Field Trip: Lakota Wolf Preserve

Saturday, December 20, 2014
Caravan from Cora Hartshorn Arboretum: 8:30 AM
Tour at Lakota Wolf Preserve: 9:55 AM - 12:00 PM
Wolf Watch tours are led by owner Jim Stein and Becky Mace, who have raised and cared 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.

It is highly recommended by the Preserve to carpool. A caravan will leave at 8:30 AM from Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills). If you choose, you may also meet us at the Camp Taylor Campground (89 Mt. Pleasant Road, Columbia NJ) no later than 9:45 AM. Tour will end at 12 noon. Please dress for walking and the outdoors. Registration is limited!

Fee: Members: $20/adult, $10/child, $55/family of 4; Nonmembers: $25/adult, $15/child, $75/family of 4

Please register here!

Jewelry Making with Maya Bloom

Working with natural materials has been a lifelong experience for Maya Bloom. Maya will provide a wonderful opportunity for you to make your own jewelry items using seeds from around the world as well as other natural and recycled materials. Maya will provide all the materials needed and give instruction on how to make beautiful items that you will be able to take home that day.

Create holiday gifts or your own nature inspired piece!

Friday, December 12, 2014, 3:30 - 5:30 PM
For Children (age 4 and up) with an adult: Jewelry making with natural materials. $12/child
Register here by December 5 for children's class!
Friday, December 19, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (bring a lunch!)
For Adults: Holiday gift making - make a nature inspired gift for yourself or a friend! $35/person
Register here by December 12 for adult's class!

Both classes are limited 12 participants. Registration deadline is one week prior to class!

Winter Session Parent and Child

Classes run from the week of January 20th until March 6. There are no classes the week of February 16th.
Both Thursday and Friday classes are 9:30am-10:30am.
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.

Turtle Tots- Winter Session

Classes begin the week of January 20th and end March 6th. There are no classes the week of February 16th.
Tuesdays: 9:30-11:30
Thursdays and Fridays: 12-2pm (Please note this is a change in time for winter session!)
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. For ages 3-5, and must be able to use the bathroom on their own.

After School Clubs- Winter Session

Raccoon Club (Grades 1&2): Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm
Chipmunk Club (Grade K): Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm

Winter Session Begins January 20 and ends March 6th. There are no classes the week of February 16th.
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. Activities include observational studies, crafts and drawings, critical thinking, hands-on exploration, and engaging hikes.

Raccoon Club register here!

Chipmunk Club register here!

Lenni Lenape Life

Saturday, December 6, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Storytelling, crafts and a day in the life of our native New Jersey people!
Fee: Members $5/person, $15 for family of 4; Nonmembers $10/person, $25 for family of 4

February Mini Camp

February 16-20, 2015
Turtle Tots (Pre-K) 9am-12pm
Explorers (K-3) 9am-3pm
Schools may be closed but there is a lot to learn and explore at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum! There are tracks in the snow, strange weather patterns to be studied, and animals that amazingly stay active during the cold!
Please bring a snack and a lunch, and dress prepared to spend some time outdoors!
Online Registration: Turtle Tots (Pre-K) Explorers (K-3) Please call 973-376-3587 or email if you have questions or need further assistance with registration

Scout Programs

Schedule your Scout visit today!
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum provides many opportunities to observe artifacts, meet a naturalist, and learn to share your world with wildlife. Our educators have a variety of programs specifically designed to meet the requirements of many Boy Scout and Girl Scout Badges. Our programs are typically 60-90 minutes long, and are $5/scout (with the exception of the Camper Badge, Night Owl Badge, and Water Badge for Cadettes and Senior Girl Scouts).
Please contact us to schedule your visit! or 973-376-3587.

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

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!

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 for a registration form.

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

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:

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.

• 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

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.

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).

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 or call 973.376.3587.

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.