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.

Eagle Watching Trip

Eagle Watching Trip

Ages 18 & Up.

Join this guided van trip with a naturalist into NY and PA to view majestic, wintering Bald Eagles. Dress warmly, and bring a bag lunch. Space is very limited, so register today.

Saturday, January 13, Sunday, January 21, & Sunday, February 4.

  • Date:
    Saturday, January 13
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Meet at the Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $35 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Just because the weather is colder doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Exciting, winter activities such as, sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing are offered right in your backyard! Make the most of the season, and check out what various facilities and programs the Morris County Park Commission has to offer.

Click here for a chart of all winter recreation activities in Morris County Parks.

  • Date:
    Thursday, January 18—Wednesday, February 28
  • Time:
    Sunrise to Dusk.
  • Location:

    Morris County Parks.

  • Cost:
    FREE. Fee for guided snowshoe hikes and snowshoe rentals at Pyramid Mountain NHA.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7600

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

All Ages.
Experience the fascinating process of maple sugaring from start to finish. Identify and tap maple trees, collect 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.

January 20, 21, 27 & 28
February 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 & 25

  • Date:
    Saturday, January 20—Sunday, February 25
  • 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:
    $3 per person age 3 & up.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629. No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served.

Suds and Bubbles: Soap Making for Kids

Suds and Bubbles: Soap Making for Kids

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

Ages 6 - 10.

Enjoy some squeaky clean fun! Learn the soap making process from long ago and today, and use natural and herbal ingredients to design and create simple bar soaps to take home.

  • Date:
    Sunday, January 21
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration recommended; walk-ins welcome. To register, 973.326.7601.

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain

Sundays, January 21 through March 11.

Ages 10 & Up.

Enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing and trekking through the winter landscape. Look for signs of wildlife, and view beautiful scenery - all while getting a great workout! No experience necessary.

If you already know how to snowshoe or want to venture out on your own, there are various sizes, including children’s, available for one-day rental and use at Pyramid Mountain NHA. You must be 18 years or older to rent shoes. Shoes can be rented between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and must be returned between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. the same day.
 

  • Date:
    Sunday, January 21—Sunday, March 11
  • Time:
    1 p.m. if renting shoes, 1:30 p.m. if using your own.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain, 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.

Family Science Day: Skulls and Bones

Family Science Day: Skulls and Bones

All Ages with an adult.

Learn about animal bones while rotating through fun, hands-on activity stations.  

  • Date:
    Tuesday, January 23
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Outdoor Skills: Experiencing the Dark Woods

Outdoor Skills: Experiencing the Dark Woods

Ages 10 - 15.

Satisfy your appetite for adventure while learning wilderness and survival skills. Discover how to increase your comfort level in case you find yourself at night without a flashlight. 

  • Date:
    Friday, January 26
  • Time:
    4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • 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.

Blackburn Scholarship Lecture

Blackburn Scholarship Lecture

Join speaker Ken Druse for a fascinating discussion, The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change. Learn new ways to look at all aspects of the gardening process such as designing your garden, choosing and planting trees, soil conservation, critter issues, and so much more. Proceeds benefit the Blackburn Scholarship, currently offered to students of the Landscape Technology program at County College of Morris. Please register by January 28.

Snow date: Sunday, February 4

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

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $30 for members of the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and $35 for non-members.
  • Contact:
    Preregister is required. To register, visit arboretumfriends.org.

A Winter’s Day on the Farm

A Winter’s Day on the Farm

Join an exciting, outdoor family adventure to experience traditional farm life as it was in the early 20th century. Enjoy an open-air, tractor pulled wagon ride, meet the friendly farm animals, learn the importance of ice harvesting and what tools were used, and help with daily farm chores. Warm up in the cozy Farmhouse where seasonal foods are cooking on the wood-burning cook stove. 

Friends members are half price with a current membership card.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 4
  • 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.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645.

Valentine’s Flower Arranging Workshop

Valentine’s Flower Arranging Workshop

Join Floral Designer Marge Hulstrunk to create your own special, long-stemmed bouquet arranged in a vase just in time for Valentine’s Day. The snow date is Tuesday, February 13, from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 10
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $75 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Matilda’s Tea: Tally Ho!

Matilda’s Tea: Tally Ho!

Ages 6 & Up with an adult.

At this annual winter tea, learn about horses and the carriages that are on display. Enjoy a delicious brunch and an illustrated talk, and make a fun hobby horse to ride. Take a horse and carriage ride around the property, weather permitting.

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

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $35 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Landscape Design: The Basics and Beyond

Landscape Design: The Basics and Beyond

Join Susan Olinger, longtime landscape and garden designer, and learn the concepts and tools that landscape designers use to provide horticulturally and environmentally correct designs.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 11
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

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

Junior Naturalists

Junior Naturalists

Tuesdays, February 13 through March 20

Ages 6 - 9.

Learn how to study the plants, animals, and land that make up the Great Swamp. 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 13—Tuesday, March 20
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $55 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.