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 Jul 5, 2014

9:00a - 3:30p
Sat & Sun in July, August & September

Summer Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt - July

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.

  • July’s theme is “A to Z”;
  • August’s is “Crazy Days of Summer”; and
  • September’s is “Buggin’ Out”.

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

Saturdays and Sundays in July, August and September Time: Families welcome to participate any time between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm

Cost: $10 per family

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Fri Aug 1, 2014

9:00a - 3:30p
Sat & Sun in July, August & September

Summer Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt - August

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.

  • July’s theme is “A to Z”;
  • August’s is “Crazy Days of Summer”; and
  • September’s is “Buggin’ Out”.

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

Cost: $10 per family

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Mon Sep 1, 2014

9:00a - 3:30p
Sat & Sun in July, August & September

Summer Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt - September

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.

  • July’s theme is “A to Z”;
  • August’s is “Crazy Days of Summer”; and
  • September’s is “Buggin’ Out”.

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

Cost: $10 per family

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun Sep 7, 2014

Doors open 12:30p

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

Celebrate September’s full moon at the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. Starting as a post-harvest celebration, numerous myths involving the moon have developed over the centuries around this Pan-Asian celebration.

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Grandma & Bunny

This year’s program features the award-winning, New York-based Chinese Theatreworks Company. Their work uses shadow puppetry, a traditional Asian theatre form. Marrying this ancient art with modern day technology, their shadow puppets are projected onto our Auditorium’s giant screen. The narration, in English, is done by a team of talented actors and is accompanied by Chinese music.

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Tiger & Rabbit

This year’s presentation, “Tiger Tales”, tells the story of grandma rabbit and her young granddaughter. As grandma recounts her youth and tries to impart some wisdom, much humor, both wry and of the belly-laugh variety, is generated. At last year’s Moon Festival, this theatre company garnered praise by adults and children alike.

Following “Tiger Tales,” a variety of crafts and games will be offered. Make a bamboo garden mobile, play our tangram challenge, make a lantern for your family’s Moon Festival. Family oriented tours of the arboretum will be offered along with adult Mandarin-language tours. Sample traditional holiday refreshments, including moon cakes stuffed with lotus bean paste and other delicacies. Try some osmanthus tea, made from the plant by the same name. Or, taste a slice of the biggest member of the citrus family, the pomelo, yellow and round like the moon for which this holiday is named.

This event is presented with the generous support of the UPS Diversity Leadership Development Team and Kam Man, Inc.

Seating is limited, please register early for this special event.

Register by August 24.

Time: Doors open at 12:30 pm, Tiger Tales performance begins at 1:00 pm

Cost: Adults $5, Children (ages 3-16) $3, Children under 3 are admitted FREE.


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Cost: See Above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends