Special Events

Please be informed that bow hunting is scheduled to begin in a number of parks on September 8 in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. Please check the hunt schedule for more information. Please contact (973) 326-7600 with any questions.

Please be informed that bow hunting is scheduled to begin in a number of parks on September 8 in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. Please check the hunt schedule for more information. Please contact (973) 326-7600 with any questions.

Expressions of Nature

Expressions of Nature

Spend the day strolling the exquisite gardens of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum through the eyes of an artist. Admire the stunning seasonal blooms, and watch firsthand as the artists create original masterpieces based on the arboretum scenery. Learn about their techniques, inspirations, and unique styles. Original artwork is available for purchase as well. Rain date: Sunday, September 30.

  • Date:
    Sunday, September 23
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

Best Dressed in the Vail House: Give Back Day

Best Dressed in the Vail House: Give Back Day

Enjoy guided tours of the Vail house led by costumed interpreters. To celebrate our partnership with Family Promise of Morris, Historic Speedwell is pleased to host the second annual ‘Give Back Day,’ giving visitors’ free admission if they bring an item from Family Promise’s ‘wish list.’

  • Date:
    Sunday, September 23
  • Time:
    12 noon - 6 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    FREE with wish list item.
  • Contact:
    973.285.6537, or mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net for more information.

Fly by Night!: Bat Presentation and Evening Walk

Fly by Night!: Bat Presentation and Evening Walk

Ages 8 & Up.

Join us for an update and discussion on the bats of North America, including the latest on White Nose Syndrome. Walk on the trails searching for bats using an echolocation device.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, September 25
  • Time:
    6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $6 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130.

Halloween Fun Galore!

Halloween Fun Galore!

Are you going batty over Halloween? Click here to check out spook-tacular events & programs for all ages and thrill-levels!

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 3—Wednesday, October 31
  • Time:
    Varies based on program.
  • Location:

    Varies based on program.

  • Cost:
    Varies based on program.
  • Contact:
    Varies based on program.

Homegrown Vegetable Centerpieces

Homegrown Vegetable Centerpieces

Learn to construct beautiful arrangements using veggies plucked right from the garden or supermarket shelf with Floral Designer Marge Hulstrunk.

  • Date:
    Thursday, October 4
  • Time:
    7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

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

Scarecrow Building Workshop

Scarecrow Building Workshop

Learn the ‘how-tos’ for creating your very own scarecrow for this year’s Scarecrows in the Garden! A scarecrow structure and materials for stuffing will be provided. Bring your own clothes or costume, or check out the bins of possibilities at the Arboretum. Perfect for families, scout groups, or individuals!

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 6
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $5 per person age 3 and up.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Grand Harvest Wine Festival

Grand Harvest Wine Festival

Enjoy live music, delicious foods, artisan crafts, and a sampling of 200+ wines produced by GPS Inc. and New Jersey wineries. Admission includes souvenir wine glass.

Cost: $20 per person advanced discount admission; $25 per person day of (CASH ONLY); $5 per person for non-samplers ages 21 & up (CASH ONLY); 21 & under FREE.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 6—Sunday, October 7
  • Time:
    12 noon - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    See description
  • Contact:
    For more info, visit www.newjerseywineevents.com.

A Day Off with Nature: Don’t Be Spooked!

A Day Off with Nature: Don’t Be Spooked!

All Ages.

Bats, spiders, and snakes, oh my! Discover the amazing lives of animals that people may think of as spooky, but are really quite fascinating. Learn about what these creatures are doing during the autumn months, and enjoy games, crafts, activities, and a hike on the trails.

  • Date:
    Monday, October 8
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Lenape Day

Lenape Day

Join this annual event celebrating the Lenape with dancing, drums, vendors, and historical talks by the Ramapough Lenape People. Enjoy games, crafts, touring a replica wigwam, and more. Great fun for the entire family!

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 13
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.

  • Cost:
    $5 per person age 3 & up.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629.

Open Hearth Cooking with Susan McLellan Plaisted

Open Hearth Cooking with Susan McLellan Plaisted

Ages 16 & Up.

Join Susan McLellan Plaisted, of Heart to Hearth Cookery, and cook a full meal on the open hearth using period equipment, ingredients, and ‘receipts.’ Beginners to advanced chefs are welcome.

Click here to register.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 20
  • Time:
    11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $60 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, use the above link. For more information, call 973.285.6537, or email mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net.