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:

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.

See upcoming programs and registration instructions 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 calling Gwen Montgomery at 973-631-5004 or email gmontgomery@morrisparks.net.

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.

All Children's Programs:

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Winter 2019, Spring 2019

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Mon Apr 1, 2019

Any time between 9am + 3:30pm

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:

  • April’s theme is “Water, Water Everywhere”;
  • May’s is “Big, Bigger, Biggest”; and
  • the theme for June is “What Smells?”.

Cost: $10 per family at front desk

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Mon Jul 1, 2019

and Mondays through Aug 19
1:00p - 3:00p

Munchy Mondays

Check morrisparks.net for exact dates, times, cost and more information or call 973.326.7601.

Cost: $95 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Mon Jul 1, 2019

Call for info

Branching Out!

Gardening programs for children ages 5 – 8, 9 – 12 and 12 – 14

Plant your own individual gardens in this 8-week summer gardening program beginning July 1. Enjoy gardening, cooking, crafts, and games.

Check morrisparks.net for exact dates, times, cost and more information or call 973.326.7601.

Cost: Call for info.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Mon Jul 1, 2019

Every day through Sep 30
9:00a - 3:00p

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt.

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

Cost: $10 per family at front desk

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Tue Jul 2, 2019

and Tues through Aug 20
1:00p - 3:00p

Arboretum Inspiration - Ages 8 – 12

Check morrisparks.net for exact dates, times, cost and more information or call 973.326.7601.

Cost: $80 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Jul 3, 2019

and Wednesdays through Aug 21
1:00p - 3:00p

Create By Nature - Ages 5 – 8

Check morrisparks.net for exact dates, times, cost and more information or call 973.326.7601.

Cost: $80 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Fri Jul 12, 2019

and Fridays through Aug 16
9:30a - 10:30a

Garden Buds - Ages 4 – 5 with an adult

Check morrisparks.net for exact dates, times, cost and more information or call 973.326.7601.

Cost: $50 per child with an adult

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Jul 14, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p

Play With Your Food - Ages 5 & Up

Check morrisparks.net for exact dates, times, cost and more information or call 973.326.7601.

Cost: $5 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Aug 4, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p

First Annual Ice Cream Social at Bamboo Brook

Check morrisparks.net for exact dates, times, cost and more information or call 973.326.7601.

Cost: $8 per person

Location: Bamboo Brook

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Sep 18, 2019

10:00a - 11:00a OR 1:00p - 2:00p

Sprouts: Butterfly Garden - Ages 2 – 4 with an adult

Check morrisparks.net for exact dates, times, cost and more information or call 973.326.7601.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Sep 19, 2019

4:00p - 5:00p

Flower Power: Kids Centerpiece Class - Ages 8 – 12

Check morrisparks.net for exact dates, times, cost and more information or call 973.326.7601.

Cost: $15 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Sep 25, 2019

10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Sprouts: Green Grass Grows - Ages 2 – 4 with an adult

Check morrisparks.net for exact dates, times, cost and more information or call 973.326.7601.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC