Special Events

Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Explore the sandy beach and beautiful water of Sunrise Lake with your toddler on select Tuesday mornings in July, while enjoying exclusive access before the lakes open to the public. This special program is designed for children ages 4 and under.

Tuesdays: July 10 - 31

  • Date:
    Tuesday, July 17—Tuesday, July 31
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Location:

    Sunrise Lake Beach Club in Lewis Morris County Park, 270 Mendham Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $3 per adult, FREE per child 4 & under.
  • Contact:
    973.267.4351.

An Incredible Journey: Shorebird Migration

An Incredible Journey: Shorebird Migration

The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey showcases the amazing hemisphere-wide migration of red knots and other at-risk shorebirds. New Jersey’s Delaware Bay acts as the centerpiece of this globally renowned journey, as shorebirds descend to its shores each May to feast on horseshoe crab eggs. Unfortunately, red knots and other shorebirds have sharply declined in recent years, and their survival is at stake. Join the discussion on migration, the causes of their decline, the innovative scientific projects underway to help the birds recover, and our expert’s own shorebird field studies from Brazil to Cape Cod.

  • Date:
    Saturday, July 21
  • Time:
    10:30 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

    Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, 200 Pottersville Rd, Chester Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE!
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 908.879.7262.

Cooking Demonstration: Broccoli, Broccolo, Broccolini

Cooking Demonstration: Broccoli, Broccolo, Broccolini

Broccoli, Broccolini, Broccoli Rabe, Romanesco, Sprouting Broccoli, and Gai-lan are all related, delicious, nutritious, and so versatile. Taste the differences and similarities as we explore them all.

  • Date:
    Sunday, July 22
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

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

Flowers Galore Tea & Tour

Flowers Galore Tea & Tour

Step onto the beautiful grounds of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum for a leisurely, guided tour focusing on the seasonal blooms in the magnificent gardens, followed by a delicious tea at Matilda’s Café. A sumptuous selection of scones, tea sandwiches, baked-from scratch pastries, and teas are offered. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. This event is co-sponsored by The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Mondays: July 23, August 20, September 10 & 24

  • Date:
    Monday, July 23—Monday, September 24
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $35 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, please visit arboretumfriends.org.

Meet the Servants at The Willows

Meet the Servants at The Willows

During a special, hands-on guided tour, learn about the domestic help at the Foster home, The Willows, during the WWI era. Help the maid with household chores, and assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove.

  • Date:
    Saturday, July 28
  • Time:
    1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $6 per adult, $5 per senior, $4 per child age 4 - 16, $2 per child age 2 & 3, FREE per child under age 2.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645.

Butterfly Gardening by Jane Hurwitz

Butterfly Gardening by Jane Hurwitz

Join author of Butterfly Gardening Jane Hurwitz, and learn how to create a vibrant garden habitat that fosters butterflies. Following Jane’s talk, enjoy a walk with Sharon Wander, President of NABA, to see what butterflies we can discover. A book sale and signing follows the lecture. This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’S and is co-sponsored by The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

  • Date:
    Saturday, July 28
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

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

Book Making Master Class

Book Making Master Class

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

Learn the art of bookmaking with Cindy Kramer of Panda Paper. Using historically accurate materials, create four journals and a case to hold them. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Speedwell.

Click here to register.

  • Date:
    Saturday, July 28
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

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

Campout on the Beach

Campout on the Beach

Join us on an overnight adventure under the stars. Start with fun on the beach, swimming, boating, and racing around the Wibit. Once the sun sets, enjoy storytelling around the campfire and delicious s’mores - it is fun for all ages. A light breakfast is provided, too! Rain date: Saturday, August 4.

Click here to register.

  • Date:
    Friday, August 3—Saturday, August 4
  • Time:
    4 p.m. - 9:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    Sunrise Lake Beach Club in Lewis Morris County Park, 270 Mendham Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $45 per family. Wibit and Boat use are an additional fee.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required by July 27. For info and to register, use the above link, call 973.326.7616, or e-mail recreation@morrispaks.net.

Nature Photography in the Garden

Nature Photography in the Garden

Capture the perfect shot of the fluttering wings of a butterfly, the golden glow of sunlight on a Coneflower petal, or the colorful interplay of garden flowers. Join nature photographers as they share their expertise and display their work in the Butterfly Garden at the Kay Center.

  • Date:
    Saturday, August 4
  • Time:
    10:30 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

    Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, 200 Pottersville Rd, Chester Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 908.879.7262.

Zucchini-Palooza!

Zucchini-Palooza!

All Ages.

In honor of ‘National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day,’ celebrate this versatile vegetable with an afternoon of zucchini-themed fun. Enjoy Zucchini Car Races, Squash Toss Games, garden tours, scavenger hunts, and more.

  • Date:
    Sunday, August 5
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $2 per person.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

Sunday Tours: Horticultural Sites

Sunday Tours: Horticultural Sites

Join a guided tour of the exceptional horticultural sites, exploring a different location each Sunday. Learn the fascinating history, and soak in the natural beauty of the grounds. Please wear sturdy walking shoes.

August 5 - The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

August 12 - Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Rd, Chester Township.

August 19 - Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Rd, Chester Township

  • Date:
    Sunday, August 5—Sunday, August 19
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    See description.

  • Cost:
    $3 per person. Exact change, please.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

National Night Out

National Night Out

FREE food, FREE entertainment, FREE ice skating, and giveaways! Join the Morris County Park Police and over 40 law enforcement and community agencies for an evening of awareness and fun. Explore a variety of emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, police motorcycles, ambulances, enjoy a live DJ featuring top hits, and play fun games to win prizes. With over 5,000 attendees each year, Morris County’s National Night Out has been named a National Award Winner since 2007!

  • Date:
    Tuesday, August 7
  • Time:
    5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Location:

    Mennen Sports Arena, 161 Hanover Avenue, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE!
  • Contact:
    973.326.7654.

Word Flourish: Modern Calligraphy and Lettering

Word Flourish: Modern Calligraphy and Lettering

Ages 13 & Up.

Join calligraphy artist Lisa Sienrukos for a modern brush calligraphy class, and explore various “fonts” and ways to add interest and character to lettering. Learn the basics by focusing on the alphabet, and then move on to more creative and challenging projects. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Speedwell.

Click here to register.

  • Date:
    Saturday, August 11
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $30 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, use the above link. For more information, call 973.285.6537, or email mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net.

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, August 18
  • 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,