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

Brownie Shapes in Nature

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
Study Type : Horticulture
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Frelinghuysen Arboretum

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Gwen Montgomery

Symmetry, data, and graphing may sound like math words but on this guided scavenger hunt Brownie Scouts will develop new skills through exploration of the gardens and find out just how shapes make up nature.

Scouts

Brownie Trail Adventure

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

After you plan and prepare 3 types of hikes, talk to an expert about what to bring, and learn about Leave No Trace, choose your first hike, and head out on the trail with a naturalist.

Scouts

Cadette Outdoor Art Apprentice

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1 Hour
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Scouts learn about artist Andy Goldsworthy and his outdoor art before creating their own eco-art creations. Then photograph natural patterns and textures, listen for an imitate nature's sounds, and create an ornament with an impression of a natural object to take home.

Scouts

Cadette Primitive Camper

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Interview a backpacking expert to plan your next outdoor adventure. Learn the art of layering to stay warm and dry, discuss choosing the right camp site and hanging a "bear bag," explore different ways to purify water, and more.

Scouts

Cadette Eco Trekker

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1 Hour
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

An Eco-Trek is more than just a hike - you need to leave the natural world better than you found it. Interview a naturalist to find out how they enjoy and protect nature at the Great Swamp OEC. On a guided hike, learn about invasive species, endangered plants and animals, and traveling on durable surfaces.

Scouts

Cadettes Outdoor Art Apprentice

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Study Type : Horticulture
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Frelinghuysen Arboretum

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Gwen Montgomery

Learn how artists past and present were inspired by nature and gardens, explore the arboretum?s gardens to learn how they are designed to look natural (or not!), and then make seed paper to save for next season?s planting or give as a gift.

Scouts

Cadettes Trees

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Study Type : Horticulture
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Frelinghuysen Arboretum

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Gwen Montgomery

Trees make up a significant part of the New Jersey habitat. In this workshop, scouts will make a field notebook, dig into the science of trees and their importance, and learn two ways to propagate trees.

Scouts

Cadette Trailblazing

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

There's a lot to do before you head out on a long hike. We will help you get ready! Together we'll plan your hike, choose your supplies, read a topological map to find a route, build your endurance and teamwork, and use a map and compass.

Scouts

Cadette Trees

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1 Hour
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Trees may not grab our attention like animals do, but they are so important to the natural world. On a guided hike, identify common species, discover threats to trees in our area, explore how maple syrup is made, and create some tree art.

Homeschool, School Field Trips, Scouts

Cara’s Farm

Program Type : Homeschool, School Field Trips, Scouts
Grade(s) : Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade
Study Type : History
Program Length : 2 Hours
Location : Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

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Eva Bakshis

Experience the farm as it appeared in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn the history of the farm and why Fosterfields is an important part of New Jersey farming history. Students will experience historic farm chores and meet the farm animals (including jersey cows, horses, pigs, goats and the chickens).