Special Events

HUNTING CLOSURES -  Lewis Morris County Park and Patriots’ Path from Sussex Avenue to Woodland Avenue will be closed Monday, 11/19/2018 for permitted firearm hunting.  For a full schedule click here. 

HUNTING CLOSURES -  Lewis Morris County Park and Patriots’ Path from Sussex Avenue to Woodland Avenue will be closed Monday, 11/19/2018 for permitted firearm hunting.  For a full schedule click here. 

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!

Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, November 18.

  • Date:
    Monday, November 19—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.

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:
    Saturday, November 24—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.

Holiday Workout Walk

Holiday Workout Walk

Ages 18 & Up.

Get moving after the holiday weekend with an early morning walk on the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center trails.

  • Date:
    Monday, November 26
  • Time:
    8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show

Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show

A candy lover’s dream, now in its 27th year! Marvel at the creativity and skill displayed at this festive and charming exhibit featuring 150+ edible masterpieces crafted by local schools, scout troops, and families. With past creations from Hogwarts, to enchanted gardens, pirate ships, and Santa’s Workshop, this is a must see for all ages. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite! This event is sponsored by The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Monday - Thursday & Weekends: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Complete your holiday shopping with ease at the 9th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show. Check out local artists and crafters’ beautiful and affordable handmade creations, perfect for that special person on your list.

Craft Show is Weekends Only: December 1, 2, 8 & 9 - 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Date:
    Friday, November 30—Sunday, December 9
  • Time:
    Monday - Thursday & Weekends: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fridays: 10 a.m. - 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.

Civil War Christmas

Civil War Christmas

Travel back in time and experience the holidays during the Civil War-era. Learn how soldiers prepared food, built winter huts to keep warm, and wrote special 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 to enjoy fiddle music, dancing, and festive costumes.

  • Date:
    Saturday, December 1—Sunday, December 2
  • 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:
    973.285.6537.

Baby and Me Hikes

Baby and Me Hikes

Calling all new parents - it’s time to get outside! Put your baby in a backpack, and explore one of many wonderful Morris County area trails on select Tuesdays in December. All adults are welcome to join.

December 4 - Scherman Hoffman, Bernardsville.
December 11 - Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, Chester Township.
December 18 - Patriots’ Path, Mendham Township.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, December 4—Tuesday, December 18
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    See description.

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

Minecraft in New Jersey

Minecraft in New Jersey

All Ages.

If Minecraft was set in New Jersey, what kinds of natural resources would be found? Explore this fascinating idea through the lens of Minecraft.

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

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

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