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MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION

FALL | 2015

Pathways
Halloween
Happenings
Celebrate Lenape Day

GINGERBREAD
WONDERLAND

Grand Harvest Wine Festival

Civil War &


the Holidays

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Fun Galore!
A Millers Halloween
at Cooper Gristmill

Let the spirit move you, and join the fun at A Millers Halloween
at the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township on Saturday, October
31, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wear your costume, and listen to spooky
stories at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Create corn husk dolls, take part in
crafts, and try your hand at old-time games. Tour the lower floors of
the Gristmill and look for skeletons, spiders, witches, and surprises
around every corner! This is a FREE program, and donations are
appreciated.
For more information, please call 908.879.5463.

Scary Tales at Historic Speedwell


MANY DREADFUL Tales From Yesterday and Today. Get into the Halloween spirit on Friday, October 30, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
hearing tales both old and new in a particularly atmospheric setting of the Vail House at Historic Speedwell in Morristown. In the
Parlors, a costumed interpreter regales you with horror stories from the Victorian period. These stories, some fact, some fiction,
were the same tales that may have kept Stephen and Bethiah Vail up at night. Across the hall, in the Sick Room and Dining Room,
hear reports of modern day insistences of things going bump in the night at museums all over the country. Each program is $5 per
person. Preregistration is advised.
For more information and to preregister, call 973.285.6537 or email mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net.

Stories in the Dark


at Trail Tales

elebrate Halloween on a spooktacular storytelling walk along the


darkened, woodland trails of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education
Center in Chatham Township! Enjoy a memorable night of silly,
slightly spooky, nature-themed and Native American storytelling, on
Saturday, October 24 beginning at 5:30 p.m. You never know who may be
lurking around the next bend in the path, waiting to tell their story - it could
be an eagle, a pirate, or a giant luna moth! Wear a costume if you like.
Small groups leave the Visitors Center every 15 minutes with a costumed
guide, listening for the wild nocturnal sounds of nature, and pausing to
be entertained by interactive storytellers along the way. Between stories,
discover hand-carved jack-o-lantern scenes posed in the forest to light the
trails and add to the otherworldly atmosphere. There are NEW stories every
year, so its always a different and exciting experience whether youre a first
timer or an annual Trail Tales visitor.
Perfect for families, individuals, scout troops, and youth groups, this
program is recommended for ages 4 and up, as well as fun-loving adults.
The entire walk lasts approximately 1 hour, and costs $6 per participant.
Sign up for a time slot between 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Rain or shine!
Participants must preregister for a time slot
by calling 973.635.6629.

Halloween Fun at Fosterfields!

Join in the double-the-Halloween-fun at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township!

Pumpkin Creations!

Have a blast choosing and decorating your own unique pumpkin, using natural plant
materials. Get crafty to create a one-of-the-kind jack o lantern ready to take home.
It all takes place on Sunday, October 18, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Historic Halloween Happenings


Celebrate a Halloween from yesteryear on Saturday, October 31, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Decorate Halloween cookies, play
Halloween games, and try on homemade costumes. At 3:30 p.m., take a guided walk into the woods to look for hidden pumpkins. Then
board the horse-drawn wagon for a ride on the farm to the Visitors Center.

For more information, please call 973.326.7645.

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Willowwood
FALL OPEN HOUSE

e all want a garden that looks great 12 months a year. So,


why do we tend to plant for spring only? Tulips, daffodils,
and spring flowering trees bring joy after the winter
months, but their charms are short-lived. Start learning ways to create
an autumn garden at Willowwood Arboretums Fall Open House on
Sunday, October 4, from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

Come and Haunt


the Vail House
at Historic Speedwell

FOR ADULTS, ONLY


Speedwell Games Day: Play historic card games, such as

Hearts and Whist, which later became known as Bridge and Poker.
Enjoy learning the history of each game on Saturday, October 17,
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Potions and Elixirs: Beverages as Medicine: Learn

about historic drinks on Saturday, October 24, at 5 p.m. What


do magic, medicine, and marketing have in common? They
were all needed in cures of the 19th century. From potions
in literature to the use of elixirs to treat disease,
join us as we trace and explore 19th century medical
practices. Learn about the hype of patent medicines, the
over-priced remedies that were developed and widely marketed to
the public. Trace the history of the soda fountain back to the local
drugstore, the shop frequented by those in search of effective cures
for whatever was ailing them. Enjoy seasonal fun by concocting and
tasting some flavorful, not-so-magical drinks and potions you can
make at home!
Each program is $5 per person.
Preregistration is advised for each of the programs.

Register by calling 973.285.6537 or


emailing mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net.

There are fall blooming bulbs and trees that flower in autumn
when others are already losing their leaves. However, the true secret
to a successful fall garden is understanding a plants life cycle and
incorporating those changes into your garden design. Bark, twig, and
ripened seed capsules can be winning design components. Coordinate
these changes, and you will have a fabulous fall garden.
Guided tours of Willowwoods garden, resplendent with these
changes, are offered throughout the day. Observe and learn, then rethink your fall garden aesthetic to include plant decline, dormancy,
and even death, for a layered effect, rich in hue, texture, and
movement.
Light refreshments are provided by the Willowwood Foundation.
The cost of this program is $5 per car. Please bring exact change.
Reservations are not required for this program. Should the weather be
questionable, please call.

For information and weather updates, please call


973.326.7601.

Seedlings

Autumn Foliage Canoe Paddle


On Thursday, October 15, at 4:30 p.m., use your canoeing skills to
join a paddle on the Split Rock Reservoir in Rockaway Township.
Look for wildlife and enjoy the colors of the autumn landscape on this
evening trip, concluding around sunset. The cost is $20 per person, and
all participants must have previously attended a Level I Basic Skills
Class to participate.
Paddling programs are for ages 12 and older, and children under 16 must
be accompanied by an adult. Canoes, PFDs, and paddles are all provided.
Space is limited, so advance registration is required. Please dress for the
weather and bring water.

For more information or to register,


please call 973.334.3130 or visit morrisparks.net.

The Season is Ripe for


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Plant the seeds for the love of nature in your child! Seedlings,
a new program at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris
Township, is specifically designed for children ages 3 to 4. Every
Monday morning, preschoolers and their adult caregivers discover
the wonders of nature in a safe and supervised setting. Each week
features a different theme based on the changing seasons and what
is growing in the gardens.
Under the direction of Gwen Montgomery, Senior Program
Horticulturist, well begin with story time under the Story Tree
and complete the class with a 5-senses outdoor exploration of the
Arboretum. Ms. Montgomery, for 17 years, has taught children
how to see the natural world and be comfortable in nature.
Theme-based learning is appropriate for children this age as it
engages their multiple intelligences, she said. Themes include
changing leaves, hibernation, plant life cycles, and seeds. Its an
opportunity for parents and caregivers to socialize, too. So, start
your week out right with Monday mornings at Seedlings.
This program runs Monday, October 5 through November 23,
10 a.m. to 11 a.m. rain or shine. The cost is $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.

Apple Cidering!

For more information, please call


973.631.5004.

s apples ripen on the trees and fall colors brighten the land, come to the Great Swamp Outdoor
Education Center in Chatham Township to enjoy a day of sweet apple cidering.

Learn the amazing apples place in history and in the natural world, as locally grown apples are pressed
to make sweet cider right before your eyes. Its so much fun to take part in the hands-on process by
helping to prepare and grind the apples, turning the old-fashioned press, and collecting the cider.
Discover that you been looking at apples upside down your entire life, that apple pie may not have been
so American, and many more interesting facts. This engaging experience is topped off with a delicious
sample of fresh, homemade cider!
Mark your calendar for the Apple Cidering Demos, and make it a family fall tradition. Come to the Great
Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township for Apple Cidering Demos on October 31 and
November 1, 7, 8, 28, & 29 at 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. These hour-long demonstrations cost $3 per person,
and are designed to engage, involve, and educate all ages. Preregistration is not necessary. Arrive early,
as admission is based upon first-come, first-served, and the demonstrations fill up quickly.

For more information, please call 973.635.6629.

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Celebrate Lenape Day


at the Great Swamp!

ark your calendars for Saturday, October 3, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. to spend a funfilled afternoon learning about the history and culture of the native people of New
Jersey at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Many
people mistakenly believe that the Lenape no longer exist, but at this unique event, you can meet
present-day Native Americans of the Ramapough Lenape and discover the ways their lives have
changed over hundreds of years.
For thousands of years, before the pioneers arrived in the area, the Lenape Indians lived in these
forests, hunting for deer and bear, living in wigwams, fashioning dugout canoes from tulip
poplar trees, and carving their tools out of rock and bone. They lived close to the land, existing
in balance with nature. And now you can take part in a Lenape Celebration!
Bring the entire family to see the Ramapough Lenape tribe present a traditional drum circle,
dancers in regalia, handicrafts vendors, authentic tools and artifacts from hundreds of years
ago, and a historical speaker and storyteller, all gathered around a model wigwam in the forest.
Everyone can enjoy activities and crafts, such as molding a clay pot by the fire, making a fire
without matches, and playing the real games that Lenape children played to hone their skills.
Take a guided walk on the wooded trails to discover how the Lenape used local plants to meet
their needs for medicine, food, housing, and tools! Explore the interior of the wigwam, set
up as it would have been hundreds of years ago.
Admission is $5 per person age 3 and up.
Rain or shine.

For more information


please call 973.635.6629.

Thanksgiving
Harvest Home and Armistice Observance

tep back in time and celebrate Thanksgiving and Armistice Day in


1918 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township on
Sunday, November 15, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Experience first-hand
the lifestyle of Charles Foster and his daughter Caroline, former residents of
Fosterfields, as well as their employees, the Woods family, and see how they
would have celebrated the holiday. As a special tribute to the veterans, gather
outside The Willows, the Foster family home, at 2 p.m. for a special tribute.
Meet reenactors representing various military branches.
Begin at the Fosters home by following the enticing aromas to The Willows
kitchen where their cook is preparing a traditional turkey dinner with all
the trimmings on a wood-burning cook stove. At the
Farmhouse, watch as holiday dinner preparations are
also underway.
In recognition of local clubs that held annual
Thanksgiving hunts during the time period, enjoy seeing
a unique sidesaddle riding demonstration and meet the
lady wearing lovely period attire on her mount. Take a
fun and picturesque horse-drawn wagon ride around the
farm.
While the harvest has been gathered, there is still much
to do on the farm. Help husk corn that is food for the
animals, and saw the wood that is needed for winter
heating and cooking. Be sure to visit the farm animals,
and watch a cow milking demonstration.
Special activities continue inside at the Visitors Center. Explore an exhibit that
highlights Caroline Fosters 1896 debut, as well as other formal coming-of-age
occasions for young women. A must-see is the interactive Transportation Exhibit where
Miss Fosters 1922 Model T Ford and 1929 Hupmobile are on display, along with a
carriage and truck visitors may ride. Stop by the auditorium to make a family-friendly
craft, and enjoy the refreshments.
Admission for Thanksgiving-Harvest Home is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $6 for
children ages 4 to 16, and $4 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2,
and Friends members are half price with a current membership card. Current military
personnel and veterans are admitted FREE for this event.

For more information, please call 973.326.7645.

Grand Harvest
WINE FESTIVAL
at Fosterfields
Come to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris
Township when The Garden State Wine Growers
Association hosts the Grand Harvest Wine Festival
on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4,
from 12 noon to 5 p.m. Enjoy a sampling of 300-plus
New Jersey wines, live music, delicious foods, and
artisan crafts.
For more event and fee information,
visit the Garden State Wine Growers Association
at newjerseywines.com or 609.588.0085.

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Nature Never Sleeps!

fter sunset, when we generally slow


down, an entirely new crew takes over
in the forest. Join a fascinating nighttime
search for some of the most interesting of these
evening performers or animals that are waking up!
At Pyramid Mountain in Montville Township, take part in
a Full Moon Hike, on Tuesday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m.
Explore the trails in the diminishing light before the full moon comes into
view. Native Americans called this full moon of fall the Hunters Moon.
On Friday, December 11, at 5 p.m., follow a guide along the Pyramid
Mountain ridgeline to count shooting stars and learn what causes meteor
showers during the program, Geminid Meteor Hike.
Join Winter Solstice Hike, on Sunday, December 20 at 3 p.m. to bid
farewell to the longest night as the days slowly lengthen after winter
officially begins.
All three hikes are moderate level and approximately 2 hours long. The
Full Moon and Winter Solstice hikes are intended for ages 16 and older,
and the Geminid Meteor Hike is appropriate for ages 7 and older. All hikes
cost $5 per person. Dress for the weather, and bring water and a flashlight.
Space is limited, so advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, please call 973.334.3130.

Campfire Winter Solstice


Celebration
Join the 15 annual evening celebration of the Winter
Solstice, the shortest day of the year at the outdoor story
circle of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in
Chatham Township, on Friday, December 18, at 7 p.m.
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For hundreds of years, the winter solstice has been


observed and celebrated by people across the globe as
the turning point of the days slowly growing longer
again. Gather around a campfire and listen to Native
American stories of winter that explain the history,
science, and traditions surrounding the solstice. Roast marshmallows
over the fire after the program, and enjoy the forest at night! Bring
blankets and flashlights.
This quiet, reflective program is appropriate for ages 6 and older, and
cost $8 per person. Preregistration is required as space is limited.

For more information and to preregister, please call


973.635.6629.

While Teachers Are At NJEA

KIDS MINI-CAMP

Tinker, Thinker, Inventor, Innovator


For an easy and fun-filled answer to the question,
what to do with kids while teachers are at the
NJEA Conference, look no further than
Historic Speedwell. On Friday, November
6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrate the
superheroes of science at this all day learning
festival. Kids age 7 to 11 are invited to participate
in fun activities that feature Archimedes, Copernicus,
Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, Samuel F.B. Morse and
Alfred Vail, Emily Roebling, and Nicola Tesla and Thomas Edison.
Kids will also be studying a 21st century scientist-YOU, by utilizing
a myriad of skills to learn more about physics, astronomy, math,
communications, engineering, and electricity. Kids immerse
themselves in building, painting, and creating! Space is limited, so
register early. The cost is $45 per student.

For more information please call 973.285.6537


or email mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net.

Bird Brained

at the Kids Nature Fest


Dont sleep on this day off from school because
there is so much to explore at Kids Nature Fest on
Thursday, November 5! This year, kids spend the day
exploring the amazing world of birds.
During this popular annual event at the Great Swamp Outdoor
Education Center in Chatham Township, education, exploration, and
entertainment unite to create a memorable day of bird-centered fun
with hands-on activities and presentations. Kids, from grades
1 to 4 have so much fun that they wont even realize they are learning
while participating in nature hikes, crafts, games, and meeting LIVE
feathered friends up close.
Drop-off and sign-in is at 9 a.m., and pick-up is at 4 p.m. This program
runs rain or shine, so children should dress for the weather and bring
a bag lunch. Light snacks and juice are provided in the afternoon.
This event costs $45 per child, and a maximum of 50 children can
participate.

For more information or to register, please call 973.635.6629.

A Civil War Christmas

on the Home Front and the Soldiers Encampment

xperience holiday life during the Civil War both on the home front and at a soldiers winter encampment at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, from
12 noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, and Sunday, December 6, 12 noon to 4 p.m.

The 2nd NJ Brigade soldiers prepare camp for the holiday season away from home,
including food preparation outside authentically reproduced huts. Winter huts are built to
house some of the troops and provide extra warmth, while other soldiers sleep in traditional
fly tents. Burning fires keep the lonely soldiers warm, but also help cook their special
holiday meal. Just outside the carriage house, the troops write letters home to their loved
ones, and receive holiday care packages from home. A small tree found in the local woods
is decorated with popcorn and dried fruit, providing a touch of home.
On the home front at the historic Vail
house, listen to the family read actual
letters from Union troops written to their
loved ones. Experience the familys
reaction to the diaries and letters. Visit
the Vail Home decorated to the mid-19th
century, and see how a home from the
same period as the Civil War was prepared
for the holidays with simple, yet elegant
decorations and a formal, set table for a
holiday meal.

