Learn

Join us for lectures, activities, and workshops on a wide variety of topics in history, horticulture, and the natural world. Come to a public program or schedule a private session for you and your group. These programs are led by educators at the top of their fields with a deep knowledge of the subject matter. Virtual programs are also available.
For private groups the Park Commission offers a wide variety of interactive programs to connect to any type of group. Tour the gardens, take a guided hike on the trails, or visit The Willows (our historic mansion) as part of a private tour with your group. Tour topics can be customized to fit your group’s needs. Our staff can adapt many of its programs to be accessible to anyone who would like to participate.
The Morris County Park Commission offers a wide array of homeschool classes to fit your child’s needs. Students can explore different topics like agriculture, the natural sciences, history, horticulture and more! Our education sites offer unique locations for lessons as well as skilled instructors to work with children of all learning levels. Note: Programs at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum are drop off only.
All are welcome! We customize our programming to meet the special needs of your group. Options include:
  • Attend a hands-on, creative workshop at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum! Participants will learn about a horticulture topic and do a hands-on activity. Each month has a different theme. $10 per participant.
  • Want to Volunteer? Have your group visit the Arboretum to weed and help in the gardens.
  • Student internships are available for High School students. Learn the trade of horticulture: weed, water, propagate, and work in the gardens. Students will learn valuable vocational skills.
Enjoy a Field Trip . . . Without Leaving Your Facility! Outreach programs are conveniently presented at your location and are individually tailored to the interests and needs of your audience. Outreach Programs are interactive, multimedia presentations with touchable artifacts and lots of audience participation designed to engage, entertain, and educate all ages. All outreach programs are taught by seasoned educators with deep knowledge of their subject matter. We offer 4 Outreach options:-Standard Outreach at your location, designed for a maximum of 30 participants per program. These programs are 45 minutes to one hour long. You must provide a projection screen, table, and AV cart for projector. -Assembly Program at your location, designed for groups larger than 30 participants, such as an entire grade level or school population. You must provide a projection screen, table, and AV cart for projector. -Virtual Program are 30 minutes long and are just as engaging as our in-person programs. We recommend projecting programs onto a screen or large TV for the best experience.-Reverse Field Trips are outdoor environmental education programs conducted at your location on a topic of your choosing. Our staff visit your site and work with you to come up with a topic that fits both your needs and what your grounds have to offer ahead of time. These are for up to 30 participants and last 1 hour.
Our experienced educational staff are your partners in educating students of all ages. As fellow educators, we understand the challenge for teachers to find time for field trips when more and more content is required to be taught each year. Let us do some of your work for you! Take advantage of our many engaging field trips at sites that are both close at hand and offer a wealth of educational experiences at affordable prices. Our lesson topics and objectives are closely correlated to the NJ Core Curriculum Standards as well as the most commonly taught science and social studies topics in local schools. Our programs may include hands-on activities, pre- andpost- trip lessons, and take-home follow-up activities.
The education sites at the Morris County Park Commission offer many different opportunities for scouts big and small! Scout groups can register for their own private programs as well as attend public programs hosted by our educational sites. Whether you are seeking to fulfill badge requirements or are looking for a fun experience with your troop, there is something for everyone. Learn about history, animals, the natural world, or horticulture in one of our many immersive programs!
Scouts

Webelos Castaway

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Learn and practice the basics of wilderness survival: purifying water, building a survival shelter, assemble a survival kit, and more!

Scouts

Webelos Into the Wild

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1 Hour
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Time to become a junior naturalist! Observe animal behavior in the wild, learn about migratory flyways and native species, and discover how you can help protect the natural world, all during a guided walk with a naturalist.

Scouts

Webelos Into the Woods

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1 Hour
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Earn this Eagle Scout required badge by conducting experiments and learning about endangered and invasive species, pollution, erosion, pollination, and more. Conduct a plot study in two habitats and explore careers in environmental science too. Some prerequisites must be completed; more information available at time of registration.

Group Tours, Homeschool, School Field Trips

Whose Home?

Program Type : Group Tours, Homeschool, School Field Trips
Grade(s) : Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 2 Hours
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Students compare and contrast forest, meadow, swamp, marsh, and pond habitats through firsthand observation. Search for unique animals and plants in each and take part in fun activities that help the children understand the characteristics of habitats that all animals, plants, and even humans, need to survive.

Homeschool, Outreach

Wild in NJ – Assembly Program and Outreach

Program Type : Homeschool, Outreach
Grade(s) : Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 18+
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1 Hour
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Discover amazing facts about the wildlife that call New Jersey home - even those you thought were run-or-the-mill! Did you know that there is a venomou? mammal in NJ, for example? Or that some animals freeze solid in winter? This multimedia presentation features audience participation, a PowerPoint slideshow, wildlife artifacts, and a visit from a LIVE NJ animal.

Scouts

Wilderness Survival Merit Badge

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 6 Hours
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Learn first aid for survival situations, discover 3 ways to both start a fire and purify water, and build a survival shelter. Some prerequisites must be completed; more information available at time of registration. Additionally, scouts will have 2 activities to complete and discuss with the instructor after the workshop to get final approval for the badge.

Homeschool, Scouts

Winter Animal Care

Program Type : Homeschool, Scouts
Grade(s) : 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade
Study Type : History
Program Length : 1 Hour
Location : Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

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Andrew Brumbaugh

Caring for our farm animals doesn't stop in winter! Learn about cold weather activities and help our farmers care for the farm animals.

Scouts

Wolf Call of the Wild

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 2nd Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1 Hour
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

How can we stay safe when we encounter danger in the natural world? How can we predict and prepare for the weather? Discover the answers, take a hike, and search for signs of animals too!

Scouts

Wolf Finding Your Way

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 2nd Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Learn the basics of compass use and map reading, and then put your skills to work on a hike with a mini compass challenge.

Scouts

Wolf Paws on the Path

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 2nd Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1 Hour
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

On a guided one mile hike, practice safety, preparedness, and observation skills as you search for the wild inhabitants of the Great Swamp. Learn to identify the wildlife you see, and discover wonders of the natural world that you never knew existed!