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.

Family Discovery Backpacks!

Create and make discoveries in the gardens with one of our Family Backpacks, developed for use by families with children in preschool through 5th grade. Each pack contains materials, activities, games and suggestions to help adults and their young people find new ways of looking at all the plants and other living and non-living things that can be found in the gardens all year round.

Family Discovery Backpacks are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Advance reservations are not accepted. The fee is $5 per family but Family Members of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum may use the backpacks at no cost. You must show your membership card. Backpacks can be checked out from 9 am daily for up to 21⁄2 hours at the Haggerty Education Center Reception Desk. The last rental time is 2:30 pm daily and all backpacks must be returned by 4:00 pm.

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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Summer 2016. Spring 2016

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Fri Dec 2, 2016

through Sun Dec 11
10a-4:30p
Fri till 7:30p

Celebrating 25 Years of Wonder - Gingerbread Wonderland

Gingerbread Flyer at Left

This December marks the 25th Anniversary of Gingerbread Wonderland. Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity, skill and sense of optimism that characterizes this charming and ecumenical exhibit of hundreds of edible structures.

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 the 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.

$2 per person (at door), children under 2 FREE.

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Gingerbread Exhibitors

We are no longer taking applications for Gingerbread Exhibitors, but here are the rules and recipes for use by those who have already applied.

Gingerbread Recipes

Need a starting point for your creation? Click the image at left for recipes for basic gingerbread plus the gorilla-glue of gingerbread, Royal Icing.


Cost: (see above)

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun Jan 1, 2017

Sat/Sun in Jan Feb & Mar
9:00a - 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. 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 change every month.

  • January’s theme is “Black and White”,
  • February’s is “A Pop of Color” and
  • the theme for March is “Stick to the Trails”.

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

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

Cost: $10 per family (exact change please).

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Wed Jan 11, 2017

11:00a - 12N

Seedlings: Brrrr!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Seedlings. In this program, preschoolers ages 3 - 5 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 in winter. Dress for the weather!

Winter is here, but if you look closely you’ll see signs of life in the garden and you might even see some- thing in bloom!

Cost: $5 per session

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Jan 25, 2017

11:00a - 12N

Seedlings: Over And Under

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Seedlings. In this program, preschoolers ages 3 - 5 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 in winter. Dress for the weather!

Above the ground everything is quiet but under the ground there’s all kind of activity both plant and animal.

Cost: $5 per session

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Sat Jan 28, 2017

1:00p - 2:00p

Family Nature Crafts: Teeny, Tiny World Ages 6 & up

Create your own small world in this family terrarium making workshop. Make your own or work together and learn what plants work best, how a terrarium works and how to care for what’s inside.

Register by January 14

Cost: $15 per terrarium members / $20 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Sat Feb 4, 2017

1:00p

Family Nature Crafts: Be Mine, Valentine! Ages 6 & up

Using natural materials make a ve different valentine cards that send the perfect message the natural way and make your cards the ones everyone wants to receive. Create as a family or have each person make their own.

Register by January 27

Cost: $8 members / $10 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Feb 8, 2017

11:00a - 12N

Seedlings: The Nose Knows

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Seedlings. In this program, preschoolers ages 3 - 5 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 in winter. Dress for the weather!

Does that plant have a smell? Take a whiff and find out. In the meantime, find out why.

Cost: $5 per session

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Feb 22, 2017

11:00a - 12N

Seedlings: Shadows of Spring

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Seedlings. In this program, preschoolers ages 3 - 5 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 in winter. Dress for the weather!

Hooray! The days are getting longer signaling spring is coming. Discover why plants need light and how it helps them grow.

Cost: $5 per session

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Wed Mar 8, 2017

11:00a - 12N

Seedlings: The Shape of Things

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Seedlings. In this program, preschoolers ages 3 - 5 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 in winter. Dress for the weather!

Now that the trees are bare you can see their shapes and their structures. Why are they shaped the way they are and what shapes are found in the garden?

Cost: $5 per session

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Sat Mar 11, 2017

2:00p - 4:00p

Matilda’s Tea: Fascinating Fascinators!

Mark your calendars for the return of the Matilda’s Tea on Saturday, March 11.

Bring your favorite young person and explore the art of millinery, or hat-making and learn about the fashion of proper young ladies at the turn of the previous century. How did Matilda Frelinghuysen dress to play in the gardens of Whippany Farm, now The Frelinghuysen Arboretum? Travel back in time and find out. You’ll also learn how the bigger-is-better hat craze of the early 20th century launched the environmental movement of today.

Tea takers will begin the day by making a hat. Come hatless and leave with a fabulous fascinator, just like the ones that Princess Kate Middleton wears today. Will you choose feathers, beads, tulle, sparkles or all of them? Adults and children alike leave with a custom made fascinator they can enjoy forever. Then all will enjoy a light tea and an illustrated talk about the history of women’s head dressings. This program is designed for young and old.

Space is limited so pre-registration is required. The cost is $25 per person. Appropriate for adults and children ages 6 and up.

Cost: $25 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

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Wed Mar 22, 2017

11:00a - 12N

Seedlings: Shake it Up!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Seedlings. In this program, preschoolers ages 3 - 5 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 in winter. Dress for the weather!

Seeds travel in a number of ways all year long. Now’s the time to think about sowing seeds for spring.

Cost: $5 per session

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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