Special Events

Halloween Fun Galore!

Halloween Fun Galore!

Are you going batty over Halloween? Click here to check out spook-tacular events & programs for all ages and thrill-levels!

Events run October 3 - 31.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, October 16—Wednesday, October 31
  • Time:
    Varies based on program.
  • Location:

    Varies based on program.

  • Cost:
    Varies based on program.
  • Contact:
    Varies based on program.

Open Hearth Cooking with Susan McLellan Plaisted

Open Hearth Cooking with Susan McLellan Plaisted

Ages 16 & Up.

Join Susan McLellan Plaisted, of Heart to Hearth Cookery, and cook a full meal on the open hearth using period equipment, ingredients, and ‘receipts.’ Beginners to advanced chefs are welcome.

Click here to register.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 20
  • Time:
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $60 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, use the above link. For more information, call 973.285.6537, or email mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net.

Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt

All Ages.

Receive a map at the Haggerty Education Center, and explore the gardens looking for original scarecrow creations created by families, schools, scouts, organizations, and more. Search for Gary the Gardener,’ the silly Lampshade Sisters, and more!

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 20—Sunday, November 18
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $10 per family.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

Gingerbread Wonderland Tips and Techniques

Gingerbread Wonderland Tips and Techniques

Ages 6 & Up.

Whether you’re a beginner or expert, learn tips from the pros to make your Gingerbread Wonderland Exhibit unique and wonderful! Perfect for families, scouts, or school groups. It's never too early to get started!

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 21
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $10 per house.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

Victoria Johnson’s latest book, “American Eden,” is a biography of the doctor at the Hamilton-Burr duel, David Hosack, a pioneering physician and botanist. Hosack’s botanical garden, the first in the new Republic, is now buried under Rockefeller Center. A book signing and sale follow the lecture.

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 21
  • Time:
    2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Exploring Paranormal

Exploring Paranormal

Don’t miss out on this haunting lecture! Spend the evening exploring the paranormal with Specter Seekers Paranormal Society's Founder and 25-year veteran paranormal investigator Frank Rigillo, and discover the science of ghost hunting. Learn the different methods and equipment used during an investigation, and check out real ghost hunting equipment.

Click here to register.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 27
  • Time:
    7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, visit the link above. For more information, e-mail Agizzi@morrisparks.net.

Apple Cidering

Apple Cidering

The perfect fall family tradition! Make delicious, homemade apple cider using an old-fashioned, hand-cranked cider press, and learn fun facts about the amazing apple. Best of all, enjoy the fruits of your labor, and sample the fresh cider.

Saturdays & Sundays: October 28, November 10, 11, 24 & 25

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 28—Sunday, November 25
  • Time:
    1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Kids’ Nature Fest: Mammal Mania

Kids’ Nature Fest: Mammal Mania

Grades 1 - 4.

Spend a day off from school learning about our furry friends, mammals. Games, crafts, hiking, LIVE animals, and activities make for a fun way to learn.

  • Date:
    Thursday, November 8
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $50 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Plant-stravaganza! Turn Over a New Leaf

Plant-stravaganza! Turn Over a New Leaf

Grades 1 - 4.

On a day off from school, spend time with nature’s giants. Look at changing leaves, view plant cells in a microscope, make a leaf portrait, take a hike to find as many leaf shapes as you can, and much more. Dress for the weather, and bring a nut-free lunch.

  • Date:
    Friday, November 9
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

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

NJEA Holiday Mini-Camp: Recipes for Adventure-Cooking on the Open Hearth

NJEA Holiday Mini-Camp: Recipes for Adventure-Cooking on the Open Hearth

Ages 6 - 13

Hungry for fun during the NJEA break? Cook a full meal on the hearth, and learn about food production and the importance of nutrition in the early 1800s.

  • Date:
    Friday, November 9
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $40 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, call 973.285.6537, e-mail or mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net.

2018 Tree Symposium

2018 Tree Symposium

Join us as we welcome Professor Tom Ombrello, Willowwood’s Superintendent of Horticulture, John Beirne, Dr. Neil Hendrickson, and Author William Bryant Logan for a multi-faceted look at the critical members of our ecosystem, trees. Learn about the roles trees have played throughout history, important information on pests and diseases threatening the landscapes, the intimate relationship between trees and people, and so much more. Please bring a bag lunch.

This program is sponsored by The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

  • Date:
    Saturday, November 10
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $40 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration by November 3 is required. To register, visit arboretumfriends.org.

Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance

Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance

Experience a historic farm-style Thanksgiving holiday! Help prep dinner at the farmer’s house, enjoy a leisurely wagon ride, and visit the friendly farm animals. Speak with a historical reenactor, and honor U.S military personnel and veterans during a special program recognizing the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWI.

  • Date:
    Sunday, November 11
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 p.m
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $8 per adult, $7 per senior (65+), $6 per child age 4 - 16, and $4 per child age 2 & 3. FREE for children under age 2. Friends m
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645.