Special Events

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Seedy Business

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Seedy Business

All Ages.

Sure, everyone thinks that spring is the time for planting seeds but plants have it all figured out. Many plants drop seeds in the fall— this gives seeds the chance to get used to the cold of winter and gives both birds and mammals opportunity to cache seeds for winter.  It's  also the perfect time for people to look for seeds, too, in this month's photo scavenger hunt, "Seedy Business."

Register here.

  • Date:
    Thursday, September 1—Friday, September 30
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $10 per family or group of 6 or less.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

“Branching Out!”

“Branching Out!”

Ages 6 – 12.

Young Gardeners can extend the gardening season in the fall and learn how to put the garden to bed for the year.  Over the course of 6 Saturdays, learn what successfully grows in the fall and how to save seeds for next year. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, September 10—Saturday, October 15
  • Time:
    9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $140 per child per 6-week program.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

What’s In Bloom Tour


Adults.

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

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, September 28
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

Scarecrows in the Garden

Scarecrows in the Garden

All ages. 

Scarecrows have returned to The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Stroll through the gardens and visit the scarecrow display all month long.  

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 1—Monday, October 31
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    For more information, call 973.326.7601.

Fall Farm Fun

Fall Farm Fun

All ages.

Saturdays & Sundays in October: 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

Fall festivities have begun at Fosterfields...Experience the Autumn season the old-fashioned way! Watch apples being pressed into cider, take a wagon ride and pick your own pumpkins! Pumpkin guaranteed with pre registration only. Come to the farm on Saturdays and Sundays in October to experience the season the old-fashioned way. 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 1—Sunday, October 30
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960.

  • Cost:
    $15 per person. 2 & under are FREE.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7645.

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Scarecrows in the Garden

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Scarecrows in the Garden

All ages. 

The scarecrows are back and this fun, family photo scavenger hunt challenges you to look for the clues to find all the scarecrows… find them all to win a prize!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 1—Monday, October 31
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

  • Cost:
    $10 per family or group of 6.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

Ages 6 -12. 

Monday, October 3: Hardy Orange - Stems that twist and curl with two-inch spines that will keep the October ghouls at bay, this month's plant is Hardy Orange. Spring flowers lead to October fruits that are so sour you wouldn't want to eat them. Learn about and grow your own "Flying Dragon."

Monday, November 7: Tiny Bulbs - Fall is the time to plant blubs. Learn about miniature bulbs and how to plant them and "force" them. Just wait till you see them!

Monday, December 5: Evergreens - This month Plant of the Month Club will meet in person just for the holidays. Learn about all kinds of evergreens from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum's gardens. Kids will use them to make a kissing ball -- but no kissing allowed!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Monday, October 3—Monday, December 5
  • Time:
    4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960  

  • Cost:
    $10 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Homeschool Days

Homeschool Days

Ages 6 - 12.

Environmental Education: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, NJ 07928 or Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005 - Register here.

October 11: Sensational Seeds - Seeds are on the move! Why? Because that's their job - get some place new to grow. Learn about all the ways that seeds disperse and try designing your own seed in our Seed Building Challenge! 

November 15: Lenape Life - Visit an authentic wigwam model in the forest, decorated to look like it's lived in and discover how the Lenape Indians of NJ used nature to survive. Play the games Lenape children played, and even make one to take home! 

December 13: Fascinating Forest at Great Swamp - It's cold out there!  How do the animals handle it?  There are many different strategies and we will explore them all.  We will even try to insulate  tiny "frogs" and see if we can keep them warm in the dens we build. 

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township, NJ 07045 (intersection of Mars Court and Boonton Avenue) - Register here.

October 4: Sensational Seeds - Seeds are on the move! Why? Because that's their job - get some place new to grow. Learn about all the ways that seeds disperse and try designing your own seed in our Seed Building Challenge! 

November 1: Lenape Life - Visit an authentic wigwam model in the forest, decorated to look like it's lived in and discover how the Lenape Indians of NJ used nature to survive. Play the games Lenape children played, and even make one to take home! 

