Special Events

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

All ages.

Bring your camera or phone for this month’s scavenger hunt, 'Who’s Out There?' Take a photo of every item and get a prize.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, January 1—Sunday, January 31
  • Time:
    9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per family. (Family/Groups of 6 or less).
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Virtual Home School Days

Virtual Home School Days

All programs are for ages 6 - 12. 

Horticulture Register here. For more information, 973.326.7601.

January 26 - The New Jersey Biome:  New Jersey has more than one type of biome.  Learn what they are, where they are, and then dig into the temperate forest that is Morris County. Pick up supplies at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

February 23 - The Water Habitat:  Plants can live in different kinds of water habitats. Discover how some plants can survive under the water, how they photosynthesize, and how they interact with other water creatures. Please pick up supplies at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

March 23 - The Power of Flower: Flower blossoms have only one job, no matter how pretty or drab they are.  Dissect a flower and learn its parts, how it does what it does, and start some flower seeds or early spring plantings. Please pick up supplies at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

 

Environmental EducationRegister here. For more information, 973.635.6629.

January 12 - 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? See if you can figure out what really is fact or fiction regarding some of the most commonly seen and talked about New Jersey animals.

February 9 - Sleep, Stay, Fly Away: What’s happened to all those creatures we saw in the summer?  Every animal must make a choice when it comes to winter in order to survive.  Learn which animals sleep, stay, or fly away during the winter months.  You’ll be surprised at what they do!

March 9 - Wondrous Woodpeckers: Play a Jeopardy game to learn everything there is to know about these fascinating creatures.  Find out what kinds we have, what their unique adaptations are, and many more fun facts!

 

Historic SitesRegister here.  For more information, 973.631.5022.

January 19 - Chicken or the Egg: What came first; the chicken or the egg? Learn all about our feathered friends in this online class. Discover how to properly hold a chicken, and learn all about their social ways, their eggs, and what they eat. 

February 16 - Meet the Cows: How now, brown cow! Join us online as we discuss Fosterfields’ Jersey cattle. Learn what they eat, how much milk they can produce, and how butter is made! 

March 16 - Food to Faces: Students will learn the basic skills of collage in creating a human form.  They will then learn about Italian artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, who is famous for creating portraits out of food items.  After a discussion of nutrition, the participants will then create their own “portrait a la Giuseppe Arcimboldo,” creating their body out of their favorite foods. 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, January 12—Tuesday, March 23
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual programs hosted by the Morris County Park Commission.

  • Cost:
    $10/child per class. A $2 material fee may apply.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Please contact the pertinent division above for more information.

Garden Sprouts Outside

Garden Sprouts Outside

Ages 3 - 5 (with an adult).

January 13 (snow date January 20) - Winter Skeletons: The leaves are gone and all that’s left are the bare bones of the trees.   Look at their shapes and sizes and discover what’s going on inside trees in a walk around the arboretum. Dress for the weather.

February 17 (snow date February 24) - Treats on Trees: It’s cold outside but birds and animals still need to eat.   The plants have lots of seeds and fruit and young explorers will seek them out. Dress for the weather.

March 3 - Yum! Yum! Yum!:  Weather permitting, the maple sap will be running.   Learn how tree sap becomes delicious syrup, and have a taste, too!  Dress for the weather.

March 17 - Wake Up!: Spring is almost here, or at least the calendar says so.   Look around to see what’s up and what’s already in bloom. Dress for the weather.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, January 13—Wednesday, March 17
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

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

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, January 14—Thursday, March 18
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.631.5343.

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Virtual Lunch and Learn

Adults.  

Environmental EducationRegister here. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Thursday, January 21: Artifacts of the Lenape - New Jersey’s native people relied on handmade tools constructed of natural materials for survival. Take a virtual tour of the decorated wigwam model and see authentic artifacts, including arrowheads, fishing net weights, drills, and more, all used by real Native Americans in the past.

Thursday, February 18: Coyotes in the Neighborhood - Whether you’ve seen them or not, wild coyotes are living among us.  Learn how they survive in our neighborhoods, amazing facts about their lives and history, and what to do if you see one in this LIVE, virtual program.

Thursday, March 18: Be Bear Aware - Black bears are an important part of our natural world, and all New Jersey residents should know how to react if they encounter one of these amazing mammals. An interactive multimedia presentation, bear artifacts, and a fun simulation activity help participants to better understand black bear history, adaptations, life cycle, diet, and needs.

Historic Sites - Register hereFor more information, 973.631.5022.

Thursday, January 28: Family Treasures - Oral History - Have you ever wondered how to capture family members’ memories 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. 

Thursday, February 11: Beauty in the Books - Join Curator Melanie Bump as we take an artistic look at the books.  Books in their own right can be considered works of art, and using an aesthetic eye, we will explore the artistic nature of the Elizabeth B. Kay Rare Book Collection.  Contained within the rare books are tiny exhibitions of gorgeous drawings, illustrations, prints and works of art.  Through this special look, we will see the stunning, beautiful, and artsy side of the rare book collection.   

Thursday, March 11: Fashion Through the Ages - In celebration of Women’s History month, join Museum Registrar Katie Humphreys as we take a virtual tour through the changing face of women’s fashion over the past two hundred years. Discover why certain choices became fashionable, learn how to identify what decade a dress is from, and get a sneak peek at how our museum professional staff preserves these delicate pieces for the future.  

