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.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Just because the weather is colder doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Exciting, winter activities such 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, December 14—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

Always Evergreen

Always Evergreen

Grades 1 - 5.

Using a variety of fresh-cut greens and flowers, create a seasonal centerpiece, perfect for the holiday table. All supplies provided.

  • Date:
    Monday, December 18
  • Time:
    4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

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

Snow Much Fun

Snow Much Fun

Ages 2 - 6.

Welcome winter with an afternoon celebrating snow! Learn about snow and the animals that thrive in it through a story, craft, and a short walk outside. 

  • Date:
    Monday, December 18
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $3 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Family Science Day: Classification

Family Science Day: Classification

All Ages with an adult.

Discover how scientists classify living things, 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, December 19
  • 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.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Winter Solstice Celebration

Ages 6 & Up.

Join a woodland gathering around a cozy campfire to experience the historical and ceremonial aspects of the solstice. Listen to storytellers, and enjoy hot cider and roasted marshmallows.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, December 20
  • Time:
    7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $8 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Winter Garden Family Walk

Winter Garden Family Walk

Ages 5 & Up.

Explore the beautiful Arboretum gardens after the long, busy, holiday weekend. There’s plenty going on, and there may even be plants in bloom.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 26
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $2 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Wild About Winter Mini-Camp

Wild About Winter Mini-Camp

Ages 5 - 8.

Winter break is a great time to get outside and explore. Learn about the crazy things that wildlife does to survive the cold, explore the quiet forest looking for animal signs, and more. Enjoy walks, crafts, stories, games, and activities. Bring a nut-free snack. Sign up for one or more days.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, December 27—Friday, December 29
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $16 per child per day.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.