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Pathways 2012 Fall

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Morris County NJ Park Commission quarterly magazine highlighting events throughout the County park system.
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MORRIS COUNTY paRK COMMISSION

Gingerbread Wonderland
apples, apples & More apple Fun Halloween Happenings

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nce the sun starts setting in the western sky, hikers often quicken their pace to leave the woods before darkness sets in. Most hikers never have the opportunity to experience the forest when the natural world’s “evening performers” begin their nightly show. If you’ve wanted to hike at night and enjoy this unique experience, join the environmental education staff of the Morris County Park Commission for one or more of these evening hikes. At Pyramid Mountain in Montville, take part in a Full Moon Hike on Wednesday, November 28 at 4 p.m. Explore the trails in the diminishing light before the full moon comes into view. The Lenape Indians called the full moon of late fall the “beaver” or “frosty” moon. On Sunday, December 23 at 3 p.m., join the Welcome Winter Hike and bid farewell to the longest nights as the days slowly lengthen now that the Winter Solstice has passed. Both hikes are moderate level and approximately 2 ½ hours long. These hikes are intended for ages 7 and older, and cost $5 per person. Dress for the weather, and bring water and a flashlight. Space is limited, so advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, please call Pyramid Mountain at 973-334-3130.

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Come to Kids’ Nature Fest!
on’t sleep in on Thursday, November 8 because there is so much to explore at Kids’ Nature Fest on this day off from school! From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., this fun and educational day features insect and arachnid-related hands-on activities, LIVE animals, nature walks, crafts, games, and more for kids in grades 1 through 4. Kids invent and build their own new species of creepy crawly, search the trails for clues to which bugs have been here, and get a taste of a bug’s life. Even kids who say, “Ugh!” to bugs, leave with a newfound appreciation for these fascinating creatures! 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 $40 per child. A maximum of 50 children can be accommodated, so preregistration is required. For more information or to register, please call 973-635-6629.

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Celebrate Lenape Day
at the Great Swamp!

ark your calendars for Saturday, October 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to spend a fun-filled afternoon learning about the history of the native people of New Jersey at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township! For thousands of years, before the pioneers arrived in New Jersey, the Lenape Indians lived in these forests, hunting for deer and bear, living in wigwams, fashioning dugout canoes from tulip poplar trees, and crafting their tools out of rock and bone. They lived close to the land, existing in balance with nature. However, the Lenape are not a thing of the past, but a part of New Jersey’s heritage that is alive and well today. Now you can take part in a Lenape Celebration and get a sense of what life was like for the native people of this area hundreds of years ago.

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Bring the entire family to see members of the Ramapough Lenape Indians present a traditional drum circle, dancers in regalia, handicrafts vendors, authentic tools, and artifacts from hundreds of years ago, and 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 or explore the interior of the wigwam, set up as it would have been hundreds of years ago. Admission is $5 per person ages 3 and up. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, please call 973-635-6629.

This program is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

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Get out. Seriously, hop off that boring treadmill, or get off the sofa and away from the TV. Take a walk. It’s that simple to renew your spirit and energize yourself. Choose to explore any one of the portions of Patriots’ Path, or a trail through one of the many parks. The scenery is so beautiful, the air is crisp, and the beauty of nature is boundless. And of course, if you prefer, ride a bike or rollerblade. Bring family, friends, or your favorite canine. It’s all there for you to enjoy.

FUN in the FALL

One of the most popular family fall events is Lenape Day, held on Saturday, October 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marvel at the Ramapough Lenape People who dance in regalia and present a traditional drum circle. Enjoy the thrill of exploring a model wigwam in the forest, and a guided walk on the wooded trails discovering how the Lenape used local plants to meet their needs. Bring the entire family to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. It’s a history lesson the kids will never forget. For info, visit www.morrisparks.net.

Grand Harvest Wine Festival...need I say more? Hosted by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, sample from 300-plus of New Jersey’s best and locally grown wines. Purchase your favorite wines to bring home. Dance to the live music and feast on delicious foods. Last year, over 10,000 people had a blast, so don’t be left out. Held on Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. For info, visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Ready for some delicious apple cider? Come to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township for an hour-long Apple Cidering Demonstration and help prepare the apples, grind them, turn the old-fashioned press, and collect the cider. You will appreciate and enjoy the season’s apples with new respect. Held on most Saturdays and Sundays in November. You will have a deliciously good time! For specific dates, times, and directions, visit www.morrisparks.net.

Close the history books and experience the Civil War on both the home front and in the soldiers’ encampment. You’ll watch the food prepped outside authentically reproduced huts with burning fires to keep the soldiers warm, and see the cold fly tents where they sought shelter and lived. At the home front, be inspired listening to the sweet letters written by Union troops to their family. Looking to party? Come to the Civil War Officer’s Ball in the 1849 Carriage House with period fiddle music, decorated with fresh pines and ribbons, and everyone dancing in period attire. Enjoy all this with hot mulled cider and cookies. Now this is a unique and fun history lesson. So close the books and get over to Historic Speedwell in Morristown on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9. Visit www.morrisparks.net for times and directions.

Be cool while sharing laughs with friends and family on the ice at Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township. In addition to being a great aerobic workout, you will have fun and hone your skating skills. If you are holding on to sideboards and wobbly on skates, don’t worry. Just take a private lesson with a skating pro or sign up for Learn-To-Skate group lessons offered for adults and kids. It’s also an awesome place to host parties and rent the ice for private use. For more info, visit www.morrisparks.net or call 973-326-7651.

Time to shop for the holidays and running out of ideas? Take it easy on yourself and buy a Gift Card. It is the perfect gift for your skater or golfer. These awesome cards are available in $25 increments up to $200 and can be easily purchased. Go online to www.morrisparks.net, and it walks you through the purchase. Now doesn’t that sound better than walking through the mall? P.S. One size fits all and never needs to be returned! Win/Win.

Get into the Halloween season. That’s right, it is more than just one night. First, on Sunday, October 21 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township select and decorate a pumpkin the old-fashioned way... with all natural materials. Then Saturday, October 27, come to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township for a slightly spooky, slightly silly night of walking the wooded trails and having a pirate, eagle, or giant Luna Moth jump out and tell you a clever story. Interestingly carved jack o’ lanterns light the trails. Fun for everyone...even the faint of heart. Visit www.morrisparks.net for times and directions. What do 15,000 people know, love, and visit every year? Gingerbread Wonderland at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. From Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 9, the delightful smell of sugar fills the air as you are amazed at these handmade creations. Just in case you thought they were all houses, let me assure you there are puppy dogs, grand pianos, golf courses, scenes from Harry Potter, and so much more. Make this a family tradition, and enjoy marveling at these charming structures made from delicious treats. Visit www.morrisparks.net for times and directions.

Oh, what to do with the kids during teachers’ convention and when school is closed? Kids’ Nature Fest on Thursday, November 8 at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township will have your kids enjoying LIVE animals, nature walks, crafts, games, and learning with hands-on activities. It’s so convenient, and a perfect answer for what to do. Repeat guests are always welcomed! You will be glad you registered, and so will your kids. For more info and to register, call 973-635-6629.

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AppLe History tidbits

The apple’s history in America is a long one, though it originated from Europe. When the Pioneers first arrived in the New World, they brought only the essential tools and supplies on their ships and had to rely on the natural resources in order to survive. Stowed away in many pioneers’ pockets as they traveled across the ocean were tiny and valuable apple seeds. Planting a tree that bore a familiar fruit was one way that the pioneers could feel more at home in this strange, new place as well as having food. The tradition of making and drinking apple cider in the fall continues to be a significant and fun part of our fall culture.

CeLebrAte AppLes!

Experience the flavor of old Milltown at the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township on Saturday, October 13 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. during Celebrate Apples! Try a hand-cranked apple peeler, and help with a demonstration of cider pressing as it was once done in 1880s Milltown. See the display of apple head dolls at the Gristmill, and decorate your own apple! This is a FREE event, and donations are appreciated. For more information, call the Cooper Gristmill at 908-879-5463.

