Programs

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!

$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

Melissa Almendinger, NJ Strike Team : Invasives

Monday, June 23, 2014 6:00 - 7:30 PM
The guest speaker will be Melissa Almendinger, from the NJ Strike Team, a statewide non-profit organization with a mission to prevent the spread of emerging invasive species across the State of New Jersey. Almendinger will discuss which plants the home gardener should avoid in favor of native species that are becoming increasingly available from local dedicated nurseries, plant sales and garden centers. The presentation will be of particular interest for home owners and people that live near open spaces and forested areas.
Fee: Members $ 10.00
Non Members: $ 25.00

Please register here!

Rafting Down the Delaware

Rafting Down the Delaware
Saturday, June 14th, 2014
Fee: $50 per Adult $35. Child

Two Adults and 2 Children Ages: Children must be 4, weigh at least 40 lbs. and be able to swim.
PYO Lunch
Meet at CHA at 9:00 AM or PA site at 10:30 PM

Deadline to register: June 10

Picnic, swim and explore! Join CHA for a day’s adventure rafting down the upper Delaware River. The raft ride will take approximately three leisurely hours plus a one-hour lunch break. We will stop on an island at mid-river to have a picnic lunch, explore and swim. Water conditions are typically moving but calm, with some small areas of rapids.

Rafts, life jackets, rafting instructions and transportation back to our launch site by Chamberlain Canoes which specialized in family rafting on the Delaware River. Please bring your lunch, sunscreen and water clothes. Each raft can hold up to six people.

Return at 4 p.m.

Please register here!

June Mini-Camp For Preschoolers

Monday - Friday, June 9-13 & 16-20, 2014
Mini - Camp in June
The Arboretum is running 5-day mini-camp June 9 - 13 & June 16-20. You asked and we listened! This session is for preschoolers. Have your child come to the Arboretum to enjoy the mornings that are fun and educational! All classes are led by the Environmental Educator! We will go outside, so please dress appropriately. Please wear close toed shoes. Please bring a bag lunch and snack with your name clearly written on it.

Don't wait to register! Space is limited!


Monday - Friday, June 9-13, 2014
Please register here!


Monday - Friday, June 16-20, 2014
Please register here!



Have your child come to the Arboretum to enjoy the mornings that are fun and educational! All classes are led by the Environmental Educator! We will go outside, so please dress appropriately. Please wear close toed shoes. Please bring a bag lunch and snack with your name clearly written on it.

Download the Parent/Guardian Information Packet

Download the Camper Health and Emergency Form

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!

Woodlands Volunteer Event May 17, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014
9:30 - 11:30 AM

Join the woodlands team for a morning of trail maintenance, trash clean up, plantings or invasive species removal. Bring your gardening gloves if you have them! Preregistration encouraged. Please call the Arboretum with questions 973-376-3587.

Please register here!

Mother’s Day Tea with Gluten Free and Vegan Baking

Saturday, May 10, 2014

3:30 to 5:00 PM
Saturday, May 10, 2014

3:30 to 5:00 PM
Mother's Day Tea
Enjoy some afternoon tea, along with fresh baked scones, cookies and muffins while learning about the exciting world of gluten free and vegan baking. This casual workshop will introduce ingredients and techniques that are classically delicious and yet mindful of those with food sensitivities. Learning how to bake without gluten, dairy or eggs can be a fun experience with minimal effort and maximum flavor!

Members: $5.00 Non Members $10.00

Please register here!

Spring Photo Session at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Saturday, May 10, 2014


SPRING PHOTOS WITH ERICA MOFFIT:
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
Visit:www.nakistudios.com
Email: nakistudios@gmail.com

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!

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!

Beautiful Ecological Landscaping

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:00 PM
Beautiful Ecological Landscaping presented by Jan Saltiel Rafel, Edgewater Design, LLC.
We will explore the design and practice of sustainable, environmentally responsible landscaping for residential properties, understanding the basics of site, design style function, plants and materials to create a beautiful balance relationship between nature and the manmade environment.

Sponsored by THE GREEN TEAM and Millburn Environmental Commission

Register Here!

April Mini Camp for Preschoolers - 4th Graders

Monday – Friday April 21-25, 2014
Don't wait to register! Space is limited!

Monday – Friday April 21-25, 2014:
Please register here!

The Arboretum is running 5-day mini-camp to match the winter break of Millburn Township Schools. These are sessions for preschoolers and grades K-4 There is a half day session from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM for Preschoolers with lunch time. Full day session from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM for K to 4th graders. Please bring a bag lunch, a snack and a water bottle.

New - K to 4th graders are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Have your child come to the Arboretum during the Millburn Township school vacation week to enjoy either mornings or full days that are fun and educational! All classes are led by the Environmental Educator! We will go outside if the weather is favorable so please dress appropriately.

Download the Parent/Guardian Information Packet

Download the Camper Health and Emergency Form

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).