Officers Ball
You are invited to attend a Civil War era Officers
Ball recreated in the 1849 Carriage House at Historic
Speedwell. Period fiddle music fills the air, and you can
either dance or pull up a bale of hay and tap your feet
inside the festively decorated room with fresh pine and
ribbons. Watch how Civil War officers in their best dress
uniforms invite women clad in all their finery to dance.
An authentic period dance instructor teaches re-enactors
and visitors how to properly dance these historic pieces.
Take part in a traditional holiday craft workshop, and
make a craft to take home. Taste hot mulled cider and
cookies as you warm up near the outdoor fire. The
Friends of Historic Speedwell Gift Shop is filled with
unique holiday decorations, gifts, and stocking stuffers!
Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+), and $5
children ages 4 to 16.

For more information, please call 973.285.6550.

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Craft Show

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and Craft Show

Be part of the tradition at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum


353 East Hanover Avenue Morris Township

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10 am - 4:30 pm daily Fridays until 7:30 pm


Admission: $2.00 per person (Children under 2 admitted FREE).

WEEKENDS ONLY
12/5 & 6 12/12 & 13
Artists and crafters offer
a wide selection of
handmade gifts.
Different crafters
each weekend.

Matildas Caf Hours


Fridays, 12/4 & 12/11
12 noon 9 pm
Saturdays, 12/5 & 12/12 10 am 6 pm
Sundays, 12/6 & 12/13
10 am 6 pm
Featuring Gingerbread cookies, Belgian waffles,
hot apple cider, homemade hot chocolate, fine
European pastries, and fabulous gift baskets.

Please note:

Strollers are not allowed in the exhibit hall.


Reservations must be made for groups of
ten or more by calling 973.326.7601.

FREE PASSES

to Local Historic Sites

n an effort to be more accessible to local audiences, the Historic Sites of the Morris
County Park Commission are launching a partnership with the Morris County Library to
offer FREE family passes to library patrons. These passes, located behind the circulation
desk, are available for seven day loan by Morris County residents who possess a current
library card.
The family passes allow up to two adults and three children FREE admission to Cooper
Gristmill in Chester, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, and Historic
Speedwell in Morristown. The passes may be used on any of the general admission days.
They are not available for special events at the three sites, which include, but are not limited
to: Country Fair, Industrial Crafts Day, and Winter on the Home Front. The passes also do
not waive fees for special programs such as Master Classes or Paranormal Evenings.
The passes may be borrowed from the Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Ave.,
Whippany, for seven days. There are no renewals available and no holds may be placed on
the passes either by phone or the Librarys online catalog. No security deposit is needed to
borrow the passes.

The family passes may be used during Historic Sites regular business hours, which can be
found at morrisparks.net. They expire at the end of our 2015 season, so be sure to visit the
library to borrow them today!

MENNEN

161 E. Hanover Ave.


Morris Township

SPORTS
ARENA

PUBLIC SKATE SESSIONS


LEARN-TO-SKATE PROGRAM

PRIVATE ICE RENTALS BIRTHDAY PARTIES


SPECIAL GROUP RATES PRO SHOP
SNACK BAR PRIVATE & GROUP LESSONS
Information: 973.326.7651 or morrisparks.net

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Make Your Own


Sweet Creation
Become A Part of
Gingerbread Wonderland!

re you thinking about creating a new family tradition this holiday? Why not enter
Gingerbread Wonderland and become part of Morris Countys most popular holiday
event! More than 10,000 people will view your creation, and it will bring a special joy to
all of them.
The first step is to visit arboretumfriends.org and download the Gingerbread Wonderland
brochure, and view previous creations for inspiration. All the rules are there, plus recipes for
gingerbread and a special frosting with holding power. First timers are encouraged to register for
Gingerbread Tips and Techniques.
On Wednesday, December 2, theres a special excitement as entries are proudly brought in. Join
other entrants and enjoy the complimentary apple cider and holiday cookies. Volunteers will help
you place your exhibit on display.
You will be awarded a Gingerbread Wonderland Participation Ribbon. A special Green Ribbon
is given to those entries that have an environmental theme. Past Green Ribbon awardees have
created community gardens brimming over with marzipan vegetables, Gingerbread Houses with
licorice rain barrels, and flocks of New Jerseys native birds fashioned of noodles. All entries are
automatically entered in the Peoples Choice Contest in which the public votes for the entry they
like best.
Scout troops, school groups, families, and individuals all have different
reasons for entering Gingerbread Wonderland. For some, its a family
tradition that begins at Thanksgiving. For others, its an activity that
provides a good team project. But everyone who enters agrees that its
fun to plan and create a Gingerbread exhibit, as well as thrilling to have
thousands of people view, admire, photograph, and tweet.
Is this the year that you enter Gingerbread Wonderland? Spread the
frosting and the joy by sharing your familys holiday
spirit!

For information and to register, please contact


arboretumfriends.org or call 973.326.7603.

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Thursday, October 1
through
Saturday, October 31
Gallery Exhibit: Nature in the
Lens by the Wednesday Photo
Club

The Wednesday Photo Club has


spent a year preparing for this special
show. The members have different
techniques and demonstrate multiple
perspectives in capturing nature in a
way that is sure to delight your eyes.
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: FREE.

Saturday, October 3 &


Sunday, October 4
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by


the Haggerty Education Center for
this months nature Photo Scavenger
Hunt. Take a photo of every item and
get a prize. Theme and prizes change
monthly. Enjoy a great way to get the
family outdoors year-round.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per family.

Saturday, October 3
Open Hearth Cooking with
Susan McLellan Plaisted

Ages 16 & Up.


Cook a full meal on the open hearth
using period equipment, ingredients,
and receipts. Beginners to
advanced chefs are welcome. This
class is led by Susan McLellan
Plaisted of Heart to Hearth Cookery.
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: $60 per person.* Call
973.285.6537 or email mmcfarlane@
morrisparks.net.

The Garden State Wine


Growers Association
hosts a sampling of
300+ wines. Enjoy
live music, delicious
foods, and artisan
crafts. More info, visit
newjerseywines.com or
call 609.588.0085.
Time: 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Location: Fosterfields.
Cost: To be announced.

SEE PAGE 7

Northeast Regional Gesneriad


Show and Sale

Celebrate the Lenape people


with dancing, drums, vendors,
and historical talks by the
Ramapough Lenape People.
Enjoy games, crafts, touring
a replica wigwam, and more.
Great fun for the entire family!
Time: 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per person.
SEE PAGE 6

The Scherer Garden winter hardy


succulents exhibit stay, but a
boatload of sempervirens are sailing
off to new homes today. Three boat
loads to be exact. Share the bounty
of the SS Climate Change as we
disassemble this exhibit. Learn how
to propagate these tidy, textural, and
easy to grow plants.Take several
home for $5. Cash only, please. This
program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers
Master Gardener CEUs.
Time: 12 noon.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $5 per person.

Grand Harvest
Wine Festival

LENAPE DAY

Sunday, October 4
Potting Shed: So Long to
Summer Succulents!

Hosted by The Frelinghuysen


Arboretum, Greater New York and
Long Island Gesneriad Societies,
this judged show and sale of the
beautiful, diminutive, exotic cousins
of African Violets is a must see. A
Q&A held 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Time: Sat. 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sun. 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: FREE.

Fall Open House


at Willowwood
Arboretum

If your autumn garden go-tos are


pumpkins and mums, its time to
expand your fall plant vocabulary
with a visit to Willowwood
Arboretum. A plethora of plants
with fall interest, including
bulbs, shrubs, trees, flowers, and
vines greet you. Enjoy halfhour long tours of fall-friendly
garden areas given by expert
horticulturists.The historic Tubbs
house, home of Willowwoods
first gardeners, Henry and Robert
Tubbs, is open for viewing. Light
refreshments are generously
provided by the Willowwood
Foundation. Spend an afternoon
in one of New Jerseys most
beautiful gardens at its most
resplendent time, and take home
some great ideas to brighten your
fall garden.
Time: 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Location: Willowwood
Arboretum.
Cost: $5 per car, exact change
please.