There are some thoughts that are always associated with the fall season: colorful leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, and delicious apples!
AppLe Cidering

Come to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township to learn how apple cider is made and sample fresh, homemade cider! Learn the amazing apple’s role in history and in the natural world as locally grown apples are pressed to make sweet cider right before your eyes. Help prepare the apples, grind them, turn the old-fashioned press, and collect the cider. You can even use the simple machines yourself that were once used to make apple cider. Did you know that you have been looking at apples upside down your entire life, that apple pie might not have been so American, and many more amazing facts? Mark your calendar for the Apple Cidering Demos, and make it a family event! Demos are held on Saturdays: November 3, and 17; and Sundays: October 28, November 4, and 18 from 2 p.m. to 3 pm. These hour-long demonstrations cost $3 and are designed to engage, involve, and educate all ages. For more information, please call 973-635-6629.

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HistoriC HAunting

A special Halloween event is planned for a scary and fun afternoon for the entire family at Historic Haunting. At Historic Speedwell in Morristown, Sunday, October 28 from 12 Noon to 4 p.m., listen to terrifying ghost stories and enjoy a variety of Halloween fun and games. Don’t forget to wear your costume! For more information, please call 973-285-6550.

HALLoween treAt For teens

Make your friends some Halloween treats that may look gross, but are awfully delicious. Take them to a party, or invite friends to celebrate and enjoy the treats. Taught by a professional baker, teens in grades 7 and up will enjoy the fun on Sunday, October 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Morris Township. Register early as space is limited. Please call 973-326-7603.

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HistoriC HALLoween Fun

HALLoween’s twiCe-As-niCe

Join in the fun for the annual Trail Tales event to celebrate Halloween in a unique way at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township! Enjoy a memorable night of silly, slightly spooky, nature-themed and Native American storytelling, designed to engage all ages on Saturday, October 27 starting at 5:30 p.m. Walking along the dark, wooded trails, 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.

Feel the magic of this holiday at Historic Halloween Happenings on Sunday, October 28, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Fosterfield Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, and revisit how Halloween was once celebrated in a simpler way during the early 20th century. Decorate Halloween cookies, play Halloween games, and enjoy a scavenger hunt around the farm. Visit the 1920s Farmhouse and discover how a home-made costume is created. For more information, please call 973-326-7645.

Halloween family fun is twice-as-nice at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township! On Sunday, October 21, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. come to Pumpkin Decorating to select and decorate a pumpkin for Halloween. While supplies last, use natural plant materials to create one-of-a-kind jack o’ lanterns to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, please call 973-326-7645.

get in the spirit of Halloween fun by decorating pumpkins, creating jack o’lanterns, listening to terrifying ghost stories around a Halloween fire, and much more!
Small groups leave the Visitors Center every 15 minutes with a costumed guide. Along the trail, listen for the wild nocturnal sounds of nature, and pause 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. Complimentary refreshments finish off this night of fun in the woods. 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 one hour, and costs $5 per person. Call soon, space is limited! For more information and to preregister, call 973-635-6629.

gArden sprouts: A is For AppLe

For our youngest friends, ages 3 to 5 with an adult, come to The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township on Monday, November 5 at 11 a.m. to learn the color, tastes, shapes, and flavors of apples. Be ready to taste and enjoy your favorite. Register early as space is limited. Please call 973-326-7603.

A MiLLer’s HALLoween

Let the ‘spirit’ move you, and join in the fun at A Miller’s Halloween at Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township on Saturday, October 27, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wear a costume, and listen to spooky stories at both 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Color pumpkins, create corn husk dolls to take home, and play old-time games. Look for the Gristmill’s Halloween decorations, and be prepared to encounter spooks, 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.

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elebrate Thanksgiving and Armistice Day at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township on Sunday, November 11, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. Begin by following the enticing aromas to The Willows kitchen where the cook is preparing a Thanksgiving feast. 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, watch a sidesaddle riding demonstration and meet the ladies on their mounts. Board the horse-drawn wagon for a ride around the farm. While the harvest has been gathered, there is still much to do on the farm. Help husk corn, saw the wood that is needed for winter heating and cooking, and make animal food with the one-cylinder gasoline engine operation. Be sure to visit the farm animals, assist with egg collecting, and watch a cow milking demonstration. The Armistice, or cease fire that officially stopped the carnage of WW I went into effect in Europe on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Over the years, Armistice Day, later renamed Veterans Day, has honored the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. On this Veterans Day, gather outside The Willows, the Foster family home, at 2 p.m. for a special tribute to veterans. Experience more activities at the Visitors Center! View the season-long exhibit, “Off to War,” which focuses on Charles Foster’s Civil War tour of duty. Also see, “Preserving Our Heritage,” a display that highlights the ongoing restoration of the Fosterfields barn. Be sure to visit the interactive Transportation Exhibit and make a corn husk doll to take home. The admission for Thanksgiving-Harvest Home is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 - 16, and $2 for children ages 2 & 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends. Current military personnel and veterans are admitted FREE for this event. For more information, please call 973-326-7645.

all has always been a time of transition. In the 19th century, the changing of the leaves signaled that the harvest was about to begin with time spent in the fields cutting grain and corn. Equally important, was preparing the foodstuffs and the home to allow the family to survive the harsh winter. Visit Historic Speedwell, the Birthplace of the Telegraph in Morristown on Sunday, October 14, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to learn about traditional fall chores, such as soap making, candle making, and canning. Enjoy an interactive tour of the Vail Home focusing on the chores necessary to prepare the home for the coming winter. Discover how some of our customs and traditions were inherited from the chores, worries, and celebrations of times past. General admission fees apply for this event. For more information, please call 973-285-6550.

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Interactive Tour of 19th Century Medicine
e often wonder about the future of medical advancements, as well as medical practices in the past. Now is a unique opportunity to satisfy your natural curiosity about mid-19th century medicine practices. During an interactive and guided tour at Historic Speedwell in Morristown on Saturday, October 13, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., learn about mid-19th Century methods of practicing medicine through the experiences of the historic Vail Family. Excerpts from Stephen Vail’s journal, doctors’ accounts, and historic artifacts within the Vail Home detail the story of early medical practices. You can even reenact 19th century disease symptoms, and be given recipes for healing candies! General admission fees apply for this event. For more information, please call 973-285-6550.

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he Junior Master Gardener program returns for its 7th year at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, in Morris Township. This program for students in grade three through five is a school-year long, intensive gardening and horticulture science program that includes inside and outside time, all year long, as well as hands-on planting, propagation, and experiments. This year’s focus is on all types of plants, especially the big ones, trees. Learn about year-round planting, growing trees from seed, seed collecting, and discover those trees that can be eaten. The 2011-2012 Junior Master Gardener Class begins Wednesday, October 3 and meets every other Wednesday, weather permitting, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $175 for family members, and $200 for non-family members. For more information or to request a registration brochure, contact gmontgomery@morrisparks.net or call 973-631-5004.

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Fall in the Gardens
at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
here are so many interesting and exciting programs happening this fall at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township from flower shows to educational opportunities that just simply should not be missed. Many plant societies have their shows at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum throughout the year, but the fall belongs to African Violets, Gesneriads, and Chrysanthemums. Enjoy the stunning varieties, the exceptional beauty, and the dazzling displays. Learn how judges award prizes, meet the particular plant experts for tips on growing and maintaining these lovely plants, and buy one or two or five to take home or delight a friend. The flower shows are FREE, and open to the public The fall classes teach us how to use cold frames to extend our growing season into winter and beyond, pique our interest in plants with spectacular fruits, show us how to add drama to our garden with plants that are black, and get us started on the right path to great garden soil with a workshop on composting. Garden Sprouts returns with a charming series of Monday morning programs for the pre-school set. Register online at www.arboretumfriends.org, or call 973-326-7603. Fostering children’s creativity with nature based crafts is just one of our many proud achievements. This fall, we offer two programs to do just that and to get everyone into the holiday spirit, no matter which holiday is celebrated. On Sunday, November 18, children create a lovely Thanksgiving Day centerpiece that not only decorates the table, but tells a story too. On Monday, December 17 teens have an opportunity to create a Holiday Centerpiece out of cuttings pruned from the many different varieties of evergreens growing at the Arboretum.. For more information, please call 973-326-7600.