Horticulture - Register hereFor more information, 973.326.7601.

Thursday, January 14: Heritage Vegetables - Seed catalogs are here, and it is time to order.   Learn the difference between heritage, heirloom, and hybrid seeds. Discover some new seeds and old favorites, and get help deciding which are the best for your home garden.

Thursday, February 25: Top Ten Gardening Questions Answered and More! - How do I prune my hydrangeas? How do I prune my clematis? Is it time to divide my peonies? These and other common garden questions will be answered by Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education. Email Ann afahey@morrisparks.net by February 18 and she will add your questions to the presentation.

Thursday, March 25: Wildflowers of the Tourne - Join members of the Rockaway Valley Garden Club as they virtually tour the Tourne Wildflower Trail and discuss spring ephemerals and other native flowers.

  • Date:
    Thursday, January 14—Thursday, March 25
  • Time:
    12 noon – 12:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual programming by the Morris County Park Commission.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Please contact the pertinent division above for more information.

In-Person Home School Days

In-Person Home School Days

All programs are for ages 6 - 12. 

Horticulture - Register here. For more information, 973.326.7601.

January 14 - Get Twiggy With It: Learn how to identify trees in the winter gardens without leaves, and how to use a dichotomous key. This class will be held outside, so dress for the weather.

February 11 - Trees, Royalty of the Forest: Students discover the science – and math -- of trees, and through hands-on activities, they will investigate what these organisms need to live a long life in a woodland ecosystem like New Jersey’s. Using simple tools, as well as no tools at all, learn how to estimate tree size, age, and height. This class is held outside so dress for the weather.

March 11 -  The Stories of Trees: Why is a dogwood called a dogwood? How did the oak tree help start the Revolutionary War? Learn stories, legends, and myths about some of the oldest residents of the USA. Dress for the weather.

 

Environmental Education - Register here. For more information, 973.635.6629.

January 28 - Maple Sugaring: Head into the forest to learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Hear the legend of how maple sugaring started at the wigwam.

February 25 - Winter Birds: Gather around the feeders to learn to identify our winter resident birds.  Learn the correct way to use binoculars, and find out how you can be part of ongoing citizen science that helps to determine the health of bird populations.

March 25 - Animal Signs: Head into the forest to examine the signs left behind by wildlife and to solve the mystery of what they mean.  Examine your own study plot with a group and draw conclusions about what the animals have been up to.

 

Historic Sites - Register here For more information, 973.631.5022.

January 21 - Winter Chores: Fosterfields might close for the season, but our farm chores continue all winter long.  Join us for this fun, hands-on program and learn how our farmers still maintain the farm during the colder months. Saw wood, sweep the barn, stack hay, and much more! 

February 18 - Winter Animal Care: Join us for this fun, hands-on program and learn how our farmers care for the chickens, cows, sheep, turkeys, Hobbes the horse, and ducks during the winter months. Help us feed and water the animals, then clean their stalls. Be dressed to get messy!

March 18 - Garden Start: A farm’s planting is never finished, even in late winter. Come and work with the farmers to get farm crops started! Learn about planting times, frost dates, and come see how our grow lights get everything started. Plant your own seedlings to take home.   

  • Date:
    Thursday, January 14—Thursday, March 25
  • Time:
    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Please check the pertinent program page for the program location.

  • Cost:
    $10/child per class. A $2 material fee may apply.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Please contact the pertinent division above for more information.

Golden Hour Photography – A Chilly Winter’s Morning

Golden Hour Photography – A Chilly Winter’s Morning

Ages 18 & Up.

See Fosterfields like never before.  The beauty of a chilly January morning is brought to life by the rays of the sun, glistening on frosted trees, buildings and fences.  We might even see some snow blanketing the farm.  Amateur and professional photographers are invited to this unique morning experience to photograph the beauty of the farm.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, January 17
  • Time:
    TBD – start time based on sunrise (2-hour program).
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $20 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.631.5022.

VIRTUAL DAY OFF WITH NATURE: PENGUIN-PALOOZA!

VIRTUAL DAY OFF WITH NATURE: PENGUIN-PALOOZA!

Ages 5 – 10.

Enjoy a special program on your day off from school featuring a LIVE penguin from Jenkinson’s Aquarium!  Learn all about penguins of the world, listen to a penguin story, make a penguin craft, and leave with more activities to try on your own.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, January 18
  • Time:
    10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Environmental Education.

  • Cost:
    $15 per participant.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Winter Plants at the Kay Center

Winter Plants at the Kay Center

Adults.

Get some fresh air and learn the science of winter plant identification along the easy, scenic trails of the Kay Center.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, January 20
  • Time:
    2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, 200 Pottersville Road, Chester Township, 07930.

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.631.5343.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

All Ages.

Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. This year, the program will be held entirely outdoors.

Saturdays, January 23 & 30, February 6, 13, 20, & 27, March 6 & 13.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, January 23—Saturday, March 13
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2 p.m. AND 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $5 per person, age 3 & up. FREE per child under age 3.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Feeders and Feathered Friends

Feeders and Feathered Friends

Ages 7 & Up.

Winter is the best time to put up some bird feeders and see who arrives to feed.  In this LIVE, virtual program find out the best kinds of feeders to use, how to discourage squirrels, and fun facts about the year-round resident birds you’re likely to see.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, January 28
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Environmental Education.

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