Birthday Parties at the Arboretum
Party times available are on Saturdays (except for major holidays).:
There are 2 times available each Saturday:
11:30 AM -1:00 PM
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Description of an Arboretum Birthday Party: Nature -themed birthday parties are available for children ages 3 -12. The party can be customized to incorporate a particular theme your child is currently interested in. Party duration is 90 minutes. At least 1 adult for every 6 children are required to stay for the party. Your child and 15-20 of their friends will have a short lesson on the selected topic of their choice followed by a theme-related nature craft.
The group will have a guided hike through the woodlands with the Arboretum’s Environmental Educator, then return to the Stone House. The last 20 minutes is reserved for food, cake or family time.
• Price: $300 ($200 if using a hired animal show – see Party Themes)
• Length: 90 minutes (extra charge of $50 for 30 additional minutes if specified in advance, $100 if requested day of the party)
• Number of Attendees: 15-20 children (extra charge of $50 for up to 10 additional children)
• Dates Available: Please try to call at least 1 month in advance.
Arboretum birthday parties currently are scheduled for Saturdays. Other weekdays are available during school vacations.
Party theme ideas
(or customize one for your child!):
• Meet the Arboretum animals that live in the Stone House
• Birds 101
• Trees and their leaves
• Animal Tracks
• Worms 101
• Birds 101
• Bugs and Slugs
• Shelter Building ( ages 10-12)
Other party theme options
from outside vendors:
Eyes of the Wild: Traveling zoo owner Travis Gale mixes comedy and charisma into every program he presents to show his true passion for educating children about wildlife. With over 200 animals - from porcupines to parrots, armadillos to wallabies - you never know who will show up at your party! It’s a fantastic live animal show that will entertain and educate through storytelling. Please contact Eyes of the Wild at www.eyeswild.com for more information and pricing.
Rizzo’s Wildlife Discovery: A fun and educational presentation that includes snakes, lizards, alligators, turtles, frogs, insects, and mammals. A portion of Rizzo’s profits are donated to various charities, including Conserve Wildlife. Please contact Rizzo’s at www.rizzosreptiles.com for more information and pricing.
There is a $200 fee for use of the Stone House.
The Arboretum Stone House includes:
• A kitchen with sink, stove and refrigerator
• Plenty of counter space
• Tables and chairs
• Open space for games and activities
• One party facilitator who will lead and oversee the activities
• Arboretum Party Plan (for party without hired animal show)
• Mammals, reptiles, fish and an observational beehive for your party goers to view!
• 3 bathrooms
• A coatroom
Outside there are over 16 acres of enclosed woodlands to explore.
You will need to provide food, cups, plates, utensils, matches, and wrap or bags for leftovers.
For more information or to schedule a party date, please contact:
The Arboretum @ 973-376-3587
Dr. Randi Eckel Presentation on September 23, 2013 To Boil or not to Boil, that is the Question:
September 23, 2013
10:00 Am - 11:30 AM
Dr. Randi V. Wilfert Eckel is the owner of Toadshade Wildflower Farm in Frenchtown, NJ where she has been propagating and promoting native plants since 1996. Randi frequently lectures and gives workshops on native plants and the interactions between plants and insects – her specialty while at college, graduate school and working at the USDA. Randi’s primary goal at Toadshade is to make little known plants available to the public and educate gardeners about the use of native plants and their important place in our world. On September 23, 2013, there program is on “To Boil or not to Boil, that is the Question! Collection and Proper Treatment of Native Plant Seeds.
” Different types of seeds require different treatments to get them to grow. There is a discussion of how to properly collect, store and treat seeds for maximum germination.
Please register here!