Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Days Just Got Long, But Our List of Activities is Longer!


Morris County Park Commission

April 24, 2024

This Week:

In-Person Home School DaysHomeschool Days: Working with Wood

April 25

Whether your student loves a hammer or is trying out woodworking for the first time, we have a project to suit their skill set. Learn all about the safety and use of these unique historic tools. Examples of woodworking from the museum collection will be shown before we bore into a small take-home project. Enroll here.

For ages 6-12 with an adult, cost: $10 per person. Preregistration is required.

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


silver maplesSilver Maples: Pollinator Baths

April 25

The bees and butterflies are on their way, and they need a place to rest! Craft a combined bee bath and butterfly puddler to support our pollinator friends. All materials will be provided. Sign up here.

For adults 55 & up, cost: $15 per person. Preregistration is required.

Where: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960


open hearth cookingHomestead Hearth Cooking

April 27

Join us each Saturday morning in April, May, and June to learn the historic art of cooking on an open hearth. Each week will be a new menu, based on historic recipes, using food grown in our historic garden. Register here.

For ages 12 & up, cost: $15 per person. Preregistration is required.

Where: Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960


snakes!Wild Animal Experts: Snakes

April 27

Saturday mornings are a great time to take a nature walk and discover amazing facts about New Jersey's wildlife! Join a naturalist for this popular series to learn about a new animal every month. In this session, we'll explore the slithery snakes of NJ and get to meet one of our LIVE resident snakes! Parents are welcome to drop off or stay and take part. Register here.

For ages 6-10, cost: $10 per child. Preregistration is required.

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

Look What's Coming:

intro to bird songEducating Educators: Learning and Teaching about Migrating Songbirds

 May 18

Calling all teachers, naturalists, environmental educators, scout leaders, and homeschool parents! Let the experts at the Great Swamp teach you what and how to teach about a variety of natural history topics. The first half of the program is dedicated to learning the deep background knowledge you need to teach each topic, while the second half will showcase a variety of lessons and activities to use with different ages. This month focuses on songbirds returning from migration to their nesting grounds in NJ. Register here.

 For educators, cost: $35 per person, preregistration is required.

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



Loius BauerTubbs Lecture: Taking Private Gardens Public and Making them Great in the Process

May 18

What makes a formerly private garden inviting to the public and still retain its glory? How do plants convey history yet remain forward-looking? Louis Bauer, Founding Director of Greenwood Gardens and former Director of Horticulture at Wave Hill Gardens will talk about the flowers, trees, and shrubs that make an old garden look new and modern. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture in the Historic Tubbs House. Join us here.

For adults, cost: $25 per person, preregistration is required.

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


Cooper MillMini-Coopers Summer Camp at the Cooper Gristmill

Ages 7 – 10; Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Session 1: July 22 – 26; Session 2: July 29 – August 2

Cost: $125 per camper per session.

Campers will use all of their senses, keep their nose to the grindstone, and explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) through the thrill of history in action, conduct hands-on experiments, explore the Black River in search of clues from its earliest settlers, and learn how nature, science and technology work together.  

Address: 66 Route 24, Chester Township, NJ 07930 .  Register here.