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-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 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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Wed Feb 14, 2018

Sat / Sun in Apr / May / June
Any time between 9am - 3pm

Spring 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 will change every month:

  • April’s theme is “In The Pink”;
  • May’s is “Magic In The Air”; and
  • the theme for June is “Hello Summer”.

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

 

Cost: $10 per family, exact change, please.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Tue Apr 17, 2018

Tuesdays through June 12
1:00p - 1:45p

Garden Buds

Ages 4-5 with an adult

Instill a love of gardening in preschoolers and maybe even dust off your own green thumb in this 9-week hands-on gardening series. Beginning gardeners plant, harvest, and even taste vegetables straight from their gardens.

Cost: $60 per child, Call 973-326-7601 to register.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed May 23, 2018

10:00a - 11:00a

Sprouts - Love Bugs - 10 am

Ages: 2-5 with an adult

Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Hunt for bugs big and small on a garden walk and construct an adorable bug craft to take home.

Programs are 10 am - 11 am OR 1 pm - 2 pm. This is the 10 am program.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed May 23, 2018

1:00p - 2:00p

Sprouts - Love Bugs - 1 pm

Ages: 2-5 with an adult

Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather. Pre-registration is required.

Hunt for bugs big and small on a garden walk and construct an adorable bug craft to take home.

Programs are 10 am - 11 am OR 1 pm - 2 pm. This is the 1 pm program.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Jun 2, 2018

1:30p - 3:30p

Family Nature Crafts - Fairy Furniture

Ages 6 and up

If you build it, Fairies will come! Fairies are a magical part of every garden and in this workshop, crafty builders design and decorate several pieces of fairy furniture to welcome fairies to your fairy garden or to bring to Fairy Day on June 24.

Cost: $15 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

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Sun Jun 24, 2018

1:00p - 3:00p

Fairy Day

This is a day for fairies, magic, and wishes to come true. For one day, put aside the cynicism of the modern world, embrace the possibilities of the unknown, and believe in fairies. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of culture and legend, and in many ancient legends, these beings are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical. We mortals don’t often see fairies but creating special fairy houses can bring them here.

Families are invited to Sylvan Terrace to build homes for these visitors. All supplies – bark, branches, lichens, mosses, feathers, stones and leaves – will be provided, or bring your own as long as they are natural – fairies shun man-made materials.

We’ll summon the fairies with music and fairy snacks and learn which plants and trees attract fairies. All fairy houses will be on display through the end of July.

To see photos of previous Fairy Houses or to get ideas for your own house visit these pictures from 2014.

Register by June 14

Cost: Cost: $30 per house

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

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