Wednesday, February 21, 2024

February's Finest and March Forward....!!


Morris County Park Commission

February 21, 2024

This Week:

winter birdingSilver Maples: Winter Birding

February 22

Even in winter, birds are out and about looking for food. Dress for the weather and join us on a short hike to look for signs of bird activity. Craft a small bird feeder to lend our bird friends some help! All skill levels welcome. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Register here.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07960.

Ages 55 & older, active seniors; Cost: $15 per person. Preregistration is required.


skunk cabbageSkunk Cabbage Safari

February 22

Skunk cabbage may be stinky, but it sure is amazing! Did you know that it makes its own heat to melt snow or that it's the first flower of the spring? Discover all of this plant's secrets as you hunt for it emerging along the trails, guided by a naturalist. You'll never look at skunk cabbage the same way again! Sign up here.

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area, 472 Boonton Ave, Boonton, NJ 07005.

Ages 6 & up; Cost: $5 per person. Preregistration is required.


little farm friends-transportationLittle Farm Friends: Tractors and Transportation

February 23

How did people travel before they had cars? You'll find out in the transportation exhibit! Sit on an old-fashioned tractor and pretend to drive the cars from over one hundred years ago. Join us here.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Ages 3-5 with an adult; Cost: $10 per child. Preregistration is required.


early morning bird walkWinter Birding for Adults

February 23

Just because many birds have left for the winter doesn't mean there aren't still lots of birds to see! Start indoors to view the activity at our feeders before we head out on the trails to see which intrepid birds have decided to stick it out in NJ. Bring binoculars or borrow ours. Click here to register.

Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, NJ 07928

Age: Adults; Cost: $8 per person. Preregistration is required.

Look What's Coming:

house and grounds tour of FABamboo Brook Grounds and History Tour

March 2

Enjoy the grounds and discover the history of Bamboo Brook, the former home of Martha Brookes Hutcheson, with this guided tour. Bundle up and wear comfortable walking shoes. This program runs rain or shine. Meet at the bottom of the stairs in front of the Hutcheson house. Register here.

Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, 170 Longview Road, Chester Township, NJ 07931

Age: Adults; Cost: $15 per person. Preregistration is required.


candlemakersCandlemakers (pt. 1)

March 6

Learn how to make your own candles using personalized scents.

Register here.

The Cooper Gristmill, 66 Route 24, Chester, NJ 07930.

Ages 14 & up; Cost: $25 per person. Preregistration is required. 


Merit BadgesBSA Forestry Merit Badge Workshop

March 9

Winter tree challenge!  Explore the native forest while completing your Forestry Merit Badge. Walk the trails of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, create a field notebook, find native and non-native trees and learn how to plant trees and start others from seed.  Some prerequisites must be completed at home; more information will be given at time of registration. Secure your spot here.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07960.

BSA Scouts ages 11 & up; Cost: $25 per scout. Preregistration is required.



recipes, remediesRecipes, Remedies, and Rituals Rare Book Botanicals, 1500s-1800s

Exhibition on View—Ongoing—until April 2024

Explore selections of bound printed and manuscript works of collaboration and the exchange of botanical information from the Elizabeth Donnell Kay book collection. 

They highlight defining the relationship between humans and the natural world and include personalized herbal recipes, medical remedies, and gardening rituals. These literary conversations reveal confidence in encyclopedic narratives and expectations that locally sourced old and new plant varieties were beneficial for mind, body, and soul.

Come visit the museum and get a glimpse of this rare historic display of botanical knowledge from the archives of Morris County Park Commission.

Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07950