Children's Programs at the Arboretum

Children's Activities

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have regular educational programs for children from toddlers through junior high school.

Activities are grouped by age:

“Branching Out!” – Forty-Two Seasons and still going!

“Branching Out!”, the hands-on, gardening program where young people are allowed – no, encouraged – to play in the dirt, will begin taking reservations in early January. 2014 will be the 42nd gardening season for this hands-on, educational program which will run Saturdays in the spring and two days a week in the summer depending on age level. Gardeners may attend spring, summer or both but no matter what, they will learn that with a little work and a lot of patience, the food you grow yourself is usually the best! Time to get dirty and get digging.

Watch for information on a new session for Middle Schoolers.

For more information or to request a brochure be mailed to you, call Gwen Montgomery at 973-631-5004 or email gmontgomery@morrisparks.net.

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Home Schooling

Add plant science into your home-school curriculum! These classes offer hands-on experiences that address NJ Science Standards in a unique and engaging educational setting.

Click on the flyer at right for more information.

Seasonal Scavenger Hunts

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center to launch a nature photo scavenger hunt. These change with the season and get a new theme every month. Visitors can pick up the list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item, return to the Education Center and pick up your prize.

Scavenger lists will change every month. Look in the events listing, below, for information about the current scavenger hunt. What a great way to explore the arboretum and to get the family outside in the fresh air.

Family Discovery Backpacks!

Create and make discoveries in the gardens with one of our Family Backpacks, developed for use by families with children in preschool through 5th grade. Each pack contains materials, activities, games and suggestions to help adults and their young people find new ways of looking at all the plants and other living and non-living things that can be found in the gardens all year round.

Family Discovery Backpacks are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Advance reservations are not accepted. The fee is $5 per family but Family Members of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum may use the backpacks at no cost. You must show your membership card. Backpacks can be checked out from 9 am daily for up to 21⁄2 hours at the Haggerty Education Center Reception Desk. The last rental time is 2:30 pm daily and all backpacks must be returned by 4:00 pm.

Explore the Gigantic World of Plants with Junior Master Gardeners

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The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program returns to The Frelinghuysen Arboretum for its 9th year. This program for students in grade 3 – 5 is an intensive, hands-on gardening and horticulture science program that includes inside and outside time (all year long!) as well as planting, propagation, and experiments. This year’s JMG program will focus on numbers – size, shape, age and more. Biggest, smallest, oldest, newest, farthest and smelliest are just a few of the categories to be explored.

Using all sorts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math lessons, JMG-ers will learn mapping, dating, and estimating along with propagating and growing all kinds of plants. 3rd, 4th and 5th graders should lace up their hiking books and be prepared to get outside all year long to explore the gardens and collections of the arboretum and get their hands dirty too.

The Junior Master Gardener program was created by the University Cooperative Extension, the same organization that coordinates the Master Gardener program in each state in the U.S. – a program known for its educational outreach and service to the community.

The 2014-2015 Junior Master Gardener program will begin Wednesday, October 1 and meet every other Wednesday from 4 pm – 5:30 pm weather permitting (except holidays – a complete schedule will be given upon registration).

The fee for this program is $245 includes a one year Family Membership to The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. The fee for current members of The Friends is $200.

Click on the image at right for more information or speak or email Senior Horticultural Program Specialist, Gwen Montgomery at 973-631-5004 or at gmontgomery@morrisparks.net to request a registration brochure.

FIELD TRIPS FOR SCHOOLS & SCOUTS

For information about booking field trips for schools and scout troops at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, please contact the Horticultural Program Specialist at 973-631-5004.

Coming in 2014 - Scavenger Hunts for Scouts

Watch here for more information.

ATTENTION SCOUT LEADERS

Girl Scouts

Schedule a workshop to earn a badge or patch or work on an older girls’ project at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Available workshops can help scouts earn these badges:

  • Brownies -- Hiker or Senses
  • Junior -- Flowers or Gardener
  • or
  • Cadettes -- Trees

Or, Daisies can earn Watering Can patch for It's Your World -- Change It! Journey.

The staff will work with leaders to design a workshop that meets the needs of a troop. Explore the gardens, take a tour and spend some time outside. All workshop participants will plant something to take home.

Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts

Many Cub Scout Achievements and Awards can be earned in a workshop lead by staff at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Learn what’s a native plant and what’s not. Search for habitat, exotic plants, or big trees. All workshop participants will take home a plant to care for.

For information on any scout programs at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum call (973) 631-5004.

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Sat Oct 3, 2015


Sat/Sun in Oct/Nov
Any time between 9am and 3:30pm

Weekend Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt. Visitors can pick up the list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item, return to the Education Center and pick up your prize. Scavenger lists will change every month. October’s theme is “Leaf Me Alone”; and November’s is “The Last Gasp”. What a great way to explore the arboretum and to get the family outside in the fresh air.

Cost: $10 per family at Haggerty Center

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Mon Oct 5, 2015

through Mon Nov 23
10am - 11am

Seedlings (Ages 3 – 4)

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Seedlings. In this program, preschoolers and their adult caregivers will discover the wonders of nature every Monday morning. Each week features a different theme based on what is growing in the gardens. We begin with story time under the Story Tree and complete the class with a 5-senses outdoor exploration of the arboretum. This program runs Monday, October 5 through Monday, November 23, rain or shine. There is no class on Monday, October 12.

Register by September 28

Cost: $75 per child for 7 classes and includes Family Membership in The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. If you are already a Family Member, the fee is $40.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$40.00

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$75.00

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Sun Oct 18, 2015

1:00p - 2:00p

Boo in the Bog! (Ages 8 & Up)

What kind of a plant eats flesh? The carnivorous kind! Cait Flavin raises “carnies” in her greenhouses and designs bog gardens for indoors and outdoors. She will help us build our own mini bog garden and install several “carnies” in it. This tabletop bog garden will last long after all the trick or treat candies are gone.

Register by October 11

Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Thu Nov 5, 2015

9am - 3pm

ArTboretum Mini-Camp (Grades 4 – 5)

Children spend their day exploring the multi-cultural aspects of the art of gardening at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Through various media, kids will discover the beauty and science of nature. Activities include creating a bonsai, a bog garden, a Victorian fern planting and a Japanese kokedama hanging plant in this one-day mini-camp. Sessions will be both inside and outside so dress for the weather. Bring a bagged lunch that does not require refrigeration.

Register by October 29

Cost: $70 members / $80 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$70.00

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Sun Nov 22, 2015

1:00p - 2:00p

Kindle the Lights Thanksgiving Centerpiece (Ages 8 & Up)

Using fresh flowers, greens, a specially decorated candle and their creativity, young designers will craft a Williamsburg-style Thanksgiving centerpiece perfect for the holiday table or buffet.

Register by November 14

Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Sat Dec 26, 2015

through Sun Jan 3
Any time betwoon 9am and 3:30pm

A Special Holiday Scavenger Hunt

Head over to the arboretum for this special scavenger hunt: “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”. Bring your camera or cell phone as well as a good set of observant eyes. Find most of the items on the list and take home a prize for the entire family. There’s a lot going on out in the gardens during the winter. You just have to look for it. Please note that the arboretum is closed on January 1.

Cost: $10 per family at Haggerty Center

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends