Special Events

Peach Muffin Baking

Peach Muffin Baking

All Ages with an adult. 

Make peach muffins using flour ground at the Gristmill. While the muffins are baking, take a tour, and learn the history. One muffin tray per family, and additional place settings can be purchased at the time of registration.

  • Date:
    Thursday, August 16
  • Time:
    11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Cooper Gristmill, 66 Route 513, Chester Township.

  • Cost:
    $10 per family. Friends members $5.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required by August 4. To register, 908.879.5463.

Bear Rock Hike

Bear Rock Hike

Ages 16 & Up.

Hike to one of the largest glacial erratics in New Jersey. Bring water and a camera for this moderate level hike.

  • Date:
    Saturday, August 18
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $1 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130.

Lace Creations at the Gristmill

Lace Creations at the Gristmill

Watch the nimble fingers of the Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey as they perform the centuries-old art of bobbin lace-making and tatting. Try it for yourself, too!

  • Date:
    Saturday, August 18
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Cooper Gristmill, 66 Route 24, Chester.

  • Cost:
    FREE! Donations appreciated.
  • Contact:
    908.879.5463.

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,

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 19
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    See description.

  • Cost:
    $3 per person. Exact change, please.
  • Contact:
    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, August 20—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.

Mini Summer Camp: Woodsy Walkers

Mini Summer Camp: Woodsy Walkers

Ages 2 - 4 with an adult.

Explore the trails and a variety of natural history topics with stories, fun games and activities, and nature walks.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, August 22—Friday, August 24
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $40 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

Model T Ford Day at Fosterfields

Model T Ford Day at Fosterfields

Calling all car enthusiasts! Join an exciting day on the farm featuring restored Model T’s from near and far. Enjoy fascinating lectures, hands-on activities and demonstrations for all ages, food and live music, and more. Discover how to crank and drive the cars, learn about the history of Henry Ford, and stop by Fosterfields’ own Transportation Exhibit. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Fosterfields & Cooper Mill, and all proceeds will go towards a new horse-drawn wagon for visitors to enjoy.

If you are interested in exhibiting your Model T, lecturing, or providing a demonstration, contact Richard Seabury at 973.335.1876 or seaburydistributors@yahoo.com. Car exhibitors receive two FREE admission passes.

Friends members are half price with a current membership card.

  • Date:
    Saturday, August 25
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 p.m. *PLEASE NOTE: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm will be open for Model T Ford Day ONLY
  • 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.

Industrial Crafts Day

Industrial Crafts Day

Discover early industrial crafts with exciting hands-on activities and demonstrations by a blacksmith, tinsmith, tin piercers, weavers, and spinners, and create your own tin-pierced craft to take home. Crafters will have handmade pieces available for purchase.

  • Date:
    Saturday, August 25
  • Time:
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Cooper Gristmill, 66 Route 24, Chester.

  • Cost:
    Suggested donation is $3 per adult, $2 per senior (65+), $1 per child age 4 - 16. FREE per child under age 4.
  • Contact:
    908.879.5463.

“Branching Out!” - Fall Session

“Branching Out!” - Fall Session

Grades K - 5

Get outside, and get growing! Learn how to plant, tend to, and harvest your own garden, cook and taste the fruit of your labor, enjoy creative projects, and so much more. Discover the importance of growing and eating healthy food, all while having fun! This hands-on gardening program is sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Saturdays: September 8 - November 3
Click here for more info and to register.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 8—Saturday, November 3
  • Time:
    Varies based on group.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $125 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, click the link above, or call 973.326.7601.

Lincoln and Lee’s Ladies: Fashions of the Civil War Historic Fashion Show

Lincoln and Lee’s Ladies: Fashions of the Civil War Historic Fashion Show

Fashions from the Civil War era are some of the most recognizable in history. During the 10th annual historic fashion show, models wear clothing from before, during, and after the war to demonstrate how The War Between the States also influenced women’s attire.

  • Date:
    Sunday, September 9
  • Time:
    Tours run every hour between 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child, and children under 4 are FREE.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents’ Day

Bring your grandparents to the Arboretum for a day of fun and games, a leisurely stroll around the gardens, and a special grandparents’ plant scavenger hunt. Grandparents enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee at Matilda’s Café, too!

  • Date:
    Sunday, September 9
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE!
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

Fall Harvest Fest

Fall Harvest Fest

Spend the day at Fosterfields at one of Morris County’s most popular fall festivals! Hop aboard the open-air wagon for a scenic ride around the farm, visit the friendly farm animals, lend a hand churning butter and pressing apples into cider, and watch a blacksmith perform his craft. Enjoy live music, and learn some new old-time dance steps. Fun for the entire family!

Friends members are half price with a current membership card.

  • Date:
    Sunday, September 16
  • Time:
    12 noon - 5 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.