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.

‘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

Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows in the Garden

Autumn is in the air, and festive scarecrows take over The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Explore the gardens, and discover dozens of comical, historic, and colorful scarecrows designed by individuals, families, businesses, organizations, scout groups, and school classes.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 21—Friday, November 17
  • Time:
    Any time.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 Hanover Ave, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    973.631.5004.

Apple Cidering

Apple Cidering

Make delicious, homemade apple cider using an old-fashioned, hand-cranked cider press, and learn fun facts about the amazing apple. Compare this sweet treat to the organic apple juice from our sponsor, Whole Foods Market.

Saturdays & Sundays: October 21, 22, 29, November 11, 12, 25 & 26

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 21—Sunday, November 26
  • Time:
    1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $3 per person age 3 & up. First come, first served seating. No preregistration necessary.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629.

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

****** SOLD OUT ******

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:
    SOLD OUT
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. To register, 973.394.1100.

Witch Hazel Hike

Witch Hazel Hike

Ages 7 & Up.

Late October through early November is the forest’s ‘witching hour,’ when native Witch Hazel shrubs, the last flowers of the year, are in bloom. Hike to view and learn about this unique woody plant.

  • Date:
    Sunday, October 29
  • Time:
    1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Pyramid Mountain, 472 Boonton Avenue, Boonton Township.

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

The Legend of the Jersey Devil

The Legend of the Jersey Devil

Ages 16 & Up.

Enjoy a humorous walk with a naturalist, and learn the original legend of the Jersey Devil, along with other interesting information on New Jersey folklore.

  • Date:
    Monday, October 30—Tuesday, October 31
  • Time:
    Monday: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday: 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Monday: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township.
    Tuesday: Pyramid Mountain, 472 Boonton Avenue, Boonton Township.

  • Cost:
    $2 per person.
  • Contact:
    Great Swamp: 973.635.6629, Pyramid Mountain: 973.334.3130.

TRICK OR TREES!

TRICK OR TREES!

Ages 3 & Up.

Before the candy collecting begins, spend the afternoon outdoors learning about all of the treats we get from trees.  

  • Date:
    Tuesday, October 31
  • Time:
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    $2 per person.
  • Contact:
    973.635.6629.

Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance

Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance

Enjoy interactive farm chores, a wagon ride, and create a family-friendly craft. Visit the 1920 Farmhouse to see what holiday fare is being prepared. At 1 p.m., join in a special program honoring all U.S. military personnel and veterans, which recognizes the 100th anniversary of U.S. involvement in WWI. This event is sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

  • Date:
    Sunday, November 12
  • Time:
    12 noon - 4 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. Friends m
  • Contact:
    973.326.7645