Click here to register

Foraging Workshop with Dan Lipow

Monday, April 28th from 10:00am- 11:30am
Would you like to learn about the edible world all around you? Learn how to identify, harvest, and sample the bounty our local ecosystem has to offer.

Please register here!
or call the arboretum 973-376-3587

Dan Lipow: Foraging Workshop

Monday, April 28, 2014 10:00am-11:30am
Would you like to learn about the edible world all around you? Learn how to identify, harvest, and sample the bounty our local ecosystem has to offer.
Register online here or call the arboretum 973-376-3587 for registration information.

Brownie Girl Scout Badge Day


Spend the day at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and complete 3 Brownie badges: Bug Badge, Senses Badge, and Hiker Badge

Brown Troops visit the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum to complete a variety of activities in order to earn their nature-themed badges. Brownie Girl Scout Badge Day is designed to fulfill all requirements for each badge.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
10:00 AM to 1:45 PM
Fee: $7.00 scout for 1 badge; $14/scout for 2 badges; $21/scout for 3 badges

Breakdown of day:
10:00 - 11:00: Session One (Bug or Senses)
11:00 - 12:00: Session Two (Bug or Senses)
12:00 - 12:30: Lunch ( Brown bag: Don't forget to bring your lunch)
12:30 - 1:30: Session Three (Hiker)
1:30 -1:45: Troop leaders receive earned badges

For more information call : 973-376-3587
or email: education@HartshornArboretum.org



Spring After-School Clubs

This course is designed especially with age-appropriate programs for children who almost universally have a love for nature. It will emphasize the general features of the woods and animals with a different topic each week that includes discovery walks, “hands-on” exploration and nature games and crafts.

The Arboretum’s After School Club series is designed so students can have some time dedicated solely to topics related to the natural world. Children will engage in age-appropriate activities that become more challenging as the program progresses club by club. There will be art projects, hands-on investigations and experiments, microscope work and integrated field studies.
Students will have access to the arboretum’s indoor Stone House classroom with its many animals, and its outdoor classroom which includes 16 acres of woodlands, miles of trails, vernal pool, and many other special features.

Participants are sure to have a fun educational experience as they explore and investigate the wonders of nature with others their own age.

The Raccoon Club - For Grades 1,2 - Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM 1/28 - 5/20 $225
Click here to register online.

The Chipmunk Club - For Kindergartners - Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM 1/29 - 5/21 $225
Click here to register online.

Membership is required for all children's programs.

Spring Turtle Tots


Tuesday 9:00 - 11:30 AM
1/28/14 - 5/20/14 No Class : 2/18 & 4/22 $570
Please register here!

Tuesday 12:00 - 2:30 PM - $570
1/28/14 - 5/20/14 No Class : 2/18 & 4/22 $570
Please register here!

Thursday 12:00-2:30 PM - $570
1/30/14 - 5/22/14 No Class: 2/20 & 4/24
Please register here!

Friday 12:00-2:30 PM - $532
1/31/14-5/23/14 No Class: 2/21 & 4/18 & 4/25
Please register here!


Outdoor adventures for 3- to 5-year-old children designed to expose preschoolers to woodland wonders through hikes, exploratory investigations, stories and environmental games. A different topic will be explored weekly.

All AM students please bring a snack.
All PM students please bring a snack & lunch.
Dress Appropriately for outdoor activities and hikes.

Children must be 3 years old by the first class and be able to use the bathroom on their own to enroll. The program is designed for children without parental attendance.

Arboretum membership is required and can be done while registering.

Download the Parent/Guardian Information Packet

Download the Camper Health and Emergency Form

Spring Parent and Child Discovery

Bring your 2½- or 3-year-old and explore with them the mysteries of nature through storytelling, crafts, nature walks and the Arboretum’s resident animals. Dress Appropriately for out-door activities and hikes.

Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30 AM 1/30 - 5/22/13 No Class 2/20 & 4/24 - $225
Please register here!


Friday 9:30 - 10:30 AM 1/31 - 5/23 No Class 2/21, 4/18 & 4/25 - $210
Please register here!

Environmental Eagles for Grades 3-12

Saturdays 9:15AM – 10:30AM

Dates in 2013: September 14, 21; October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 16, 23; December 7, 21
Dates in 2014: January 4, 11, 18, 25; February 1; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5; May 10, 17, 24


The Environmental Eagles are a youth group of 3rd to 12th grade youth that meet Saturday morning at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA). The Eagles program is a youth group that fosters leadership skills and gives participants the chance to do something important within local communities. The 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.

6th to 8th grade Eagles are mentors to younger participants during field trips, community service, and animal care. 9th to 12th grade Eagles have the opportunity to mentor by teaching, leading, and implementing service-learning projects.

Membership: Not required; Registration: Not required

Completed Emergency/Health Form required
Fee: A donation of $2 per session is recommended.

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