Special Programs

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

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.

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!

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!