Special Events

September 11th National Memorial Trail Hosts First Complete Ride Along Trail

September 11th National Memorial Trail Hosts First Complete Ride Along Trail

Starting on April 11 through May 23, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance will be hosting and riding in the first-ever complete bike ride along the trail, connecting the three 9/11 memorial locations, the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93 Memorial. The complete ride will take 23 days and cover 1,200 miles.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial as we welcome the participating board members who will be passing through our area. The ceremony is open to the public and local dignitaries.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, April 24
  • Time:
    4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Morris County September 11th Memorial, West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from the Morris View Healthcare Center and adjacent to the Morris County Public Safety Academy.

  • Cost:
    FREE to attend.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7600.

Summer Camp Registration

Summer Camp Registration

Looking for a fun, unique experience for your child this summer? We offer a wide range of action-packed, memorable summer camps for kids with a variety of interests. These popular programs fill up FAST, so register today! Click here to learn more.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, April 24—Monday, July 16
  • Time:
    Varies based on camp.
  • Location:

    Varies based on camp.

  • Cost:
    Varies based on camp.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7600.

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 some household chores, and assist in the preparation of historic foods for the cook to bake in the wood-burning cook stove.

  • Date:
    Saturday, April 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.

Hike and Yoga: Moderate

Hike and Yoga: Moderate

Ages 18 & Up.

Join an interpretive hike with a staff naturalist that includes a break for standing yoga poses with a certified yoga instructor. After a mindful return, finish up with a restorative yoga session. Bring your own mat.

  • Date:
    Sunday, April 29
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130.

4th Annual Tubbs Lecture: Dr. Allan Armitage

4th Annual Tubbs Lecture: Dr. Allan Armitage

The Tubbs Lecture honors the memory of Henry and Robert Tubbs, creators of “Willowwood Farm.” This year’s guest speaker, Dr. Allan Armitage, is a well-known, award-winning writer, speaker, and researcher throughout the world. Enjoy his lecture, “Tales from the Garden,” a book signing, and a walk through the garden. This program is eligible for 3.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

  • Date:
    Sunday, April 29
  • Time:
    1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Twp.

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

Paranormal Evenings at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Mansion

Paranormal Evenings at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Mansion

Ages 16 & Up.

Experience the phenomenon known as ‘ghost hunting,’ led by Island Paranormal Society, a group of experts with over 20 years of paranormal experience. Join an investigation of the historic 1890s Frelinghuysen Mansion, and learn about the different methods and equipment used.

Click here to register.

  • Date:
    Saturday, May 5
  • Time:
    7:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $45 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, email asimakowicz@morrisparks.net.

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s 23rd Annual Plant Sale

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s 23rd Annual Plant Sale

Trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, vines, herbs, heirloom tomatoes…no matter your passion, the plant sale has something for you! Gain access to thousands of well-bred plants, and have all your gardening questions answered by knowledgeable, on-site experts.

  • Date:
    Saturday, May 5—Sunday, May 6
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    Cash, checks, or credit cards are accepted. Proceeds benefit Horticultural Education at the Morris County Park Commission.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

Farm Know How: The Arch and The Willows Architecture

Farm Know How: The Arch and The Willows Architecture

Meet at the Stone Arch, and walk up to The Willows to look at its exterior Gothic Revival-style architecture. Find out what restoration projects are planned at the house in 2018.

  • Date:
    Saturday, May 5
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 2:45 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.

Born to Be Shorn

Born to Be Shorn

Join a fun and unique experience of turning fleece into woolen fiber. Watch a live sheep shearing as it was done in the past without electricity, enjoy hands-on activities, such as weaving, spinning, and crafting, meet the cute, baby lambs, and tour the 1826 water-powered Cooper Gristmill - the only fully water-powered gristmill in New Jersey that still produces flour and meal.

Friends members are half-price with a current membership card.

  • Date:
    Saturday, May 12
  • Time:
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Cooper Gristmill, 66 Route 513, Chester Township.

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

Mother’s Day at Willowwood Arboretum

Mother’s Day at Willowwood Arboretum

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a tour of the beautiful gardens at Willowwood Arboretum, including the extensive lilac collection. Enjoy some light refreshments courtesy of the Willowwood Foundation. Purchase some baby lilacs to plant at home or give to Mom.

  • Date:
    Sunday, May 13
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township.

  • Cost:
    $5 per car.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

What’s So Great About…Bulbs

What’s So Great About…Bulbs

Learn about the bulb varieties now in bloom. Discover how they were planted, why they were chosen, how they are deer-proofed, what pests and diseases to monitor, and more. This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

  • Date:
    Thursday, May 17
  • Time:
    6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $10 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Mosaic Master Class

Mosaic Master Class

Join Eleanor Parr-DiLeo of Designs by Eleanor in Towaco, NJ, and discover the joys of mosaic. Learn to use the different tools, and make your own night light. No art or mosaic experience is required. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Speedwell. 

Click here to register.

  • Date:
    Saturday, May 19
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $35 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, use the above link. For more information, call 973.285.6537, or email mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net.