Family Programs

Sponsor an Animal

Sponsor an Animal
The Arboretum Animal Sponsorship Program allows you to sponsor your favorite animal to help pay for its care for one year. The purpose of us having animals is to provide an educational opportunity for visitors to learn more about their habitat, diet, survival techniques and care.

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Arb-B-Que to celebrate Arbor Day

Arb-B-Que to celebrate Arbor Day
Saturday, May 3, 2014
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum is celebrating Arbor Day with our 4th annual "Ar-B-Que" on Saturday, May 4, 2014 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Come and have a day of fun while you help support an organization that provides local environmental education in our fairy tale style "Stone House", 16 acres of wooded trails with an outdoor classroom, live animal exhibit and a wonderful staff of experienced teachers.

Free Events include:
- Decorate a cupcake
- Face painting
- Family scavenger hunt around the Arboretum trails.
- Tree to plant at home
- Honey bee presentation by Hilltop Honey at 11:15 AM.

Tickets Required for:
- Famous Dave's barbeque ribs, chicken, and brisket of beef, hot dogs (or vegetarian entree), salad, beans, dessert, and a drink from 11:30 to 1:00.
- Delaware Valley Raptor Center, Bird of Prey presentation starts at 1:15 PM.
- Photo op with Peep the cockatoo

Tickets: $20 for adults, $10 for kids age 3 and up (2 years and younger free).

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Creatures of the Night

Friday, May 9, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The last trail walk leaves at 7:30 PM
Fee: $10 per person. Maximum fee of $35 per family.
Children under 2 free.

Creatures of the Night will focus on nocturnal creatures that can be found in our woodlands! The Environmental Eagles will learn about the creatures prior to their presentation outside. We'll start in the "Stone House" with some information and then go out in groups led by our CHA staff. Please bring a flashlight..

Preregistration is requested.

Please register here!

Family Programs

Saturday, May 10, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Woodlands Navigation: Compass Basics

How can I find my way back without a GPS? A compass can be one of the most valuable tools for any outdoor adventure. We will cover the basics of using a handheld compass, including taking and following bearings, and test our skills using a woodlands navigation course. CHA will provide compasses but if you have your own, bring it with you.

(Registration suggested but not required)
Fee: Members: $5 Adults and Children; Family of 4 rate $15 Non Members: $10 Adults and Children; Family of 4 rate $25

Please register here!

Spring Photo Session at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Saturday, May 10, 2014

On Saturday, May 10, 2014 Photographer, Erica Moffitt of Naki Studios, will be at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum taking portraits. Moffitt, a Millburn resident and mother of two young children, is immersed in the local community as a member of both Newcomer’s and of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum. She is a fine art portrait photographer who combines her understanding of children as a mother and her training as an artist. Her work is unscripted and timeless. She captures genuine images of children, recording moments that are fleeting, moments that parents wish to hold tight.

Where: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum 324 Forest Drive South Short Hills, NJ 07078
Contact: To schedule a photo session please call Erica Moffitt directly at (973) 671-1344

Camp Out at the Arboretum

Saturday - Sunday, May 31- June 1, 2014 3:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Join us for this wonderful opportunity to camp out under the Arboretum stars. We will be having a camp fire with smores, a night hike and breakfast in the Stone House.

Fee: Members: Adults $45—Children $25 Includes dinner & breakfast.
Non Members: Adults $50 - Children $30 Includes dinner & breakfast

Participants supply their own tent, sleeping bags, flash lights and personal items.

Please register here!