SEE PAGE 4

Best Dressed in the Vail House


Costumed interpreters lead tours of
the Vail House. Experience life in a
historic place.
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.

Autumn Views Hike: Moderate


Ages 7 & Up.
Join a moderate level hike, and visit
overlooks to view the splendors of
the autumn season.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $1 per person.*

Arboretum Tour

Meet in the lobby of the Haggerty


Education Center for a tour of the
grounds of The Frelinghuysen
Arboretum. Learn the history
and enjoy the beauty of this
exceptional horticultural site with a
knowledgeable tour guide.
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $3 per person.

Monday, October 5
Toddler Trek: Loud Leaves

Ages 2 & 3 with an adult.


Enjoy a story read aloud and look
for falling leaves of different colors,
shapes, and sizes.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Natures Playground

Ages 3 - 6 with an adult.


The natural world is the best place to
play, especially with a naturalist and
some friends along. Kids use their
imagination to explore the wonders
of the forest through guided free
play.
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $3 per child.*

Pathways
Now

CONVENIENTLY
AVAILABLE!

www.morrisparks.net

Monday, October
5 through Monday,
November 23

Seedlings

Ages 3 & 4 with an adult.


Plant the seeds for a love of
nature. Discover the wonders of
nature every Monday morning.
Each week features a different
theme based on what is growing in
the gardens. Begin with story time
under the Story Tree and complete
the class with a 5-senses outdoor
exploration of the Arboretum.
This program is held rain or shine.
There is no class on Monday,
October 12.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen
Arboretum.
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.*

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Tuesday, October 6
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Hacklebarney State Park,
Chester Twp.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Toddler Trek: Loud Leaves

Ages 2 & 3 with an adult.


Enjoy a story read aloud and look for
falling leaves of all different colors,
shapes, and sizes.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Outdoor Scientists:
The Scoop on Poop!

Ages 8 - 11.
All animals poop, but theres more
to it than just scat. Look for scat on
the trails and discover the animals
roaming about and what they are
eating in the forest.
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per child.*

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Wednesday, October 7
Read and Create

Ages 3 - 6, along with an adult.


Spend an afternoon in the Factory
Building to hear a story and create a
mechanical craft.
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.

Saturday, October 10
Industrial Heritage Tour:
Waterloo Valley Trail

Led by Joe Macasek. On this tour,


walk a portion on the trail in search
of canal and industrial remains. This
tour involves quite a bit of moderate
walking, as well as some off-trail
exploration. Come equipped with
sturdy shoes and lunch. No facilities
are available.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: TBA.
Cost: $5 per person.* Email
macgraphics1@verizon.net or call
973.292.2755.

Explore the Farm


Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride

Enjoy an interpretive horse-drawn


wagon ride while discovering the
importance of sustainable farming.
Learn the methods, equipment,
crops, and enterprises of Charles
Fosters farm in the early 1900s.
Time: 10:15 a.m. - 12 noon.
Location: Fosterfields.
Cost: Admission. *

Childrens Tour of the Vail


House

Saturday, October 10 &


Sunday, October 11
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by


the Haggerty Education Center for
this months nature Photo Scavenger
Hunt. Take a photo of every item and
get a prize. Theme and prizes change
monthly. Enjoy a great way to get the
family outdoors year-round.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per family.

New Jersey State


Chrysanthemum Society
Annual Show and Sale

Youve never seen more beautiful


or unusual Chrysanthemums than
at this fabulous flower show. Meet
expert growers, learn what goes into
growing and showing flowers to be
judged, and purchase some lovely
specimens to take home.
Time: Sat. 12 noon - 4:30 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: FREE.

Sunday, October 11
Trail Treasure Hunt

All Ages.
Calling all treasure hunters. Enjoy
a seasonal nature scavenger hunt
where families work together to
follow clues and find the answers to
nature riddles along the trails.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $2 per person age 3 and up.*

Take a look into the Vail House to


explore a different historical themefood, hobbies, and toys. All future
history buffs and young explorers
will enjoy opportunities for hands-on
learning and discovery.
Time: 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.

Farm Know-How on the Go:


Carriage House

Weekend Family Walk: Easy

Monday, October 12
All About Trees

All Ages.
During these guided walks designed
for families, stroll the wooded trails
and discover the unique animals and
plants found at Pyramid Mountain.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $2 per person age 3 & up.*

Walk to the Carriage House and


discover how the building was once
used. Learn about the horse barn that
was nearby, and help with harnesses.
Time: 2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Location: Fosterfields.
Cost: Admission.

All Ages.
Learn about the amazing lives of
trees and discover the reason leaves
change their colors in the fall.
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $3 per person.*

Tuesday, October 13
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Hedden County Park,
Dover.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Pre-School Walk: Those Nutty


Squirrels
Ages 4 & 5 with an adult.
Search for squirrels and chipmunks
in the forest busily getting ready for
winter. Create a fun craft.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Wednesday, October 14
Read and Create

Ages 3 - 6 with an adult.


Spend an afternoon in the Factory
Building to hear a story and create a
mechanical craft.
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.

Fall Foliage
Canoe Paddle
Ages 12 & Up.
Enjoy a leisurely paddle on Split
Rock Reservoir, finishing before
sunset. Canoes, life vests, and
paddles are provided. Children
under 16 must be accompanied by
an adult. Register today - space is
limited. Canoe skills course is a
prerequisite for this program.
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Split Rock Reservoir,
Rockaway Twp.
Cost: $20 per person.* Call
973.334.3130.

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Saturday, October 17
Weekend Family Walk

All Ages.
Take to the trails to discover the
unique animals and plants found at
the Great Swamp. Everyones sure
to learn some amazing new nature
facts.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $2 per person age 3 & up.*

Outdoor Skills for Teens: Worst


Exceptional Fall Trees and
Case Scenario
Shrubs
Ages 11 - 17.
What if you were caught in a violent
thunderstorm in the woods? What
if your kayakgot stuck on asmall
island on the Delaware? Explore the
answers to these questions and more.
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $10 per person.*

Thursday, October 15
Batty Bats

Ages 5 - 10.
Bats are on our minds around
Halloween. Learn about these flying
mammals through activities and a
short walk on the trail.
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $3 per child.*

Marc Zukovich, President of Sterling


Horticultural Services presents
some of the best trees and shrubs
for fall and winter gardens in this
informative and entertaining lecture.
Learn to choose the best plants for
your site, incorporate them into
your landscape and perhaps most
importantly, care of them for years
of enjoyment. Weather permitting,
we take a walk outside to see the
beautiful specimens on the grounds
of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Marc is also an adjunct professor
at County College of Morris and
teaches at the New York Botanical
Gardens. This program is eligible for
2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs.
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 noon.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $20 per person.*

Speedwell Games Day

Enjoy an exciting day of


tournaments and triumphs at the
first ever Speedwell Games Day.
All ages are invited to participate
in games and play with toys that
were used in the bygone era of the
Vail Family. At 5 p.m., join in the
adult card tournaments.
Time: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.

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Adult Fall Foliage Hike:


Moderate

Ages 16 & Up.


Join a moderate level hike to witness
the beautiful canvas that nature has
prepared.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $1 per person.*

Celebrate Apples!

Assist with cider pressing


as it was done in 1880s Milltown/
Chester. Use a hand-cranked apple
peeler, decorate an apple, and see a
display of apple head dolls.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Cooper Gristmill.
Cost: Donations welcome.

Explore the New Yellow Trail

Ages 6 & Up.


