Special Events

Please be informed that bow hunting is scheduled to begin on September 9 in several parks in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. Please click here for the hunt schedule. Please contact (973) 326-7600 with any questions.

Please be informed that bow hunting is scheduled to begin on September 9 in several parks in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. Please click here for the hunt schedule. Please contact (973) 326-7600 with any questions.

Family Science Day: Fantastic Forest

Family Science Day: Fantastic Forest

All Ages with an adult.

Learn about trees and forests while rotating through hands-on activity stations designed to challenge families to work together and make new discoveries. 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, September 26
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain, 472a Boonton Ave, Boonton Township.

  • Cost:
    $8 per child age 5 & up, $5 per child age 3 & 4.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.334.3130.

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 prepping historic foods for the cook to bake using the wood-burning cook stove.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 30
  • 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.

Preparing the House for Winter

Preparing the House for Winter

One of women’s responsibilities throughout history was to prepare the home for winter. Harvest time is a time of plenty. However, it is followed by lean times, meaning that budgets must be prepared, and supplies must be put aside to sustain the family through the winter months. Learn about what was done to get ready, and also participate in a soap making craft.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 30
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $7 per adult, $6 per senior, $5 per child age 4 - 16, FREE per child under age 4.
  • Contact:
    973.285.6537.

‘Gesneriads in History’ Gesneriad Society Show and Sale

‘Gesneriads in History’ Gesneriad Society Show and Sale

Don’t miss the annual show and sale of these beautiful, diminutive, exotic cousins of African Violets. A Q&A discussion takes place from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 1
  • Time:
    11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

Tea for Two

Tea for Two

Marc Zukovich and Cynthia Triolo join forces for this fascinating program on all things tea, both traditional and herbal. Learn how tea is grown, how and when it is harvested, and how to prepare infusions and tisanes. Enjoy a sampling of all the teas discussed, accompanied by delicious scones.

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 1
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 12 noon.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $25 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Falling for Fungus

Falling for Fungus

Ages 6 & Up.

Enjoy a walk and talk with a fungus enthusiast, and search for sprouting mushrooms.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, October 3
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.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.

Sprouts: Fabulous Fall Flowers

Sprouts: Fabulous Fall Flowers

Ages 2 - 3 with an adult.

Summer is over, but some flowers are still in bloom. Take a garden walk to find flowers, and enjoy a story read aloud, song, and a craft. Pre-registration recommended, walk-ins welcome.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 4
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $5 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

‘The Time to Mourn’

‘The Time to Mourn’

Ages 12 & Up.

Tour the Foster family home, The Willows, to explore the unique death and mourning traditions of the Victorian period. Customs, now considered strange, influenced loved ones for months and years after the deceased had passed.

Wednesday, October 4 through Sundays, October 22.
Wednesday October 25 through Friday, October 27
Sunday, October 29

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 4—Sunday, October 29
  • 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.

Halloween Fun Galore

Halloween Fun Galore

Brace yourself for the best Halloween ex-FEAR-iences this season! Starting Wednesday, October 4 through Tuesday, October 31, enjoy haunting activities at various Morris County Park Commission locations. From trembling, nature-themed tales to creating boo-tiful pumpkins, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Check out our featured Halloween events below!

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 4—Tuesday, October 31
  • Time:
    Check Halloween Fun Galore Page
  • Location:

    Check Halloween Fun Galore Page

The Liberated Landscape: A Lecture by Larry Weaner

The Liberated Landscape: A Lecture by Larry Weaner

Using examples from his own property, as well as diverse client projects, Landscape Designer Larry Weaner shows how partnering with nature can result in compelling, low-maintenance landscapes that free plants to perform according to their natural abilities. This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 7
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $40 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Hammerin’! Blacksmithing Master Class - 2 Day Course

Hammerin’! Blacksmithing Master Class - 2 Day Course

Join William Barrett, of Bill Barrett Custom Knives, for a two-day, intermediate blacksmithing class, focusing on more advanced techniques, and work on a project to take home. All supplies are provided. Space is limited, so register early. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Speedwell. 

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 7—Sunday, October 8
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave, Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $60 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register visit https://tinyurl.com/SpeedwellMasterClass2017 or call 973.285.6537

Grand Harvest Wine Festival

Grand Harvest Wine Festival

Enjoy a day of live music, delicious foods, artisan crafts, and a sampling of 300+ wines produced by GPS Inc. and New Jersey wineries. For more info, visit www.newjerseywineevents.com.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 7—Sunday, October 8
  • Time:
    12 noon - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $20 advanced discount admission, $25 day-of (cash only), $5 non-samplers ages 21 & up, FREE under 21.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645.

Lenape Day

Lenape Day

Celebrate the Lenape culture and history with a traditional drum circle, dancers in regalia, historic tools and artifacts, a wigwam replica, demos, and fun, hands-on activities. Take a guided walk on the wooded trails to discover even more about the Lenape. This event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 7
  • 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.

Expressions of Nature

Expressions of Nature

Spend the day strolling the exquisite gardens through the blossoming eyes of an artist. Admire the stunning seasonal blooms, and watch firsthand as the artists create original masterpieces based on the arboretum scenery. Artwork is available for purchase.

(Rain date: Sunday, October 15)

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 8
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    973.326.7601.

A Day Off with Nature: Lenape Life

A Day Off with Nature: Lenape Life

Ages 5 - 9.

Enjoy a day off from school filled with fun facts, games, and crafts that celebrate the Lenni Lenape people of New Jersey. Examine artifacts, practice using natural tools to plant and grind corn, make an authentic Lenape game to take home, and identify edible and medicinal wild plants. 

  • Date:
    Monday, October 9
  • 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.

Historic Speedwell Give Back Day

Historic Speedwell Give Back Day

To celebrate our partnership with Family Promise Morris, Historic Speedwell is pleased to announce the first ‘Give Back Day.’ To participate, please bring in an item from Family Promise’s ‘wish list’ and your admission will be waived.

Wish list can be found here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 14
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.

  • Cost:
    FREE with wish list item.
  • Contact:
    973.285.6537.

Open Hearth Cooking with Susan McLellan Plaisted

Open Hearth Cooking with Susan McLellan Plaisted

Ages 16 & up. 

Cook a full meal on the open hearth using period equipment, ingredients, and ‘receipts.’  Beginners to advanced chefs are welcome. This class is led by Susan McLellan Plaisted of Heart to Hearth Cookery.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 21
  • Time:
    10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave, Morristown.

  • Cost:
    $60 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/SpeedwellMasterClass2017 or call 973.285.6537

Farmhand for a Morning

Farmhand for a Morning

Ages 18 & Up. 

Enjoy this special opportunity to help with morning farm chores. Prepare to muck stalls, and water, feed, and groom the Fosterfields animals.

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 22
  • Time:
    8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7645.

Flowers Galore Tea & Tour

Flowers Galore Tea & Tour

Step onto the beautiful grounds for a leisurely one-hour tour focusing on the seasonal blooms of the magnificent gardens of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Then, at the charming Matilda’s Café, delight in a sumptuous selection of scones and traditional tea sandwiches, pastries, and teas.

  • Date:
    Monday, October 23
  • Time:
    2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

     Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $35 per person. Preregistration is required. Visitors ages 13+ are most welcome!
  • Contact:
    973.394.1100.