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:
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Sprouts & Seedlings

Plant the seeds of love for nature in our new preschool programs! Each session features a different theme and includes an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather.

In Sprouts, children ages 2-3 and their adult caregivers will explore natural topics through songs, stories, movement, games, and art activities, while in Seedlings preschoolers ages 4-5 will discover the wonders of nature through experiments and projects, while building literacy and math skills.

Click the image at right for more information. Register for programs below.

“Branching Out!” – Forty-Six 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 January. 2018 will be the 46th 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.

Register by downloading the flyer at right. 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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Home Schooling

Add plant science into your home-school curriculum! These classes offer hands-on experiences that address NJ Science Standards in a unique and engaging educational setting.

Click on the flyer at right for more information.

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.

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.

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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Sun Jul 1, 2018

Every day in July and August, Saturdays and Sundays in September
9:00a - 3:30p

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

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 is “Enchanted Woodland”,
  • August is “Do You See It?” and
  • September is “Mellow Yellow”.

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

Dates: Every day in July and August, Saturdays and Sundays in September

Time: Families welcome to participate any time between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm

Cost: $10 per family

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Mon Oct 1, 2018

See dates & Times is body

Scavenger Hunts!

Find each item on the list and win a prize!

  • October 1 - 20 – Theme: Orange You Glad
  • October 20 - November 18 – Theme: Scarecrows
  • December 26 - 31 – Theme: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Time: Families welcome to participate any time between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm

Cost: $10 per family at the door

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 3, 2018

10:00a - 11:00a

Sprouts: Find a Rainbow - 10 am

Take a walk exploring all of the many colors in the garden, read a flower story, and create a multicolored floral masterpiece.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 10 am program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 3, 2018

1:00p

Sprouts: Find a Rainbow - 1 pm

Take a walk exploring all of the many colors in the garden, read a flower story, and create a multicolored floral masterpiece.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 1 pm program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Oct 4, 2018

4:00p - 5:00p

Arboretum Artists – Fall Foliage Watercolors

Ages 8 – 12

Young artists will explore the changing leaves and paint a seasonally themed and colored watercolor.

Cost: $10.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Oct 6, 2018

2:00p - 3:30p

Scarecrow Building Workshop

Want to make a scarecrow for this year’s Scarecrows in the Garden show but unsure how?

Look no further than this fun workshop that’s perfect for families, scout groups, and individuals. A scarecrow structure will be provided as well as materials for stuffing.

Bring your own clothes or costume for your scarecrow or rifle through the bins of possibilities at the arboretum. A seasonal snack will also be provided.

Register by October 1

Cost: $5 per child, ages 3 and up.

Saturday, October 6 – 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 10, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts: Favorite Fall Fruit – Apples! - 10 am

Use your five senses to explore this delicious, fall fruit... YUM! Enjoy an apple-themed story, walk, craft and treat.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 10 am program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 10, 2018

1:00p

Sprouts: Favorite Fall Fruit – Apples! - 1 pm

Use your five senses to explore this delicious, fall fruit... YUM! Enjoy an apple-themed story, walk, craft and treat.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 1 pm program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 17, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts: Botanical Weaving - 10 am

The grounds of the Arboretum are covered with colorful fall materials. Collect some on our walk and weave them into a unique natural work of art.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 10 am program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 17, 2018

1:00p

Sprouts: Botanical Weaving - 1 pm

The grounds of the Arboretum are covered with colorful fall materials. Collect some on our walk and weave them into a unique natural work of art.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 1 pm program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Oct 20, 2018

1:00p - 3:00p

Scaredy Plants

Ages 5 and up

Voodoo lily? Bat flower? Venus Fly-Trap? Some plants are simply wicked! Celebrate Halloween with scary, smelly plants from around the world. Go on a creepy plant scavenger hunt, create a spooky craft, explore a display of flesh-eating plants, and play plant games.

Register by October 13

Date: Saturday, October 20 – Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 24, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts: Pumpkin Circle - 10 am

Discover the wonders of this classic, fall fruit with a guided walk, story, and some playful pumpkin activities.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 10 am program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 24, 2018

1:00p

Sprouts: Pumpkin Circle - 1 pm

Discover the wonders of this classic, fall fruit with a guided walk, story, and some playful pumpkin activities.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 1 pm program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 31, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts: Spooky Plants - 10 am

Plants protect themselves in many interesting ways. Take a Halloween walk to see some plants in action, read a fall tale and make a spooky craft.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 10 am program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 31, 2018

1:00p

Sprouts: Spooky Plants - 1 pm

Plants protect themselves in many interesting ways. Take a Halloween walk to see some plants in action, read a fall tale and make a spooky craft.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 1 pm program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Nov 1, 2018

4:00p - 5:00p

Arboretum Artists – Printmaking

Ages 8 – 12

Young artists will explore several different print-making methods using natural themes and materials.

Cost: $10.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Nov 7, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts: Leaf Lacing - 10 am

Leaves have fallen to the ground. Jump into leaf piles, make a lovely leaf lace masterpiece and listen to a fabulous fall story.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 10 am program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Nov 7, 2018

1:00p

Sprouts: Leaf Lacing - 1 pm

Leaves have fallen to the ground. Jump into leaf piles, make a lovely leaf lace masterpiece and listen to a fabulous fall story.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 1 pm program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Fri Nov 9, 2018

9:00a - 4:00p

Plant-stravaganza!

Grades 1 – 4

View plant cells through a microscope, make a silly ‘grass head’ to take home, and take a hike to find as many leaf shapes as you can. Dress for the weather, and bring a nut-free lunch.

Pre-registration is required, and space is limited.

Cost: $40 per child members/$50 per child non-members.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Date: Friday, November 9 Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Nov 14, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts: Colorful Corn - 10 am

Did you know that corn is in the grass family? Listen to a corny story, make an exciting corn creation and take a walk around to find some corn relatives living in the Arboretum.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 10 am program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Nov 14, 2018

1:00p

Sprouts: Colorful Corn - 1 pm

Did you know that corn is in the grass family? Listen to a corny story, make an exciting corn creation and take a walk around to find some corn relatives living in the Arboretum.

Sprouts Ages 2 - 4: Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Dates: Select Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

This is the 1 pm program

Cost: $5 per child.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Dec 20, 2018

4:30p - 5:30p

Always Evergreen

Grades 1 – 5

Using a variety of fresh-cut greens and fresh flowers, young people will create a seasonal centerpiece perfect for the holiday table. All supplies provided.

Register by December 13

Cost: $10 members / $15 non-members.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC