Thursday, September 30, 2021

See the Scarecrows, Enjoy the Outdoors, Tour the New Wigwam, and MORE!

Morris County Park Commission

This Week:


October 1 – November 7

The scarecrows are back!  Can you use the clues to find all the scarecrows in this fun family photo scavenger hunt? Take a photo of each and win a prize. Click here to check it out.

Cost: $10 per family or group of 6.  Preregistration is required.


animal antics ducks and geesANIMAL ANTICS: DUCKS AND GEESE

October 1

Meet our newest feathered friends: the Cayuga ducks and African goose! Learn what makes them water proof and create a craft to take home!  Check it out!

Cost: $10 per child.  Preregistration is required.


go nativeGO NATIVE!

October 1

Planting native species is the best way to attract wildlife to your yard and help the environment at the same time.  Take a walk around the Great Swamp trails with a naturalist to see beautiful native plants and also the pesky invasives that crowd them out.  Learn more!  

Cost: $4 per person.  Preregistration is required.


kay meadow walkMEADOW FLOWERS WALK

October 6

Walk the scenic meadows at the Kay Center to learn about the wildflowers and grasses that thrive there.  Learn more!  

Cost: $15 per person. Preregistration is required.

Spotlight On:



October 1 through November 7

Scarecrows have returned to The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and this year they help celebrate the Morris County Park Commission's 65th anniversary. Visit them all to see if your favorite park is represented.  Check it out!

Cost: FREE.

fall harvest fest


October 9, 16, and 23

Celebrate the fall season at Fosterfields!  Take an open-air wagon ride around the farm and pick your own pumpkin in our brand-new pumpkin patch!  Visit the farm and see corn grinding demos, butterchurning, cider pressing, and visit with all your favorite farm animals including the pigs, cows, sheep, goats, and chickens!  All activities are included with admission.  Learn more!  

Cost: $15 per person. Preregistration is required.

golf outing15th ANNUAL GOLF OUTING

October 4

A few spots remain for individuals or foursomes at the Morris Park Alliance Golf Outing on Monday, October 4 at Flanders Valley Golf Course. Contest holes, continental breakfast, and a barbecue lunch are included. There will also be a 50-50 and mulligans available. Check-in starts at 7:30 am with tee off at 9 am. Click here to register!  The event benefits projects in Morris County parks!

Cost: $150 per golfer.  



Looking for a venue for your special event? The 2022 and 2023 calendar for special events at Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum, and Bamboo Brook will be opening as of October 1st!  To receive venue information or to book your event, complete the Horticulture Event interest form here.

Look What’s Coming:

wigwam grand openingNEW WIGWAM GRAND OPENING

October 9

The wigwam model at the Great Swamp has had a spectacular upgrade!  The new structure was constructed using authentic materials with no screws, nails, or power tools, and gives visitors unique insight into the Lenape way of life.  Sign up for a guided tour of the new wigwam, decorated with artifacts to look lived in.  You'll even get to examine real tools used by the Lenape thousands of years ago!  Check it out!

Cost: $6 per person. Preregistration is required.


grand harvest wine festivalGRAND HARVEST WINE FESTIVAL

October 9 and 10

Enjoy the crisp autumn afternoon with award-winning NJ wines, fabulous live music, delicious foods, artisan crafters, and relaxing with friends and family. Learn more!

Cost: Advance tickets - $20 per sampler age 21+. At the gate tickets - $25 per sampler age 21+, $5 per non-sampler age 21+.