Special Events

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Black & White

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Black & White

All ages. 

There’s a lot of beauty to be seen in Frelinghuysen Arboretum's winter garden just waiting for you to go look for it!  You might even see some hints that spring is really only two and a half months away.  Get outside and explore the gardens with this contact-less family photo scavenger hunt. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, January 1—Monday, January 31
  • Time:
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per family (Family/group of 4 or less).
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7601.

Hands-On History: Craft Series

Hands-On History: Craft Series

Thursday Programs

Thursday, January 27: Hand Spinning with Wool, Flax and Cotton - Adults.

Learn traditional ways to create yarn from wool, flax, and cotton!  See how the fibers are prepared for spinning, then use your own drop spindle to create yarn!  Take a whirl on the spinning wheel.  No experience necessary, all supplies provided.

Thursday, February 10: The Ancient Craft of Weaving - Adults.

Create your very own unique textile piece to take home!  Learn how the tapestry loom works.  No experience necessary, all supplies provided. 

Thursday, March 31: The Art of Tea Blending - Adults.

Join us for a wonderful cuppa tea!  Learn the history of tea and create your own original blend to take home.  No experience necessary, all supplies provided.

Saturday Programs

Saturday, January 15: Decorative Stenciling Workshop - All ages.

Explore the art of decorative stenciling in this workshop!  Discover what stenciling was used for and use paint to create your own stencil art work. Please wear older clothes, as we will be working with paint. No experience necessary, all supplies provided.

Saturday, February 12: Victorian Valentine Craft - All Ages.

Celebrate Valentines Day by creating your own Victorian valentine!  Using pressed flowers, Victorian stickers, and other supplies, impress your loved one with this festive craft!  No experience necessary, all supplies provided.

Saturday, February 19: Natural Dyeing with Flowers and Bugs - Adults.

Come dye with us!  Learn how to create natural dyes using flowers and bugs.  Everyone gets to take swatches home at the end of program.  Please wear older clothes, as the dyes are permanent. No experience necessary, all supplies provided. 

Saturday, March 5: Artisan Soap Making - Adults.

Create your own custom soap blend in this workshop!  Learn how soap is made and then craft your own to bring home. No experience necessary, all supplies provided. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, January 15—Thursday, March 31
  • Time:
    Times vary.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    Costs vary.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7645.

Home School Days

Home School Days

Ages 6 - 12. 

Environmental Education - Register here.

****SOLD OUT**** January 27: Owls and their Pellets - Winter might seem like a strange time to talk about owls, but it's actually the best time to see one in NJ.  Find out why on a guided walk, and learn what makes owls so unique. Then try your hand at analyzing what an owl ate by dissecting its pellet!

****SOLD OUT**** February 24: Animal Tracking - Learn all there is to know about the footprints that animals leave behind: How can we tell who made them?  What do the tracks and trails tell us?  You'll be a tracking expert after learning to move with the 4 mammal gaits and matching mystery tracks to their makers.

****SOLD OUT**** March 24: Fabulous Frogs - It is LOUD in the Great Swamp right now as our frogs sing to attract mates.  Learn all about their lifecycles and metamorphosis with fun activities, then take a walk to spy on the frogs as they belt out their love songs in the forest pools.

Horticulture - Register here.

****SOLD OUT**** February 17: Planting With The Presidents - Did you know that many past presidents were plant and seed collectors?  Learn their history and influence on our gardens today and visit many of the heritage trees at the arboretum that are ready to tell their own history.

****SOLD OUT**** March 10: Exploring Buds - Did you know that leaves and flowers start out as buds?  In this class, students will explore how environmental conditions influence the growth of these early signs of spring.

Historic Sites - Register here.

****SOLD OUT**** January 20: Winter Chores - Fosterfields might close for the season, but our farm chores continue all winter long.  Join us for this fun, hands-on program and learn how our farmers maintain the farm during the colder months.  Saw wood, sweep the barn, stack hay, and much more!

February 10: Ice, Ice, Baby! - It's ice harvesting season!  Learn how ice cutting was historically done and give it a try. 

March 17 and March 18: Outdoor Cooking - Learn how to cook over an open flame in this new Home School program! Chop ingredients, stir the pots, and see how cooking can be done anywhere. 

  • Date:
    Thursday, January 20—Thursday, March 24
  • Time:
    Times vary
  • Location:

    Locations vary.

  • Cost:
    $10-$12 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629 (Environmental Education), 973.326.7601 (Horticulture), or 973.326.7645 (Historic Sites).

Virtual Lunch & Learn

Virtual Lunch & Learn

Adults.

Environmental Education - Register here.

January 20: Surviving the Winter World - Sure, it’s cold out, but there’s a lot going on in the garden!  Explore the various gardens of the Arboretum and look for early signs of spring – yes, they’re out there!  Please dress for the weather.

February 17: Maple Sugaring - It's sugaring season!  Learn why maple sugaring can only take place during a few weeks in winter and only in the northeastern part of North America.  Discover how the process works, from identifying a maple tree all the way to grading the finished syrup, and many other interesting facts along the way.

March 17: Deer Me! - White-tailed deer are both a scourge and a beauty in NJ.  How did we get to this point?  You'll be amazed to learn the history of deer in NJ and their adaptations for survival.  Learn solutions for keeping deer out of  gardens.

Horticulture - Register here.

January 27: Birds in the Winter - Discover the birds that live in our backyards during winter, and what seed and shelter plants can attract them and allow them to survive. 

February 24: The Dirt on Dirt - Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education, will discuss the science of soil and and the importance of adding compost or not! Learn easy ways to start or speed up your compost pile and make a simple home soil test.

March 24: The Story of Tulip - Did you know that tulips used to be worth more than gold?  Discover their amazing history and botany of this garden favorite.

