Special Events

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Back to School

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Back to School

All ages. 

Follow the clues and discover all the important things you should know about plants, without ever going to school! Find all the items and win a prize.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, September 1—Thursday, September 30
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 8 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 information, 973.326.7601.

Virtual Lunch & Learn

Virtual Lunch & Learn

Adults.

Environmental Education - Register here.

Thursday, September 9 - Nature in the Books: Discover what wilds await in the Elizabeth D. Kay Rare Book Collection! Join Manager of Education Jenny Gaus-Myers and Curator of Collections and Exhibits Melanie Bump as they take a naturalist’s look through the pages of these rare books to seek the animals hidden inside and use the beautiful illustrations to explore the delicate balance humans have had with the natural world over the past few centuries.

 

Horticulture - Register here.

Thursday, September 23 - Seed Saving: How can you save your own seeds for use in the coming years to save money and perpetuate favorite plants?  Learn the hows and whys of seed saving and what do this fall to get started as you clean up your garden.  

  • Date:
    Thursday, September 9—Thursday, September 23
  • Time:
    12 noon – 12:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual programs.

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

Home School Days

Home School Days

Ages 6 – 12. 

Horticulture - Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07960 - For more information, 973.326.7601.

**** SOLD OUT **** Thursday, September 9 - Leaf Anatomy: Leaves are remarkable food factories, powering the plant. Discover why they work and why they are different, yet also all the same.  Register here.

 

Environmental Education - Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928 - For more information, 973.635.6629.

Thursday, September 23 - Fantastic Food Web: Every living thing needs energy to survive, and how they get that energy connects them in complex food webs.  Experience a food web simulation and then head out on the trails to see who's eating whom!  Register here.

 

Historic Sites - Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ  07960 - For more information, 973.326.7645.

Thursday, September 30 - Fall Harvest: It's harvest time! Help the staff gather the bounty from the gardens.  Learn what staple crops are, and take home some fresh veggies of your own!  Registration Coming Soon!

  • Date:
    Thursday, September 9—Thursday, September 30
  • Time:
    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Various locations.

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

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

Adults. 

Enjoy a combination of Japanese-inspired walking, meditation, mindfulness, and wellness promotion, guided by an expert. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Saturday, September 18 - Willowwood Arboretum

Sunday, September 19 - Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 18—Sunday, September 19
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
  • Location:

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

    Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township, 07931.

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

    Bamboo Brook Environmental Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Chester Township, 07931.

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

Fall Farm Fun

Fall Farm Fun

All ages. 

Saturdays, Septmeber 18 and 25 and October 9, 16, and 23

Celebrate the fall season at Fosterfields!  Navigate the corn maze and pick your own pumpkin in our brand-new pumpkin patch!  Take an open-air wagon ride around the farm, see corn grinding demos, butterchurning, and visit with all your favorite farm animals including the pigs, cows, sheep, goats and chickens!  All activities are included with admission.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 18—Sunday, October 24
  • Time:
    Timed entry: 10 a.m, 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645 for information only

Virtual The Truth About Ticks

Virtual The Truth About Ticks

Ages 9 & up.

Despite their blood-sucking behavior, ticks are an important part of nature with complex life cycles. This program explains how and why ticks do what they do, debunks the myths about ticks and Lyme’s Disease, and teaches participants how to protect themselves and their property from being havens for ticks.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, September 21
  • 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.

Kids in the Wild: Firebuilding

Kids in the Wild: Firebuilding

Ages 7 – 11 with an adult.

Get outside and explore the farm and forest!  Discover new nature topics each month.  This month, learn how to collect firewood and build the structure of a campfire using Leave No Trace methods. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, September 21
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Virtual Awesome Animal Artists

Virtual Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 – 10.

Ages 5 – 10. 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Learn to draw a NJ native animal and create your own masterpiece in this LIVE, virtual program!  First 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, September 22
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Environmental Education.

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

What’s in Bloom Tour of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum

What’s in Bloom Tour of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Wednesday, September 22

Adults.

Explore The Frelinghuysen Arboretum with Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education, on this guided tour of the gardens and grounds. Enjoy the ever-changing beauty each month. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, September 22—Wednesday, September 22
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

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

National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event

National Public Lands Day Volunteer Event

Come out and celebrate National Public Lands Day by volunteering at Tourne County Park. Be among thousands of people nationwide who volunteer their time during this annual recognition day to benefit public lands. Work with Morris Count Park Commission staff, New York/New Jersey Trail Conference, and JORBA on trail maintenance/ construction and invasive removal. You will also have the opportunity to spend time developing your outdoor skills with REI.

Register here.

Brush & Blaze Trail Maintenance 
Hike our natural surface trails and perform general maintenance such as pruning vegetation and repainting existing trail blazes. 
Ages 16 & up.
9:30 am – 11:30 am or 12 pm – 2 pm 

Invasive Strike Force 
Join our knowledgeable staff and volunteers in invasive vegetation management throughout our wooded area in the park.
All ages.
9:30 am – 11:30 am or 12 pm – 2 pm

Trail Construction 
Expect to get dirty and have a ton of fun learning hands-on trail building techniques for a brand-new trails at Tourne County Park.  
Ages 16 & up.
9:30 am – 11:30 am or 12 pm – 2 pm

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 25
  • Time:
    Multiple time options.
  • Location:

    Tourne County Park, McCaffrey Lane & Old Boonton Road, Denville New Jersey 07834.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required.

Virtual Monarch Madness

Virtual Monarch Madness

Ages 5 – 10.

The life and migration of the Monarch butterfly is an incredible natural spectacle, and this is the time of year when they are easiest to see.  Travel through the life cycle from egg to adult, act out the migratory journey, and learn amazing facts through an interactive virtual presentation. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, September 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.

Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows in the Garden

All ages. 

Scarecrows have returned to The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and this year they help celebrate the Morris County Park Commission's 65th anniversary. Visit them all to see if your favorite park is represented. 

  • Date:
    Friday, October 1—Sunday, November 7
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    Free
  • Contact:
    973-326-7601 for information only.