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Celebrate Lenape Day
Gingerbread Wonderland

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Grand Harvest Wine Festival

Halloween Happenings

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Nighttime Storytelling at the Great Swamp!

elebrate Halloween on a spooktacular storytelling walk along the darkened, woodland trails of the Great Swamp. Along the guided walk, handcarved jack-o-lanterns pose in the forest to light up the trails, glowing eyes peer from the undergrowth, and ghostly lights glimmer! Join in the fun at the popular Trail Tales annual event for a truly unique experience at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township! Enjoy an unforgettable night of silly, slightly spooky, nature-themed and Native American storytelling, on Saturday, October 26, beginning at 5:30 p.m. You never know who may be lurking around the next bend in the path, waiting to tell their story - it could be an eagle, a pirate, or a giant luna moth! Wear a costume, if you like. Small groups leave the Visitors Center every 15 minutes with a costumed guide. Along the trail, listen for the wild nocturnal sounds of nature, and pause to be entertained by interactive storytellers along the way. 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 participant. Call soon to register for a time slot as space is limited! Participants must preregister for a time slot by calling the Great Swamp OEC at 973.635.6629.

A Miller’s Halloween

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at Cooper Gristmill

et the ‘spirits’ move you, and join the fun at A Miller’s Halloween at the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township on Saturday, October 26, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wear a costume, and listen to spooky stories at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Create corn husk dolls, take part in crafts, and try out old-time games. Tour the Gristmill and look for skeletons, spiders, witches, and surprises around every corner! This is a FREE program, and donations are appreciated. For more information, please call Cooper Gristmill at 908.879.5463.

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Pumpkin Creations
ctober offers double-the-Halloweenfun at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. On Sunday, October 20, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. come to Pumpkin Creations! Select and decorate a pumpkin for Halloween. While supplies last, use natural plant materials to create a unique jack o’ lantern to take home. Parental supervision is required. For more information, please call Fosterfields at 973.326.7645.

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Experience a simpler Halloween as it was celebrated in the early 20th century at Historic Halloween Happenings on Sunday, October 27, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. Decorate Halloween cookies, play Halloween games, and enjoy a scavenger hunt around the farm. Discover how a homemade costume is created at the 1920s Farmhouse. For more information, please call Fosterfields at 973.326.7645.

Historic Halloween Happenings

ew things say fall like apples, pumpkins, and scarecrows, and all these arrive at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum on Saturday, October 19. Join the fun and make a scarecrow to be ‘planted’ on the lawn next to the Haggerty Education Center. To make a scarecrow, you can either bring your own clothing and accessories, or use some of ours. We have the forms, as well as the hay for stuffing, too. If you would prefer to make your scarecrow elsewhere, the forms are available for pick up during the week of October 7. Deliver your scarecrow on October 19 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and join the fun planned for the day because scarecrows aren’t the only things being planted. Todd Pugsley, an expert pumpkin carver from Madison, New Jersey, works his magic on pumpkins that are placed in the garden. Participate in an apple tasting and vote for your favorite, make an apple craft, and enjoy delicious local cider and donuts to cap off these fun fall festivities. The cost is $30 per scarecrow. If scarecrow making is not your thing, but you would like to participate in all the other activities, the cost is $10 per family. Scarecrows in the Garden are on display until November 2. For more details, rules, and a registration form, please see www.arboretumfriends.org.

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Scarecrows in the Garden

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earning to dance and attending dances was the best way to meet and socialize in the 19th century; everyone from youngsters to adults learned the steps and danced at social functions. Join in this 19th century experience with Historic Speedwell’s historic dance class on Sunday, October 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Using period dance manuals, learn the classics, such as the Virginia Reel and the Snowball Waltz. Please wear comfortable shoes. No experience or partners required. Pre-registration required. The dance program is included with your general admission of $5 adults, $4 seniors 65 and over, $3 children 4-16, under 4 are FREE. For more information and to preregister, please call 973.285.6550.

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Belle of the Ball
19th Century Dance Class

xperience holiday life during the Civil War both on the home front and at a soldiers’ winter encampment at Historic Speedwell in Morristown, beginning at 12 Noon on Saturday, December 7 until 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 8 until 4 p.m. The 2nd NJ Brigade soldiers prepare camp for the holiday season away from home, including food preparation outside authentically reproduced huts. Winter huts were built to house some of the troops and provide extra warmth, while others slept in traditional fly tents. Burning fires keep the lonely soldiers warm, but also helped cook their special holiday meal. Just outside the carriage house, the troops write letters home to their loved ones, and receive holiday care packages from home. A small tree found in the local woods is decorated with popcorn and dried fruit. 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

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A Civil War Christmas on the Home Front and the Soldiersʼ Encampment
diaries and letters. Visit the Vail’s home decorated to the mid-19th century, and see how a home from the same period as the Civil War was prepared for the holidays with simple, yet elegant, decorations and a formally set table for a 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 room festively decorated with fresh pine and ribbons. Watch how Civil War officers in their best dress uniforms invite women clad in all their finery to dance. An authentic period dance instructor teaches re-enactors and visitors to properly dance these historic pieces. Take part in a traditional holiday craft workshop, and make a craft to take home. Taste some hot mulled cider and cookies as you warm up near the outdoor fire. The Friends of Historic Speedwell Gift Shop is filled with unique holiday decorations, gifts, and stocking stuffers!

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Historic Holidays at Fosterfields
by the Farmhouse where the sights, smells, and sounds set the stage for a holiday celebration! Discover what’s baking in the kitchen on the wood stove, and enjoy colorful Christmas decorations throughout the house. 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, and also discover how the Fosters celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Day. Miss Foster was known to celebrate with the fine society of Morristown and toast the New Year with a secret eggnog recipe. Visit the interactive Transportation Exhibit to see Caroline Foster’s 1922 Model ‘T’ Ford, a surprise Christmas gift from her friends. In the auditorium, create special family-friendly holiday crafts to take home. Admission is $6 adults, $5 seniors 65 & over, $4 children 4-16, $2 children ages 2 & 3, under 2 are FREE. For more information, please call 973.326.7645.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (65+), and $5 children ages 4 to 16. For more information, please call 973.285.6550.

oin the festivities during Historic Holidays at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. Experience what a 1920s Christmas would have been like for the Farm Superintendent, Edward Woods and his family, as well as Charles and Caroline Foster, owners of the estate. Begin your adventure into Christmas past with a ride around the historic farm in a horse-drawn wagon. Roll up your sleeves and crack corn to feed the hungry chickens, and collect eggs at the hen house. Try your skills at milking ‘Woody,’ a ‘pretend’ cow, and watch how the farmers milk the real Jersey cows. Getting into the holiday spirit, design fresh greens into swags used to decorate buildings in the barnyard. Discover English holiday traditions which would have been familiar to the Woods family. Stop

ach season brings its own culinary delights. Foragers, or those who search for wild edibles, know that fall is a very special time. It brings us the nutrientdense foods, such as nuts, seeds, and roots. You will be amazed to learn that you are surrounded by plants that are not only edible, but quite tasty. These wild edibles are found everywhere, such as backyards, vacant lots, woods, and more. Join Debbie Naha, wild edibles expert and naturalist, on Sunday, October 6 for a Fall Foraging Walk at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., follow Debbie along the trails as she teaches you how to identify useful plants that are safe for eating. For example, acorns, the nut of the oak tree, were a staple food of Native Americans, and are a great source of protein. Debbie shares great recipes that incorporate many edible wild plants and make tasty dishes. After the walk, return to the Great Swamp’s nature center to learn how to prepare the wild foods, get tasty recipes, and sample some dishes made from common wild plants. Preregistration is required, and the cost is $5 per person. This program is appropriate for ages 16 and older. For more information or to register, please call 973.635.6629.

