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-Five 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. 2017 will be the 45th 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.

All Children's Programs:

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Sat Jul 1, 2017

All day, every day in July/Aug plus Sat/Sun in Sept

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. The themes are:

  • July: “America, the Beautiful”,
  • August: “90 Degrees” and
  • September: “Cool Off”.

 

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 at door

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Tue Jul 11, 2017

1:00p - 3:00p
Dates at right.

Art in the Garden Ages 9-13

Young artists will explore different art media to capture the beauty of the natural world, and create masterpieces to take home in this six-week series.

Date: Tuesdays, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15

Cost: $60 Call 973.631.5004 to register

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sat Aug 12, 2017

2:00p - 3:00p

Family I-Spy Walks

Explore the arboretum gardens using a different kind of tool each month and discover new ways of looking at owers, trees, and other living things. You might never look at the garden the same way again. Each program costs $2 per person and is suitable for ages 5 and up. No registration is required. The programs are held from 2:00 – 3:00 pm on the following Saturdays:

August 12 - Tour the vegetable gardens and learn to use a scale to measure weight and volume.

September 16 - Break out your phone and learn to use your compass app or borrow one for the tour.

Cost: $2 at door, no registration required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Thu Aug 24, 2017

9:00a - 12N

You Say Tomato Ages 6-10

Harvest, taste, create and play games all morning with the garden favorite, the Jersey Tomato.

Registration is required

Cost: $8 per child,

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Tue Aug 29, 2017

9:30a - 11:00a

Habitat Hike Ages 6-12

Young hikers take to the trails and hike to the different habitats throughout the arboretum.

Cost: $2 at door, no registration required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sat Sep 9, 2017

2:00p - 3:00p

Family Nature Craft - Harvest Potatoes

Ages 5 and up

Harvest potatoes and use them to make potato stamps. Then create a table runner perfect for the fall table top.

Register by September 2. Registration is required.

Cost: $10 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Sep 13, 2017

11:00a - 12N

Seedlings -- Fly Away Home

It’s still warm enough for our flying friends to be busy in the garden. We will search for butter ies and insects and talk about what they are doing this time of year.

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Seedlings. In this program, preschoolers ages 3 – 4 and their adult caregivers will discover the wonders of nature. Each session features a different theme based on what is growing in the gardens. We begin with story time and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Sat Sep 16, 2017

2:00p - 3:00p

Family I-Spy Walks

Explore the arboretum gardens using a different kind of tool each month and discover new ways of looking at owers, trees, and other living things. You might never look at the garden the same way again. Each program costs $2 per person and is suitable for ages 5 and up. No registration is required. The programs are held from 2:00 – 3:00 pm on the following Saturdays:

September 16 - Break out your phone and learn to use your compass app or borrow one for the tour.

Cost: $2 at door, no registration required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Wed Sep 27, 2017

11:00a - 12N

Seedlings -- The Grass is Always Greener

Explore the garden to discover the many varieties of grass in the arboretum and learn some of the surprising ways grasses are used. Run around on the grass and plant some unusual grass to take home.

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Seedlings. In this program, preschoolers ages 3 – 4 and their adult caregivers will discover the wonders of nature. Each session features a different theme based on what is growing in the gardens. We begin with story time and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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