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!
Homeschool, School Field Trips

Cast from the Past

Program Type : Homeschool, School Field Trips
Grade(s) : 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Study Type : History
Program Length : 2 Hours
Location : Historic Speedwell

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Karl Wietzel

Work for the Speedwell Ironworks for a day! During the early American Industrial Revolution, the Speedwell Ironworks manufactured iron objects, employed skilled workers with specialized roles, and used tools and machines in a historic process. In this hands-on workshop, students learn the historic process of sand casting, make a mold, and create a casting to take home.

Group Tours, Homeschool, School Field Trips

Cool Creepy Crawlies

Program Type : Group Tours, Homeschool, School Field Trips
Grade(s) : 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 2 Hours
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Transform the teacher into a giant insect to learn about the physical characteristics of insects and their relatives! Then meet and touch unusual LIVE invertebrates before heading outside to capture, study, and release live specimens usin? study techniques that real scientists use.

Homeschool, Outreach

Coyotes in the Neighborhood

Program Type : Homeschool, Outreach
Grade(s) : 18+
Study Type : Environmental Education
Program Length : 1 Hour
Location : Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center

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Jenn Godin

Whether you?ve seen them or not, wild coyotes are living among us. In this program, learn how they survive in our neighborhoods, amazing facts about their lives and history, and what to do if you see one.

Homeschool, Scouts

Dairy Days

Program Type : Homeschool, Scouts
Grade(s) : 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 18+
Study Type : History
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

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Allie Simakowicz

In this interactive program, participants will work with our educators learning about our Jersey cow herd. Discover where they come from and what they do on the farm. Make your own butter and at the end of class make ice cream!

Scouts

Daisy Designs with Nature

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

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Jenn Godin

How many different birds can we count on a nature walk? Search for and count animal tracks too. Then use your ears to make a sound map of everything you hear around you.

Scouts

Daisy Eco Learner

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

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Jenn Godin

How can you help keep wildlife safe when you're exploring the natural world? Find out as you sort native and non-native wildlife, discover the tiny creatures living on the forest floor, search for things that don't belong in a natural area, and more!

Scouts

Daisy Eco-Learner

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : 1st Grade
Study Type : Horticulture
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Frelinghuysen Arboretum

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Gwen Montgomery

Walk the trails and explore the gardens of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum while learning three ways to protect the environment? Scouts will also plant an eco-friendly plant to take home.

Scouts

Daisy Numbers in Nature

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : Kindergarten, 1st Grade
Study Type : Horticulture
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Frelinghuysen Arboretum

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Gwen Montgomery

How tall is that tree? Which one is the oldest? Daisy scouts will search the Frelinghuysen Arboretum?s gardens for the tallest, fattest, and oldest trees and use estimation to decide which one is their favorite. Daisy scouts will count out and then plant seeds to take home and care for.

Scouts

Daisy Numbers in Nature

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

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Jenn Godin

There are lots of things to measure in nature! Try tracing your shadow and watching it change, measuring and sorting leaves, and even creating your own new unit of measurement with an object from nature.

Scouts

Daisy Outdoor Art Maker

Program Type : Scouts
Grade(s) : Kindergarten, 1st Grade
Study Type : Horticulture
Program Length : 1.5 Hours
Location : Frelinghuysen Arboretum

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Gwen Montgomery

Look at nature through the eyes of an artist and use your senses to explore the gardens. Daisy Scouts will search for inspiration and create a piece of art inspired by the outdoors to either keep or give to a friend.