Children's Programs at the Arboretum

Children's Activities

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have regular educational programs for children from toddlers through junior high school.

Activities are grouped by age:

“Branching Out!” – Forty-Two Seasons and still going!

“Branching Out!”, the hands-on, gardening program where young people are allowed – no, encouraged – to play in the dirt, will begin taking reservations in early January. 2014 will be the 42nd gardening season for this hands-on, educational program which will run Saturdays in the spring and two days a week in the summer depending on age level. Gardeners may attend spring, summer or both but no matter what, they will learn that with a little work and a lot of patience, the food you grow yourself is usually the best! Time to get dirty and get digging.

Watch for information on a new session for Middle Schoolers.

For more information or to request a brochure be mailed to you, call Gwen Montgomery at 973-631-5004 or email gmontgomery@morrisparks.net.

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Garden Sprouts - Spring 2014

Celebrate Spring by bringing your favorite preschooler to the arboretum for this series of programs designed for the budding nature explorer. Each week young people along with a favorite grownup will explore different gardens around The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and learn just how important plants are and how they do what they do. Each walk will include an activity and a story.

All classes will take place at 11:00 am (please be prompt) on the Mondays listed in the program listing below where you may sign up for as many or as few as you choose.

Cost: $5 per child for members / $7 for non-members

Register below using Paypal. Please note that an adult must accompany the child.

Seasonal Scavenger Hunts

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center to launch a nature photo scavenger hunt. These change with the season and get a new theme every month. Visitors can pick up the list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item, return to the Education Center and pick up your prize.

Scavenger lists will change every month. Look in the events listing, below, for information about the current scavenger hunt. What a great way to explore the arboretum and to get the family outside in the fresh air.

Family Discovery Backpacks!

Create and make discoveries in the gardens with one of our Family Backpacks, developed for use by families with children in preschool through 5th grade. Each pack contains materials, activities, games and suggestions to help adults and their young people find new ways of looking at all the plants and other living and non-living things that can be found in the gardens all year round.

Family Discovery Backpacks are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Advance reservations are not accepted. The fee is $5 per family but Family Members of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum may use the backpacks at no cost. You must show your membership card. Backpacks can be checked out from 9 am daily for up to 21⁄2 hours at the Haggerty Education Center Reception Desk. The last rental time is 2:30 pm daily and all backpacks must be returned by 4:00 pm.

Junior Master Gardeners - 2013-14

The Junior Master Gardener program returned for its 8th year this Fall at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. This program for students in Grades 3 through 5 is a school-year long, intensive gardening and horticulture science program that includes inside and outside time (even when it’s cold!) as well as hands-on planting, propagation, and experiments.

JMGers will travel the world without leaving The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Designed to connect kids to the natural world, JMG will explore some of the weirdest living thing on earth using the gardens and greenhouses of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Keep watch here for the announcement of next season's program.

You may view the Registration Brochure from the Fall session by clicking on the image at left. If you have questions, contact Gwen Montgomery at gmontgomery@morrisparks.net or call 973-631-5004.

Cost: $175 for family members / $200 for non-members

FIELD TRIPS FOR SCHOOLS & SCOUTS

For information about booking field trips for schools and scout troops at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, please contact the Horticultural Program Specialist at 973-631-5004.

Coming in 2014 - Scavenger Hunts for Scouts

Watch here for more information.

ATTENTION SCOUT LEADERS

Girl Scouts

Schedule a workshop to earn a badge or patch or work on an older girls’ project at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Available workshops can help scouts earn these badges:

  • Brownies -- Hiker or Senses
  • Junior -- Flowers or Gardener
  • or
  • Cadettes -- Trees

Or, Daisies can earn Watering Can patch for It's Your World -- Change It! Journey.

The staff will work with leaders to design a workshop that meets the needs of a troop. Explore the gardens, take a tour and spend some time outside. All workshop participants will plant something to take home.

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts

Many Cub Scout Achievements and Awards can be earned in a workshop lead by staff at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Learn what’s a native plant and what’s not. Search for habitat, exotic plants, or big trees. All workshop participants will take home a plant to care for.

For information on any scout programs at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum call (973) 631-5004.

