Special Events

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service will be conducting prescribed burns on Friday 2/21/2020 at Central Park of Morris County. There will be trail closures in these areas. For more information and maps of burn areas and trail closures, please click here.

The New Jersey Forest Fire Service will be conducting prescribed burns on Friday 2/21/2020 at Central Park of Morris County. There will be trail closures in these areas. For more information and maps of burn areas and trail closures, please click here.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Discover the best spots to sled, ice skate, cross-country ski, snowshoe, and more, all right here in Morris County! Make the most of this season, and experience the great outdoors with exciting winter activities.

Click here to check out the facilities and programs the Morris County Park Commission has to offer.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 2—Friday, February 28
  • Time:
    Sunrise to Dusk.
  • Location:

    Morris County Parks.

  • Cost:
    Various based on activity and/or program.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7600.

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain NHA

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain NHA

Ages 10 & Up.
Get outside and active this winter, and experience the unique and exhilarating sport of snowshoeing! Enjoy a guided trek exploring the beautiful winter scenery and looking for signs of wildlife - all while getting a great workout. No experience is necessary. Please call in advance regarding conditions.

For more information on snowshoeing during the week, CLICK HERE!   

  • Date:
    Sunday, January 5—Sunday, March 8
  • Time:
    1 p.m. if renting shoes, 1:30 p.m. if using your own.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township (Intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue).

  • Cost:
    $5 per person for trek, $15 for trek and snowshoe rental.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register and for conditions, 973.334.3130.

Sprouts

Sprouts

Sprouts: Scarves, Hats, and Mittens

Ages 2 - 5 with an Adult.
Brrr…it’s cold outside! Discover the ways plants and animals keep themselves warm throughout the winter. Read a cozy story, and remember to bundle up for a chilly walk.
Date: Wednesday, February 5.

Sprouts: Sweet as (Maple) Sugar

Ages 2 - 5 with an Adult.
It’s that time again when the maple trees are waking up and sending their sap upwards. Watch the trees being tapped, taste the delicious sap and enjoy waffles with real maple syrup.
Date: Wednesday, February 26.

Sprouts: P is for Plant

Ages 2 - 5 with an Adult.
Every plant has a name, just like people do. Take a walk around the Arboretum to find plants with names that start with the same letter as yours. Create a special letter collage to take home.
Date: Wednesday, March 4.

Sprouts: Super Seed

Ages 2 - 5 with an Adult.
Explore seeds big and small, look for seeds outside, and create your own seed bomb to take home and plant.
Date: Wednesday, March 11.

Sprouts: Spring Is Coming!

Ages 2 - 5 with an Adult.
Spring is on its way, and there are signs of life hiding in the garden. Let’s look to find some of these clues.
Date: Wednesday, March 18.

Sprouts: Out Like A Lamb!

Ages 2 - 5 with an Adult.
Let’s talk about the weather outside, and walk to experience the weather as the seasons change.
Date: Wednesday, March 25.

Dates vary by program.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, January 8—Wednesday, March 25
  • Time:
    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    $5 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

All Ages.
The trees are tapped, and the firewood is chopped - it’s maple sugaring season at the Great Swamp OEC! Experience the fascinating process of maple sugaring from tree to pancake topping. If conditions are right, watch as staff identifies and taps maple trees and collects sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different, delicious syrups, including syrup made at the Great Swamp OEC. Rain or shine. 

Saturdays & Sundays, January 18, 19, 25, 26, February 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, March 1, 7 & 8.

  • Date:
    Saturday, January 18—Sunday, March 8
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $4 per person age 3 & up.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629. No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served.

Home School Days: Creating Plants!

Home School Days: Creating Plants!

Ages 6 - 12.
Become a botanist and discover the different techniques used to create new plants. Cycle through a variety of stations, including using a microscope and hands-on plant propagating.

Seeds
Date: Tuesday, February 18.

Division
Date: Tuesday, February 25.

Air Layering
Date: Tuesday, March 3.

Grafting
Date: Tuesday, March 10.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 18—Tuesday, March 10
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    $8 per child, or $30 for the series of 4 classes.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Try Hockey for Free Event at Mennen Sports Arena

Try Hockey for Free Event at Mennen Sports Arena

Ages 4 - 9.
This event is designed to provide kids with a completely free experience to try youth hockey. Our top coaches will be on the ice to assist your child in learning the basics. Your son or daughter does not need any previous skating or hockey experience. There is a limited amount of equipment is available to borrow.

Click Here To Register
 

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 22
  • Time:
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Mennen Sports Arena, 161 East Hanover Ave, Morris Township, NJ, 07960.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    For more information, please call 973.775.9365 or email pcavanaugh@morrisparks.net.

Let’s talk Perennials

Let’s talk Perennials

Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education and landscape designer for over 20 years, will introduce the most beautiful perennials that bring color to your garden throughout the seasons. Bring in a photograph of your garden, and she will offer you helpful hints to customize your space.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 23
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $20 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Make & Take Workshop: Soap with Herbs and Essentials Oils

Make & Take Workshop: Soap with Herbs and Essentials Oils

Get the scent of summer in your soap. A quick and easy way to make soap with no lye!

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 27
  • Time:
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $30 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Celebration of Martha Brookes Hutcheson’s 100 year Anniversary

Celebration of Martha Brookes Hutcheson’s 100 year Anniversary

Join Laura Lawson, Connie Webster, Anette Freytag, and Kathleen John-Alder of the Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers for a discussion about women in Landscape Architecture, past and present. Bring a bag lunch. Drinks provided. This program is eligible for CEUs. Register at arboretumfriends.org. 

  • Date:
    Sunday, March 1
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    $55 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

10th Annual Community Garden Conference

10th Annual Community Garden Conference

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension team up to present the Annual Community Garden Conference. Join expert session speakers and explore topics pertinent to community gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden. Lunch is provided. For complete details, visit arboretumfriends.org. This program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.
Snow date: Sunday, March 8.

  • Date:
    Saturday, March 7
  • Time:
    8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave., Morris Township, 07962.

  • Cost:
    $50 per person before February 1; $60 per person on and after February 1.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Maple Sugar Festival

Maple Sugar Festival

All Ages.
Join this annual festival celebrating the peak of maple sugaring season. Enjoy tree tapping demonstrations, delicious syrup taste tests, maple snow cones, and fun games. ‘Hike through Maple Sugaring History’ to discover how sugaring has changed over time, learn to identify differences in quality, and so much more. This event is rain or shine.

  • Date:
    Saturday, March 14
  • Time:
    12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $5 per person age 3 and up.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629.

Make a Macramé Hanging Planter Workshop

Make a Macramé Hanging Planter Workshop

Join Samantha Matthews to create a beautiful Macramé wall hanging. Learn basic knots in this beginner macramé class. You will leave with a finished wall hanging, and the knowledge to design future pieces. Class fee includes all materials. Register at arboretumfriends.org

  • Date:
    Saturday, March 14
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $50 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.