Special Events

Please be informed that bow and firearm hunting is scheduled in some parks in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. Please click here for the Hunt Schedule which includes Park Closure dates. Please contact (973) 326-7600 with any questions.

Please be informed that bow and firearm hunting is scheduled in some parks in accordance with the Park Commission’s White-tailed Deer Management Program. Please click here for the Hunt Schedule which includes Park Closure dates. Please contact (973) 326-7600 with any questions.

Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Just because the weather is colder doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Exciting, winter activities such as, sledding, ice skating, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing are offered right in your backyard! Make the most of the season, and check out what various facilities and programs the Morris County Park Commission has to offer.
Click here for a chart of all winter recreation activities in Morris County Parks.

  • Date:
    Thursday, February 15—Wednesday, February 28
  • Time:
    Sunrise to Dusk.
  • Location:

    Morris County Parks.

  • Cost:
    FREE. (Fee for guided snowshoe hikes and snowshoe rentals at Pyramid Mountain NHA)
  • Contact:
    973.326.7600

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

All Ages.
Experience the fascinating process of maple sugaring from start to finish. Identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Taste-test different, delicious syrups, including syrup made at the Great Swamp OEC. Rain or shine.

February 17, 18, 24 & 25

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 17—Sunday, February 25
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township

  • Cost:
    $3 per person age 3 & up.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629. No registration is required, but seating is first come, first served.

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain

Snowshoe Sundays at Pyramid Mountain

Ages 10 & Up.

Enjoy an afternoon of guided snowshoeing and trekking through the winter landscape. Look for signs of wildlife, and view beautiful scenery - all while getting a great workout! No experience necessary.

If you already know how to snowshoe or want to venture out on your own, there are various sizes, including children’s, available for one-day rental and use at Pyramid Mountain NHA. You must be 18 years or older to rent shoes. Shoes can be rented between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and must be returned between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. the same day.

Sundays, February 18 through March 11.

  • Date:
    Sunday, February 18—Sunday, March 11
  • Time:
    1 p.m. if renting shoes, 1:30 p.m. if using your own.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $5 per person for trek, $15 for trek and snowshoe rental.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register and for conditions, 973.334.3130.

A Day Off with Nature: The Wildlife Olympics

A Day Off with Nature: The Wildlife Olympics

Ages 5 - 9.

Explore animals’ amazing athletic abilities and how they help them survive in the wild. Enjoy a variety of activities, an interactive walk, and create crafts on this fun-filled day off from school.

  • Date:
    Monday, February 19
  • 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.

Planting With the Presidents

Planting With the Presidents

Grades 1 - 3

Pay tribute to the Presidents’ green thumbs. Practice your gardening skills, make a craft and a snack, and take home a ‘Presidential Plant’ for planting.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 20
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $35 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.326.7601.

Junior Naturalists

Junior Naturalists

Ages 6 - 9.

Learn how to study the plants, animals, and land that make up the Great Swamp. 

Tuesdays, February 13 through March 20

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 20—Tuesday, March 20
  • Time:
    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $55 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.635.6629.

The Art of Growing English Sweet Peas with Matt Mattus

The Art of Growing English Sweet Peas with Matt Mattus

Join Tower Hill Botanic Garden and President of the North American Rock Garden Society Matt Mattus as he shares his passion for English sweet peas during this nationally recognized lecture.

  • Date:
    Saturday, February 24
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

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

Family Science Day: Water World

Family Science Day: Water World

All Ages with an adult.

Learn about water while rotating through fun, hands-on activity stations. 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, February 27
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with The Lorax

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday with The Lorax

Ages 2 - 5.

Enjoy this classic, environmental story, and make it come to life by creating truffula trees and Lorax moustaches, followed by role play.

  • Date:
    Friday, March 2
  • Time:
    10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Maple Sugar Festival

Maple Sugar Festival

All Ages.
Join this annual festival celebrating the peak of maple sugaring season. Enjoy tree tapping demonstrations, delicious syrup taste tests, and fun games. ‘Hike through Maple Sugaring History’ along the trails, make your own snow cone, and so much more. This event is rain or shine.

  • Date:
    Saturday, March 3
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp OEC, 247 Southern Blvd.

  • Cost:
    $4 per person.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629.