Take a guided hike on the newly
opened yellow trail that travels into
the Wilderness Area of the Great
Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $3 per person.*

Saturday, October 17 &


Sunday, October 18
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by


the Haggerty Education Center for
this months nature Photo Scavenger
Hunt. Take a photo of every item and
get a prize. Theme and prizes change
monthly. Enjoy a great way to get the
family outdoors year-round.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per family.

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Sunday, October 18
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 helps build our own
mini bog garden and install several
carnies in it.This tabletop bog
garden lasts long after all the trick or
treat candies are gone.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $25 per person.*

Stocking Up for Winter

Learn how the granary pits were


used to store fruit and vegetables for
the winter season.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Fosterfields.
Cost: Admission.

Cooking Demonstration:
Fabulous Figs

Its all about figs. Learn both sweet


and savory recipes, and we make our
own version of fig newtons, too.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $25 per person.*

Family Activity Center:


Pumpkin Creations!

Use natural materials to create


a unique decorative Halloween
pumpkin to take home. Parental
supervision required.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fosterfields.
Cost: Admission.

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Once Upon a Storytime

Listen to your favorite tales from


the classic writers Hans Christian
Anderson and the Brothers Grimm.
Whether a story of creatures under
the sea, or of a princess in the tower,
enjoy an afternoon of fairy tales and
crafts.
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.

Tuesday, October 20
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome to join.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Dismal Harmony,
Mendham Twp.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Pre-School Walk:
Those Nutty Squirrels

Ages 4 & 5 with an adult.


Walk to look for squirrels and
chipmunks in the forest busily
getting ready for winter. Create a fun
craft.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Family Science Day:


Fall Frenzy

All Ages with an adult.


Why do the leaves change color
this time of year?Learn about the
changes fall brings while rotating
through hands-on activity stations
designed to challenge families to
work together and to make new
discoveries.See for yourself how the
forest is changing during a special
family hike to the Lake Valhalla
Overlook.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. or 2:30
p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $8 per child age 5 & up. $5 per
child age 3 & 4.*

Read and Create

Ages 3 - 6 with an adult.


Spend an afternoon in the Factory
Building to hear a story and create a
mechanical craft.
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.

Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 - 9.
Budding young artists mix nature
and art in this indoor/outdoor
program. Each class features a
different NJ wild animal to learn
about and draw. Parents are welcome
to stay and participate.
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Grow, Cook, Eat: Kale and


Collards

Learn growing instructions and


planting tips, and take a close look at
these healthy and delicious greens.
Seeds, recipes, and samples make
this a fun and inspirational evening
to give you the motivation to plant.
This program is eligible for 1.5
Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs.
Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $20 per person.*

Saturday, October 24
A Garlic Primer

If you love the rich taste of garlic,


then youll want to grow your own!
Learn the tricks to successfully grow,
harvest, and cure garlic, as well as
its fascinatinghistory and some
fabulous garlic recipes. Sample tasty
Wednesday, October 21
garlicy treats and purchase unusual
Fall Migration Bird Walk
garlic cultivars that are just right for
Naturalist Bill Lynch leads the search us here in North-Central New Jersey.
for late fall migrants, soaring raptors, Superintendent Lesley Parness
and skulking sparrows. This is a
brings the best selections from
great time of year to find birds that
the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
have been blown off-course during
to Frelinghuysen. This program
their long journey south. Bring
is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master
water, sun protection, and a camera.
Gardener CEUs.
Please register at njconservation.org
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 noon.
Time: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Location: Bamboo Brook OEC.
Cost: $15 per person.* Gourmet
Cost: FREE.*
garlic cloves are sold for $1 each.
Please bring a check or cash.

Meet the Irish Servant and the


Cook at The Willows
On this hands-on guided tour,
discover what life was like for the
domestic help at the Foster home.
Assist the maid with household
chores, and see what the cook has
prepared using the wood-burning
cook stove.
Time: 1 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Location: Fosterfields.
Cost: Admission.

Potions and Elixirs:


Myths Disspelled

This entertaining seasonal


program explores 19th century
medical practices and the use of
potions and elixirs to treat disease.
Time: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.

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TRAIL TALES

Ages 4 & Up.


Hear silly, slightly
spooky, and nature-themed
tales told by costumed
storytellers along the
decorated nighttime trails of
the Great Swamp. Register for
a time slot.
Time: Time slots between
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $6 per person.*
SEE PAGE 3
Saturday, October 24 &
Sunday, October 25
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by


the Haggerty Education Center for
this months nature photo scavenger
hunt. Take a photo of every item and
get a prize. Theme and prizes change
monthly. Enjoy a great way to get the
family outdoors year-round.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per family.

Sunday, October 25
Please Touch Tours

Explore history in a new way as you


travel through the Vail House using
hands-on artifacts while on a guided
tour with detailed descriptions and
engaging discussions. Through
this tactile experience, observe and
discover Historic Speedwells history
in a unique way.
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.

Great Speaker Series:


Chihuly Gardens and Glass
by Richard Hartlage

Chihuly Garden and Glass is


one of Seattle, Washingtons top
tourist attractions. Its beautiful
glass exhibits are complimented
by over 350 plant species arranged
to highlight renowned glass artist
Dale Chihulys work. Speaker and
landscape designer Richard Hartlage,
designed the gardens working
closely with Chihuly to achieve a
spectacular display of color and
texture. Hear the story of this
amazing project which transformed
an asphalt parking lot into one of the
most beautiful and unusual garden/
art installations in the world. Light
refreshments are served.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $55 per person.*

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Monday, October 26
Tyke Hikes: Chattering
Chipmunks

Ages 4 & 5.
Drop off your preschooler for an
hour to learn about these adorable
little creatures. Kids listen to a story
and take a walk outside to observe
chipmunks as they prepare for
winter. Please note that parents who
also have a 2 - 3 year-old can attend
a simultaneous Toddler Trek while
the 4 - 5 year-old participates in this
program.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

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Toddler Trek: Chattering
Chipmunks

Ages 2 & 3 with an adult.


Learn about these cool critters
with a story read aloud and a walk
to observe the chipmunks as they
prepare for winter.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 - 9.
Budding young artists mix nature
and art in this indoor/outdoor
program. Each class features a
different NJ animal to learn about
and draw. Parents are welcome to
stay and participate.
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Tuesday, October 27
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome to join.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Buttermilk Falls,
Mendham Twp.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Full Moon Hike: Moderate

Ages 16 & Up.


With autumns cool crisp air and
clear skies, join a hike to watch the
sun set and view the full moon.
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per person.*

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Wednesday, October 28
Searching for Sparrows

While most of the colorful warblers


have headed south for the winter,
many new species of sparrows
are just arriving. Walk along the
meadows and forest edges, learn how
to distinguish similar species, and
perhaps find a surprise or two! Bring
water, sun protection, and a camera.
Please register at njconservation.org.
Time: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: Bamboo Brook OEC.
Cost: FREE.*

Home-School Adventures:
Insect Exploration

All Ages.
Discover what makes an insect
unique through hands-on activities.
Walk to search for insects living in
the swamp, along with signs they
have left behind. Meet unusual LIVE
insects up close.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC
Cost: $8 per child age 3 & up.*

Read and Create

Ages 3 - 6 with an adult.


Spend an afternoon in the Factory
Building to hear a story and create a
mechanical craft.
Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.

Thursdays, October 29
through December 17
Natures Little Explorers

Ages 2 & 3 with an adult.


Discover the wonders of nature
together during six-weeks of walks,
activities, and crafts.
Time: 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. No class
11/5 or 11/26.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $55 per child.*

Puddle Jumpers

Ages 4 & 5 with an adult.


Explore the trails of the Great
Swamp with your preschooler and
learn about the natural world through
the season during six-weeks of
walks, activities, and crafts.
Time: 11 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. No class
11/5 or 11/26.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $55 per child.*

Saturday, October 31
Industrial Heritage Tour:
Edison Mines

Led by Joe Macasek and Bierce


Riley. In the late 1890s, Thomas
Edison invested millions in a
scheme to mine and concentrate
low grade iron ore in the hills of
norther New Jersey. This was a
massive undertaking involving the
development of new ways to mine,
transport, and process thousands
of tons of ore. Although his effort
failed, the site contains the remains
of every phase of his gigantic effort.
The buildings are long gone, but
the site is extensive and you have a
chance to experience every aspect
of this unique undertaking. This
moderate, full day walk involves
some off-trail exploration. Come
equipped with sturdy shoes and
lunch. No facilities are available.
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: TBA.
Cost: $5 per person.* Email at
macgraphics1@verizon.net or call
973.292.2755.

