Special Events

Please be informed that bow and firearm hunting is scheduled in some parks in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. Please click here for the Hunt Schedule which includes Park Closure dates. Please contact (973) 326-7600 with any questions.

Please be informed that bow and firearm hunting is scheduled in some parks in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. Please click here for the Hunt Schedule which includes Park Closure dates. Please contact (973) 326-7600 with any questions.

Apple Cidering

Apple Cidering

Make delicious, homemade apple cider using an old-fashioned, hand-cranked cider press, and learn fun facts about the amazing apple. Compare this sweet treat to the organic apple juice from our sponsor, Whole Foods Market.

  • Date:
    Saturday, November 25—Sunday, November 26
  • 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. First come, first served seating. No preregistration necessary.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629.

Holiday Swag Workshop

Holiday Swag Workshop

Get a jump on your holiday decorating by making an outdoor swag under the expert tutelage of Marge Hulstrunk and Russell Gatzke. All materials are provided, but please bring your own pruners and a box to carry your swag home. 

  • Date:
    Saturday, November 25
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $40 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Family Science Day: Remarkable Rocks

Family Science Day: Remarkable Rocks

All Ages with an adult.

Discover the amazing world of geology, while rotating through hands-on activity stations and a guided trail walk designed to challenge families to work together and make new discoveries. 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, November 28
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain, 472 Boonton Avenue, Boonton Township.

  • Cost:
    $8 per child age 5 & up. $5 per child age 3 & 4.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130.

Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show

Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show

Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity and skill displayed at this charming exhibit featuring hundreds of edible structures. Celebrate 26 years of gingerbread masterpieces, and enjoy the sweet smell of candy that fills the air.

This event is sponsored by:

 



Complete your holiday shopping with ease at the Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, now in its 8th year. Check out local artists and crafters’ beautiful and affordable handmade creations, perfect for that special person on your list.
Saturdays and Sundays, December 2, 3, 9 & 10 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Date:
    Friday, December 1—Sunday, December 10
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily, Fridays until 7:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $2 per person gains entry to both the Holiday Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland. Children under age 2 are FREE.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601. Groups of 10 or more must make a reservation.

Winter on the Home Front: A Civil War Christmas

Winter on the Home Front: A Civil War Christmas

Travel back in time, and experience the holidays during the Civil War-era. Check out how soldiers prepared food, built winter huts to keep warm, and wrote letters home to loved ones. Visit the historic Vail House to read actual letters from Union troops, and admire the simple, yet elegant, period decorations. Attend an Officer’s Ball, and enjoy fiddle music, dancing, and festive costumes.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 2—Sunday, December 3
  • Time:
    Saturday: 12 noon - 5 p.m. & Sunday: 12 noon - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $7 per adult, $6/senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child age 3 and under.
  • Contact:
    973.285.6550.

Trail Treasure Hunt

Trail Treasure Hunt

All Ages.

Calling all treasure hunters! Enjoy a seasonal, nature scavenger hunt where families work together to follow clues and find the answers to nature riddles along the trails.

  • Date:
    Sunday, December 3
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $2 per person age 3 & up.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Nature’s Gifts

Nature’s Gifts

All Ages.

Take a break from the holiday haze, and hike the trails. Learn about all of nature’s ‘gifts’ and how these resources are used today. 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 5
  • Time:
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $2 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

After School Hike

After School Hike

Ages 5 & Up.

Relax, and enjoy an easy hike filled with nature topics and activities.

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

    Pyramid Mountain, 472 Boonton Avenue, Boonton Township.

  • Cost:
    $3 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130.

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building

Ages 10 - 15.

Expand your wilderness and survival skills by learning about primitive shelters and building your own shelter in the woods.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 9
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $10 per child, per class.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.