Programs

Field Trip: Lakota Wolf Preserve

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Caravan from Arboretum: 8:30am
Tour at Lakota Wolf: 9:55am
Wolf Watch tours are led by owner Jim Stein and Becky Mace, who have raised and care for all the animals at the preserve. During their presentations you will learn about the social structure of wolf packs, their eating habits, their interaction with man, and many other interesting facts. Tour will end at 12 noon. Please dress for walking and the outdoors!
Registration is limited! Register online; here

Fall Adult Hikes

Explore different New Jersey hikes with a new perspective! We will not only enjoy some exercise but can explore some of the plants and animals we encounter as well. We will meet at the designated destination at 10:00 AM. Wear sturdy walking shoes, and bring binoculars if you have them. Pre-registration suggested.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM: Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Please register here for Cora Hartshorn Arboretum hike!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 10:00 - 11:30 AM: South Mountain Reservation

Please register here for South Mountain Reservation hike!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 10:00 - 11:30 AM: Pyramid Mountain

Please register here for Pyramid Mountain hike!

Saturday Family Programs

Saturday, October 4, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Life Under a Log

Let’s roll some logs to see who is home! We may even get to know some of the creatures and learn a little bit about their life.

Pre-Registration suggested
Fee: Members $5/person, $15 for family of 4; Non-Members $10/person, $25 for family of 4

Please register here Life Under a Log!

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Raptors

Eagles and vultures and hawks - oh my! We will learn about the tough-looking raptors, then take a walk with binoculars to see who is soaring in the air.

Pre-Registration suggested
Fee: Members $5/person, $15 for family of 4; Non-Members $10/person, $25 for family of 4

Please register here for Raptors!

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Lenni Lenape

Storytelling, crafts, and a day in the life of our native New Jersey people!

Pre-Registration suggested
Fee: Members $5/person, $15 for family of 4; Non-Members $10/person, $25 for family of 4

Please register here Lenni Lenape!

Creatures of the Night

Friday, October 24, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 PM (last trail walk leaves at 7:30 PM)
Fee: Members $10/person, $35 for family of 4; Nonmembers $15/person, $55 for family of 4

Creatures of the Night will focus on nocturnal animals of the wood lands. We'll start in the "Stone House" with some information and refreshments. Then you will go out in groups led by our Environmental Eagles. Please bring a flashlight.

Please register here!

Night Hike:  Owl Prowl

Friday, October 17, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Owls are mysterious and amazing creatures!  We will learn what it’s like to be an owl and end the night with a hike calling for owls.

Fee: Members $5/person; Non-Members $10/person

Please register here!

Sponsor an Animal

The purpose of us having animals at the Arboretum is to provide an educational opportunity for local students and visitors to learn more about the animals’ habitats, diets, survival techniques and care. We hope this exposure will heighten public awareness to the needs of all kinds of animals and promote behaviors that will allow us to share our planet with all other living things in a sustainable and respectful way. Our Sponsor an Arboretum Animal Program allows you to sponsor your favorite animal to help pay for its food, housing and veterinary care for a full or half year.

When you sponsor an Arboretum animal, you will receive:
  • A personalized Sponsor an Arboretum Animal certificate
  • Your name (individual or group) on an sign that is posted on your animal’s shelter in the Stone House.
  • A fact sheet on your animal
  • An invitation to attend a special breakfast with the Environmental Eagles. Only those in the Sponsor an Arboretum Animal Program are invited.

All donations are tax-deductible. On behalf of the staff and animals at the Arboretum, we thank you for considering a Sponsorship!
Register Online: Sponsor an Animal or E-mail program@hartshornarboretum.org for a registration form.

Parent Child Discovery

Fall Session: September 16-December 12, 2014

Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30 AM; 11 classes: $165

9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11

Fridays 9:30 - 10:30 AM; 11 classes: $165
9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12

Parent Child Discovery is a weekly program in which children and their caretakers can learn about the wonders of nature through exploration, stories and crafts! For children aged 2 and a half and three years old and an adult caretaker.
Register Online: Thursday Parent Child Friday Parent Child Please call 973-376-3587 or email program@hartshormarboretum.org with any questions.

Environmental Eagles

Saturdays, September 12- November 22

Saturdays 9:15 - 10:30 AM; suggested donation of $2/class
9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/22
No Eagles on October 25, November 8th
The Environmental Eagles are a group of local youth interested in working on solutions to a variety of environmental issues. Projects may include stream cleanups, water quality testing, monitoring native and invasive plants, public education, etc. The Eagles also help care for the live animals and participate in community service. Grades 3-12
No Registration necessary: Drop in on Saturdays from 9:15-10:30. Any questions contact Sara Ramos program@hartshornarboretum.org

After School Clubs


Beginning September 16, 2014
1st and 2nd Grade "Raccoon Club" - Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
Kindergarten "Chipmunk Club"- Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM

During our after school clubs, children are able to explore our 16 acre woodlands, express their creativity, and expand their scientific knowledge and vocabulary through a one hour investigation to a nature related topic.

Register online: Raccoon Club Chipmunk Club
Questions or more information call 973-376-3587 or e-mail program@hartshornarboretum.org

Fall Turtle Tots

Beginning September 16, 2014

Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30 AM; 13 classes: $480
9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9

Thursdays 12:00 - 2:30 PM; 11 classes: $407
9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11

Fridays 12:00 - 2:30 PM; 11 classes: $407
9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12

Turtle Tots is a weekly program in which preschoolers discover nature through play, crafts, story, and nature walks. Each class is led by an experienced teacher naturalist who will guide discussions, engage curiosity, and provide hands-on explorations of a nature-themed topic. Turtle Tots must be 3-5 years of age, and able to use the bathroom on their own. Afternoon sessions bring a lunch, morning sessions bring a snack.
Tuesday Registration: click here

Thursday Registration: click here

Friday Registration: click here

For more information call 973-376-3587 or email: program@hartshornarboretum.org

2014 Nature Discovery Summer Camp for Ages 3 - 11

Campers innate curiosity and joy in learning will be sparked by hands-on discovery led by our staff of experienced educators. A variety of creative activities are planned for each week, incorporating art, science and imagination. The camp nurtures children by promoting a positive interest in nature and encouraging a protective attitude toward living things. Nature Discovery Camp starts June 31, 2014 and ends August 22, 2014. Enroll for any or all 8 weeks of day-camp! CHA offers age appropriate day-camp programs from Monday-Friday.

$250 = Turtle Tots (3 years old to entering Kindergarten), please bring a snack
- Morning Session: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
- Afternoon Session: 12:30PM - 3:30PM
Please register here for Turtle Tots!

$350 = Explorers (entering 1st to 3rd grade), please bring snack and lunch
- Full-day Program: 9:00AM-3:30PM
Please register here for Explorers!
*Registration for the week of July 21-25 (Arboretum Olympics) is CLOSED

$350 = Hawks (entering 4th and 5th grade), please bring snack and lunch
- Full-day Program: 9:00AM-3:30PM (offered the weeks of 7/7/14; 7/14/14; 8/4/14; and 8/11/14)
Please register here for Hawks!

Parent Handbook and New Camper Health Forms due no later than FRIDAY before your registered summer camp week:
Download the Parent/Guardian Information Packet

Download the Camper Health and Emergency Form


Nature Discovery Camp Themes:
June 30—July 3, 2014: Turtle Tots $200; Explorers $275 (4 day week)
Wonderful World of H2O: Ever wonder why water is so important? Get ready for a week of water explorations! Enjoy hands-on investigations, games, and experiments to understand why water is important to all living things.


July 7-11, 2014: Turtle Tots, Explorers, and Hawks
Featured Creatures: What does an animal need to survive? Explore various habitats to learn about local animals and what they need for survival. Every day will focus on a different Animal
Kingdom.


July 14-18, 2014: Turtle Tots, Explorers, and Hawks
Lenape Life (Turtle Tots): Explore the Arboretum woodlands as a Lenape tribe member would. Learn about the local plants and animals, play traditional Native American games, and listen to traditional stories told around the fire.

Outdoor Adventures (Explorers & Hawks): If you were lost in the woods, what would you do first? Outdoor adventurers will learn basic survival skills
including shelter building, fire making, orienteering, and more.


July 21-25, 2014: Turtle Tots and Explorers
Arboretum Olympics: Join the Arboretum staff for a fun-filled week of outdoor games. Enjoy relay races, scavenger hunts, water games, and more.


July 28- Aug 1, 2014: Turtle Tots and Explorers
A Bug's Life: Investigate the bugs of the Arboretum. Learn about beetles, butterflies, spiders, and more. Play games and make crafts to discover the many aspects of a bug’s life.


August 4 –8, 2014: Turtle Tots, Explorers, and Hawks
Discover Earth (Turtle Tots): Using our imagination, we will travel all over the world to explore Earth’s ecosystems. Discover how animals adapt to extreme weather, how the environment influences cultures, and more.

Survival Games (Explorers & Hawks): Campers will put their survival skills to the test by participating in fun-filled survival games such as shelter-building, map and compass, first aid, and more. Get ready to embark on this week-long survival challenge. (Survival skills NOT required)


August 11-15, 2014: Turtle Tots, Explorers, and Hawks
Weird Science: Discover the mysteries of science! Campers will transform into scientists for a week of weird, slimy, cool, amazing, and crazy science experiments.


August 18-22, 2014: Turtle Tots and Explorers
Art in Nature: For young artists discovering nature’s art. We’ll explore patterns, colors, and textures found in and inspired by nature. Join us for our nature-themed drawings, paintings, clay art, and more.