Historic Haunting

A scary and fun afternoon


awaits. Listen to terrifying ghost
stories and participate in a variety of
Halloween fun and games.
Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell
Cost: Admission.

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Friday, October 30

MANY DREADFUL Tales from Yesterday and Today


Enter the Vail House to hear haunted tales both old and new in a
particularly atmospheric setting. A costumed interpreter regales
you with horror stories from the Victorian period while, across the
hall, your ears are filled with reports of modern day insistences of
things going bump in the night at museums all over the country.
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: Admission.
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Historic Halloween
Happenings

Play special Halloween games,


decorate cookies, and try on oldfashion costumes. At 3:30 p.m.,
take a guided walk to discover the
many pumpkins hiding in the nearby
woods. Board the horse-drawn
wagon for a ride back to the Visitors
Center.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Fosterfields.
Cost: Admission.

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A Millers Halloween

Enjoy spooky storytelling


at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Come in
costume, and create corn husk dolls
and play old-time games. Tour the
Gristmill, and look for surprises
around every corner.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Cooper Gristmill.
Cost: Donations welcome.

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Saturday, October 31 &
Sunday, November 1
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by


the Haggerty Education Center for
this months nature Photo Scavenger
Hunt. Take a photo of every item and
get a prize. Theme and prizes change
monthly. Enjoy a great way to get the
family outdoors year-round.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per family.

Apple Cidering

All Ages.
Discover the reasons
youve been looking at apples upside
down your entire life and help make
fresh apple cider by hand with an
old-fashioned cider press. Sample
the sweet cider.
Time: 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $3 per person age 3 & up.

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Sunday, November 1
through
Monday, November 30
Gallery Exhibit: Natures
Beauty

The artists, all friends, work in


their own personal styles and media
using either oils, pastels, or pencils
and focus on different aspects of
botanicals and landscapes. And yet,
all pieces mesh together to create a
beautiful exhibit for you to enjoy.
Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: FREE.

Tuesday, November 3
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome to join.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Tourne County Park,
Boonton Twp.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Wednesday, November 4
Late Autumn Bird Walk

With winter approaching, all but


the latest fall migrants have already
passed through New Jersey on their
way south. New species are arriving
from the north and spend the coldest
months at Bamboo Brook. Walk
the meadow and forest trails while
searching for finches, woodpeckers,
sparrows, and birds of prey. Bring
water, sun protection, and a camera.
Please register at njconservation.org
Time: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Location: Bamboo Brook OEC.
Cost: FREE.*

Wednesdays, November 4
through December 16
Natures Little Explorers

Ages 2 & 3 with an adult.


Discover the wonders of nature
together through six-weeks of walks,
activities, and crafts.
Time: 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. No class
on 11/25.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $55 per child.*

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Thursday, November 5

Weekend Family Walk: Easy

ArTboretum Mini-Camp
Grades 4 & 5.
Explore the multi-cultural aspects
of the art of gardening. Through
various media, 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
are both inside and outside, so
dress for the weather. Bring a
bagged lunch that does not require
refrigeration.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen
Arboretum.
Cost: $80 per child.*

Kids Nature Fest:


Bird Brained

Grades 1 - 4.
Spend a day off from
school learning about
our feathered friends.
Games, crafts, hiking, LIVE
animals, and activities make for a
fun way to learn.
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $45 per child.*

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Friday, November 6

Fall Farm Fest

Ages 7 - 11. (Grades 1 - 4)


Spend the NJEA/school holiday
helping the farmers with chores,
such as using the root cutter to
chop vegetables. Use math skills
to explore a historic Morristown
map. Assist the cooks with their
kitchen duties in the historic
houses. Take a wagon ride, and
then play a game to learn about
Miss Fosters cars, and early
transportation.
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Fosterfields.
Cost: $45 per child.* Call
973.631.5343. For info,
sphillips@morrisparks.net.

NJEA Holiday
Mini-camp:

Tinker, Thinker,
Inventor, Innovator
Ages 7 - 11.
Celebrate the superheroes of
science at this all-day learning
festival. Join in the fun activities
that feature Archimedes,
Copernicus, Ada Lovelace,
Charles Babbage, Samuel F.B.
Morse, Alfred Vail, Emily
Roebling, Nicola Tesla, and
Thomas Edison. Study a 21st
century scientist-YOU! Use
all types of skills to learn more
about physics, astronomy, math,
communications, engineering,
and electricity. Space is limited,
so register early.
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: $45 per child.* To register,
mmcfarlane@morrisparks.net or
973.285.6537.

SEE PAGE 8

Saturday, November 7

Gingerbread Tips
and Techniques

If youve
always
wanted to
have an
entry in
the Gingerbread Wonderland
Exhibit, but dont know where
to begin, this is the class for
you! Learn some tips and
techniques from a professional
baker. Its a great family,
scout, or school group activity,
and it is definitely not too
early to get started.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen
Arboretum.

Cost: FREE.*

SEE PAGE 11

All Ages.
During these guided walks designed
for families, stroll the wooded trails
and discover the unique animals and
plants.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $2 per person age 3 & up.*

Saturday, November 7 &


Sunday, November 8
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by


the Haggerty Education Center for
this months nature Photo Scavenger
Hunt. Take a photo of every item and
get a prize. Theme and prizes change
monthly. Enjoy a great way to get the
family outdoors year-round.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per family.

Apple Cidering

All Ages.
Discover the reasons youve been
looking at apples upside down your
entire life and help make fresh apple
cider by hand with an old-fashioned
cider press. Sample the sweet cider.
Time: 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $3 per person age 3 & up.

SEE PAGE 5

Monday, November 9
Toddler Trek: Bear Buddies

Ages 2 & 3 with an adult.


Get to know the biggest mammal in
New Jersey with a story read aloud
and fun activities.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Tuesday, November 10
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome to join.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Schiff Nature Preserve,
Mendham Twp.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Saturday, November 14 &


Sunday, November 15
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by


the Haggerty Education Center for
this months nature Photo Scavenger
Hunt. Take a photo of every item and
get a prize. Theme and prizes change
monthly. Enjoy a great way to get the
family outdoors year-round.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per family.

Sunday, November 15

Pre-School Walk: Gobble,


Gobble

Ages 4 & 5 with an adult.


Join a naturalist to learn about the
amazing turkeys while walking on
the trails. Create a turkey-themed
craft.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Toddler Trek: Bear Buddies

Ages 2 & 3 with an adult.


Get to know the biggest mammal in
Tri-State African Violet
New Jersey with a story read aloud
Council Annual Show and Sale and fun activities.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Treat yourself to a room full of
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
award-winning African Violets and
Cost: $5 per child.*
ask the experts for tips and advice
on their care and feeding. Beautiful
specimens are on sale throughout the Family Science Day: Amazing
show.
Adaptations
Time: Sat. 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
All Ages with an adult.
Sun. 10:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
How do animals survive in their
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. habitats? Learn about winter
Cost: FREE.
adaptations while rotating through
hands-on activity stations designed to
challenge families to work together
Sunday, November 8
to make amazing discoveries.
Goin Nuts Walk: Easy
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. or 2:30
Ages 5 & Up.
p.m. - 4 p.m.
Trees are dropping nuts and seeds
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
before winter arrives. Learn to
Cost: $8 per child age 5 & up. $5 per
identify them and the reasons they
child age 3 & 4.*
are so important to wildlife.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $2 per person.*

THANKSGIVING
HARVEST HOME
& ARMISTICE DAY
OBSERVANCE

Experience period Thanksgiving


preparations, interactive farm
chores, and a family craft. In
honor of the 70th anniversary of
the end of WWII, meet some
WWII reenactors. At 2 p.m.,
attend a tribute to the conclusion
of WWII, as well as the Civil
War, 150 years ago. All U.S.
military personnel and veterans
are honored, with a special
recognition given to WWII vets.
Time: 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Location: Fosterfields.
Cost: $8/adult, $7/senior (65+),
$6/child age 4 - 16, and $4/
child age 2 & 3. FREE for
children under age 2, and Friends
members half price with a current
membership card. U.S. military
personnel, past and present,
admitted FREE.

