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-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.

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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

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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Sun Oct 1, 2017

Through Dec. 31
Sat & Sun
Any time Between 9:00a and 3:30p

Fall Weekend Scavenger Hunts

Find each item on the list and win a prize!

 

  • October 1-20 – Theme: Red, Yellow, Orange, Oh My!
  • October 21-November 17 – Theme: Scarecrows
  • November 18 & 19, 25 & 26 – Theme: Wide Open Spaces
  • December 26-31 – Theme: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

 

Families welcome to participate Saturdays & Sundays any time between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm

Cost: $10 per family at door

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Wed Oct 4, 2017

10:00a - 11:00a

Sprouts: Fall Flower Power

Summer is over but some flowers are still in bloom. Let’s take a garden walk to find flowers and learn all about them.

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Oct 4, 2017

1:00p - 2:00p

Seedlings: Fabulous Fall Flowers

Summer is over but some flowers are still in bloom. Let’s take a garden walk to find flowers and learn all about them.

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Oct 11, 2017

10:00a - 11:00a

Sprouts: Crunchy, Juicy, Tart, and Sweet!

We will use our five senses to learn about this delicious fall fruit, the apple. We might even taste a few – YUM!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Oct 11, 2017

1:00p - 2:00p

Seedlings: An Apple A Day!

We will use our five senses to learn about this delicious fall fruit. We might even taste a few – YUM!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Oct 18, 2017

10:00a - 11:00a

Sprouts: Scaredy Crows!

Learn how plants protect themselves and how we use scarecrows to protect our plants.

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Oct 18, 2017

1:00p - 2:00p

Seedlings: Scarecrows Don’t Scare Me!

Learn how plants protect themselves and how we use scarecrows to protect our plants.

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Oct 25, 2017

10:00a - 11:00a

Sprouts: Pumpkins Pumpkins!

Visit our resident pumpkins and learn more about how they grow. How many seeds are in a pumpkin? We will work together to find out!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Oct 25, 2017

1:00p - 2:00p

Seedlings: Pumpkin Party

Visit our resident pumpkins and learn more about how they grow. How many seeds are in a pumpkin? We will work together to find out!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Sun Oct 29, 2017

1:00p - 4:00p

Scaredy Plants (Ages 6 and up)

Voodoo lily? Bat flower? Some plants are simply wicked!

Celebrate Halloween with scary, smelly plants from around the world. Explore a display of esh-eating plants and even take one home. Step into our Food Laboratory and decorate a Halloween treat, go on a creepy plant scavenger hunt, and create a spooky craft.

Register by October 22

Cost: $15 per family

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Nov 1, 2017

10:00a - 11:00a

Sprouts: Leaf Dance

The leaves are falling off the trees. Let’s observe and collect them, and talk about how and why they are falling!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Nov 1, 2017

1:00p - 2:00p

Seedlings: We All Fall Down

The leaves are falling off the trees. Let’s observe and collect them, and talk about how and why they are falling!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Nov 8, 2017

10:00a - 11:00a

Sprouts: Up and Down in the Dirt

It’s time to plant bulbs in the garden. Let’s find out why we’re planting them now, and when they will bloom!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Nov 8, 2017

1:00p - 2:00p

Seedlings: Plant In A Package

It’s time to plant bulbs in the garden. Let’s find out why we’re planting them now, and when they will bloom!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Fri Nov 10, 2017

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: $50 per child. Call 973.631.5004 to register.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Wed Nov 15, 2017

10:00a - 11:00a

Sprouts: Counting Soup

People around the world are celebrating the harvest. We will have our own celebration  by making a harvest soup with plants from our garden!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Nov 15, 2017

1:00p - 2:00p

Seedlings: Harvest Is Here

People around the world are celebrating the harvest. We will have our own celebration  by making a harvest soup with plants from our garden!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and

4-5 (Seedlings) 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, a hands-on activity based on the theme and complete the class with an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred, walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Tue Nov 21, 2017

4:30p - 5:30p

Thanks for Thanksgiving (Grades 1 – 5)

Young designers will create a Thanksgiving-themed centerpiece perfect for the holiday table or buffet using fresh and dried natural materials.

Register by November 14

Cost: $15/person members / $20/person non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Fri Dec 1, 2017

to Sun Dec 10
10:00 am – 4:30 pm daily
Fridays until 7:30 pm

Gingerbread Wonderland 2017

Celebrating 26 Years of Wonder! December 1–10

In 1991, staff and Board Members of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum thought that having a display of gingerbread houses would bring guests to our lovely gardens at a usually quiet time of year. They were right. That first year, there were under a dozen exhibits and a few hundred guests. Recent shows have featured over 200 displays and attracted over 13,000 guests!

Be a part of this Morris County holiday tradition this year by entering and then visiting the show. Complete rules are available on our website on October 1, along with a link to lots of images from shows over the years.

The magic of Gingerbread is hard to describe. “Gingerbreads” are not only houses, but also landmarks, trains, planes, and animals and include every theme from favorite show tunes to commercials, from family vacations to superheroes. It’s a collaborative thing of joy that celebrates our diversity and our commonality. Start your holiday by sharing your talents, points of view and memories at the 2017

Vote for your personal favorite in The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Shop Rite of Morristown. An award will be given to the first place winners in each of six categories: Adult, Family, Children, School, Scout and Special Needs. Groups of 8 or more must make a reservation to visit by calling 973-326-7601.

Dates: Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 10 Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm daily, Fridays until 7:30 pm

Volunteers Needed!

As always, the success of the Gingerbread Wonderland depends on our wonderful volunteers.

Please sign up using our on-line Volunteer Form. Beth Feldman, the Volunteer Coordinator at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum will respond confirming your schedule.

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Gingerbread Tips & Techniques

Don't miss our Tips & Techniques Class on Saturday Oct. 21st - click the image at right for more information and signup.

Cost: $2 per person at the door, children under 2 FREE

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Mon Dec 18, 2017

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 11

Cost: $15/person members / $20/person non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Dec 20, 2017

4:30p - 6:30p

It’s Only Natural Seasonal Centerpiece Workshop (Grades 6 – 12)

Using freshly cut seasonal greens, decorations, and a natural container, design and construct a centerpiece perfect for the table or mantelpiece and a second smaller arrangement perfect for gift giving.

Register by December 13

Cost: $20/person members / $25/person non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

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Tue Dec 26, 2017

10:00a - 11:00a

Winter Garden Family Walk (Ages 5 and Up)

Get outside and explore the arboretum gardens after the long, busy, holiday weekend. There’s plenty going on and there might even be things in bloom!

Cost: $2 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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