and Specter Seekers Paranormal Society founder, Frank Rigillo, for a virtual lecture about the world of the paranormal. Join us if you dare!

Friday, November 20: How to be a Ghost Hunter - 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.

  • Date:
    Friday, October 23—Friday, November 20
  • 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

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 Presentation: Not So Creepy

Virtual Presentation: Not So Creepy

Ages 5 & Up.

Just in time for Halloween! Learn why some animals you might have thought of as creepy and scary, like bats and spiders, are not so bad after all. We’ll dispel misconceptions and leave you looking at animals in a whole new light during this LIVE, virtual presentation.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, October 30
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center.

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

A Spooky Story: Hunt on the Farm

A Spooky Story: Hunt on the Farm

Explore Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in a new way with a fun, Halloween themed scavenger hunt.  See your favorite Fosterfields animals and check out what’s growing in the gardens as you search for spooky story inspired finds. Complete all the activities to receive a prize. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, October 30—Saturday, October 31
  • Time:
    Friday at 1 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required.

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Adults.  

Historic Sites - Register here.

Thursday, November 5: Hidden Lives of the Vail Women - Anyone can be difficult to know, including women from the past, who may not have left the story in their own words. Relationships are complicated and facts can be hard to nail down, but join us to explore the historic chatter, or lack thereof, surrounding the women of the Vail. 

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, November 12: Alien Invaders! - NJ’s habitats are being overrun by species that don’t belong here, better known as “invasive species.” Find out why this is a problem for the natural world, the strange stories of how these plants and animals got here in the first place, and what you can do to help.

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, November 19: The Spotted Lanternfly Is Here - The spotted lanternfly has arrived in Morris County and has been found in several of the Morris County parks. Learn how to identify them, how to get rid of host plants, and where and when to report if you do find them in your yard.

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.

Animal Antics: Turkeys

Animal Antics: Turkeys

Ages 3-5. 

Gobble, gobble! Come on down to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm and see our turkeys. In this live, in-person program, visitors will get to meet our turkeys, see what they eat, where they live, and what their jobs are on the farm.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, November 6
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per child/adult pair.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required.

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide

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

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, November 6
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $20 per person.
  • Contact:
    For more information, 973.326.7601.

Wild Animal Experts Online: Turtles of NJ

Wild Animal Experts Online: Turtles of NJ

Learn all about the most common turtles in NJ and become an expert! 

Register here!

  • Date:
    Saturday, November 7—Sunday, November 8
  • Time:
    Use the link you receive upon registration to log in at your convenience on Nov. 7 or 8.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center.

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

Family Treasures: Oral History (Virtual)

Family Treasures: Oral History (Virtual)

Have you ever wondered how to capture the memories of family members for posterity, but were unsure where to start? Join museum staff as they discuss the basics of taking oral histories, and share some examples from the Historic Collections of the Morris County Park Commission.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, November 12
  • Time:
    2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required.

Virtual Sleep, Stay, or Fly Away

Virtual Sleep, Stay, or Fly Away

Ages 5 & Up.

What do animals do in the wintertime? Solve the mystery as you learn who migrates, who hibernates, and who stays active in this LIVE, virtual presentation.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, November 13
  • Time:
    3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center.

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

Virtual Demonstration: Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for Thanksgiving

Virtual Demonstration: Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for Thanksgiving

Adults.

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

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, November 17
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required.

Animal Antics: Cows

Animal Antics: Cows

Ages 3-5. 

How now, brown cow! Join staff at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm while we take care of our cows. Learn the different things cows do on the farm, where they sleep, and the different foods they eat in the winter.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 4
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Virtual Wild Animal Experts: Red-Tailed Hawk

Virtual Wild Animal Experts: Red-Tailed Hawk

All Ages!

The leaves being down makes Fall 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 Dec. 5 - 6.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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

Rockin’ Rocks Hike

Rockin’ Rocks Hike

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

Going Green

Going Green

Ages 6 - 12.

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

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 22
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

  • Cost:
    $20 per child.
  • Contact:
    For more information, 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, discover the crazy things that wildlife does to survive the winter cold, how to read animal tracks, and what turkeys do all 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.

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.