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Monday, November 16
Natures Playground

Ages 3 - 6.
The natural world is the best place to
play, especially with a naturalist and
some friends along. Kids use their
imagination to explore the wonders
of the forest through guided free
play.
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $3 per child.*

Home School Days: Birds on


the Brain

Grades 1 - 4.
Explore the Arboretum and learn the
plants that attract birds providing
them food and shelter through the
winter months. Using binoculars, try
to identify birds in the gardens and
discover what kinds of foods birds
prefer.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per child.*

Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 - 9.
Budding young artists mix nature
and art in this indoor/outdoor
program. Each class features a
different NJ animal to learn about
and draw. Parents are welcome to
stay and participate.
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Tuesday, November 17
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome to join.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain,
Montville Twp.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629

Pre-School Walk: Gobble,


Gobble

Ages 4 & 5 with an adult.


Join a naturalist to learn about the
amazing turkeys while walking on
the trails. Create a turkey-themed
craft.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Wednesday, November 18
Home-School Adventures:
Lets Talk Turkey

Foxes and Coyotes

All Ages.
Learn about the two wild canines
who frequent the local forests,
as well as the bordering suburbs.
Take a walk on the trails to look
for signs of their presence and talk
about why this habitat works for
them.
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $3 per person.*

All Ages.
Learn the facts about the Wild
Turkey through touchable objects,
activities, and a walk on the trail.
Perhaps we will see a real turkey, or
a sign it left behind.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $8 per child age 3 & up.*

Awesome Animal Artists

Ages 5 - 9.
Budding young artists mix nature
and art in this indoor/outdoor
program. Each class features a
different NJ wild animal to learn
about and draw. Parents are welcome
to stay and take part.
Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Sunday, November 22
Kindle the Lights
Ages 13 - 17.
Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Discover multiple ways to start a fire,
Outdoor Skills for Teens: Fire
Building Basics

including with friction by making


and using your own primitive bow
drill. Learn to set up a fire so it lights
easily, and then cook a snack by your
fire.
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $10 per child.*

Grow, Cook, Eat: Winter


Squash

Learn growing instructions and


planting tips, and take a closer look
at some new and unusual varieties
of wonderful winter squash. Seeds,
recipes, and a sample make this a fun
and inspirational evening to give you
the motivation to plant. This program
is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master
Gardener CEUs.
Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $20 per person.*

Saturday, November 21
Rock Formations Hike:
Moderate

Ages 7 & Up.


Take a geology hike and learn the
reason Pyramid Mountain really
rocks.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $1 per person.*

Saturday, November 21 &


Sunday, November 22
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by


the Haggerty Education Center for
this months nature Photo Scavenger
Hunt. Take a photo of every item and
get a prize. Theme and prizes change
monthly. Enjoy a great way to get the
family outdoors year-round.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per family.

Ages 8 & Up.


Using fresh flowers, greens, a
specially decorated candle, and
creativity, young designers craft a
Williamsburg-style Thanksgiving
centerpiece perfect for the holiday
table or buffet.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $30 per person.*

Limestone Quarry Hike:


Moderate

Ages 7 & Up.


Join this hike on Turkey Mountain
and learn the history of local mining
as you pass directly through an old
trough quarry.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $1 per person.*

Monday, November 23
Toddler Trek: Totally Turkeys

Ages 2 & 3 with an adult.


Enjoy a story read aloud, interactive
activities, and a nature walk while
learning about Wild Turkeys.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Tyke Hikes: Totally Turkeys

Ages 4 & 5.
Drop off your preschooler for an
hour to learn about these large local
birds. Listen to a story and walk
outside to observe their habitat,
looking for turkeys and signs
they leave behind. Please note
that parents who also have a 2 - 3
year-old can attend a simultaneous
Toddler Trek while the 4 - 5 year-old
participates in this program.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

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Tuesday, November 24
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome to join.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Kay Center, Chester Twp.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Saturday, November 28 &


Sunday, November 29
Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by


the Haggerty Education Center for
this months nature Photo Scavenger
Hunt. Take a photo of every item and
get a prize. Theme and prizes change
monthly. Enjoy a great way to get the
family outdoors year-round.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per family.

Apple Cidering

All Ages.
Discover the reasons youve been
looking at apples upside down your
entire life and help make fresh apple
cider by hand with an old-fashioned
cider press. Sample the sweet cider.
Time: 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $3 per person age 3 & up.

SEE PAGE 5
Tuesday, December 1
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome to join.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Patriots Path, Mendham
Twp.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Toddler Trek: Winter


Scavenger Hunt

Ages 2 & 3 with an adult.


Enjoy a story read aloud and hunt for
animals and winter wonders together
on the trails.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per child.*

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MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION FALL 2015

All Ages with an adult.


Get to know Black Bears, New
Jerseys largest mammals, during
this specially designed program
that excites and amazes all family
members. Rotate through handson activity stations designed to
challenge families to work together
and make new discoveries.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. or 2:30
p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $8 per child age 5 & up. $5 per
child age 3 & 4.*

Friday, December 4
through
Sunday, December 13

Saturday, December 5
Weekend Family Walk: Easy

All Ages.
During these guided walks designed
for families, stroll the wooded trails
and discover the unique animals and
plants found at Pyramid Mountain.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $2 per person age 3 & up.*

Bioillustration:
Drawing Nature

Ages 7 - 15.
The natural world is the perfect
inspiration for artists. Experiment
with different drawing methods and
materials, learn about perspective
and shading, and create several
drawings in nature to take home. The
program includes a short walk, so
dress for the weather.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $8 per child.*

Sunday, December 6
Preparing for Winter Walk:
Easy

Ages 5 & Up.


Animals must choose, snooze,
cruise, or lose to survive the winter
season. Discover who does what.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $2 per person.*

Monday, December 7
Toddler Trek: Winter
Scavenger Hunt

Ages 2 & 3 with an adult.


Enjoy a story read aloud and hunt for
animals and winter wonders together
on the trails.
Time:10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.*

Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6

Gingerbread Wonderland
Craft Show

This December marks the 24th


Annual Gingerbread Wonderland.
Guests, young and old, marvel at
the creativity, skill and sense of
optimism that characterizes this
charming and ecumenical exhibit
of hundreds of edible structures.
Past years gingerbreads have
included models of Notre Dame
Cathedral, Hanukah menorahs,
Japanese temples, Chinese
pagodas, European castles, and
neighborhood sweet shops.
Groups of 8 or more must make
a reservation to visit by calling
973.326.7601.
Time: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily,
Fridays until 7:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen
Arboretum.
Cost: $2 per person, children
under 2 FREE.

SEE PAGE 10

km2006

Gingerbread
Wonderland

Holiday shopping is easy at the Gingerbread


Wonderland Craft Show, now in its sixth year. Youll
find local crafters offering beautiful hand-made and
affordable gifts perfect for that special person on your list.
Time: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $2 per person gains entry to both the Craft Show and Gingerbread
Wonderland.

SEE PAGE 10

Winter on the Home Front:


A CIVIL WAR CHRISTMAS

Learn what life was like on the


home front during the winter
months of the Civil War. Visit
the encampment of the 2nd NJ
Brigade as they prepare for a
holiday away from home. Enjoy
a Civil War era Officers Ball
with period music, costumes, and
dance. Make a craft to take home.
Time: Sat. 12 noon - 5 p.m.
Sun. 12 noon - 4 p.m.
Location: Historic Speedwell.
Cost: $7/adult, $6/senior, $5/child age 4 - 16, FREE/ child age 3 and
under.

