Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Maple Sugaring Season is in full Swing!


Morris County Park Commission

28 February, 2024

This Week:

maple sugaringMaple Sugaring Demos

March 2 & 3

Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make real maple syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. Finish with a syrup taste test!

These programs take place indoors and outdoors and registration is encouraged, but not mandatory. If you register ahead of time – it guarantees your spot in the program, but walk-ins are welcome and it is first come, first served seating. Syrup will be available for purchase, while supplies last.

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

For ages 6 & up, Cost: $6 per person. 


Home School ProgramsHomeschool Days: H2O Olympics

March 5

Are you ready to compete in our water-themed games? Learn what makes water vital to life, how surface tension works, and much more.  Then head out on the trails to look for water in all its forms. Register here.

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

For ages 6 - 12. Cost: $15 per child. Preregistration is required. 


candlemakersCandlemakers (pt. 1)

March 6

Learn how to make your own candles using personalized scents. Register here.

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

For ages 14 & up, Cost: $25 per person. Preregistration is required.

Look What's Coming:

forest bathingForest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide

March 16 & 17

Enjoy a combination of Japanese oriented walking, meditation, mindfulness, and wellness promotion in the gardens and on the paths of Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

Register here. 

Where: Happening at the Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township, 07930 on March 16

Happening at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07960 on March 17

For adults, Cost: $20 per person; Preregistration is required.


Make your own butterMake Your Own Butter

March 16

Join us for this complete butter making workshop. We will make butter in the Crazy Daisy butter churns, then you will select the ingredients for flavored butter (salt or fruit). Enjoy some butter and biscuits and take the rest home! Register here.

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

For all ages, Cost: $25 per family, up to 5 people; preregistration is required. 


fathers day geocachingCache-ing for Gold

March 17

Geocaching is a great outdoor activity for families! Use a GPS unit or cell phone and a map to locate hidden treasures, called “caches" that contain extra special St. Patrick’s-themed prizes. All materials are provided. Register here.

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

For ages 7 & up with an adult, Cost: $15 per person, preregistration is required.



museum recipiesRecipes Remedies and Rituals at the Morris Museum

Exhibition on view-Ongoing-until April 2024

Explore selections of bound printed and manuscript works of collaboration and the exchange of botanical information defining the relationship between humans and the natural world.

They also 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.

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