Location and Camp Hours:
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
324 Forest Drive South
Short Hills, NJ 07078
Monday to Friday


Registrations will be accepted in the order they were received. Refunds are given if the program is over–subscribed or cancelled by the Arboretum. All cancellation requests must be made in writing. If you cancel prior to June 7th, a refund will be made less the $100 deposit. All other cancellations after June 7th would need a doctor’s note for a full refund. If a check is returned, there is a $50 fee due for processing. The Arboretum has the right to cancel any program.

FEES: All fees are due in full the MONDAY before your registered summer camp week. (This includes a $100 nonrefundable enrollment fee.) You must be an Arboretum member to register ($75 per year).

Download the Parent/Guardian Information Packet

Download the Camper Health and Emergency Form

Volunteer with the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Volunteers are vital to the daily operations of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA). No experience is required and training is provided when necessary. Summer Camp volunteers must be 15 years of age or older.

The CHA is a fun place to learn and meet new people. In particular, volunteers are needed for trails maintenance, animal care, special events, assist with public relations, and office work. Whatever your skills and interest, we can use your help.

If you are fulfilling community volunteer hours, please contact us four weeks in advance so we can schedule accordingly.

Internships and teaching opportunities are also available.

For more information please contact: program@hartshornarboretum.org

Download the Volunteer Application

Birthday Parties at the Arboretum

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Birthday Parties are offered each Saturday from September - June (except major Holidays)

There are 2 times available each Saturday: 11:30 AM -1:00 PM or 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Description of Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) Birthday Party:
The CHA offers 90 minute birthday parties for children ages 3-12. Your child and 15-20 of their friends will enjoy a 45 minute nature-themed program, including a guided hike through the CHA woodlands* Birthday parties are offered exclusively to individuals with a CHA membership.

Prices:
• Stone House Rental: $200
• * CHA Nature Program: $100 (you can choose to use outside vendors for education programs)
• Additional Time: $50 for 30 minute addition (requires 4 weeks advance notice)
• Non-refundable Deposit: $50 non-refundable deposit is required in order to hold the date and time

CHA Nature-themed Programs:
• Animal Show (ages 3-12)
• Bugs and Slugs (ages 3-10)
• Trees and Leaves (ages 5-12)
• Birds 101 (ages 8-12)
• Animal Tracks (ages 8-12)
• Shelter Building (ages 10-12)

What CHA Provides:
Stone House Education Center, which includes:
- Center's Live Animals for observation
- Kitchen with sink, stove/oven, and refrigerator/freezer
- Counter space with an island
- Open space for games and activities
- 2 bathrooms and coatroom
- Additional 30 minutes for party set-up

What you Provide:
- Party Decorations (NO BALLOON POLICY)
- Food (cake, drinks, snacks, pizza,etc)
- Plates, cups, napkins, utensils, table clothes, matches, wrap/bags for leftovers, etc.
- 1 parent/chaperone per 6 children
For more information or to schedule a party date, please call the CHA at 973-376-3587 or e-mail at education@hartshornarboretum.org

School Field Trips and Classroom Programs

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) offers field trips and classroom programs for grades K-5. Each lesson has been designed to correlate to NJCCC and supplement science curriculum. Students learn about a nature-themed topic through observation, discussion, teamwork, and hands-on activities.

FIELD TRIPS:
Our 90 minute field trips are conducted 50% indoors and 50% outdoors, unless otherwise specified. Please ensure that students dress for the weather as they will be outdoors in light rain. Field trips are available Monday through Friday from 9:30am-11:00am or 12:30pm-2:00pm (flexible with bus/lunch schedules).

CLASSROOM PROGRAMS:
Our 30-60 minute classroom programs are conducted at the school. Teachers should decide if the program will take place indoors or outdoors and inform the CHA in advance. Classroom programs are available Monday through Friday at a time agreed upon by the CHA and participating teachers.


For information on scheduling and fees, please e-mail program@hartshornarboretum.org or call 973.376.3587.


PROGRAM TOPICS
Sensory Discovery: (Pre K-K)
- Introduction to senses
- Animal use of senses
- Investigation of senses

Tree-rific Trees: (K-1st grades)
- Parts of a tree
- Tree functions
- Tree investigation

Fantabulous Flowers: (K-1st grades)
- Flower anatomy
- Seed making process
- Flower investigation

Stupendous Soil: (2nd grade)
- Introduction to soil
- Investigate soil types
- Introduction to composting and worms

Insightful Insects: (2nd grade)
- Arthropod classification
- Insect ecology
- Insect observation
- Arthropod investigation

Birds: (1st-4th grades)
- Adaptations
- Habitats
- Identification
- Ecology
- Migration

Woodland Habitats: (4th-5th grades)
- Habitat needs to support life
- Micro-habitat exploration
- Animal life-cycles
- Overpopulation

Rocks and Local Geology: (4th-5th grades)
- How rocks are formed
- Using dichotomous key
- Local rocks identification
- Local geology hike

Looking for a topic that isn't listed? Contact us, we welcome topic ideas and suggestions for improvement.