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he smell of sugar abounds at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township as you enter a kingdom of imagination, creativity, and candy, all beckoning the holiday spirit. The spectacular Gingerbread Wonderland show runs from Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 9, daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Fridays. This event attracted more than 15,000 visitors last year. Make it a family holiday tradition and be delightfully amazed when you realize these handmade creations are not just “houses.” The elaborate scrumptious structures are a result of the creative genius of adults, children, families, schools, and scout troops. Displays have included a grand piano, The White House, golf courses, Notre Dame Cathedral, scenes from Harry Potter, and even Santa’s workshop. Guests, young and old, marvel at the imagination, skills, and sense of optimism that characterizes this charming and ecumenical exhibit.

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a Holiday Tradition for all

Gingerbread Wonderland

Groups of 8 or more must make reservations by calling at 973-326-7601. Strollers are not permitted in the exhibit hall. A $2 per person donation supports the Horticultural Education Department, $1 for seniors and children under 13. Limited photography by adults only, please.

enjoy the exquisite craftsmanship of some very talented hand selected artisans

For the third year in a row, the Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show will be held on Saturday and Sunday,

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December 1 and 2, and on December 8 and 9. Bring your holiday shopping list along, and enjoy the exquisite craftsmanship of some very talented hand selected artisans. Your $2 donation to the Gingerbread Exhibit also includes access to the Craft Show. A special “Gingerbread Wonderland Opening Night Party” is held on Thursday, November 29 for members of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Guests enjoy a “first look” at these much anticipated displays and seasonal refreshments. What a wonderful holiday gift a membership in the Friends would make for that special family member on your shopping list! Become part of the experience and find out what all the excitement is about by submitting your own entry to the exhibit. Look for registration materials at www.arboretumfriends.org beginning October 1. For more information, please call 973-326-7601.

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ou are cordially invited to attend the 1864 wake of Stephen Vail at Historic Speedwell in Morristown on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mourners witness how the Vail family prepared to host the event in their home, as well as the customs and traditions when someone died. Follow the horse-drawn 19th Century hearse as it carries Stephen’s body to his home at Speedwell. The Vail family, dressed in 1860s clothing, welcomes you to their home as they mourn the loss of the family patriarch. The family explains the reasons the wake was held in the home, and the preparations made for the event, such as home decorations, served food, and other traditions from the period. While you await your scheduled tour, sip on hot mulled cider, and nibble on tasty treats while viewing the presentation, “Death and Mourning in the 19th Century,” a view of Victorian funerary customs including cemeteries, art, fashion, and post-mortem photography. Admission for this event is $10 adults, $8 seniors, and $6 children ages 4-16. Tours are conducted every half an hour, and preregistration is required. For more information and registration, please call 973-285-6538.

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Death and Mourning in the 19th Century
an Historic Haunting

oin the festivities during Historic Holidays at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township during the afternoons of Thursday, December 6, Friday, December 7, and Saturday, December 8, from 12 Noon. to 4 p.m.! Experience what a 1920s Christmas could have been like for the resident Farm Superintendent Edward Woods and his family. Explore the farm and lend a hand with chores. At The Willows, discover how Caroline Foster ushered in the new year with the high society of Morristown. Begin your adventure into Christmas past with a ride in a horse-drawn wagon. Stop at the Farmhouse where the sights, smells, and sounds set the stage for a holiday celebration! Discover what is baking in the kitchen, lend your voice to singing Christmas carols, and see how the house has been decorated for Christmas. On the farm, enjoy the smell of chestnuts roasting on a fire, and design fresh greens into holiday swags and décor. Help crack corn, feed the hungry chickens, and collect eggs at the hen house. Become acquainted with the Fosterfields sheep, and watch how the Jersey cows are milked. A must-see is The Willows, the 1854 Gothic Revival home of the Foster family. During the first-floor tour, view the festive holiday decorations, but also learn about 1920s New Year’s Day celebrations. On January 1, Miss Foster was an invited guest at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Marshall Allen. There she and the fine society of Morristown toasted the new year with a secret eggnog recipe.

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Historic Holidays at Fosterfields

Stop at the Visitors Center for more fun activities. Investigate the interactive Transportation Exhibit, and view Caroline Foster’s restored 1922 Model “T” Ford, a surprise Christmas gift from that very same year! On Thursday, December 6, create a special tree ornament; on Friday, December 7, decorate and enjoy a Christmas cookie; and on Saturday, December 8, make a special holiday craft. The admission for The Woods Family Country Christmas is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, and $2 for children ages 2 & 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members. For more information, please call 973-326-7645.

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Grand Harvest Wine Festival
he Garden State Wine Growers Association hosts the Grand Harvest Wine Festival on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, from 12 Noon to 5 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township! 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 www.newjerseywines.com. In keeping with the harvest theme, Fosterfields offers Fruit of the Vine on Sunday, October 14 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by the Fosterfields Farmhouse Kitchen to learn about a former owner of Fosterfields, General Joseph Warren Revere, who planted a vineyard on the property. Hear about this venture, and discover how grapes were used during the 1920s. For more information, please call 973-326-7645.

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Relive a Civil War Christmas
on the Home Front and the Soldiers’ Encampment
xperience life during the Civil War both on the home front and at a soldier’s winter encampment at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, beginning at 12 Noon on Saturday, December 8 until 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 9 until 4 p.m. The 2nd NJ Brigade soldiers prepare camp for the holiday season away from home, including food prepped outside authentically reproduced huts. Burning fires keep the lonely soldiers warm, but also help cook their special holiday meal. Authentic winter huts were built to house some of the troops and provide extra warmth, while others slept in traditional fly tents. Just outside the carriage house, the troops write letters 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.

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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 family’s reaction to their loved ones away from home through 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

Learn how to properly dance various historic pieces
prepared for the holidays with simple, yet elegant decorations, and a formal set table for a holiday meal. You are invited to attend a Civil War era Officer’s 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 Civil War era women clad in all their finery to dance. An authentic period dance instructor teaches re-enactors and visitors on how to properly dance these historic pieces. Visitors can also take part in a traditional holiday craft workshop. Take your creation with you to decorate your own home! The Friends of Historic Speedwell Gift Shop is filled with unique holiday decorations, gifts and stocking stuffers! Taste some hot mulled cider and cookies as you warm up near the outdoor fire. 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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he Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum, and Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center welcome you to visit, and hope you become a horticulture volunteer in the Gardenworks program, now in its sixteenth year. For a few hours each week, horticulture volunteers come together and work on a range of garden projects. It’s a terrific way to have fun while learning many valuable skills for maintaining and beautifying your garden, including watering, mulching, weeding, edging, trimming, pruning, cutting back, propagating, and raking. All you need to bring is a pair of gloves and enthusiasm. Gardenworks is a flexible, friendly, and fun gardening program for adults of all ages. Tools and refreshments are provided. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, once known as Whippany Farm, extends its welcome by featuring beautiful home demonstration gardens, rose and woodland gardens, and collections of shrubs and trees. Willowwood Arbortum, once named Paradise Farm, is situated on 130 acres of rolling farmland and offers Cottage, Mediterranean, Woodland, and Formal gardens. The Lilacs, Magnolias, and Cherries are popular as well. Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, originally known as Merchiston Farm, is the former home of Martha Brookes Hutcheson, one of the first women to be trained as a landscape architect in the United States. The historic gardens were restored in 2010 and include a tumbling stream, two large pools, and extensive plantings.

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“gardens are not made simply by sitting in the shade”

- Rudyard Kipling

the gardenworks volunteers meet each week from April through november, as follows: • The Frelinghuysen Arboretum meets on Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at the directory in the main parking lot. • Willowwood Arboretum meets on Wednesdays, 9 a. m. to 12 Noon at the directory in the main parking lot. • Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center meets on Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon in the staff parking area, second left upper parking area. The program has been extended to include the recent garden renovation of this historic site. Opportunities for community or corporate groups are available by special arrangement. Let the beauty of the gardens surround you while sharing hands-on experiences with others who have similar interests. Contact Kate Gutierrez, Horticulture Volunteer Program Specialist, at 973-326-7629 or e-mail kgutierrez@morrisparks.net.

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For information: 973-326-7651 or www.morrisparks.net

MENNEN

William g. Mennen Sports arena 161 E. Hanover Ave. • Morris Township, N.J. 07962-1295 • Extra Sessions are available on holidays, call arena main office for schedule • Times are subject to change, so please call to confirm

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n Thursday, October 11 at 4 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 that finishes around sunset. All participants must have attended a Level I Basic Skills Class to take part, and the cost is $20 per person. Paddling programs are for ages 12 and up, and children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Canoes, PFD’s and paddles are all provided. Space is limited, so advanced registration is required. Please dress for the weather and bring water. For more information or to register, please call 973-334-3130 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

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Delaware River Bald Eagle Watching Trips
nother reason New Jersey is wild and wonderful is that it is now the perfect time and place to view our nation’s great symbol, the Bald Eagle. Now, you can have a rare opportunity to see these majestic eagles in their natural environment on Monday, December 31; Saturday, January 19, 2013; and Sunday, February 3, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each year, dozens of eagles move to the Upper Delaware River area to spend the winter hunting in the swift river waters, perching in the tall pines along the shores, or circling gracefully overhead. Join the environmental education staff of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township as they bring you to the best spot to view these amazing creatures. This trip geared for ages 16 and older, leaves by van from the Great Swamp, and travels through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York to locations along the Upper Delaware River. Along the way, learn about the amazing natural history of the Eagles, enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, and receive educational hand-outs. At each stop, guides set up a high-powered spotting scope to enhance viewing. Please wear warm clothing, and bring a lunch and binoculars. Binoculars are also available to borrow. The cost is $35 per person, and space is strictly limited to 9 participants per trip. Preregistration is required. For more information and to register, please call 973-635-6629.

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lan ahead and get ready to organize your group picnic. It’s not too early to get a jump on reserving your first choice picnic area on the date most convenient for you and your group. Beginning Monday, December 3, anyone can make a group reservation for the 2013 season. Out-of-county residents can make reservations for 2013 on Friday, March 1, 2013. If you are looking to add some new features to this year’s picnic, the Morris County Park Commission’s food packages and amusement items are sure to add that special touch. With mouth watering menus made from brand name products cooked right at your picnic site, or extras, such as inflatable castles, dunk tank, hi strikers, face painters, DJ’s, and so much more, your picnic will be more exciting than ever! The spacious grounds and scenic landscape of the Morris County Park Commission’s parks and sites provide a panoramic backdrop for outdoor meetings,

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picnics, and reunions for both personal and corporate gatherings. Select locations offer picnic shelters, semipermanent tents, picnic tables, cooking grills, athletic fields, and playground facilities. Gatherings of 25 or more must reserve a group picnic area, picnic shelter, or semi-permanent tent and obtain a permit. Reservations are also required on all major holidays. Your group with a reservation has rights to the site. You can choose from 42 areas throughout 12 parks, and all areas include tables and grills. The Morris County Park Commission now offers an online Outdoor Reservation Availability Request Form. Simply visit www.morrisparks.net and select the reservations tab near the top of the page to obtain a form. Fill in your request information and click submit. It’s that easy! For more information, please call the Reservations Office at 973-326-7631.

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Volunteer Recognition Program
Denise Lanza borrowed a saying from a Masai Tribe comparing the assistance of the volunteers to the one hand that cannot clap; it needs the other hand to make the clap. Therefore, the volunteers are the second hand to help the Park Commission continue to provide quality parks and programs to visitors. If you are interested in volunteering for historic sites, gardens, trails, horticulture or outdoor education programs, call the Administration Offices at 973-326-7600, or visit www.morrisparks.net. Groups are also welcome.

he Morris County Park Commission recognized its many volunteers with a reception at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. More than 30 volunteers were recognized for contributing more than 100 hours, with ten volunteers contributing between 200 and 400 hours. The overall volunteer leader with more than 500 hours was Ron Luna, who devoted his time to working on the improvement and maintenance of the Trails System. Prior to the reception, the volunteers enjoyed a special tour of a portion of the gardens led by Charles Zafonte, Director of Education and Interpretive Services. Park Commission Vice President Betty Cass Schmidt thanked all the volunteers for their time and commitment, and encouraged their continued support. Assistant Deputy Director

he Alliance for Morris County Parks is unveiling a new larger-sized paver at the plaza at Mennen Sports Arena in Morris Township. In the past, commemorative bricks have been available with the option of combining nine bricks for a 24” x 24” array. This Fall, a single granite paver replaced the 9 brick array option. A sample of the new paver is on display in the Mennen Sports Arena lobby. It can be purchased in honor of a winning team, to recognize a special occasion, or engraved with a corporate logo. The options for 4” x 8” and 8” x 8” bricks are still available. For information, call 973-631-5273. Fundraising for the All-Children’s Playground at Central Park of Morris County continues. Our newest sponsor is the Community Health Advisory Committee of Morristown Medical Center. Their $25,000 commitment kicked off our corporate sponsorship efforts. Many thanks to the committee for supporting the playground, which is designed to accommodate children of ALL abilities. For information on any of the Park Alliance activities noted above, or to make a general donation, please visit www.parkalliance.net.

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Monday, october 1 through wednesday, october 31 Gallery Exhibit: Studies in Pollination by Melanie Bump All Ages! This exhibit, comprised of traditional insect and botanical illustration, watercolor, and collage, explores insects’ roles in the reproduction of plant life. These works are whimsical, colorful, and cheerful. Melanie received her education in fine art from William Paterson University and San Bernardino University. She is currently pursuing a degree in Museum Management from Seton Hall University and is the Collections Care Specialist for Historic Speedwell of the Morris County Park Commission. Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: FREE. Monday, october 1 Toddler Trek: Birds on the Move Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Search for birds that are getting ready to leave for the winter and enjoy a story along the way. Time: 9:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.* Garden Sprouts: Fly Away Home Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. It’s still warm enough for flying friends to be busy in the garden. Search for different butterflies and for the types of plants they use in the garden. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.* tuesday, october 2 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: Hacklebarney State Park, Chester Twp. Cost: $1.* Call 973-635-6629. Nature’s Classroom: Defense! Ages 6 - 8. Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this four-week series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: October 9 & 16. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $12 per class.* wednesday, october 3 Building a Better Barn Walking Tour Weather permitting, take a guided tour to learn about the ongoing restoration of the Main Barn and Ensilage Pits – the centerpieces of the barnyard complex. Meet at the Visitors Center. Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: Admission. thursday, october 4 Nature’s Classroom: Native Ways Ages 9 - 12. Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: October 18 & 25. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $12 per class.* saturday, october 6 “Explore the Farm” Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride Enjoy an interpretive horsedrawn wagon ride while discovering the importance of sustainable farming. Learn about the methods, equipment, crops, and enterprises of Charles Foster’s farm in the early 1900s. Time: 10:15 a.m. - 12 Noon. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: Admission.* Yeast Bread Baking Make a yeast bread from freshlyground flour. Then tour the Gristmill. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required by September 22. Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Cooper Gristmill. Cost: $10 per family/ $5 for Friends members.* Multi-sensory Hike: Easy Ages 5 & Up. Experience the natural world using all your senses. Suitable for the visually impaired. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Old Troy Park, Parsippany Twp. Cost: $2 per person.* Call 973-334-3130. International STEAMPUNK City: Steampunk at Speedwell Calling all Steampunks and history lovers to a truly unique weekend festival! Witness the power of the 24-foot waterwheel, tour the Vail House with period antiques, take part in diverse discussions and workshops, and enjoy a variety of musicians, performers, and entertainers. A variety of unique crafters will be selling their wares. Arrive wearing your favorite Victorian or Steampunk day-wear. Visit internationalsteampunkcity.com for more information. Time: 12 Noon - 6 p.m. Location: Historic Speedwell/ Downtown Morristown. Cost: $12 adults, $10 seniors (65+), $8 children (2 day pass). $8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 children (1 day pass). sunday, october 7 29th Annual Chester Harvest Festival Enjoy the Cooper Gristmill’s apple cider-making demonstration and other activities, too! Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Near 76 East Main Street, Chester. Cost: FREE. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society Show and Sale The theme of this year’s show is “Intoxicating Gesneriads.” There are horticulture, design, and educational displays, as well as a plant sale that features African Violets, other gesneriads, and small houseplants. The public is invited to choose a favorite. Time: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: FREE. The Team “Logs On” Watch the Belgian draft horse team haul huge logs to be cut into stove wood. See the farmers practice safe use of “skidding” tools and techniques. Time: 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: Admission.