December 6: Staying Warm - It's cold out there!  How do the animals handle it?  There are many different strategies and we will explore them all.  We will even try to insulate  tiny "frogs" and see if we can keep them warm in the dens we build. 

 

Horticulture: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, NJ 07960 - Register here. * Drop Off Only * If your child needs special accommodations, please let us know prior to the program. *

October 13: Plants that Bite Back - Who you gonna call? These plants are the spookiest of the plant world. Students will learn about carnivorous plants. 

November 3: Oaks Among Us - Tall and mighty, oaks are truly terrific trees! They help us breathe and give us shade. Learn about the air cycle and their part in it. 

December 15: The Botany Behind the Holly-Days - Learn about holly, poinsettias and mistletoe. What’s a parasitic plant? How did these plants become part of yearly traditions? Find out and bring home a holiday swag to display and enjoy. 

 

Historic Sites: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960 - Register here.

October 20: Fall is My Favorite Color - Fall in New Jersey is a beautiful time, but why do the leaves turn? In this science-based workshop, learn why autumn foliage turns brilliant colors and how this is important to the environment. This program is recommended for all ages. 

November 10: Cog in the Machine - See the antique cars on the farm and learn how the assembly line changed early America and how it works. Put together a craft that involves the assembly line with your fellow students! 

December 8: Holiday History - How was Christmas celebrated in the past? Tour The Willows mansion decorated for different decades of Christmas and learn all about it! 

  • Date:
    Tuesday, October 4—Thursday, December 15
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. OR 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Locations vary.

  • Cost:
    $10 - $15 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. Environmental Education, 973.635.6629. Horticulture, 973.326.7601. Historic Sites, 973.326.7645.

Garden Sprouts

Garden Sprouts

Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. 

Wednesday, October 5: Pumpkin Painting Party - Bright orange, red or white...pumpkins are a sure sign that autumn is here. We will see how they grow. Bring home your very own painted pumpkin.  

Wednesday, October 19: Spookies and Ookies - Sharp and prickly or poisonous, oh my! Let’s take a look at some plants that nature wants us to stay away from. We’ll see a spiky orange, prickly cacti and more!

Wednesday, November 9: Lovely Leaving Leaves - Look at the shapes of different leaves around the garden and their new colors! Make a centerpiece with leaves on a vase and add some seasonal flowers and grasses.

Wednesday, December 14: Here Come the Holidays! - Craft a holiday centerpiece out of branches, berries and seasonal greens that are perfect for the winter celebration.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, October 5—Wednesday, December 14
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $10 - $15 per child with an adult.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Little Farm Friends

Little Farm Friends

Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. 

Friday, October 7: All Farmers Big and Fall - Autumn is the best time to explore the farm! Find leaves and learn how they change colors, make a craft and read a fall themed story.

Friday, October 21: Pumpkin Pals - Happy Fall! Visit the pumpkin patch at Fosterfields, make a craft and read a story about a very special pumpkin.

Friday, November 4: Horse Hour - Meet a horse at Fosterfields! Learn how farmers take care of them, what jobs they can do on the farm and what they wear. Make a horse craft to take home!

Friday, November 18: Turkey Time - Meet the Fosterfields turkeys, learn what they do on the farm, feed them and make a turkey craft to take home.

Friday, December 2: Winter Walk - Take a stroll on the wintery farm. See what changed throughout the seasons and make a craft to take home.

Friday, December 16: Winter Walk - Take a stroll on the wintery farm. See what changed throughout the seasons and make a craft to take home.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, October 7—Friday, December 16
  • Time:
    1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960

  • Cost:
    $10 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more info, call 973.326.7645.

Grand Harvest Wine Festival


All ages.

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

Buy tickets here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, October 8—Sunday, October 9
  • Time:
    12 noon - 5 p.m.
  • Location:

    Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ  07960

  • Cost:
    Samplers tickets cost $20 each for advance purchase and $25 each at the gate (cash only). Sampler admission includes a souvenir
  • Contact:
    https://newjerseywineevents.com/events/grand-harvest-wine-festival/