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Edible Wild Plants Make Tasty Dishes!

t’s quite simple, you know. Plant native seeds and New Jersey native wildlife, such as butterflies and birds, begin to appear in your garden and backyard. In addition to attracting these special visitors, you can enjoy the added benefit of knowing these plants require less care as they are already adapted to our climate and soil. However, since you cannot purchase these native seeds in a supermarket, most nurseries, or a hardware store, come to the Native Seed Swap program and obtain them. At the Native Seed Swap held on Sunday, October 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township, you can obtain your own packets of native seeds, along with the information to grow them successfully. If you’re already a native species gardener, please bring any extra seeds to share with others who may not have those species in their gardens. In addition to obtaining seeds, there are expert speakers, displays, and refreshments. Learn proper native seed collection, storage, and propagation methods. Discover which native species are easy to grow from seeds, cuttings, or divisions, as well as the preferences of specific seeds for various soil types and sun exposures. And, perhaps most importantly, connect with other like-minded gardeners. This program is appropriate for all adults and serious gardeners ages 8 and older. Admission is $4 per person. We gratefully accept all clearly labeled seeds of species that are native to New Jersey, although seeds are not necessary for admission. For more information, please call 973.334.3130.

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tep back in time and celebrate Thanksgiving and Armistice Day in 1918 at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township on Sunday, November 10, from 12 Noon to 4 p.m. Experience first-hand the lifestyle of Charles Foster and his daughter Caroline, former residents of Fosterfields, as well as their employees, the Woods family, as they celebrated the holiday. Begin at the Foster’s home by following the enticing aromas to The Willows kitchen where their 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, enjoy a unique sidesaddle riding

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Thanksgiving Harvest Home and Armistice Observance
demonstration and meet the lady wearing lovely period attire on her mount. Take a fun and picturesque horse-drawn wagon ride around the farm. While the harvest has been gathered, there is still much to do on the farm. Help husk corn, 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 collection, and watch a cow-milking demonstration. The Armistice, or cease fire that officially stopped the carnage of WWI, went into effect in Europe on November 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. Over the years, Armistice Day, later named Veterans Day, has honored the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. Gather outside The Willows, the Foster family home, at 2 p.m. for a special tribute to veterans. The special activities continue at the Visitors Center! View “Preserving Our Heritage,” a display that highlights the restoration of the Fosterfields barn. Be sure to visit the interactive Transportation Exhibit, and make a familyfriendly craft to take home. Admission for Thanksgiving-Harvest Home is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. FREE for children under age 2 and Friends members with a valid membership card. Current military personnel and veterans are admitted FREE for this event. For more information, please call 973.326.7645.

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Time to Make

Apple Cider!

houghts that are always associated with the fall season are colorful leaves, pumpkins, scarecrows, and apple cider. Come to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center and enjoy a day of sweet apple cidering. Learn the apple’s place in history and in the natural world as locally grown apples are pressed to make sweet cider right before your eyes. It’s so much fun to take part in the hands-on process by helping to prepare the apples, grinding them, turning the old-fashioned press, and collecting the cider. Discover that you have been looking at apples upside down your entire life, that a ‘fruit’ is not what you think it is, and many more amazing facts. This engaging experience is topped off with a delicious sample of fresh, homemade cider! Mark your calendar for the Apple Cidering demos, and make it a family fall tradition! Come to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township for Apple Cidering Demos at 2 p.m. on Saturdays: October 19, November 9 and 23, and Sundays: October 20, November 10 and 24. These hour-long demonstrations cost $3 and designed to engage, involve, and educate all ages. Preregistration is not necessary. For more information, please call 973.635.6629.

William G. Mennen Sports Arena 161 E. Hanover Ave. • Morris Township, NJ 07960

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GRAND HARVEST
WINE FESTIVAL October 5 & October 6
12 to 5 p.m.

Grand Harvest Wine Festival
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ack by popular demand, The Garden State Wine Growers Association hosts the Grand Harvest Wine Festival on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6, 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, fees, and ticketing information, visit the Garden State Wine Growers Association at www.newjerseywines.com. For more information, please call 973.326.7645.

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
www.newjerseywines.com

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Now Available for Groups of All Sizes!
raigmeur Recreation Complex, New Jersey’s premier company and family picnic facility, is now available for private rental for groups both large and small. With extensive sporting facilities, such as a new playground, full and half court basketball courts, six tennis courts, bankshot basketball, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, Frisbee golf, softball and soccer fields, no matter how big or small of a group, it is sure to please. In addition to the popular favorite menus, new menus are now available at lower prices to meet everyone’s budget needs. Three covered picnic areas are available for reservations.

Consider mouth-watering picnic items cooked right at your picnic site! With new food menus and added options, such as inflatable castles, disc jockeys, dunk tanks, magicians, face painters, and so much more, your party is guaranteed to be a success. Is your company picnic missing that special something? Then add an activities coordinator to build up company morale. No matter what your needs may be, let our Craigmeur team take the pressure off this year’s picnic planning. Many options are available. Contact our experienced team and allow us to assist you in planning this year’s event. Reservations fill up quickly, so call today! For more information and reservations, please call 973.326.7631.

New Menus, Inflatables, Entertainers, and Much More!

Human litter is not only unsightly, but also negatively impacts our forest wildlife, and as a result, circles back to negatively impact us. On Sunday, October 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., join the staff of Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Montville Township and Dove Environmental Education for a fun, interactive program about forest wildlife and how human litter is damaging to their habitat. Learn what creatures may be hiding in a tree or moving around beneath your feet in the soil. Discover new and creative ways to protect wildlife and habitats to improve the quality of life for everyone. Through this innovative program, become empowered to take positive actions that benefit the environment, wildlife, and yourself. This hands-on indoor program is followed by a family forest walk to observe forest dwellers up close. All ages are welcome. As always, thank you for not littering! This program is sponsored by Morris County Clean Communities, and costs $3 per person ages 2 and older. For more information, please call 973.334.3130 or visit www.morrisparks.net.

Not Perfect Together!

Litter & You

All Access Inclusive Playground
The All Access Inclusive Playground ground-breaking took place on June 21, 2013 at Central Park of Morris County in Parsippany. This playground provides an opportunity for children with disabilities to play together with their friends without disabilities. (Back row L to R) Volunteer Leader Tiffany Lee Srnensky, Executive Director of The Park Alliance Denise Lanza, Commissioners Judith Schleicher, Julie Baron, Vice President Betty Cass Schmidt, and Stuart Lasser. Funding support is still needed for the safety surfacing to complete this playground. Please visit www.parkalliance.net.

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rom the tundra to the rain forest, the Junior Master Gardeners travel around the world without ever leaving The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township. This exciting new program, for young people in grades 3 through 5, offers a rewarding opportunity to explore the world and the world of plants through the New Junior Master Gardeners (JMG) program. This year, JMGers discover plants that think New Jersey is a tropical paradise, learn about exotic-invasive plants, and attempt to grow plants from six of the seven continents. Designed to connect kids to the natural world in an integrated handson learning experience, the Junior Master Gardeners program expands The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s youth gardening to a year-round program. To be eligible, kids needn’t have taken any other youth horticulture classes at the Arboretum, but they must be willing to get dirty, go outside no matter the weather, help others, and have fun. This year’s JMG class focuses on specific areas and collections at the Arboretum, and the changes throughout the seasons. At the end of each year, young gardeners participate in a plant-focused service project based on what they’ve learned, and along the way they become certified Junior Master Gardeners.

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Junior Master Gardeners Program Travel the World

Junior Master Gardeners was created by University Cooperative Extension, the same organization that coordinates the Master Gardener program in each state in the U.S., and is known for it’s educational outreach and service to the community. JMG begins Wednesday October 2, and meets every other Wednesday throughout the school year, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $200 per child. For more information or to request a registration brochure contact Senior Horticultural Program Specialist, Gwen Montgomery at 973.631.5004 or gmontgomery@morrisparks.net.

fter the holidays and the gifts have been opened, kids often get bored. Fight the winter blues and spend the last days of winter break learning all about nature and exploring the outdoors! Kids ages 2 to 8 are invited to the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township to take part in the Wild About Winter Mini-Camp on Monday, December 30 and Tuesday, December 31. December is a fantastic time to learn some of the natural world’s best kept secrets. There’s no better opportunity to see animal tracks in the snow, search for hidden wildlife homes, and solve the mystery of where all the summer creatures have gone. Each day, campers enjoy crafts, stories, games, activities, and outdoor adventures centered around a different theme. Expert naturalists assist your children to view the winter world from an entirely new perspective. Ages 2 to 4 attend camp with their favorite adult, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while ages 5 to 8 attend on their own from 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon. Pricing for ages 2 to 4 is $10/day, while the fee for 5 to 8 year olds is $15/day. Space is limited to 12 children per age group each day. For more information or to register, call 973.635.6629.

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Winter Mini-Camp!

Wild About

ake advantage of this unique opportunity to learn more about your natural surroundings in these outdoor ecology classes offered by naturalists of Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Montville Township. These new ecology classes are designed for adults and teens, age 16 and older, beginning this fall and continuing monthly on select Sunday afternoons, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, October 27, study Native Trees & Fall Foliage. Branch out and learn to use twigs and bud structures, leaves, and bark to identify trees that are native to northern New Jersey. Then ‘rock’ your world even more on Sunday, November 24 when you return for the NJ Highlands Geology program. Discover the reasons much of northern New Jersey is covered with rocks and boulders, as well as how old they are and how they formed. Each of the classes includes an indoor educational presentation and an interpretive hike along the forested trails of Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area. Each class costs $10 per person, and preregistration is required. For more information or to register, please call 973.334.3130.

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Outdoor Ecology Classes

nother reason New Jersey is incredibly special and unique is that it is a wonderful place to view our nation’s great symbol, the Bald Eagles. Now, you can have a rare opportunity to see these majestic eagles in their natural environment on Sunday, December 29; Saturday, January 18, 2014; and Sunday, February 9, 2014, 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 spots 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 handouts. 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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Bald Eagle Watching Trips

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Celebrate Lenape Day at the Great Swamp!

ark your calendars for Saturday, October 12, from 12 Noon. to 4 p.m. to spend a fun-filled afternoon learning about the history and culture of the native people of New Jersey at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township! Many people mistakenly believe that the Lenape no longer exist, but at this unique event, you can meet present-day Native Americans of the Ramapough Lenape and discover how their lives have changed over hundreds of years. Every elementary school child in New Jersey studies the Lenape, but this event offers a once in a lifetime educational experience that simply can’t be matched in the classroom. Everyone leaves having learned something new! 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. Now you can take part in a Lenape celebration and get a true sense of what life was like for the native people of this area hundreds of years ago. 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 an 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. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase. For more information, please call 973.635.6629.

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Gingerbread Wonderland
A Holiday Tradition for All
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

he smell of ginger 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 shows runs from Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 15, 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 your 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 popular movies, 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. Groups of 8 or more must make reservations by calling 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.

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A special ‘Gingerbread Wonderland Opening Night Party’ is held on Thursday, December 5 for members of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Members enjoy a ‘first look’ at these much anticipated displays and take part in seasonal refreshments. Craft Show For the fourth year in a row, the Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show is held on Saturdays and Sundays, December 7 and 8, and December 14 and 15. 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. Ice Carving Ice carving demonstrations by the skilled artists from Sculpted Ice Works in Pennsylvania takes place on Saturday, December 7 and Saturday, December 14, from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. For more information, please call 973.326.7603.

school groups, families, and individuals.
• Over 15,000 visitors enjoy viewing your creation.
• Win a ribbon and maybe a prize in the

• A perfect activity for scout troops,

UPS Peoples Choice Award.

Forms and details: arboretumfriends.org

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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: Stories & Myths 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. Dates in series: September 24, October 1, 8, & 15. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $12 per class/$45 for the series.*

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society Annual Show and Sale The best known member of this plant family is the African Violet, but there are many others. Come see a room full of these diminutive beauties. The theme for this year’s show is “Gesneriads on Saturday, October 5 Broadway.” There will be plant & Sunday, October 6 experts on hand to answer all your growing questions, and lovely Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Grab a camera or phone and stop by plants will be for sale. Thursday, October 3 the Haggerty Education Center for Time: 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Home-School Day: this month’s nature Photo ScavWednesday, October 2 Arboretum. Harvesting in Milltown enger Hunt. Take a photo of every Mecha-Crafts Cost: FREE. All Ages. item and get a prize. Themes and Ages 3 - 6 with an adult. Help prepare for winter in Friday, October 4 prizes change monthly. Enjoy this Enjoy an afternoon in the Factory Milltown by harvesting wheat. great way to get the family outdoors Native Plant Seed Swap Friends of History building at Historic Speedwell to Children must be accompanied Ages 8 & Up. year round. Awards Reception hear a story and create a mechani- by an adult. Scoop up seeds of native plants The Friends of Historic Speedwell Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. cal craft. for your garden and bring your Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen honor area residents dedicated Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. own native seeds to share. Listen Location: Cooper Gristmill. Arboretum. to the preservation of MorLocation: Historic Speedwell. to experts in the field speak while Cost: $6 per student.* Cost: $10/family. ris County’s rich historic past. Cost: Admission. you enjoy refreshments. Seeds are Call 973-631-5343. By invitation only. Please call not necessary for admission. Call 973.285.6534 to request an invite. Building a Better 973.334.3130 for more information. Nature’s Classroom: Time: 6 p.m. 9 p.m. Barn Walking Tour Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Energy and Food Chains Location: Morris County Weather permitting, take a Location: Great Swamp OEC. Ages 9 - 12. Cultural Center. guided tour to learn about the Cost: $4. Home-schoolers learn about the The Garden State Wine newly restored main barn, corn See Page 5 natural world through indoor and Cost: $75.* Growers Association hosts cribs, and ensilage pits. Meet at outdoor activities, including a a sampling of 300+ wines. the Visitors Center. 19th Century Dance hike, during this four-week series Saturday, October 5 Enjoy live music, delicious Time: 2 p.m. Learn classical dances that have of science education classes. ‘Explore the Farm’ foods, and artisan crafts. Location: Fosterfields. been done through history. No Dates in series: September 26, Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride Cost: Admission. prior experience or partners necesOctober 3, 17, & 24. Enjoy an interpretive horse-drawn More info: sary. Please call 973.285.6550 for Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. wagon ride while discovering the www.newjerseywines.com. Time: 12 Noon - 5 p.m. more information. Location: Pyramid Mtn. importance of sustainable farmLocation: Fosterfields. Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $12 per class/$45 for ing. Learn about the methods, Location: Historic Speedwell. the series.* equipment, crops, and enterprises Cost: www.newjerseywines.com. See Page 5 Cost: Admission. of Charles Foster’s farm in the See Page 4 early 1900s. Time: 10:15 a.m. - 12 Noon. Sunday, October 6 Arboretum Tour Location: Fosterfields. Fall Foraging Walk: Meet in the lobby of the Haggerty Cost: Admission. * Wild Edibles Education Center for a FREE tour Ages 16 & Up. of the grounds of The FrelinghuyJoin wild edibles expert Debbie sen Arboretum. Learn some of the Naha to tour the trails identifying history and enjoy the beauty of fall plants that are tasty and nutrithis exceptional horticultural site tious. Get recipes and sample some with a knowledgeable tour guide. dishes made from wild foods. Time: 2 p.m. Time: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Location: Great Swamp OEC. Arboretum. Cost: $5.* Cost: FREE. * Preregistration required: Contact the appropriate facility or phone number listed. See Page 5