Bring the Butterflies to You! Get beyond the catalog descriptions of those plants that attract butterflies, and learn real-life lessons in gardening for our winged beauties from one of New Jersey’s most active and knowledgeable butterfly enthusiasts. Sharon Wander along with her husband, Wade, frequently lead field trips and present programs for the North American Butterfly Association (NABA). Sharon is Director of the NABA Butterfly Count Program, which coordinates 450+ annual counts in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. She and Wade have compiled the Springdale, NJ, Fourth of July butterfly count since 1992, and are especially proud of their Fredon Township, Sussex County, butterfly garden, which has attracted 84 species, the largest list in the state. A colorful and dynamic digital presentation is followed by a walk looking for late butterflies in The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s gardens and fields. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: FREE.* tuesday, october 9 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: Hedden Park, Dover. Cost: $1.* Call 973-635-6629. Pre-School Walk: Fabulous Leaves Ages 4 & 5 with an adult. Hunt for all different shapes and colors of leaves and enjoy a leaf-themed craft afterwards. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.* Toddler Trek: Birds on the Move Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Search for birds that are getting ready to leave for the winter and enjoy a story along the way. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.*

saturday, october 6 & sunday, october 7 Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for this month’s nature photo Home-School Day: Milling scavenger hunt. Take a photo of Machines and Mechanics every item and get a prize. Theme All Ages! and prizes change monthly. A Learn how simple and complex great way to get the family outmachines are used in the Gristdoors year round. mill. Try some hands-on activiTime: Any time between ties to see how mills functioned 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. without electricity! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Cost: $10 per family. Location: Cooper Gristmill. Cost: $6 per student.* Call 973-631-5343.

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saturday, october 13 Celebrate Apples! Assist with cider pressing as it was done in 1880s Milltown. Use a hand-cranked apple peeler, decorate an apple, and see a display of apple head dolls. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Cooper Gristmill. Cost: FREE. Donations appreciated. See Page 6 saturday, october 13 & sunday, october 14 Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for this month’s nature photo scavenger hunt. Take a photo of every item and get a prize. Theme and prizes change monthly. A great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: Any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10 per family. Weekend Family Walk All Ages! These guided walks are designed for families with children of various ages. Stroll the wooded trails and discover the natural wonders of the Great Swamp. Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $2 per person ages 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 animal to learn about and draw. Parents are welcome to stay and take part. Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.*

tuesday, october 9 Nature’s Classroom: Finding a Mate and Having Young Ages 6 - 8. Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: October 2 & 16. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $12 per class.*

Harvest Moon: 19th Century Historic Harvest Celebrations tuesday, october 16 As the leaves begin to change and Ails of the Vails: Baby and Me Hike fall arrives, the work of the harAn Interactive Tour on 19th thursday, october 11 vest gets underway. Join the staff Put your baby in a backpack and Century American Medicine explore one of many wonderful Fall Foliage Canoe Paddle at Historic Speedwell to discuss Learn about mid-19th century Morris County area trails! All Ages 12 & Up. the day-to-day responsibilities, New Jersey State Chrysanthemethods of practicing mediEnjoy a beautiful afternoon chores, worries, and celebrations adults are welcome to join. mum Society Show and Sale cine through the experiences Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. paddle on Split Rock Reservoir that each year’s harvest would Enjoy a spectacular display of of the Vail family. Excerpts Location: Dismal Harmony, viewing autumn’s splendor from from homeowner Stephen Vail’s bring to the Vail family. mums in all shapes, colors, and Mendham Twp. the water. Canoes, life vests, and journals, doctors’ accounts, and Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. sizes. Meet the award winning Cost: $1.* Call 973-635-6629. paddles are provided. Children Location: Historic Speedwell. historical artifacts within the Vail growers and gain some insight under 16 must be accompanied Cost: Admission. House tell stories of early healing into the care and feeding of these Pre-School Walk: by an adult. Register today as See Page 8 Fabulous Leaves practices. Re-enact 19th century show stopping blooms. Mums are space is limited. Canoe skills disease symptoms, and be treated for sale at incredible prices. Ages 4 & 5 with an adult. clinic is a prerequisite. Fruit of the Vine Time: by a “doctor” with early AmeriHunt for all different shapes and Time: 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Former owner of Fosterfields, can medicinal remedies. Recipes Saturday, 12 Noon - 4:30 p.m. colors of leaves, and enjoy a Location: Split Rock Reservoir, Gen. Joseph Revere, planted a for healing candies also provided! Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Rockaway Twp. vineyard on the property. Stop at leaf-themed craft afterwards. Location: Frelinghuysen Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Cost: $20.* Call 973-334-3130. the Farmhouse kitchen to learn Arboretum. Location: Historic Speedwell. Location: Pyramid Mtn. about this venture, and discover Cost: FREE. See Page 15 Cost: Admission. Cost: $5.* how harvested grapes were used See Page 8 during the 1920s. Grand Harvest Wine Festival Nature’s Classroom: The Garden State Wine Growers Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Temperature and Habitat Location: Fosterfields. Association hosts a sampling of Ages 6 - 8. Cost: Admission. 300+ wines. Enjoy live music, Home-schoolers learn about the delicious foods, and artisan natural world through indoor and crafts. For more info, please visit Monday, october 15 outdoor activities, including a www.newjerseywines.com. hike, during this series of science Toddler Trek: Are the Deer Time: 12 Noon - 5 p.m. Roaming Here? education classes. Additional Location: Fosterfields. Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. dates in series: October 2 & 9. Cost: TBA. These white-tailed animals are Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. See Page 12 constantly moving to find food, Location: Pyramid Mtn. water, and shelter. Enjoy a deerCost: $12 per class.* themed story and then take to the sunday, october 14 trails to search for these frolickwednesday, october 17 Simply Stinky: ing mammals. Garlic Growing for Everyone Home-School Walks: Time: 9:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Learn how to plant, harvest, and Incredible Journey cure garlic. Sample garlic snacks Location: Great Swamp OEC. All Ages! Cost: $5.* while enjoying garlic trivia. Learn how water travels from Purchase unusual kinds of garlic one place to another as you move Garden Sprouts: for your garden. It all adds up through the water cycle. Then Great Seed Hunt saturday, october 13 to a simply stinky and perfectly find out about water pollution Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. wonderful morning! through hands-on activities Hunt for all different kinds of Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and a walk. seeds, such as hitchhikers, floatAll Ages! Location: Frelinghuysen ers, wind-borne, rollers, and learn Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. This most popular annual event celebrates the Lenape people with Arboretum. Location: Great Swamp OEC. how they survive the winter to dancing, drums, vendors, and historical talks by the Ramapough Cost: $15.* Cost: $8 per child ages 3 & up.* create next year’s new plants. Lenape People. Enjoy games, crafts, touring a replica wigwam, Time: 11 a.m. and more! Great fun for the entire family. Location: Frelinghuysen Time: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Arboretum. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $7.* Cost: $5. See Page 3 * Preregistration required: Contact the appropriate facility or phone number listed.

