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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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
Fee: A donation of $3 per session is recommended.
Saturday, November 9, 2013, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Topic: 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 a bearing, and test out our skills in the woodlands. If you have a compass, bring it with you.
Saturday, January 11, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Topic: Winter Tracking
Who lives in our Woodlands? Winter is the perfect time to investigate all the tracks and signs that animals leave behind. After a brief introduction to the art of tracking, we will go outside to see first hand what clues were left behind by our woodlands creatures. We will also get to take home an animal track!
Saturday March 8, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
March is the time when snakes and turtles are coming out of hibernation! Meet our resident snakes, lizards, and turtles, and then lets see who is slithering in our woodlands!
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Composting and Planting
The Arboretum grounds are beautiful all year and this is a perfect opportunity to learn about nature in your surrounding community. Each topic is geared for a family to learn about the environment. The program is being offered the second Saturday each month that will alternate between on-site and off-site programs. Each program that is covered will have a hands on learning experience with an adventure out in the woodlands.
(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!
Camp out at Jenny Jump State Park, Hope, NJ
Saturday - Sunday
June 21, 22, 2014
12:00 PM Saturday - 10:00 AM Sunday
Jenny Jump State Forest is located in Warren County along the stunning rolling terrain of Jenny Jump Mountain Range. Panoramic vistas of the Highlands and the Kittatinny Mountains and Valley to the west, and scenic views of the Great Meadows in the east dramatically greet the visitor who climbs the narrow path leading to the top of Jenny Jump Mountain. Rocky outcroppings and boulders line the trail - evidence that great glaciers once covered what is now known as Jenny Jump State Forest. United Astronomy Clubs of New Jersey, Inc. (UACNJ) was formed in 1988 as a loosely associated networking group for New Jersey area amateur astronomy clubs. UACNJ itself is not a club, but a consortium of a dozen and a half clubs united to support, coordinate, and communicate ideas among over 1400 individuals who make astronomy their hobby, in and around the state.
We will attend a program 8:00 PM on Saturday Night.
We will provide afternoon snack, dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday, and all the gear that goes into the meals. You provide your own tenting equipment (easily rented at local camping gear stores). We will help new campers setting up tents and will lead a hike on one of the many beautiful trails that wind throughout the park.
At the end of September we will send a group email with equipment list, equipment rental locations, driving directions, and any other important information you will need. A rain date will be planned for the spring only if consistent rain is predicted for the weekend. Hope to see you there: Jenny Jump State Park is a perfect place to begin your camping experiences, and it’s only an hour away.
Fee Members: Adults $50 —Children $30
Non Members: Adults $55 - Children $35
Please register here!