Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by humans!


Morris County Park Commission

March 20, 2024

This Week:

hands on history designing a backyard farm gardenDesigning a Backyard Farm Garden

March 21

In this seminar, we will be discussing and laying out our backyard farms. We will go over a number of topics such as setting, light requirements, critters, etc. We will also supply some seeds! Register here.

For ages 14 & up; cost: $15 per person, preregistration is required.

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


pruning with brucePruning Workshop with Bruce Crawford

March 23

Learn the how’s and why’s of pruning, the science behind it, and what tools to use from Bruce Crawford. Practice your new skills on the trees and shrubs in the gardens. Dress for the weather and bring your garden gloves and pruners. Register here.

For adults; cost: $30 per person. Preregistration is required.

Where: Willowwood Arboretum, 300 Longview Road, Chester Township, 07930


lamb frolicLamb Frolic

March 23 & 31

Meet the newest arrivals to the farm! Help the farmers socialize the baby lambs by playing with them one on one. Everyone will have a chance to pet and hold a lamb. 

For all ages, cost: $50 per lamb. Maximum 2 people per lamb. Preregistration is required. Please call 973.631.5022 or 862.325.7701 (9 am-4 pm) to register.

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


Hidden WildernessHidden Wilderness

March 24

Nature loving families can join our staff to explore the wonders of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Travel the trails, look in the streams, and find what's exciting and alive in the wilderness areas of the Arboretum. Wear waterproof shoes and dress for the outdoors. Sign up here.

For all ages; cost: $15 per family, up to 5 people. Preregistration is required.

Where: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morris Township, 07960


Bear Puddle Jumpers: Bears

March 25

The black bears are waking up from their winter's naps…are you ready? Read a story to find out what bears do when they first wake up, learn how to be safe around bears, and look on the trails to spot signs that they've been there. Click here to enroll.

For ages 5-7; cost: $7 per child. Preregistration is required.

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

Look What's Coming:

merit badgeMerit Badge Workshop: Wilderness Survival

April 4

Take advantage of a day off from school to complete most of this merit badge. Learn first aid for survival situations, discover 3 ways to both start a fire and purify water, and build a survival shelter. Some prerequisites must be completed; more information is available at time of registration. Bring water and nut- free snack & lunch. Register here.

For Scouts ages 11 & up; cost: $48 per scout. Preregistration is required.

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



fa summer camp

Join Our Garden Camps!

Bouquet Bootcamp, July 1-3

Tweens and Teens will take flowers from the garden and arrange them into i show-stopping bouquets every day. 

Arboretum Adventures, July 15 –19 and July 29-August 2

 Kids who love the outdoors will travel the trails, look in the streams, venture out, and explore a different part of the arboretum each day. Be prepared to be surprised.

Arboretum Artists, July 22-26

Kids will explore the gardens and get their artistic juices flowing and, using different kinds of media, create new pieces of art each day.  

Tiny World, July 8-12 and August 12 – 16

Dive into the tiny world of bugs, birds, and butterflies in this week-long adventure at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Fairy Friends, August 5-9 and August 19 – 23

It’s the magical world of garden fairies.

Branching Out STEM, July 8-12 and July 29- August 2

How does it grow? What does it need? When is harvest? Kids use STEM skills to explore their gardens and get their hand in the soil in the process.

Branching Out Create, July 15-19 and August 5- 9

Kids use what they find in their gardens to make garden crafts and masterpieces. Gardens spark creativity!

Branching Out: Eat, July 22-26 and August 12- 16

It’s garden to table this week. Harvest, prepare, cook and then eat. There’s nothing like it.

Register here or call 973.326.7601 for more information.