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wednesday, october 17 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 take part. Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.* Magic Boxes: Four Season Gardening with Cold Frames Learn how to extend your harvest beyond the confines of the “growing season” by using a cold frame. Look at what crops are best suited for these “magic boxes,” how to build your own and manage it, and where it should be sited. Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $15.* thursday, october 18 Home-School Day: Ol’ Tyme Music Home-school children make some simple instruments and listen to recorded music of the early 1900s. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: $6 per student.* Nature’s Classroom: Wilderness Survival Ages 9 - 12. Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: October 4 & 25. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $12 per class.* saturday, october 20 Open Hearth Cooking Class Learn how to cook a full meal on the open hearth during this class led by Past Master Susan McLellan Plaisted, one of the premier historic food specialists in the US. Student chefs use period equipment and authentic ingredients. Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Historic Speedwell. Cost: $50 per person.* Children’s Workshop: Apple Muffin Baking All Ages! Make apple muffins using flour that was just ground, then tour the Gristmill. Decorate cloth bags to hold the muffins. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required by October 6. Time: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Location: Cooper Gristmill. Cost: $10 per family, and $5 for Friends members.* Berried Treasure: Spectacular Fruit for the Garden Usually plants are selected because they have beautiful flowers or exciting foliage, and rightfully so. However, many plants put on a show with their amazing fruit display. Join Andy Brand, manager of Broken Arrow Nursery in Connecticut on a journey throughout the year looking at some of these plants that wow us with their spectacular fruit. Plants are available for sale after the lecture. Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $20.* Weekend Family Walk: Easy All Ages! These guided walks are designed for families with children of various ages. Stroll the wooded trails and discover the natural wonders of Pyramid Mountain. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $2 per person ages 3 & up.* saturday, october 20 & sunday, october 21 Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for this month’s nature photo scavenger hunt. Take a photo of every item and get a prize. Theme and prizes change monthly. A great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: Any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10 per family. sunday, october 21 Carriage House Craft: Sewing Ages 8 & Up. Sewing was a necessary skill that all people possessed throughout history. Try your hand at this useful art at this sewing tutorial where you learn the basics of hand sewing and work on a small garment to take home. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Historic Speedwell. Cost: Admission. Pumpkin Decorating Use natural materials to create a unique decorative Halloween pumpkin to take home! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: Admission. See Page 7 Autumn Colors Hike: Moderate Ages 7 & Up. Bring a camera and be prepared to climb to vistas for spectacular views of the colorful foliage. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: FREE.* tuesday, october 23 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: $1.* Call 973-635-6629. wednesdays, october 24 through december 12 Nature’s Little Explorers Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Enjoy discovering the wonders of nature through six weeks of walks, activities, and crafts. No class on 10/31 & 11/21 Time: 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $55.* thursdays, october 25 through december 13 Nature’s Little Explorers Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Enjoy discovering the wonders of nature through six weeks of walks, activities, and crafts. No class 11/8 & 11/22 Time: 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $55.* thursday, october 25 Nature’s Classroom: Shelter Building Ages 9 - 12. Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this series of science education classes. Additional dates in series: October 4 & 18. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $12 per class.*

wednesday, october 24 Home-School Walk: Camouflage! All Ages! Discover the various ways animals disguise themselves in order to survive. Dress in camouflage Teen Cooking: Halloween Treats to participate in games and activities on the trail. Teens Grades 7 & Up. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Let’s make some really awful Location: Pyramid Mtn. Halloween treats. Awfully deliCost: $8 per child ages 3 & up.* cious, that is. You can take them to a party or keep them all for yourself. Once you learn how to make them, you can gross out your friends and family for years to come. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $30.* See Page 14 Monday, october 22 Garden Sprouts: One Leaf Rides The Wind Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Head over to the maple collection and discover the many Japanese maples. How many different leaves can you find? How many different colors? Collect them and learn how to save them for fall craft projects. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.*

Friday, october 26, & saturday, october 27 DEATH AND MOURNING In the 19th Century The Vail House at Historic Speedwell becomes the setting for a traditional 19th century funeral. Discover how the family prepared for this event by learning about their dress, home décor, and the casket. Reservations required. Call 973-285-6538. Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Location: Historic Speedwell. Cost: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65+), $6 for children age 4 - 16, and children under age 4 are FREE.* See Page 11

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sunday, october 28 Historic Haunting A scary and fun afternoon for the entire family. Listen to terrifying ghost stories, and participate in a variety of Halloween fun and games. Arrive in costume. Time: 12 Noon - 4 p.m. Location: Historic Speedwell. Cost: Admission. See Page 7 Historic Halloween Happenings Play special Halloween games, decorate cookies, and try on costumes of the past. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: Admission. See Page 7 Cooking Demonstration: Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers We all know about the nutritional properties of garlic, but cooking with it can be tricky as anyone who has ever burnt it can attest. Now that we are all growing our own (see Simply Stinky on October 14), let’s learn some new ways to use it. In this cooking demonstration, we’ll be using it raw, roasted, sautéed, and in some surprising combinations. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $25.* Family Hike: Big Trees, Changing Trees Ages 6 & Up. Hike through the woods of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and learn to identify common New Jersey trees. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum Cost: $5 adults/$3 child.* thursday, november 1 through Friday, november 30 Gallery Exhibit: Botanical Designs by Frances Pelzman Liscio Treat your eyes to Frances Pelzman Lisicio’s beautiful, innovative fine art photography. She cleverly intersperses flowers and faces to create whimsical, stunning designs. Her spectacular work has been on note cards and is on the cover of author Belle Boggs’s book, Mattapon Queen. She also has been featured in Traditional Home and Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine. Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: FREE. saturday, november 3 Weekend Family Walk All Ages! These guided walks are designed for families with children of various ages. Stroll the wooded trails and discover the natural wonders of the Great Swamp. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $2 per person ages 3 & up.* Tyke Hike: Easy Ages 2 - 6 with an adult. Take a relaxing, guided hike at Pyramid Mountain and learn some amazing new nature facts. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $2 per person.* Let it Rot! Composting Workshop Turn your kitchen scraps, grass clippings, and leaf litter into what every gardener wants… compost! Reduce the amount of garbage you are sending to the landfill and enhance your garden soil by making compost right in your own back yard. It’s easy once you understand the basic principles. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $15.* The Tristate African Violet Council Annual Show & Sale Treat yourself to a room full of award winning African Violets and ask the experts for tips and advice on their care and feeding. Beautiful specimens will be for sale throughout the show. Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: FREE. saturday, november 3 & sunday, november 4 Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for this month’s nature photo scavenger hunt. Take a photo of every item and get a prize. Theme and prizes change monthly. A great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: Any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10 per family. Apple Cidering All Ages! Find out why you’ve been looking at apples upside down your entire life. Then help make fresh apple cider by hand with a cider press. Taste the sweet cider at the end. Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $3.* See Page 6 sunday, november 4 The Tristate African Violet Council Annual Show & Sale Treat yourself to a room full of award winning African Violets and ask the experts for tips and advice on their care and feeding. Beautiful specimens are on sale throughout the show. Time: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: FREE.

saturday, october 27 Gingerbread Tips and Techniques If you’ve always wanted to have an entry in the Gingerbread Wonderland Exhibit but don’t know where to begin, this is the class for you! Learn some tips and techniques from a professional baker to get you on your way. It’s a great family, scout, or school group activity, and it is definitely not too early to get started. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $15.* A Miller’s Halloween For a fun-filled afternoon, enjoy spooky storytelling at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Come in costume if you like! Create corn husk dolls, color pumpkins, and play oldtime games. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Cooper Gristmill. Cost: FREE. Donations appreciated. See Page 7 TRAIL TALES!! Ages 4 & Up. Hear silly, slightly spooky, and nature-themed tales along the nighttime trails of the Great Swamp. Sign up in advance for a time slot - they fill up quickly. Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.* See Page 7 saturday, october 27 & sunday, october 28 Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for this month’s nature photo scavenger hunt. Take a photo of every item and get a prize. Theme and prizes change monthly. A great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: Any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10 per family.

Apple Cidering All Ages! Find out why you’ve been looking at apples upside down your entire life. Then help make fresh apple cider by hand with a cider press. Taste the sweet cider at the end. Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $3.* See Page 6 Monday, october 29 Garden Sprouts: Leaf Us Alone Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Why are there so many different colored leaves, and why do the leaves fall off every year? Young explorers discover what’s going on as the trees get ready for winter. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.* tuesday, october 30 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: $1.* Call 973-635-6629.

Paint it Black Want some drama in your life? We suggest you add it to your wednesday, october 31 garden! Enjoy an illustrated talk about black groundcovers, vines, Disguised Discoverers All Ages! annuals, and perennials. These dark beauties can spice up a bor- Wear your costume to search for der and add pop to any container. clues that animals left behind. Spy on hiding wildlife as you A plant list is supplied. walk the trails. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Location: Great Swamp OEC. Arboretum. Cost: $3.* Cost: $15.* * Preregistration required: Contact the appropriate facility or phone number listed.

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sunday, november 4 A Pressing Matter Learn some of the history and importance of herbaria with Lauren Spitz, Collections Manager at the Chrysler Herbarium at Rutgers University. Lauren demonstrates proper collection and pressing techniques for all different types of plant material, as well as how to mount and store the specimens. Those attending mount their own specimens to take home. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $25.* Cooking Demonstration: Cranberry Central New Jersey cranberries are bountiful this time of year, and we make good use of them in this cooking demonstration. Explore some new recipes to add some sparkle to your holiday table with this very versatile fruit grown in the cranberry bogs of South Jersey. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $25.* Autumn Singles Hike: Moderate Ages 18 & Up. Looking to hike with someone? This hike for singles may be the answer. All adults are welcome. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: FREE. * Monday, november 5 Toddler Trek: World of Worms Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. These soil-dwelling friends are always fun to search for. Kids enjoy a worm-themed story, and then hit the trails to uncover and observe the wiggly creatures. Time: 9:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.* Garden Sprouts: A is for Apple Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. It’s apple time. How many colors, kinds, tastes, shapes, and flavors are there? Come hungry and find out! Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.* See Page 16 Monday, november 5 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 take part. Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.* tuesday, november 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 to join. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Schiff Nature Preserve, Mendham Twp. Cost: $1.* Call 973-635-6629. Toddler Trek: Going On A Seed Hunt Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Listen to a story and hunt outside to find the many different seeds and nuts covering the forest floor. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.* 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 deerthemed craft afterwards. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.* thursday, november 8 saturday, november 10 Native Seeds for Wildlife Ages 8 & Up. Join us for a slide show on collecting seeds and propagating native plants for your garden. See what some of the fall ripening seed heads look like, along with a hands-on demonstration of how to harvest the seeds. Learn how to store, cold layer, and germinate native seeds for plants that attract wildlife. Take home seeds you can sow now for your spring garden. Bring in native seeds to share, if you have extra. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.* saturday, november 10 & sunday, november 11 Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for this month’s nature photo scavenger hunt. Take a photo of every item and get a prize. Theme and prizes change monthly. This is a great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: Any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10 per family. sunday, november 11 Thanksgiving Harvest Home: Armistice Observance Engage in 1920s Thanksgiving preparations, hands-on farm chores, corn husk doll making, a horse-drawn wagon ride, and a special Armistice (Veterans Day) observance. Time: 12 Noon - 4 p.m. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 - 16, and $2 for children ages 2 & 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members. Current U.S. military personnel and veterans admitted FREE. See Page 8 Weekend Family Walk: Easy All Ages! These guided walks are designed for families with children of various ages. Stroll the wooded trails and discover the natural wonders of Pyramid Mountain. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $2 per person ages 3 & up.* tuesday, november 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 to join. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mountain, Montville Twp. Cost: $1.* 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 deerthemed craft afterwards. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.* wednesday, november 14 Home-School Walks: Endangered Species All Ages! Learn what “HIPPO” has to do with why species become endangered and meet a real, live NJ endangered animal. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $8 per child ages 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 animal to learn about and draw. Parents are welcome to stay and take part. Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.* saturday, november 17 Tripod Rock Hike: Moderate Ages 7 & Up. Come out and see the famous “rock” star found on Pyramid Mountain. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: FREE.* saturday, november 17 & sunday, november 18 Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for this month’s nature photo scavenger hunt. Take a photo of every item and get a prize. Theme and prizes change monthly. This is a great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: Any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10 per family. Apple Cidering All Ages! Find out why you’ve been looking at apples upside down your entire life. Then help make fresh apple cider by hand with a cider press. Taste the sweet cider at the end. Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $3.* See Page 6 sunday, november 18 A Child’s Thanksgiving Dish Centerpiece Ages 6 - 10. Start with a 12’ terracotta saucer. Add some miniature woodland plants. Populate with tiny Pilgrims and Native Americans (in figurine form.) Finish the centerpiece with a totem animal. Now, make up a story about your centerpiece that ends with the sentence: “And that’s why I am grateful.” This unique floral design and the re-telling of the story makes your child the star of your family’s Thanksgiving Day meal! Parents stay and watch, children do the creating. Time: 1 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $25.* See Page 9

Kids’ Nature Fest: Cool Creepy Crawlies Students in Grades 1 - 4. Kids spend the day off from school investigating bugs, slugs, and more. Games, crafts, hiking, and LIVE bugs make for a fun way to learn. Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $40.* See Page 2

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sunday, november 25 Turkey Mountain Trot: Strenuous Ages 16 & Up. Enjoy a challenging hike over and through Turkey Mountain and burn those extra calories consumed around Thanksgiving. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: FREE.* Monday, november 26 Garden Sprouts: Let’s get spicy! Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Ginger is a spice that’s used in many cultures for both food and medicine. Explore ginger, its zip, and other spicy plants. Make a spicy craft to take home for the holidays. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.* tuesday, november 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: Scherman-Hoffman, Bernardsville. Cost: $1.* Call 973-635-6629. wednesday, november 28 Home-School Walk: Who’s Ready for the Winter? All Ages! Take a look at food storage, fur changes, den making, and other survival techniques the animals use to get set for the cold winter months. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $8 per child ages 3 & up.* Full Moon Hike: Moderate Ages 7 & Up. With the leaves off the trees, catch a glimpse of the setting sun and enjoy the full “beaver” or “frosty” moon, as Native Americans called it. Flashlights are welcome. Time: 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.* See Page 2 Friday, november 30 through sunday, december 9 Gingerbread Wonderland This December marks the 21st Annual Gingerbread Wonderland. Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity, skills, and sense of optimism that characterizes this charming and ecumenical exhibit of over 200 edible structures. Past year’s “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 by calling 973-326-7601. Become part of the excitement and build a gingerbread structure to display in the exhibit. Entry forms are online at www.arboretumfriends.com after October 1. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., until 8 p.m. on Fridays. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $2 per person donation. See Page 10 saturday, december 1 & sunday, december 2 Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show Holiday shopping is easy at the Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, now in its third year. You find local crafters offering beautiful hand-made and affordable gifts perfect for that special person on your list. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $2 per person donation gains entry to both the Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland. See Page 10 sunday, december 2 Lake Valhalla Overlook Hike: Moderate Ages 7 & Up. With the leaves off the trees, the view of Lake Valhalla is even more spectacular. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: FREE.* tuesday, december 4 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: $1.* Call 973-635-6629. Pre-School Walk: Tricky Tracks Ages 4 & 5 with an adult. Find animal tracks left behind in the mud or snow, and learn how the different animals move. Try a track-themed craft afterwards. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.* Toddler Trek: Animal Homes Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Join the hunt for animals’ winter homes with a guided hike, activities, and a story read aloud. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.* wednesday, december 5 Home-School Walks: Predator vs. Prey All Ages! Learn which animals are on top of the food chain and the special adaptations that help them stay there. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $8 per child ages 3 & up.* saturday, december 8 Weekend Family Walk All Ages! These guided walks are designed for families with children of various ages. Stroll the wooded trails and discover the natural wonders of the Great Swamp. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $2 per person ages 3 & up.* saturday, december 8 & sunday, december 9 Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show Holiday shopping is easy at the Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, now in its third year. You find local crafters offering beautiful hand-made and affordable gifts perfect for that special person on your list. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $2 per person donation gains entry to both the Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland. See Page 10