Gallery Exhibit: Flora, Fauna and Scenes of Arizona Roberta C. Scott treats you to a pictorial vacation in the Southwest with her stunning scenes of the flora and fauna of Arizona. Whether she depicts the tiniest dew drop on a flower or the broad colorful Southwestern landscape, her magnificent work will delight you. Ms. Scott is the curator for the Fleetwood Museum of Art and Photographica in North Plainfield, NJ. She has presented over 50 one-woman shows and is a member of several art and nature organizations. Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: FREE.

man teaches this beginning to intermediate watercolor class that stresses color, value, and balance using seasonal still life arrangements. Transparent watercolor techniques will also be studied. All critiques are positive, and creativity is encouraged. Ms. Hoffman has both studied and taught art for many years and was a Board Member and President of the Somerset Arts Association from 1999 through 2009. Meet the artist on October 3, where you will see her work and pick up your materials list. Classes continue on the following Thursdays: October 10, 17, 31, and November 7. A makeup class is scheduled for Thursday, November 14. Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $325.* This class is limited to 15 students.

Yeast Bread Baking Make nutritious whole-grain bread from freshly ground flour. As the batter rises, tour the Gristmill. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregister by September 28. Time: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Location: Cooper Gristmill. Cost: $10 per family (Friends members $5).* The Team ‘Logs On’ Watch the Belgian draft horse team haul huge logs, which can be cut into stove wood. Time: 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: Admission.

30th Annual Chester Harvest Festival Watch Cooper Gristmill staff present an apple cider-making demonstration. Many other activities are offered to celebrate the fall season. Time: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Near 76 East Main Street, Chester. Cost: FREE.

Grand Harvest Wine Festival

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Monday, October 7

Toddler Trek: Are Deer Roaming Here? Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Learn about these antlered animals with a story, touchable artifacts, and a walk to look for their tracks. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.* Garden Sprouts: All That’s In There? Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. It’s the time of year when plants are dropping seeds like crazy. Look at what’s inside each seed and learn just how miraculous they are. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.* 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 8

Toddler Trek: Loud Leaves Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Orange, red, and yellow! Learn about fall leaves’ interesting shapes and sizes, plus lots of other cool facts about leaves with a story and a walk. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5*. Bus Trip and Private Tour of the High Line in Manhattan The High Line is an extraordinary public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by the Friends of the High Line who fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. Two tours are scheduled with the highly regarded Sonia Uyterhoeven from the New York Botanical Gardens at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. The rest of your time can be spent lunching from the food trucks along the way or visiting the Chelsea Market. Time: Bus leaves The Frelinghuysen Arboretum parking lot at 9:30 a.m. SHARP and returns at approximately 5:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $65.* Nature’s Classroom: Apple Cidering, Flowers to Fruit 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. Dates in series: September 24, October 1, 8, & 15. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $12 per class/$45 for the series.*
Wednesday, October 9

Creature Crafters Ages 5 - 9. Each month, join a naturalist to learn about a different NJ animal with a short walk and many touchable artifacts. Then make a cool craft featuring that animal. Parents are welcome to stay and take part. Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.*
Saturday, October 12

Industrial Heritage Tour: Waterloo Valley Industrial History This scenic fall walk begins at the front gate of Waterloo Village and follows the canal southward to Saxton Falls. Along the way, explore the remains of several of the rural industries. After the tour, explore Waterloo Village and visit a working 19th century gristmill, Smith‘s Canal Store, canal museum, and canal boat ride. This is a lengthy, 4-hour hike over easy trail with some off-trail exploration. Come equipped with sturdy shoes and lunch. No facilities are available. Registration is required, please email macgraphics1@verizon.net. Time: 10 am - 1 p.m. Location: TBA. Cost: $5 per participant.*

Celebrate Apples! Assist with cider pressing as it was done in 1880s Milltown/ Chester. Use a hand-cranked apple peeler, decorate an apple, and see a display of apple head dolls. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Cooper Gristmill. Cost: FREE.
Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show and Sale You’ve never seen more beautiful or unusual Chrysanthemums than at this fabulous flower show. Meet expert growers, learn what goes into growing and showing flowers to be judged, and purchase some lovely specimens to take home. Time: Saturday: 12 Noon - 4:30 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: FREE.
Tuesday, October 15

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. Themes and prizes change monthly. Enjoy this great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10/family.

Baby and Me Hike Put your baby in a backpack and explore one of many wonderful Morris County area trails! All adults are welcome to join. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Dismal Harmony, Mendham Twp. Cost: $1.* Call 973.635.6629. Pre-School Walk: Those Nutty Squirrels Ages 4 & 5 with an adult. Search for squirrels and chipmunks in the forest busily getting ready for winter. Enjoy a squirrelthemed craft, too. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mountain. Cost: $5.* Nature’s Classroom: Fall Foliage Hike 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. Dates in series: September 24, October 1, 8, & 15. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $12 per class/$45 for the series.*
Tuesday, October 15

Baby and Me Hike Put your baby in a backpack and explore one of many wonderful Morris County area trails! All adults are welcome to join. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Hedden County Park, Dover. Cost: $1.* Call 973.635.6629. Pre-School Walk: Those Nutty Squirrels Ages 4 & 5 with an adult. Search for squirrels and chipmunks in the forest busily getting ready for winter. Enjoy a squirrelthemed craft, too. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.*

Lenape Day
Saturday, October 12
This most popular annual event celebrates the Lenape people with dancing, drums, vendors, and historical talks by the Ramapough Lenape People. Enjoy games, crafts, touring a replica wigwam, and more! Great fun for the entire family. Time: 12 Noon - 4 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5. See Page 10

Mecha-Crafts Ages 3 - 6 with an adult. Enjoy an afternoon in the Factory building at Historic Speedwell to hear a story and create a mechanical craft. Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Historic Speedwell. Cost: Admission.

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

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Tuesday, October 15

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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.*
Thursday, October 17

Flower Arranging Demonstration For Fall and Winter Holidays If you are a flower arranger, you know this is a special time of year that includes all the holidays. Early to late Autumn offers deep hues of red, orange, gold, and bronze for foliage, interesting seed pods, assorted grasses and berries all adding seasonal appeal to your arrangements. Harvest time offers exciting prospects for our Thanksgiving tables as we find seasonal fruits and vegetables to accompany the deep jewel toned flowers. Bring in the holly and the ivy and all the wonderful greenery associated with the winter holidays as you prepare to entertain. Join Marge Hulstrunk, professional floral designer, as she shares some of her ideas combining great plant material in natural looking containers that are not only interesting, but affordable too! Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $30.*
Wednesday, October 16

Home-School Adventures: Skulls and Bones All Ages. Learn unique facts about the skulls and bones of different animals. Try a snack to observe how different kinds of teeth work. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $8 per child ages 3 & up.* Mecha-Crafts Ages 3 - 6 with an adult. Enjoy an afternoon in the Factory building at Historic Speedwell to hear a story and create a mechanical craft. Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Historic Speedwell. Cost: Admission.

Nature’s Classroom: Apple Cidering and Simple Machines Ages 9 - 12. Home-schoolers learn about the natural world through indoor and outdoor activities, including a hike, during this four-week series of science education classes. Dates in series: September 26, October 3, 17, & 24. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Fall Foliage Canoe Paddle Location: Pyramid Mtn. Ages 12 & Up. Cost: $12 per class/$45 for Enjoy a beautiful afternoon paddle the series.* viewing autumn’s splendor from the water. Canoes, life vests, and Homegrown and Homespun paddles are provided. Children Help with kitchen, garden, or under 16 must be accompanied handwork projects. by an adult. Register today Time: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. space is limited. Canoe skills Location: Fosterfields. clinic is a prerequisite. Site will Cost: Admission. be determined based on water Groups over 7 people must preconditions. register.* Call 973.631.5343. Time: 4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Location: Split Rock Reservoir, Saturday, October 19 Rockaway Twp. or Rockaway Lil’ Critters Storytime River, Tourne Park. Ages 3 - 6 with an adult. Cost: $20.* Call 973.334.3130. Each month, hear engaging nature Grow, Cook, Eat: Edible Alliums stories read aloud. Then, take part in fun activities like crafts, games, In the very popular monthly garor walks that build on the stories’ dening series, Horticultural Program Specialists Gwen Montgom- themes. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. ery and Cynthia Triolo provide Location: Pyramid Mtn. growing instructions, planting Cost: $3. tips, and take a closer look at some new and unusual varieties of this vegetable. Seeds, recipes, and ‘What’s New at the Farm’ Family Walk: Easy a tasting sample make this a fun Walk to discover what’s new, and and inspirational evening to give stay fit at the same time. Meet at you the motivation to plant. This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers the Visitors Center. Time: 10 a.m. Master Gardener CEU’s. Location: Fosterfields. Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cost: Admission. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Apple Muffin Baking: Cost: $20.* Children’s Workshop All Ages. Make apple muffins using flour that was just ground, and then tour the Gristmill. Decorate cloth bags to hold the muffins. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregister by October 6. Time: 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Location: Cooper Gristmill. Cost: $10 per family (Friends members $5).*

Corn’s a Poppin! At the Farmhouse, sample a tasty snack of corn that was popped on a wood stove. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: Admission.

Sunday, October 20

Scarecrows in the Garden

Furniture at The Willows During a guided tour, explore the various types of furniture found in the 158 year-old house. Time: 1 p.m. & 2 p.m. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: Admission.

Pumpkin Creations! Use natural materials to create Join in the fun and make a scare- a unique decorative Halloween crow to be ‘planted’ on the lawn. pumpkin to take home. Scarecrow forms will be available Parental supervision required. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. for pick up during the week of Location: Fosterfields. October 7 for those families or Cost: Admission. groups that prefer to make them See Page 3 elsewhere. Deliver your scarecrow on October 19 between 1 p.m. and Litter & You: 4 p.m. Todd Pugsley, an expert NJ Forest Wildlife and Litter pumpkin carver works his magic All Ages. on some pumpkins that we’ll place in the garden. Participate in Learn about New Jersey’s forest an apple tasting and vote on your wildlife and how you can help to favorite, make an apple craft, and keep their habitat safe and litterfree. Finish up the program with a join us for some delicious local cider and donuts. For more details, naturalist-led forest walk. rules, and a registration form, see Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. www.arboretumfriends.org. Cost: $3 per person ages 2 and Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. older.* Location: Frelinghuysen See Page 8 Arboretum. Cost: $30/scarecrow or Monday, October 21 $10/family without scarecrow.* See Page 3 Toddler Trek: Loud Leaves Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Orange, red, and yellow! Learn about fall leaves’ interesting shapes Saturday, October 19 and sizes, plus other facts about & Sunday, October 20 leaves with a story and a hike. Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Grab a camera or phone and stop Location: Great Swamp OEC. by the Haggerty Education Center Cost: $5.* for this month’s nature Photo Scavenger Hunt. Take a photo of every item and get a prize. Themes and prizes change monthly. Enjoy this great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10/family.

Apple Cidering

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

All Ages! Discover why you’ve been looking at apples upside down your entire life. Then help make fresh apple cider by hand with an oldfashioned 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

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Monday, October 21

Garden Sprouts: Gardener’s Choice Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. What makes a garden? Is it flowers, or trees, or just a shady place to sit and read a book? Young visitors visit many of the Arboretum’s gardens, decide which one they prefer, and then stop to read a while. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.*

Nature’s Little Explorers Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Discover the wonders of nature together during six weeks of walks, activities, and crafts! Time: 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (No class Saturday, October 26 November 7 or 28). A Miller’s Halloween Location: Great Swamp OEC. For a fun-filled afternoon, enjoy Cost: $55.* spooky storytelling at 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Come in costume, if Thursday, October 24 you like! Create corn husk dolls Nature’s Classroom: and play old-time games. Tour the Tuesday, October 22 Fall Foliage Hike Gristmill and look for surprises Baby and Me Hike Ages 9 - 12. around every corner. Put your baby in a backpack and Home-schoolers learn about the Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. explore one of many wonderful natural world through indoor and Location: Cooper Gristmill. Morris County area trails! All outdoor activities, including a Cost: FREE. adults are welcome to join. hike, during this four-week series See Page 2 Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. of science education classes. AdLocation: Buttermilk Falls, ditional dates in series: September TRAIL TALES! Mendham Twp. 26, October 3, 17, & 24. Ages 4 & Up. Cost: $1.* Call 973.635.6629. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Hear silly, slightly spooky, and Location: Pyramid Mtn. nature-themed tales told by cosWednesdays, October 23 Cost: $12 per class/$45 for tumed storytellers along the decothrough December 11 the series.* rated nighttime trails of the Great Swamp! Sign up in advance for a Nature’s Little Explorers Homegrown and Homespun time slot as they fill up quickly! Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Discover the wonders of nature to- Help with kitchen, garden, or Location: Great Swamp OEC. gether during six weeks of walks, handwork projects that are from the time period. Cost: $5.* activities, and crafts! Time: 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Time: 10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (No See Page 2 Location: Fosterfields. class on November 6 or 27). Cost: Admission. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Saturday, October 26 Groups over 7 people must Cost: $55.* & Sunday, October 27 preregister.* Call 973.631.5343. Family Photo Scavenger Hunt Wednesday, October 23 Grab a camera or phone and Flying WILD: Teacher Training stop by the Haggerty Education Saturday, October 26 Workshop Center for this month’s nature Educators for Grades Pre-K - 8. Grow Great Garlic Photo Scavenger Hunt. Take a This exciting program introduces No more puny-tasting store photo of every item and get a students to bird conservation bought garlic! Learn how simple Themes and prizes change through classroom activities and it is to grow great garlic. Practice prize. monthly. Enjoy this great way school-wide bird festivals. This by planting garlic in the Arboreto get the family outdoors year collection of interdisciplinary tum’s gardens. Then, buy some activities enrich your science unusual garlic cultivars to plant in round. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. curriculum and engage students in your own garden. This program Frelinghuysen real-world learning using one of is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Location: Arboretum. the most readily viewed forms of Gardener CEU’s. Cost: $10/family. wildlife; migratory birds. Time: 10 a.m. - 12 Noon Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Sunday, October 27 Location: Great Swamp OEC. Arboretum. Ecologists: Native Trees Cost: $20.* Cost: $12.* Gourmet garlic cloves Outdoor Ages 16 & Up. will be sold for 75 cents each, Adults and teens can join these Mecha-Crafts please bring a check or cash. new hands-on classes with Ages 3 - 6 with an adult. interpretive hikes to learn in-depth Enjoy an afternoon in the Factory information about a different building at Historic Speedwell to natural history topic each month. hear a story and create a mechaniTime: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. cal craft. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Cost: $10 per class.* Location: Historic Speedwell. See Page 9 Cost: Admission.

Thursdays, October 24 through December 12

Halloween Happenings

Tuesday, October 29

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.
Wednesday, October 30

Family Walk: Nature’s Costumes All Ages. Explore the ways animals and Sunday, October 27 plants ‘dress up’ to scare, hide, Historic Haunting or fool others. It’s a natural fit for A scary and fun afternoon awaits. Halloween time. Listen to terrifying ghost stories Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. and participate in a variety of Hal- Location: Pyramid Mtn. loween fun and games. Cost: $2 per person ages 3 & up.* Time: 12 Noon - 4 p.m. Location: Historic Speedwell. Mecha-Crafts Cost: Admission. Ages 3 - 6 with an adult. See Page 5 Enjoy an afternoon in the Factory building at Historic Speedwell to Historic Halloween Happenings hear a story and create a mechaniPlay special Halloween games, cal craft. decorate cookies, and try on cos- Time: 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. tumes of the past. Location: Historic Speedwell. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $2 per person ages 3 & up.* Location: Fosterfields. Cost: Admission. Friday, November 1 through See Page 3 Wednesday, November 27 Gallery Exhibit: Flowers, Palms, Cooking Demonstration: and Plants From All Around One Potato, Two Potato Richard Sherman’s stunning Once you’ve tasted a fresh dug photographs of botanicals from potato, it’s hard to go back to store many locales will surely bring bought ones. There are a million sunshine to dreary November ways to prepare them, and certain days. Mr. Sherman has had a love types of potatoes are best used for of photography since he received certain dishes. New potatoes, blue a hand-me-down Brownie camera potatoes, gold potatoes, sweets when he was a young boy. Since and russets, we show you how to returning from the Gulf War, cook them to their best advantage. where he used his father’s camera Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. to capture wartime images, he has Location: Frelinghuysen shifted his focus and now specialArboretum. izes in the beauty and tranquility Cost: $25.* he finds in the world of nature. Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Monday October 28 Garden Sprouts: Color My World Arboretum. Cost: FREE. Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Leaves are changing and the garden is too. Join in the hunt for colors, shapes, and sizes of many different leaves. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.*

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

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Saturday, November 2

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Sunday, November 3

Industrial Heritage Tour: Edison Mines (NEW) In the late 1890’s Thomas Edison invested millions in a scheme to mine and concentrate low-grade iron ore in the hills of northern New Jersey. This was a massive undertaking involving the development of a new way to mine, transport, and process thousands of tons of ore. Although his effort failed, the site contains the remains of every phase of his gigantic effort. The buildings are long gone, but the site is extensive and you can experience every aspect of this unique undertaking. This moderate, full-day walk, involves some off-trail exploration. Come equipped with sturdy shoes and lunch. No facilities are available. Registration is required, please email macgraphics1@verizon.net. Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: TBA. Cost: $5 per participant.* Weekend Family Walk: Easy All Ages. These guided walks are designed for families with children of various ages. Stroll the wooded trails with a naturalist 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 and older.* Tri-State African Violet Council Annual Show and 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 2 & Sunday, November 3

Tri-State African Violet Council Annual Show and 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: 10:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: FREE.

Lil’ Critters Storytime Ages 3 - 6 with an adult. Baby and Me Hike Each month, hear engaging nature Put your baby in a backpack and stories read aloud. Then, take part explore one of many wonderful in fun activities such as crafts, Morris County area trails! All games, or walks that build on the adults are welcome to join. stories’ themes. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Schiff Nature Preserve, Time: 10 a.m. - 11a.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Mendham Twp. Cost: $3* Cost: $1.* Call 973.635.6629.
Tuesday, November 5 Saturday, November 9 & Sunday, November 10

Tuesday, November 12

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: Gobble Gobble Ages 4 & 5 with an adult. Join a naturalist to learn about the Gingerbread Tips and Techniques amazing wild turkeys while walkIf you’ve always wanted to have ing on the trails. Enjoy a turkeyan entry in the Gingerbread Won- themed craft afterwards. derland Exhibit, but don’t know Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. where to begin, this is the class for Location: Great Swamp OEC. you! Learn some tips and techCost: $5.* niques from a professional baker to get you on your way. It’s a great Toddler Trek: Totally Turkeys Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. family, scout, or school group activity, and it is definitely not too Gobble Gobble! Enjoy a story read aloud, lots of touchable artiearly to get started. facts, and a walk to go looking for Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. these colorful birds. Location: Frelinghuysen Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Arboretum. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $15.* Cost: $5.*
Monday, November 4

Toddler Trek: World of Worms Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. Enjoy a worm-themed story, and then take to the trails to uncover and observe the wiggly creatures. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.* Garden Sprouts: Fall Fruits Feast Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Just what is a fruit and how many can you name? A walk around the gardens, if weather allows, young gardeners search for all kinds of fall fruits, and then they’ll taste many more. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.* 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.*

Thursday, November 7

Kids’ Nature Fest: Cool Creepy Crawlies Grades 1 - 4. 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: $45.*
Saturday, November 9

Pre-School Walk: Gobble, Gobble Ages 4 & 5 with an adult. Join a naturalist to learn about Family Photo Scavenger Hunt amazing turkeys while walkGrab a camera or phone and stop the ing on the trails. Enjoy a turkeyby the Haggerty Education Center themed craft, too. for this month’s nature Photo Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Scavenger Hunt. Take a photo Location: Pyramid Mtn. of every item and get a prize. Themes and prizes change month- Cost: $5.* ly. Enjoy this great way to get the Wednesday, November 13 family outdoors year round. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Awesome Animal Artists Location: Frelinghuysen Ages 5 - 9. Arboretum. Budding young artists mix nature Cost: $10/family. and art in this indoor/outdoor program. Each class features a Apple Cidering different NJ animal to learn about All Ages. and draw. Parents are welcome to Discover why you’ve been lookstay and take part. ing at apples upside down your Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. entire life. Then help make fresh Location: Pyramid Mtn. apple cider by hand with an oldCost: $5.* fashioned cider press. Taste the sweet cider at the end. Creature Crafters Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Ages 5 - 9. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Each month, join a naturalist to Cost: $3.* learn about a different NJ animal See Page 6 with a short walk and many touchable artifacts. Then make a craft featuring that animal. Parents are Sunday, November 10 welcome to stay and take part. Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Location: Great Swamp OEC. Harvest Home Cost: $5.*

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. Themes and prizes change monthly. Enjoy this great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10/family.