SEE PAGE 9

Tyke Hikes:
Winter Scavenger Hunt

Ages 4 & 5.
Drop off your preschooler for an
hour to listen to a story, and take a
walk outside to look for animals and
signs of winter on one of the trails.
Please note that parents who also
have a 2 - 3 year-old can attend a
simultaneous Toddler Trek while
the 4 - 5 year-old participates in this
program.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per child.

Tuesday, December 8
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome to join.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Jockey Hollow, Harding
Twp.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Pre-School Walk: Oh, Deer

Ages 4 & 5 with an adult.


Search for deer in the forest, but
look carefully. There could be one
standing right behind a tree as we
pass. Have fun with a deer-themed
craft.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $5 per person.*

Wednesday, December 9
Home-School Adventures:
Nocturnal Life

All Ages.
Discover the animals that are active
at night through fun, interactive
games, and a walk on the trails to
search for nocturnal animal hiding
spots.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC
Cost: $8 per child age 3 & up.*

Friday, December 11
Geminid Meteor Hike:
Moderate

Ages 7 & Up.


Mid-December is the time to enjoy
a marvelous meteor shower. Hike
Pyramid Mountain to get away from
some of the interference of city
lights, count shooting stars, and learn
about meteor showers. Dress for the
weather. Bring a flashlight, water,
and a blanket.
Time: 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per person.*

SEE PAGE 8
Saturday, December 12
Weekend Family Walk

All Ages.
Take to the trails to discover the
unique animals and plants found at
the Great Swamp. Everyones sure
to learn some amazing new nature
facts.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $3 per person age 3 & up.*

Saturday, December 12 &


Sunday, December 13

Gingerbread
Wonderland Craft
Show

Holiday shopping
is easy at the
Gingerbread
Wonderland
Craft Show, now in its sixth
year. Youll find local crafters
offering beautiful hand-made and
affordable gifts perfect for that
special person on your list.
Time: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen
Arboretum.
Cost: $2 per person gains entry
to both the Craft Show and
Gingerbread Wonderland.
km2006

Tuesday, December 1
Family Science Day:
Be Bear Aware

SEE PAGE 10

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Sunday, December 13
Wild Winter Birds Walk

All Ages.
Be the first to see winter birds
arriving at the Swamp. Learn to spot
and identify these feathery friends
flying in as winter approaches.
Binoculars are provided, or bring
your own.
Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC
Cost: $2 per person age 3 & up.*

Tuesday, December 15
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome to join.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Lewis Morris County
Park, Sunrise Lake.
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Pre-School Walk: Oh Deer

Ages 4 & 5 with an adult.


Come for a walk to search for deer in
the forest, but look carefully. There
could be one standing right behind
a tree as you pass.Create a deerthemed craft.
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per person.*

Friday, December 18

Winter Solstice
Celebration

Ages 6 & Up.


Join a woodland gathering
around a campfire to experience
the historical and ceremonial
aspects of the solstice. Listen to
storytellers and enjoy hot cider and
roasted marshmallows. Register
now. Space is limited.
Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost: $8 per person.*

Sunday, December 20
Tuesday, December
Winter Solstice Hike: Moderate 29 through Thursday,
December 31
Ages 16 & Up.
As the Winter Solstice approaches,
join this moderate level hike. After
watching the sunset, be prepared to
return in darkness, navigating by
flashlight.
Time: 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $5 per person.*

SEE PAGE 8
Tuesday, December 22
Baby and Me Hike

Put your baby in a backpack and


explore one of many wonderful
Morris County area trails. All adults
are welcome to join.
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Scherman Hoffman,
Bernardsville
Cost: $2 per adult.* Call
973.635.6629.

Saturday, December 26
through
Sunday, January 3
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.
Theres much happening in the
gardens during the winter. You just
have to look for it. Please note that
the Arboretum is closed on January
1.
Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Cost: $10 per family.

SEE PAGE 8

Saturday, December 19
Winter Wonders Hike:
Moderate

Ages 7 and Up.


Come out on a brisk winters day to
experience this magical season.
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $1 per person.*

Now

Wild About Winter


Mini-Camp
School break is a great time to
get out in nature and explore.
Learn about the crazy things
that wildlife do to survive the
winter cold, and explore the
quiet forest looking for animal
signs. Enjoy walks, crafts,
stories, games, and activities.
Time: Ages 2 - 4 with an adult:

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Ages 5 - 8:

9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Location: Great Swamp OEC.
Cost Ages 2 - 4: $12 per day.*

Ages 5 - 8: $16 per day.*

Pathways
Pathways is a publication of the
Morris County Park Commision
Morris County Park Commissioners

Betty CassSchmidt, President


Barbara Shepard, Vice President
Julie C. Baron Edward McCarthy Stuart Lasser
Dr. Philip T. Santiago Judith Schleicher
Richard Seabury, III Kim M. Wentworth
David D. Helmer, Executive Director
Lois McClellanWnek, Executive Editor

Saturday, January 2
New Years Family Walk:
Easy

All Ages.
On this first weekend in January,
take a guided walk designed for
families and stroll the wooded
trails to discover the unique
animals and plants found at
Pyramid Mountain.
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Pyramid Mountain.
Cost: $2 per person age 3 & up.*

Sunday, January 3
Eagle Watching Trip

Ages 18 & Up.


Join this van trip into NY and PA
to view majestic, wintering Bald
Eagles. Dress warmly and bring
a bag lunch. Space is extremely
limited.
Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Great
Swamp OEC.
Cost: $35 per person.*

Pathways

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www.morrisparks.net

The Morris County Park Commission invites people with


disabilities to our sites and programs. If you or a family member
info@morrisparks.net or 973.326.7600.
Published by the Morris County Park Commission
P.O. Box 1295, Morristown, NJ 079621295.
*For program and registration information,
please contact the appropriate facility:

Cooper Gristmill/
Black River County Park
908.879.5463
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
and The Willows
973.326.7645
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
and
The Haggerty Education Center
973.326.7603
Golf Information
973.326.7602
Great Swamp OEC
973.635.6629
Historic Speedwell
973.285.6550
Industrial Heritage
973.285.6542

Kay Environmental Center


973.635.6629
Mahlon Dickerson Reservation
973.697.3140
Mennen Sports Arena
973.326.7651
Park Police
973.326.7632
Park Reservations
973.326.7631
Pyramid Mountain NHA
973.334.3130
Recreation
973.326.7616
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MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION FALL 2015

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Morris Park
Alliance Update

ongratulations to the Stein team for coming in first place


in the Morris Park Alliance Golf Outing held at Berkshire
Valley Golf Course on June 16! The team of Joel Stein, Dave
Amlen, Jim Lombardi, and Dave Dennison each received a beautiful
Tiffany & Company crystal bowl. Funds raised this year support the
All Access Playground shade structures located at Central Park of
Morris County in Parsippany, and new exhibits at the Great Swamp
Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Both are facilities
of the Morris County Park Commission.

Your special occasion


held at exclusive venues!

Weddings Special Events


Family, Nonprofit, & Corporate Gatherings

The Park Alliance recently received two grants from generous


area businesses. Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) is
supporting enhancements and repairs to the overnight campground
area at Lewis Morris County Park in Morris Township with a grant
of $20,000! Bayer Foundation is providing $2,000 for the planting
of pollinator attractive plants in the Cooperative Garden at Central
Park of Morris County. Encouraging the pollinators, bees and
butterflies, to visit gardens is a very important goal as their numbers
decline throughout the region.
You can support programs and facilities of the Morris County
Park Commission, or donate for general support of the Park Alliance, by contacting Denise Lanza at dlanza@morrisparks.net or
973.326.7615. Recognizing the importance of parks to life in Morris
County is a position shared by all.

Pathways

Now CONVENIENTLY AVAILABLE!


www.morrisparks.net

Intimate gatherings or grand events


Among lush gardens or
overlooking a pristine lake
Indoor and outdoor venues
For more information, please call
973.326.7631 or visit morrisparks.net