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.

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“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.

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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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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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Tue Dec 26, 2017

through Sun Dec 31st

Sat / Sun in Jan, Feb & Mar
Any time from 9am - 3:30p

Winter Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt, and win a prize. Scavenger lists change every month:

  • December 26-31 theme: Walking in a Winter Wonderland
  • January’s theme is “It’s Alive,”
  • February’s is “It’s a Small World,”
  • and the theme for March is “Pop Up.”

Tues Dec. 26th to Sun. Dec. 31st
*** PLUS ***
Saturdays & Sundays in January, February, March

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

Cost: $10 per family at the Haggery Center

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Tue Jan 9, 2018

4:00p - 5:30p

Art at the Arboretum (Ages 8-12)

Winter Watercolors

Children learn watercolor techniques and build painting and composition skills while creating a masterpiece capturing the peaceful winter landscape to take home.

Art at the Arboretum (Ages 8-12) is a series on select Tuesdays designed for creative young people with an interest in both art and nature. Each class will focus on using a different artistic medium to capture the beauty of the natural world. Budding artists will explore new techniques and bring home one-of-a-kind masterpieces!

Preregistration is recommended but walk-ins are welcome.

Cost: $8 per child per class

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Jan 10, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts

Sprouts: Snowy Days

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Sprouts: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Cost: $5 per child

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Wed Jan 10, 2018

1:00p

Seedlings

Seedlings: Winter Wonderland

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Seedlings: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cost: $5 per child

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Sat Jan 13, 2018

1:00p - 2:00p

Bringing Some Color In: Bulb Forcing for Kids - Ages 6-10

Winter may be outside the window, but it’s easy to bring color inside. Discover how in this hands-on planting workshop which combines both garden art and plant science. Bring a box to take home two different kinds of planted bulbs.

Cost: $10 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

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Sun Jan 21, 2018

1:00p - 3:00p

Suds and Bubbles: Soapmaking for Kids - Ages 6-10

Children discover the soap making process long ago and today. Then use natural and herbal ingredients to design and create their own simple bar soaps to take home. Preregistration recommended; walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

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Wed Jan 24, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts

Sprouts: Shh! We’re sleeping!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Sprouts: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost: $5 per child

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Wed Jan 24, 2018

1:00p

Seedlings

Seedlings: Winter Quiet

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Seedlings: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cost: $5 per child

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Wed Feb 7, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts

Sprouts: Be mine

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Sprouts: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost: $5 per child

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Wed Feb 7, 2018

1:00p

Seedlings

Seedlings: Language of Flowers

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Seedlings: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cost: $5 per child

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Sat Feb 10, 2018

10:00a - Noon

Matilda’s Tea: Tally Ho!

Ages 6 & up with adult

In the 1890’s, when Matilda Frelinghuysen was a child, the mode of transportation was horses. Learn about horses, their care, and the carriages that are still on display at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum at this annual winter tea.

Begin the morning with the perfect winter brunch, enjoy an illustrated talk about the Frelinghuysen horses and carriages, make a fun hobby horse to ride and, best of all, take a real horse and carriage ride!

Cost: $35 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Tue Feb 13, 2018

4:00p - 5:30p

Art at the Arboretum (Ages 8-12)

Psychedelic Prints

Discover how to create beautiful, unique marbled paper with household ingredients, and make your own botanically inspired prints to take home.

Art at the Arboretum (Ages 8-12) is a series on select Tuesdays designed for creative young people with an interest in both art and nature. Each class will focus on using a different artistic medium to capture the beauty of the natural world. Budding artists will explore new techniques and bring home one-of-a-kind masterpieces!

Preregistration is recommended but walk-ins are welcome.

Cost: $8 per child per class

Location: Haggerty Center

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Tue Feb 20, 2018

9:00a - 2:00p

Planting With the Presidents - Grades 1-3

Celebrate this Presidents Day (and day off from school) as we pay tribute to the Presidents’ green thumbs. Practice gardening skills, make a craft and a snack, and more. Every child will take home a Presidential Tree sapling for planting in their own garden.

Cost: $35 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

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Wed Feb 21, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts

Sprouts: Sappy Sweet

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Sprouts: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost: $5 per child

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Wed Feb 21, 2018

1:00p

Seedlings

Seedlings: Maple Syrup Time

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Seedlings: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cost: $5 per child

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Sat Feb 24, 2018

1:00p - 2:30p

How Sweet It Is - Families

Families can learn just how easy it is to tap a maple tree, collect sap, and make syrup. A walk around the arboretum demonstrates how to identify maple, walnut, and birch trees and whether they are ready to be tapped. Help tap a tree or two and taste some samples of syrup made from the arboretum’s own trees. Pre-registration is required.

Cost: $3 per person

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Wed Mar 7, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts

Sprouts: Bare Branches, Green Needles

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Sprouts: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost: $5 per child

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Wed Mar 7, 2018

1:00p

Seedlings

Seedlings: Forever Green

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Seedlings: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cost: $5 per child

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Sun Mar 11, 2018

1:00p - 2:30p

Rollin’ In Dough: Make Your Own Playdough - Ages 4-7

Create your own custom color and use natural scents to make your playdough smell like owers, herbs, or fruit. Bring home your creation and the recipe to make more another day! Preregistration recommended; walk-ins welcome.

Cost: $5 per child

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Tue Mar 13, 2018

4:00p - 5:30p

Art at the Arboretum (Ages 8-12)

Paper Making

Children will learn the process of simple paper making, and create a few different styles of paper to take home, including a paper lled with real flowers.

Art at the Arboretum (Ages 8-12) is a series on select Tuesdays designed for creative young people with an interest in both art and nature. Each class will focus on using a different artistic medium to capture the beauty of the natural world. Budding artists will explore new techniques and bring home one-of-a-kind masterpieces!

Preregistration is recommended but walk-ins are welcome.

Cost: $8 per child per class

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Wed Mar 21, 2018

10:00a

Sprouts

Sprouts: Spring Is Coming

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Sprouts: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Cost: $5 per child

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Wed Mar 21, 2018

1:00p

Seedlings

Seedlings: Wake Up!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts or Seedlings. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-3 (Sprouts) and ages 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. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather! Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

This is Seedlings: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Cost: $5 per child

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