Hollies and Conifers Join Horticulturist Marc Zukovich, President of Sterling Horticultural Services, for a talk on hollies and conifers. Learn how to grow, when to prune, and when and how to fertilize these beautiful evergreens. Marc leads a walk on the grounds to see some of the collection up close and personal. He provides timely tips on those which make the best wreath material. This program is eligible for 2.0 Master Gardener CEU’s. Time: 10 a.m. - 12 Noon. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $12.*

Armistice Observance

Engage in 1918 Thanksgiving preparations, hands-on farm chores, 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 with a valid membership card. U.S. military personnel (past and present) admitted FREE. See Page 5

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Friday, November 15

The Layered Garden by David Culp David Culp, author and creator of the magnificent gardens at Brandywine Cottage in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, speaks from his brilliant and visually stunning book, The Layered Garden. David has lectured about gardens for more than 15 years. His articles have appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, Fine Gardening, Green Scene, and many other publications. He is a former contributing editor to Horticulture magazine and has served as chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hardy Plant Society. Currently, David is Vice President for Sunny Border Nurseries in Connecticut and the herbaceous perennials instructor at Longwood Gardens. His garden, Brandywine Cottage, is listed in the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Gardens. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Garden Award and the Award of Merit from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and now serves on their Gold Medal Plant Selection Committee. David teaches gardeners how to choose the correct plants by understanding how they grow and change throughout the seasons, and how to design and maintain a layered garden. To illustrate how layering works, David takes you on a virtual tour through each part of his celebrated garden. The lecture culminates with a discussion of his signature plants for all four seasons followed by a book signing. This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s. Time: 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $30.*

Garden Sprouts: Down Under Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Now is the time to plant bulbs. Family Photo Scavenger Hunt do they survive the cold of Grab a camera or phone and stop How winter and what exactly is going by the Haggerty Education Center on under the ground? Young green for this month’s nature Photo thumbs start some bulbs to grow Scavenger Hunt. Take a photo indoors and take home and some of every item and get a prize. plant outside. Themes and prizes change month- to Time: 11 a.m. ly. Enjoy this great way to get the Location: Frelinghuysen family outdoors year round. Arboretum. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Cost: $7.* Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Tuesday, November 19 Cost: $10/family. Baby and Me Hike Put your baby in a backpack and Sunday, November 17 explore one of many wonderful Morris County area trails! All Cooking adults are welcome to join. Demonstration: Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Kay Center, Cranberry Central Chester Twp. New Jersey cranberries are bounti- Cost: $1.* Call 973.635.6629. ful this time of year, and we make very good use of them in this cook- Wednesday, November 20 ing demonstration. Explore some new recipes to add some sparkle to Home-School Adventures: Sweet Cider your holiday table with this very All Ages. versatile fruit grown in the cranLearn about the amazing apple’s berry bogs of South Jersey. place in history and in the natural Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. world as apples are pressed to Location: Frelinghuysen make sweet cider. Help prepare, Arboretum. grind, and press the apples, and be Cost: $25.* introduced to the value of simple machines in making work easier. Full Moon Hike: Moderate Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Ages 7 & Up. With the leaves off the trees, catch Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $8 per child ages 3 & up.* a glimpse of the setting sun and enjoy the full ‘beaver’ or ‘frosty’ moon, as Native Americans called Grow, Cook, Eat: Winter Squash In our very popular monthly garit. Flashlights are welcome. dening series, Horticultural ProTime: 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. gram Specialists Gwen MontgomLocation: Pyramid Mtn. ery and Cynthia Triolo provide Cost: $5.* growing instructions, planting tips, and take a closer look at Monday, November 18 some new and unusual varieties of Toddler Trek: Totally Turkeys this vegetable. Seeds, recipes, and Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. a tasting sample make this a fun Gobble Gobble! Enjoy a story and inspirational evening to give read aloud, many touchable artiyou the motivation to plant. This facts, and a walk to look for these program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers colorful birds. Master Gardener CEU’s. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Location: Frelinghuysen Cost: $5.* Arboretum. Cost: $20.*
Saturday, November 16 & Sunday, November 17

Thursday, November 21

Family Walk: Giving Thanks to Nature All Ages. Discover all the things to be thankful that are provided by nature, and explore the trails. Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $2 per person, ages 3 & up.*
Saturday, November 23

Sunday, November 24

Weekend Family Walk All Ages. Take to the trails to discover the unique animals and plants found at the Great Swamp. Everyone is certain to learn some amazing new nature facts. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $2.* Tripod Rock Hike: Moderate Ages 7 & Up. See the famous ‘rock’ star found on Pyramid Mountain. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $1.*
Saturday, November 23 & Sunday, November 24

Outdoor Ecologists: New Jersey Highlands Geology Ages 16 & Up. Adults and teens can join these new hands-on classes with interpretive hikes to learn in-depth information about a different natural history topic each month. Time: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $10 per class.* See Page 9
Monday November 25

Garden Sprouts: Winter’s Coming Ages 3 - 5 with an adult. Leaves are gone, trees are bare, and the gardens may seem quiet. Don’t be fooled. There’s a lot going on outside as plants and animals prepare for cold, and even begin to get ready for spring. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $7.*
Tuesday, November 26

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. Themes and prizes change monthly. Enjoy this great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10/family. Apple Cidering All Ages. Discover why you’ve been looking at apples upside down your entire life. Then help make fresh apple cider by hand with an oldfashioned 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

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.
Saturday, November 30 & Sunday, December 1

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. Themes and prizes change monthly. Enjoy this great way to get the family outdoors year round. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10/family.

