Special Events

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Red, White, and Blue

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Red, White, and Blue

All ages. 

Celebrate the Fourth of July and all things Red, White, and Blue. Search the gardens for  all-American plants in this fun, family photo scavenger hunt. Find all the items and win a prize.

Register here.

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

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

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

Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Tiny Tot Tuesdays

Each Tuesday in July and August Sunrise Lake provides an opportunity for parents/guardians to bring their Toddler to enjoy the beach and the water.  Your little ones will love exploring new surroundings while playing with others their own age!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, July 6—Tuesday, August 24
  • Time:
    9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Location:

    Sunrise Lake Beach Club in Lewis Morris County Park, 270 Mendham Road, Morris Township.

  • Cost:
    $8 per adult, FREE per child under age 4.
  • Contact:
    973.267.4351.

Farmer Fridays

Farmer Fridays

All ages. 

Join the Fosterfields Farmers every Friday in July and August to get the inside scoop on what goes on at the farm.  Activities include garden tours, special farm animal visits, or antique farm machinery demonstrations.  There's something new each Friday! 

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, July 9—Friday, August 27
  • Time:
    10 a.m, 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    Included with your $5 admission.
  • Contact:
    For more information, 973.326.7645.

Slithering Snakes

Slithering Snakes

Ages 4 & up with an adult.

What makes these slithering reptiles so unique? Learn about all the species that call NJ home from a naturalist. Then walk the trails to try to spot some local specimens, and see our resident snake up close!

Register here.

  • Date:
    Wednesday, July 28
  • Time:
    3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

  • Cost:
    $10 per family. (Family/group of 4 or less).
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

What’s in Bloom Tour of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum

What’s in Bloom Tour of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Adults.

Explore The Frelinghuysen Arboretum with Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education, on this guided tour of the gardens and grounds. Enjoy the ever-changing beauty each month. 

Register here.

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

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

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

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Throw Some Shade

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Throw Some Shade

All ages. 

Travel from shady spot to shady spot and hunt for the clues to how trees survive the heat of summer.  Find all the items and win a prize.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Friday, July 30—Tuesday, August 31
  • Time:
    8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Location:

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

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

Home School Days

Home School Days

Ages 6 – 12. 

Horticulture - Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07960 - For more information, 973.326.7601.

Thursday, August 5 - Blooming Bouquets: Visit the arboretum's gardens and learn the correct way to cut flowers and successfully arrange them into a beautiful display.   All materials supplied.  Take home your arrangement!  Register here.

Thursday, September 9 - Leaf Anatomy: Leaves are remarkable food factories, powering the plant. Discover why they work and why they are different, yet also all the same.  Register here.

 

Environmental Education - Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928 - For more information, 973.635.6629.

Thursday, September 23 - Fantastic Food Web: Every living thing needs energy to survive, and how they get that energy connects them in complex food webs.  Experience a food web simulation and then head out on the trails to see who's eating whom!  Register here.

 

Historic Sites - Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ  07960 - For more information, 973.326.7645.

Thursday, September 30 - Fall Harvest: It's harvest time! Help the staff gather the bounty from the gardens.  Learn what staple crops are, and take home some fresh veggies of your own!  Registration Coming Soon!

  • Date:
    Thursday, August 5—Thursday, September 30
  • Time:
    1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Location:

    Various locations.

  • Cost:
    $10 per child.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required.

Virtual Flower Arranging with Garden Flowers

Virtual Flower Arranging with Garden Flowers

Adults.

Enjoy this virtual floral arranging class filled with expert tips and suggestions on how to use your own garden blooms to create beautiful, long-lasting arrangements for your home.  

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, August 10
  • Time:
    10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual program through Horticulture Education.

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

Dazzling Dragonflies

Dazzling Dragonflies

Ages 8 & up.

Late summer is the best time to spot these winged beauties.  Join a naturalist as we search the habitats of the Great Swamp OEC to spot and learn about these charismatic insects.

Register here.

  • Date:
    Tuesday, August 10
  • Time:
    3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

  • Cost:
    Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928 $5 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.635.6629.

Virtual Lunch & Learn

Virtual Lunch & Learn

Adults.

Horticulture - Register here.

Thursday, August 12 - Travel in the Books: Join us for a trip around the world through the Elizabeth D. Kay Rare Book Collection.  As you get ready for your vacation or "staycation" this holiday weekend, explore exotic and distant lands through the pages of the rare books.  

Thursday, August 19 - The Story of Tulips: Did you know that tulips used to be worth more than gold?  Discover the amazing history and botany of this garden favorite in an engaging virtual presentation. 

Thursday, September 23 - Seed Saving: How can you save your own seeds for use in the coming years to save money and perpetuate favorite plants?  Learn the hows and whys of seed saving and what do this fall to get started as you clean up your garden.  

 

Environmental Education - Register here.

Thursday, September 9 - Nature in the Books: Discover what wilds await in the Elizabeth D. Kay Rare Book Collection! Join Manager of Education Jenny Gaus-Myers and Curator of Collections and Exhibits Melanie Bump as they take a naturalist’s look through the pages of these rare books to seek the animals hidden inside and use the beautiful illustrations to explore the delicate balance humans have had with the natural world over the past few centuries.

  • Date:
    Thursday, August 12—Thursday, September 23
  • Time:
    12 noon – 12:45 p.m.
  • Location:

    Virtual programs.

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

Forest Bathing

Forest Bathing

Adults. 

Enjoy a combination of Japanese-inspired walking, meditation, mindfulness, and wellness promotion, guided by an expert. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Saturday, August 21 - Bamboo Brook Environmental Education Center

Sunday,  August 22 - Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Saturday, September 18 - Willowwood Arboretum

Sunday, September 19 - Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Register here.

  • Date:
    Saturday, August 21—Sunday, September 19
  • Time:
    9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
  • Location:

    Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, 200 Pottersville Road, Chester, NJ 07930.

    Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township, 07931.

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

    Bamboo Brook Environmental Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Chester Township, 07931.

  • Cost:
    $20 per person.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.

Expressions of Nature Art Sale and Walk

Expressions of Nature Art Sale and Walk

Rain Date: Sunday, September 19

All ages. 

Stroll through the gardens and meet local artists recreating the beautiful scenery through their art. Learn about their techniques, motivations, and styles. Artists display a variety of their works for viewing and purchase.

Apply here.

  • Date:
    Sunday, September 12
  • Time:
    12 noon – 4 p.m.
  • Location:

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

  • Cost:
    FREE.
  • Contact:
    Preregistration is required. For more information, 973.326.7601.