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HUNTING CLOSURES: Cooper Gristmill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum will be closed on Monday 12/5, Thursday 12/8, and Thursday 12/15 for firearm hunting by permit only. For full hunt schedule, please click here.

HUNTING CLOSURES: Cooper Gristmill, Kay Environmental Center, Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center and Willowwood Arboretum will be closed on Monday 12/5, Thursday 12/8, and Thursday 12/15 for firearm hunting by permit only. For full hunt schedule, please click here.

December 2022

All Activities and Events are Subject to Change

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Willows Wonderland 10 –3 pm
Willows Wonderland 10 –3 pm
Hootin’ Owls 4 –5 :30 pm
What’s In Bloom Tour 10 –11 :30 am
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm
Family Nature Stroll 10 –11 am
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm
All About Bald Eagles 1 –2 :30 pm
Hootin’ Owls 4 –5 :30 pm
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm
Always Evergreen 10 –11 am
Going Green 4 –5 pm
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm
Winter Mini Camp 9 :30 –12 pm
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm
Winter Mini Camp 9 :30 –12 pm
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm
Winter Mini Camp 9 :30 –12 pm
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm
Festival of Trees 10 –4 pm

December 2022 Events

Saturday, October 1 : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Family Nature Stroll

All ages with an adult.Bring the whole family out on this guided hike to learn about the wildlife along...

Wednesday, October 19 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 - 10.Learn to draw a NJ native animal and create your own masterpiece! Guess the animal of the month...

Thursday, December 1 : 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

December Scavenger Hunt:  Totally Trees

All ages. Don't be fooled by winter! There are lots of trees with winter beauty. Use the clues...

Thursday, December 1 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Close to Extinction! Endangered in NJ

Ages 7 - 11.Which animals are endangered in our state, and what does that even mean? Find out which species are...

Thursday, December 1 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Close to Extinction! Endangered in NJ

Ages 7 - 11.Which animals are endangered in our state, and what does that even mean? Find out which species are...

Thursday, December 1 : 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Holiday Gift Workshop: Soap Making

Adults.Using essential oils, create bars of melt and pour soap to gift during the holidays. Workshop includes 3 bars of...

Friday, December 2 : 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Little Farm Friends: Winter Walk

Ages 3-5 with an adult.Take a stroll on the wintery farm. See what changed throughout the seasons and make...

Saturday, December 3 : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Kids in the Wild: Shelter Building

Ages 7 – 11.In this series, kids get into the woods, learning different outdoor skills, meeting other like-minded kids and building...

Saturday, December 3 : 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Willows Wonderland

All ages.Celebrate the holiday season at Fosterfields! Tour The Willows mansion decorated for different decades of Christmas, talk to...

Sunday, December 4 : 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Merit Badge Workshop: Indian Lore

Scouts ages 11 – 17.Learn about the history of the Lenape people while completing your Indian Lore Merit Badge. Tour an...

Monday, December 5 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Virtual Plant of the Month Club: Evergreens

Ages 6-12. This month Plant of the Month Club will meet in person just for the holidays. Learn about...

Tuesday, December 6 : 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Homeschool Days: Staying Warm

Ages 6 - 12.It's cold out there!  How do the animals handle it? There are many different strategies and...

Tuesday, December 6 : 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Hootin’ Owls

Ages 7 & up.Our nighttime feathery friends come out at dusk to hunt. We'll learn about their unique adaptations...

Wednesday, December 7 : 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

What’s In Bloom Tour

Adults.Explore The Frelinghuysen Arboretum with Thyra Kelly, Horticultural Program Specialist  on this guided tour of the gardens and...

Wednesday, December 7 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

What in the World is a Watershed?!

Ages 7 & up with an adult.Discover what a watershed is by making it rain and watching what happens to...

Thursday, December 8 : 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Homeschool Day: Holiday History

Ages 6 - 12 with an adult.How was Christmas celebrated in the past? Tour The Willows mansion decorated for different decades...

Thursday, December 8 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sleep, Stay, or Fly Away?

Ages 6 and up.Every animal must make a choice in the wintertime in order to survive: hibernate, migrate, or adapt....

Thursday, December 8 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Suds and Bubbles for Holiday Gift Giving

Ages 6-12. Let's have some good clean fun! You will use math, science, botany and creativity, to make...

Thursday, December 8 : 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Holiday Gift Workshop: Holiday Ornament Felting

Adults.Tis the season for fiber crafting! Participants will learn the basics of needle felting, while making a festive felted...

Friday, December 9 : 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Festival of Trees

All ages. Tour the Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Mansion decorated for the holidays in this first annual Festival of Trees....

Friday, December 9 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wild Animal Experts: Bears

Ages 6 – 10.After school is a great time to take a nature walk and discover new facts about New Jersey'...