  • Date:
    Thursday, January 20—Thursday, March 24
  • Time:
    12 noon - 12:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Locations vary.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629 (Environmental Education) or 973.326.7601 (Horticulture).

Maple Sugaring Demos

Maple Sugaring Demos

Saturdays & Sundays: January 22, 23, 29, and 30, February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, and 27, March 5, 6, and 12

Ages 5 & up.

Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make real maple syrup over a wood-fired evaporator.  This year, the program will be held entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather.  Spiles and syrup will be available for purchase, while supplies last.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, January 22—Saturday, March 12
  • Time:
    1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

  • Cost:
    $5 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629

The Truth About Groundhogs at Pyramid Mountain

The Truth About Groundhogs at Pyramid Mountain

****** SOLD OUT ******

Ages 5 - 10.

Just in time for Groundhog Day, discover why woodchucks are actually pretty interesting animals with a story, walk and craft.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 1
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township, 07045 (intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue).

  • Cost:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629.

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Growing Presidential

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Growing Presidential

All ages. 

Nothing like a month full of presidents to get you thinking about plants.  Lots of plants are named in honor of presidents and lots more are just plain presidential.  Thomas Jefferson described botany as "among the most useful of the sciences," so put on your thinking cap and keep your eyes open!  Get outside and explore the gardens with this contact-less family photo scavenger hunt. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 1—Monday, February 28
  • Time:
    8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per family (Family/group of 6 or less).
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7601.

The Truth About Groundhogs at Great Swamp

The Truth About Groundhogs at Great Swamp

Ages 5 - 10.

Just in time for Groundhog Day, discover why woodchucks are actually pretty interesting animals with a story, walk and craft.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, February 2
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

  • Cost:
    $7 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629.

Pre-K Nature on the Farm

Pre-K Nature on the Farm

Select Thursdays: February 3 and 17, and March 10 and 24

Ages 2 - 4 with an adult.

Families with pre-K kids will take a walk on the trails and around the farm, learning about the natural world around them. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 3—Thursday, March 24
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Wild Animal Experts

Wild Animal Experts

Friday, February 4: Foxes

Friday, March 18: Frogs

Ages 6 - 10.

After school is a great time to take a nature walk and discover new facts about New Jersey's wildlife.  Join a naturalist to learn about a new animal every month!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, February 4—Friday, March 18
  • Time:
    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

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

The Evolution of the American Woman: Fashion from 1830 - 1920

The Evolution of the American Woman: Fashion from 1830 - 1920

Adults.

Fashion allows us to express ourselves and our identities. Join us for a lecture by historian Abigail Belcastro, as we learn about the evolution of women's rights through the fashion and culture of the times. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, February 4
  • Time:
    6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7645.

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

Ages 6 - 12. 

In this virtual program, meet with other plant lovers and get your hands dirty! Each month plant a new kind of interesting, creepy, unusual, or rare plant and learn how to take care of it. 

Monday, February 7: Pomegranates -- The World Traveler of Fruits - Pomegranate trees have travelled across the world following the Silk Road, the Spice Trade, and  travel to "the New World."  Learn the history and how to grow your own pomegranite tree!

Monday, March 7: Ancient Giants - Once thought to be extinct, Dawn Redwoods are now be found around the world.  Learn the history -- it's ancient -- and discover just how easy they are to grow. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, February 7—Monday, March 7
  • Time:
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

  • Cost:
    $10 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7601.

Virtual Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers

Virtual Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers

Adults.

Just in time for Valentine's Day! Use your own supermarket flowers to create a knock-out bouquet to give to your special Valentine. Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education, will lead this hands-on, virtual class. We supply greens and the container and you supply the flowers.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 8
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7601.

Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for Kids

Floral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for Kids

Ages 6 - 12. 

In this in-person class, young floral arrangers will create a centerpiece perfect for Valentine's Day gifting.  Greens, container, and décor are supplied.  Attendees should bring one bouquet of supermarket flowers. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 8
  • Time:
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $25 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7601.

What’s in Bloom Tour

What’s in Bloom Tour

Adults.

February 9 and March 9.

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, February 9
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Bark, Branches, and Buds

Bark, Branches, and Buds

Ages 8 & up.

Thursday, February 9: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

Monday, February 14: Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township, 07045 (intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue).

Identifying trees in winter gets a bit more complicated without the leaves to help you, but once you begin to look closely, differences in bark, buds and branching patterns come to light.  Learn the tricks on a guided walk with a naturalist.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, February 9
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

    Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township, 07045 (intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue).

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7645.

Winter’s Day on the Farm

Winter’s Day on the Farm

All ages. 

Winter doesn't halt activity on the farm! Come to Fosterfields for Winter's Day on the farm. Learn how to cut and harvest ice, help the staff saw wood, pet the cows and see an outdoor cooking demonstration. Take a wagon ride around the farm to see it in all of it's wintery splendor!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 13
  • Time:
    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:
    $10 per person, FREE for ages 3 & under.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7645.

Winter Tree ID

Winter Tree ID

Adults.

Stroll the trails and learn how the bark, branches and buds of trees are used in winter identification.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, February 16
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    Bamboo Brook Outdoor Educaiton Center, 11 Longview Rd, Far Hills, NJ 07931.

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 97.326.7601.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Ages 9 & up.

Winter is the ideal time to start seeds for vegetables! Help the farmers get the crops going for the spring season. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 26
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7645.

Maple Sugaring for Seedlings

Maple Sugaring for Seedlings

Ages 2 - 5 with an adult.

Since the little ones are too young for our regular maple sugaring demos, the GSOEC is offering a special session just for them.  Enjoy a maple sugaring story and a walk and talk with a naturalist all about making maple syrup from trees.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, March 19
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

  • Cost:
    $5 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.635.6629.