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.

• 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

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.

Click here for more info to sponsor

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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 required
Fee: A donation of $2 per session is recommended.

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.

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

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!

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!

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!

Spring Photo Session at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum

Saturday, May 10, 2014

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
Email: nakistudios@gmail.com

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!