Friday, December 9 : 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Holiday Gift Workshop: Snow Globe Making

Ages 5 & up with an adult.Create a unique snow globe to give as a gift! Each participant creates a...

Saturday, December 10 : 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

All About Bald Eagles

Ages 7 & up.During this time of year, bald eagles from far up north begin to migrate south to parts...

Sunday, December 11 : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Hoot, Hoot, Hooray for Littles

Ages 2 - 5 with an adult. Enjoy a fun owl-themed story and a walk on the trails to hunt for...

Sunday, December 11 : 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Courses in Nature: Surviving the Winter

Adults.In this series, nature-minded adults can take a deep dive into various natural history topics each month with an...

Monday, December 12 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Puddle Jumpers: Feed the Birds!

Ages 5 - 7.Has your child outgrown our Toddler Treks but still craves adventures in nature? Puddle Jumpers is for you!...

Tuesday, December 13 : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Floral Arranging for the Holidays with Supermarket Flowers

Adults.Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education will demonstrate how to design beautiful floral arrangements with Supermarket Bouquets for any...

Tuesday, December 13 : 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Homeschool Days: Staying Warm

Ages 6 - 12.It's cold out there!  How do the animals handle it? There are many different strategies and...

Tuesday, December 13 : 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Hootin’ Owls

Ages 7 & up.Our nighttime feathery friends come out at dusk to hunt. We'll learn about their unique adaptations...

Wednesday, December 14 : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Trek: Who’s Sleeping?

Ages 2-5 with an adult.Some animals choose to snooze the winter days away, but which ones? We will find...

Wednesday, December 14 : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Garden Sprouts: Here Come the Holidays!

Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Craft a holiday centerpiece out of branches, berries and seasonal greens that are perfect...

Wednesday, December 14 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Toddler Trek: Who’s Sleeping?

Ages 2-5 with an adult.Some animals choose to snooze the winter days away, but which ones? We will find...

Thursday, December 15 : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Toddler Trek: Who’s Sleeping?

Ages 2-5 with an adult.Some animals choose to snooze the winter days away, but which ones? We will find...

Thursday, December 15 : 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Home School:  The Botany Behind the Holly-Days

Ages 6 -12.Learn about holly, poinsettias and mistletoe. What’s a parasitic plant? How did these plants become part...

Thursday, December 15 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Close to Extinction! Endangered in NJ

Ages 7 - 11.Which animals are endangered in our state, and what does that even mean? Find out which species are...

Friday, December 16 : 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Little Farm Friends: Winter Walk

Ages 3-5 with an adult.Take a stroll on the wintery farm. See what changed throughout the seasons and make...

Saturday, December 17 : 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Adults.Join our expert birders as we participate in a in the oldest nationwide bird counting event! The first Christmas...

Saturday, December 17 : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Holiday Greens workshop for Daisy and Brownie Scouts.

Daisies and Brownies.With precut, fresh greens, Daisies and Brownies will earn how to create a holiday arrangement perfect for...

Saturday, December 17 : 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Centerpiece Masterpiece for Girl Scouts

Juniors, Cadettes and Senor Girl Scouts.No flowers in the winter? Think again!  There are flowers that bloom even...

Sunday, December 18 : 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Bark, Branches, & Buds

Ages 8 & up.Identifying trees in winter gets a bit more complicated without the leaves to help you, but once...

Sunday, December 18 : 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Winter Tree ID for Adults

Adults.Identifying trees in winter gets a bit more complicated without the leaves to help you, but once you begin...

Monday, December 19 : 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Always Evergreen

Adults. Learn the tips of the trade in making a green centerpiece perfect for the holiday table. All greens,...

Monday, December 19 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sleep, Stay, or Fly Away?

Ages 6 and up.Every animal must make a choice in the wintertime in order to survive: hibernate, migrate, or adapt....

Tuesday, December 20 : 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Homeschool Hikers at Pyramid Mountain: Bears

Ages 8 & up with an adult. This program for older homeschoolers features a hike on the rugged trails of...

Tuesday, December 20 : 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hiking Through History

Adults.Adults can take to the trails to discover the history and geology of Pyramid Mountain on this 2.5 mile hike...

Tuesday, December 20 : 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Going Green

Ages 6- 12. Using seasonal greens and festive supplies, young arrangers will create a winter arrangement perfect for the holiday...

Wednesday, December 21 : 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Winter Solstice Celebration

Ages 6 & up.Join a woodland gathering around a campfire under the glowing full moon to experience the historical and...

Tuesday, December 27 : 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Winter Mini Camp

Ages 6 - 10.Time off from school is a great time to get out in nature and explore! Enjoy walks, crafts,...

All Activities and Events are Subject to Change