Monday, november 19 Toddler Trek: Going On A Seed Hunt Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Listen to a story and hunt outside to find the many different seeds and nuts covering the forest floor. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.* Garden Sprouts: Pumpkins, Yams, and Potatoes, Oh My! Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Learn about these traditional Thanksgiving foods, how they grow, and which parts of the plant you are eating. Snacks are served! Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.* tuesday, november 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: Kay Center, Chester Twp. Cost: $1.* Call 973-635-6629. saturday, november 24 & sunday, november 25 Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for this month’s nature photo scavenger hunt. Take a photo of every item and get a prize. Theme and prizes change monthly. This is a great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: Any time between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10 per family. sunday, november 25 Weekend Family Walk All Ages! These guided walks are designed for families with children of various ages. Stroll the wooded trails and discover the natural wonders of the Great Swamp. Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $2 per person ages 3 & up.*

A Civil War Christmas Experience life during the Civil War both on the home front and at a soldier’s winter encampment. Visit the encampment of the 2nd NJ Brigade as they prepare for a holiday away from home including authentically reproduced huts. Enjoy a Civil War era Officer’s Ball with period music, costumes, and dance. Make a craft to take home, thursday, december 6 and visit the Vail Home decorated through saturday, for a mid-19th century holiday. december 8 Time: Saturday, 12 Noon - 5 p.m. Historic Holidays at Fosterfields and Sunday, 12 Noon - 4 p.m. Location: Historic Speedwell. Celebrate Christmas with the Cost: $7 for adults, $6 for Woods family who lived in the seniors (65+), $5 for children Farmhouse in the 1920s. After a ages 4 - 16, and children under wagon ride to the farm, explore age 4 are FREE. British baking, and decorating See Page 13 traditions. Meet the farm animals, and help with chores. At The Willows, discover how the FosMonday, december 10 ters ushered in the new year! Toddler Trek: Animal Homes Time: 12 Noon - 4 p.m. Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Location: Fosterfields. Join the hunt for animals’ winter Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors homes with a guided hike, activi(65+), $4 for children ages 4 - 16, ties, and a story read aloud. and $2 for children ages 2 & 3. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. FREE for children under age 2 Location: Great Swamp OEC. and Friends members. Cost: $5.* See Page 11

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tuesday, december 11 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: $1.* Call 973-635-6629. Pre-School Walk: Tricky Tracks Ages 4 & 5 with an adult. Find animal tracks left behind in the mud or snow, and learn how the different animals move. Try a track-themed craft afterwards. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.* saturday, december 15 Winter Reservoir Hike: Moderate Ages 7 & Up. Hike along Pyramid Mountain ridge and return along the Taylortown Reservoir. Enjoy the peaceful views of the reservoir in winter. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: FREE.* sunday, december 16 Weekend Family Walk All Ages! These guided walks are designed for families with children of various ages. Stroll the wooded trails and discover the natural wonders of the Great Swamp. Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $2 per person ages 3 & up.* Monday, december 17 Create a Holiday Centerpiece Grades 5 & Up. Try making a holiday arrangement ready for the dining room table. Make the perfect gift for mom, grandmother, or even a special teacher. Arrangers learn about table sizing, placement, and making sure an arrangement is right for the middle of the holiday table. Bring a pair of pruners and a flat box in which to take home your arrangement. Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $30.* See Page 9 tuesday, december 18 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 Park, Morris Twp. Cost: $1.* Call 973-635-6629. Friday, december 21 Winter Solstice Celebration Ages 6 & Up. Join an outdoor beach gathering around a campfire to participate in the historical and ceremonial aspects of the solstice while enjoying hot cider and s’mores. Register now as space is limited. Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Location: Lewis Morris County Park, Sunrise Lake. Cost: $8.* Call 973-635-6629. sunday, december 23 Welcome Winter Hike: Moderate Ages 7 & Up. With the Winter Solstice behind us, celebrate the beginning of winter and the return of longer and brighter days. Time: 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.* See Page 2 thursday, december 27 & Friday, december 28 Wild About Winter Mini-Camp Time off from school is a great time to get out in nature and explore. Learn about the crazy things that wildlife do to survive the winter cold, explore the quiet forest looking for animal signs, and more. Enjoy walks, crafts, stories, games, and activities. Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 4 with an adult 9:30 a.m. - 12 Noon Ages 5 - 8 Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: Ages 2 - 4: $10 per day* Ages 5 - 8: $15 per day* saturday, december 29 Year-End Family Hike: Easy All Ages! Enjoy the last hike of 2012 with the staff of Pyramid Mountain. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: FREE.* Monday, december 31 Eagle Watching Trip Ages 16 & Up. On the last day of the year, join this van trip into NY and PA to view majestic, wintering Bald Eagles. Dress warmly and bring a bag lunch. Register now as space is extremely limited. Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Meet at the Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $35.* See Page 15

Pathways
Pathways is a publication of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
William J. Chegwidden, Freehold Director Douglas R. Cabana, Deputy Freeholder Director John Cesaro • Ann F. Grossi Thomas J. Mastrangelo John J. Murphy • William “Hank” Lyon

John R. Sette, President • Betty Cass-Schmidt, Vice President Julie C. Baron • Stuart Lasser • Dr. Philip T. Santiago Judith Schleicher • Richard Seabury, III Barbara Shepard • Helen M. Wronski David D. Helmer, Executive Director Lois M. Wnek, Executive Editor

Morris County Commissioners

The Morris County Park Commission invites everyone to visit the parks and participate in the programs. If you have special needs, please contact the Administrative Office for assistance, Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 973-326-7600 or TTY Relay: 7-1-1. If you require an interpreter for the deaf, please provide two weeks notice. Published by the Morris County Park Commission P.O. Box 1295, Morristown, NJ 07962-1295.

* Preregistration required: Contact the appropriate facility or phone number listed.

Watch for the Winter Issue, December 26

*For program and registration information, please contact the appropriate facility:
Cooper Gristmill/ Black River County Park 908-879-5463 Industrial Heritage 973-285-6542 Fosterfields Living Historical Farm & The Willows 973-326-7645 Pyramid Mountain NHA 973-334-3130 The Frelinghuysen Arboretum 973-326-7603 Mennen Sports Arena 973-326-7651 Mahlon Dickerson Reservation 973-663-0200 Great Swamp OEC 973-635-6629 Historic Speedwell 973-285-6550 Golf Information 973-326-7602 Kay Environmental Center 973-635-6629 Recreation 973-326-7616 Park Police 973-326-7632 Park Reservations 973-326-7631 TTY Relay 7-1-1

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Designer Showcase
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ou don’t have to own acres of land or be a millionaire to engage the services of a landscape designer. All you need to do is simply understand the design process, your property’s potential, and create your own vision. On Sunday, October 7, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. take advantage of this unique opportunity to begin this process by attending, “Designer Showcase” presented by the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). APLD NJ chapter members exhibit examples of their work and design materials that can assist you to envision and implement your own project. This special event takes place in the atrium gallery at the Haggerty Education Center at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. For more information, please call 973-326-7601.

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