Don’t Miss Winter Fun and Events at Morris County Parks – Morris County, NJ

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Posted on January 20, 2022

A full slate of 2022 winter events are planned at Morris County parks, from visits to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, to virtual classes in horticulture and history , and many activities for young people. Create an account to register for events.

Winter day on the farm

Sunday February 13, 2022, at Fosterfields

10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m.

$10 per person, under 3 is free

The activity of the farm continues all winter! Come to Fosterfields for Winter Farm Day. Learn how to cut and harvest ice, tap trees for the maple grove, help staff saw wood, pet cows and watch an outdoor cooking demonstration. Take a wagon ride around the farm to see its winter wonderland!

Pre-registration required. Record: Scroll to February on this calendar

Right photo: Carl the Ox loves snow! Visit him at Fosterfields.

Virtual Plant of the Month Club

From 6 to 12 years.

Grenadier In this virtual program, meet other plant lovers and get your hands dirty! Each month, plant a new type of interesting, scary, unusual, or rare plant and learn how to care for it.

Monday, March 7: Ancient Giants – Once believed to be extinct, dawn redwoods are now found throughout the world. Learn its ancient history and find out how easy it is to grow them.

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  • Dated: Monday to March 7

  • Time: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Site: Virtual program via Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

  • Cost: $10 per child.

  • Contact: Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

Preschool Nature on the Farm

Preschool Nature on the Farm

From 2 to 4 years old with an adult.

Families with preschoolers will wander the trails and around the farm, learning about the natural world around them.

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  • Dated: Select Thursdays: February 3 and 17, and March 10 and 24

  • Time: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

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

  • Cost: $10 per child.

  • Contact: Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Wildlife Experts

Wildlife Experts

6 to 10 years old.

Friday, February 4: foxes

Friday March 18: Frogs

After school is the perfect time to take a nature walk and learn new facts about New Jersey’s wildlife. Join a naturalist to discover a new animal every month!

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  • Dated: From Friday 7 January to Friday 18 March

  • Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Location: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Centre, 247 South Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

  • Cost: $6 per child.

  • Contact: Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 973.635.6629.

The truth about marmots in Great Swamp

5 to 10 years.

groundhog.jpg Just in time for Groundhog Day, find out why groundhogs are actually quite interesting animals with a story, walk, and craft.

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Date: Wednesday, February 2

Time: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Centre, 247 South Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

Cost: $7 per child.

Contact: Prior registration required. For more information, call 973.635.6629.

Home school days

From 6 to 12 years.

February 10: Ice cream, ice cream, baby! – It’s ice harvest season! Learn how ice cutting was historically practiced and try it out.

March 17 and March 18: Outdoor Cooking – Learn to cook over an open flame in this new homeschool program! Chop ingredients, stir pots and see how cooking can be done anywhere.

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  • Cost: $10 to $12 per child.

  • Contact: Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 973.635.6629 (environmental education), 973.326.7601 (horticulture), or 973.326.7645 (historic sites).

Sugar bush demonstration

Sugar bush demonstrations

5 years and over.

Saturdays and Sundays: January 22, 23, 29 and 30, February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27, March 5, 6 and 12

Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap, and make real maple syrup on a wood-fired evaporator. This year the program will take place entirely outdoors, so dress for the weather. Spiles and syrup will be available for purchase, while supplies last.

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  • Date: until SSaturday March 12

  • Time: Meetings at 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

  • Site: Great Swamp Outdoor Education Centre, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Township, 07928.

  • Cost: $5 per person.

  • Contact: Pre-registration is required. For more information call 973.635.6629

Practical History: Crafting Series

Practical history: craft series

Thursday programs

Thursday, January 27: Hand spinning with wool, linen and cotton – Adults.

Learn the traditional methods of creating yarn from wool, linen and cotton! See how fibers are prepared for spinning, then use your own spindle to create yarn! Spin on the spinning wheel. No experience necessary, all equipment provided.

Thursday 10 February: The Ancient Craft of Weaving – Adults.

Create your own unique textile piece to take home! Learn how the tapestry loom works. No experience necessary, all equipment provided.

Thursday March 31: The Art of Tea Blending – Adults.

Join us for a wonderful cup of tea! Learn the history of tea and create your own original blend to take home. No experience necessary, all equipment provided.

Saturday programs

Saturday February 12: Victorian Valentine’s Crafts – All Ages.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by creating your very own Victorian Valentine! Using pressed flowers, Victorian stickers, and other supplies, impress your loved one with this festive craft! No experience necessary, all equipment provided.

Saturday February 19: Natural Flower and Insect Dye – Adults.

Come dye with us! Learn how to create natural dyes using flowers and insects. Anyone can take samples home at the end of the program. Please wear older clothes as the dyes are permanent. No experience necessary, all equipment provided.

Saturday March 5: Artisanal Soap Factory – Adults.

Create your own custom soap blend in this workshop! Learn how soap is made, then make your own to take home. No experience necessary, all equipment provided.

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  • Dated: From Saturday 15 January to Thursday 31 March

  • Time: Hours vary.

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

  • Cost: Vrams according to program.

  • Contact: Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7645.

Virtual lunch and learn

Virtual lunch and learn

Adults.

Environmental educationRegister here.

February 17: Érablière – It’s sugar season! Find out why maple syrup production can only take place for a few weeks in winter and only in northeastern North America. Learn how the process works, from identifying a maple tree to grading the finished syrup, and many more cool facts along the way.

March 17: Deer Me! – The white-tailed deer is both a plague and a beauty in New Jersey. How did we get there ? You will be amazed to learn the history of deer in New Jersey and their adaptations for survival. Learn solutions to keep deer out of gardens.

HorticultureRegister here.

January 27: Birds in Winter – Discover the birds that live in our backyards in winter, and what seeds and shelter plants can attract them and allow them to survive.

February 24: The Dirt on Dirt – Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education, will discuss soil science and the importance of whether or not to add compost! Learn simple ways to start or speed up your compost pile and do a simple soil test at home.

March 24: The Tulip Story – Did you know that tulips are worth more than gold? Learn about their amazing history and the botany of this favorite garden.

  • Dated: Thursday, January 20 — Thursday, March 24

  • Time: N12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.

  • Site: Locations vary.

  • Cost: $10 per person.

  • Contact: Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 973.635.6629 (environmental education) or 973.326.7601 (horticulture).

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Growing Presidential

Photo Scavenger Hunt: Growing Presidential

All ages.

There’s nothing like a month full of presidents to get you thinking about plants. Many plants are named for presidents and many more are simply presidential. Thomas Jefferson described botany as “one of the most useful sciences”, so put on your thinking hat and keep your eyes peeled! Get out and explore the gardens with this contactless family photo scavenger hunt.

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  • Dated: From Tuesday February 1 to Monday February 28

  • Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Site: Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Ave, Morris Township, 07960.

  • Cost: $10 per family (Family/group of 6 or less).

  • Contact: Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 973.326.7601.

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