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Sat Apr 5, 2014

Sat & Sun through the month
9:00a - 3:30p

Spring Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt – April

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt. Visitors can pick up the list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item, return to the Education Center and pick up your prize.

Scavenger lists will change every month:

  • April’s theme is “Mellow Yellow”;
  • May’s is “Mother May I”; and
  • June's theme is “Follow Your Nose”.

What a great way to explore the arboretum and to get the family outside in the fresh air.

Date: Saturdays and Sundays in April, May and June

Time: Families welcome to participate any time between 9 am and 3:30 pm

Cost: $10 per family at the Haggerty

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Mon Apr 21, 2014

11:00a

Garden Sprouts: Hey, Buddy!

Buds are bursting out all over. Young explorers will look at and take apart all kinds of buds to discover what’s inside.

Learn more about the Garden Sprouts and other Children's Programs at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum on our Children's Page.

Cost: $5 per child for members / $7 for non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Sat May 3, 2014

Sat & Sun through the month
9:00a - 3:30p

Spring Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt – May

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt. Visitors can pick up the list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item, return to the Education Center and pick up your prize.

Scavenger lists will change every month:

  • April’s theme is “Mellow Yellow”;
  • May’s is “Mother May I”; and
  • June's theme is “Follow Your Nose”.

What a great way to explore the arboretum and to get the family outside in the fresh air.

Date: Saturdays and Sundays in April, May and June

Time: Families welcome to participate any time between 9 am and 3:30 pm

Cost: $10 per family at the Haggerty

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Mon May 5, 2014

11:00a

Garden Sprouts: Are You My Mother?

Think the easiest way to make new plants is by planting seeds? Think again. Young gardeners will create new plants using simple propagation taking pieces from the mother plant!

Learn more about the Garden Sprouts and other Children's Programs at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum on our Children's Page.

Cost: $5 per child for members / $7 for non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$5.00

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Mon May 12, 2014

11:00a

Garden Sprouts: Planting a Rainbow

Flowers come in all sorts of colors. We’ll look for all the colors of the rainbow outside and then young gardeners will plant seeds for a rainbow of flowers to take home.

Learn more about the Garden Sprouts and other Children's Programs at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum on our Children's Page.

Cost: $5 per child for members / $7 for non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Mon May 19, 2014

11:00a

Garden Sprouts: Dogs and Cats

Dogwood and Catmint! Discover what other kinds of plants are named after animals and why. Go on a plant and animal safari and see what you can find.

Learn more about the Garden Sprouts and other Children's Programs at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum on our Children's Page.

Cost: $5 per child for members / $7 for non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Members

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$5.00

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$7.00

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Sun Jun 1, 2014

Sat & Sun through the month
9:00a - 3:30p

Spring Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt – June

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt. Visitors can pick up the list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item, return to the Education Center and pick up your prize.

Scavenger lists will change every month:

  • April’s theme is “Mellow Yellow”;
  • May’s is “Mother May I”; and
  • June's theme is “Follow Your Nose”.

What a great way to explore the arboretum and to get the family outside in the fresh air.

Date: Saturdays and Sundays in April, May and June

Time: Families welcome to participate any time between 9 am and 3:30 pm

Cost: $10 per family at the Haggerty

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun Jun 29, 2014

1:00p - 3:00p

Fairy Day

Fairy Day is a day for fairies, magic, and wishes to come true. For one day, put aside the cynicism of the modern world and embrace the possibilities of the unknown, and believe in fairies. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of culture and legend, and in all of the ancient legends, these mythological creatures are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical.

Mortals don’t often see fairies because of the division between our world and theirs but creating special fairy houses can draw them into our world. Families are invited to the Sylvan Terrace to build homes for these visitors. All supplies – bark, branches, lichens, mosses, feathers, stones and leaves – will be provided, or bring your own as long as it’s natural. Fairies shun man-made materials. Summon the fairies with music and fairy snacks and learn which plants and trees will attract fairies to your own backyard.

You never know when you might stumble across something magical!

All the fairy houses will be on display through the end of July. To see photos of previous Fairy Houses or to get ideas for your own house visit our photo gallery and scroll down to last June.

Register by June 22

Cost: $30 per house

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$30.00

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