Thursday, December 7, 2023

December is the most wonderful month of the year!


Morris County Park Commission

December 6, 2023

This Week:


festival of treesFestival of Trees

December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 27-30

Tour the Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Mansion decorated for the holidays in the Festival of Trees. Enjoy trees decorated by scouts, families, floral designers and garden clubs in this outing for the family. Come, behold the festival of trees!

 Cost: $10 per person. Preregistration required.


creatures of the nightCreatures of the Night for Littles

December 9

Come learn about animals that are out and about while we're asleep. We'll start the program indoors with a couple stories, then head out on the trail to search for our nighttime animal friends. Get started!

Cost: $7 per child. Preregistration is required.


Merit BadgesGeology Merit Badge Workshop

December 10

Put your day off from school to good use and earn the Geology Merit Badge! Discover how geologic forces like lava flows, glaciers, and plate tectonics formed the Great Swamp. Experiment to learn how water shapes the soil & rock around us. Some prerequisites must be completed, more information available at time of registration. Get started to become a Geology expert!

Cost: $24 per scout. Preregistration is required.


Ornament felting christmas

Ornament Felting

December 13

‘Tis the season for crafting! Learn the basics of felting and make a felted ornament to take home! 

Let's get crafting!

Cost: $10 per person. Preregistration is required.   

Look What’s Coming:

woodstove christmas cookiesWoodstove Cooking Class – Christmas Cookies

December 19

The warm glow of a woodstove fire and the smell of fresh-baked cookies! Could it get better? Join the Fosterfields staff during this hands-on holiday workshop and take a bag home of your very own cookies to share with family and friends. Cute, rustic cookie bags included! Join us here.

Cost: $45 per person. Preregistration is required.



flower arrangementFloral Arranging with Supermarket Flowers for the Winter Holidays

December 19

Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education will demonstrate how to design beautiful floral arrangements with supermarket bouquets. We supply the container, the greens and the mechanics.  You bring your own supermarket bouquet to style. Get started!

Cost: $25 per person. Preregistration is required.


Bells and boughsBells, Boughs, and the Festival of Trees for Preschoolers

December 20

Kick off your winter vacation with a centerpiece making workshop! Warm up with hot chocolate and treats before exploring the Festival of Trees with your favorite preschooler. All supplies will be provided, including greens from the garden. Get rockin’ around the Christmas tree…!

Cost: $30 per child with an adult. Preregistration is required.


Winter mini campWinter Mini-Camp

December 27-29

Time off from school is a great time to get out in nature and explore! Enjoy walks, crafts, stories, games and activities!

On Wednesday, make amazing winter art using natural materials. On Thursday, learn to move like the animals and recognize their tracks in the wild.  And on Friday, discover hidden winter insects! Kids can sign up for one or more days. Let’s explore nature and have fun! 

Cost: $25 per child per day. Preregistration is required.



SeedmoneyHappy World Soil Day! 🌱

Yesterday, we celebrated the foundation of life: soil. It's not just dirt; it's a living ecosystem vital to our garden and our planet. To mark this day, we're excited to announce a special opportunity!

When you donate to Growing Youth Gardeners through SeedMoney between now and December 7th at noon Eastern, you're not only nurturing our soil but also your chance to win big! 🎁

Win a $400 Gardeners Supply Company gift card for our project + a $100 card for YOU!

Here's how it works:

Donate any amount there:

Automatically enter to win a $400 gift card for Growing Youth Gardeners and a personal $100 gift card!

Strengthen our roots and help us grow a greener future!

🌟 Growing Youth Gardeners thrives because of your support. Together, we can ensure a healthier planet, starting from the ground up. Let's make every dollar and every handful of soil count!

Donate now and take part in this win-win celebration! 🎉

Contest Ends: Noon Eastern, December 7th; Winner Announced: December 8th.

Thank you for being a part of our community and for believing in the power of healthy soil.