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Wednesday, December 4

Turkey Mountain Trot: Strenuous Ages 16 & Up. Enjoy a challenging hike over and through Turkey Mountain and burn off some of those extra calories consumed around Thanksgiving. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $1.*
Tuesday, December 3

Creature Crafters Ages 5 - 9. Each month, join a naturalist to learn about a different NJ animal with a short walk and many touchable artifacts. Then make a cool craft featuring that animal. Parents are welcome to stay and take part. Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.*
Saturday, December 7

Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8

Monday, December 9

Toddler Trek: Who’s Sleeping? Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. With a story and walk, learn about the animals in the Great Swamp that are snoozing all season. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.*
Tuesday, December 10

Baby and Me Hike Put your baby in a backpack and explore one of many wonderful Morris County area trails! All adults are welcome to join. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Patriots’ Path, Mendham Twp. Cost: $1.* Call 973.635.6629. Toddler Trek: Winter Scavenger Hunt Ages 2 & 3 with an adult. It may be cold outside, but there is still plenty to experience. Enjoy a story read aloud, and then take a hike to hunt for winter animals. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $5.*

Lil’ Critters Storytime Ages 3 - 6 with an adult. Each month, hear engaging nature stories read aloud. Take part in fun activities, such as crafts, games, or walks that build on the stories’ themes. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $3 per person.*
Sunday, December 8

A Civil War Christmas

Experience life during the Civil War both on the home front and at the 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, and visit the Vail Home decorated for a mid-19th century holiday. Time: Saturday, 12 Noon - 5 p.m., Sunday, 12 Noon - 4 p.m. Location: Historic Speedwell. Cost: $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children (4-16), 3 & under are FREE. See Page 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: Jockey Hollow, Harding Twp. Cost: $1.* Call 973.635.6629. Pre-School Walk: Snowy Snowflakes Ages 4 & 5 with an adult. Join a naturalist to learn about snowflakes and their different shapes. Make a fun, snowflakethemed craft afterwards. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Pyramid Mountain. Cost: $5.*
Wednesday, December 11

Animal Tracking All Ages. Learn the basics of animal tracking by studying different tracks, scat, and other signs. Hands-on activities and a hike enhance your new skills. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $3.*

Historic Holidays at Fosterfields

Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 15

Celebrate Christmas with the Woods family who lived in the Farmhouse in the 1920s. After a wagon ride to the farm, explore English baking and visit the farm animals, and help with chores. At The Willows, discover how the Fosters celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Day. Participate in family-friendly holiday crafts and activities. Time: 12 Noon - 4 p.m. Location: Fosterfields. Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65-over), $4 for children (4-16), $2 for childern ( ages 2 & 3), ages 2 & under are FREE. See Page 4

Gingerbread Wonderland

This December marks the 22nd Annual Gingerbread Wonderland. Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity, skill, 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 to visit by calling 973.326.7601. Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, Fridays until 8 p.m. Last admittance 30 minutes prior to closing. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $2 donation/person.

Saturdays, December 7 and 14, & Sundays, December 8 and 15

Family Walk: Make Way for Winter All Ages. As the fall season comes to a close, learn ways the natural world prepares itself for the coming cold weather. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $2 per person ages 3 & up.* Home-school Adventures: Birds of Prey All Ages. Learn all about these flying hunters that use their talons to catch food. Then dissect owl pellets to see what the owls have eaten, and try to build a skeleton. Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $8 per child ages 3 & up.*
Saturday, December 14

Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show
Holiday shopping is easy at the Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, now in its fourth year. 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. Last admittance, 30 minutes prior to closing. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: Suggested $2/person donation gains entry to both the Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland. See Page 11

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

Little Critters’ Storytime Ages 3 – 6 with an adult. Each month, hear nature stories read aloud. Then take part in fun activities, such as crafts, games, or walks that build on the stories’ themes. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $3.*

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Sunday, December 15

Holiday Hike: Moderate Ages 7 & Up. In the midst of the holiday bustle, enjoy a relaxing hike on the wintry trails of Pyramid Mountain. Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $1.* Sense-ational Swamp All Ages. Our senses tell us a great deal about where we live! Learn how the animals of the Great Swamp use their senses to survive, play some “sense-ational” games, and enjoy a trail walk. Time: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $3 per person.*
Tuesday, December 17

Friday, December 20

Winter Solstice Celebration Ages 6 & Up. Join a woodland gathering around a campfire to participate in the historical and ceremonial aspects of the solstice. Listen to storytellers as you enjoy hot cider and roasted marshmallows. Register now, as space is limited. Time: 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $8.* Call 973.635.6629.
Saturday, December 21

Sunday, December 29

Eagle Watching Trip Ages 16 & Up. Join this van trip into NY and PA to view majestic, wintering Bald Eagles. Dress warmly and bring a bag lunch. Space is extremely limited so register today. Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Location: Meet at the Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $35.* See Page 9
Monday, December 30 & Tuesday, December 31

Pathways
Pathways is a publication of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Thomas J. Mastrangelo, Freehold Director David Scapicchio, Deputy Freeholder Director Douglas R. Cabana •John Cesaro • Ann F. Grossi John Krickus • 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 Kim M. Wentworth David D. Helmer, Executive Director Lois M. Wnek, Executive Editor

Baby and Me Hike Put your baby in a backpack and explore one of many wonderful Morris County area trails! All adults are welcome to join. Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Lewis Morris County Park, Sunrise Lake. Cost: $1.* Call 973.635.6629. Pre-School Walk: Snowy Snowflakes Ages 4 & 5 with an adult. Join a naturalist to learn about snowflakes and all the different shapes they can be. Make a fun, snowflake-themed craft afterwards. Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: $5.*

Welcome Winter Hike: Moderate Ages 7 & Up. On the Winter Solstice, enjoy an afternoon hike to celebrate the beginning of winter and the return of longer, brighter days. Time: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Pyramid Mtn. Cost: $1.*
Thursday, December 26 through Tuesday, December 31

A Special Holiday Scavenger Hunt Head over to the Arboretum for this special scavenger hunt designed to “Take it Outside.” Bring your camera or cell phone, as well as a good set of observant eyes. Find most of the items on the list and take home a prize for the entire family. There’s a lot going on in the gardens during the winter. You just have to look for it. Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Location: Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Cost: $10/family.

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: Ages 2 - 4 with an adult: 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Ages 5 - 8: 9:30 a.m. - 12 Noon. Location: Great Swamp OEC. Cost: Ages 2 - 4: $10 per day.* Ages 5 - 8: $15 per day.* See Page 9

Morris County Commissioners

* Preregistration required: Contact the appropriate facility or phone number listed.
Cooper Gristmill/ Black River County Park 908-879-5463 Golf Information 973-326-7602 Kay Environmental Center 973-635-6629 Mahlon Dickerson Reservation 973-697-3140 Park Reservations 973-326-7631 Pyramid Mountain NHA 973-334-3130 Recreation 973-326-7616 TTY Relay 7-1-1

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm & The Willows 973-326-7645 The Frelinghuysen Arboretum 973-326-7603

Historic Speedwell 973-285-6550 Industrial Heritage 973-285-6542

Great Swamp OEC 973-635-6629

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.

Mennen Sports Arena 973-326-7651 Park Police 973-326-7632

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et ready to plan 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 2, 2013, both Morris County residents and non-residents can make a reservation for 2014. The spacious grounds and scenic landscape of the Morris County Park Commission’s parks and sites provide a panoramic backdrop for outdoor meetings, picnics, and reunions for both personal and corporate gatherings. Select locations offer picnic pavilions, semi-permanent tents, picnic tables, cooking grills, athletic fields, and playground facilities. If you are looking to add some new features to this year’s picnic, menu packages and amusement items are certain to add that special touch. With mouth-watering menus made from brand name products cooked right at your picnic site, or amusement extras, such as dunk tank, face painter, DJ`, and so much more, your picnic will be more exciting than ever! 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. With reservations and a permit, your group has rights to the site. You can choose from 42 areas throughout 12 parks, and all areas include picnic tables and benches, 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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