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 $2 per session is recommended.
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
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!
“Into the Woods” Fundraiser on April 12 at 7:00 PM at the Racquets Club
April 12, 2014
Saturday, 7:00 PM
162 Hobart Ave.
Short Hills, NJ 07078
On behalf of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, we would cordially invite you to attend our spring benefit, “Into the Woods,”
which will be held on April 12, 2014 7 PM
at the Racquets Club in Short Hills, NJ
This year’s honorees are Mr. Tom Doty
, Millburn Township Forester, Mrs. Stephanie Favia
, past board member and woodlands volunteer, and Mrs. Leigh Gifford
, past President of the Arboretum from 1973 to 1975. We are delighted to honor these individuals who have dedicated their time and energy over the years to make the Arboretum what it is today, and we hope you will join us for what will be a lovely evening with friends, neighbors, and community leaders.
The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that serves as an environmental education and cultural center for the residents of Short Hills and surrounding communities. The Arboretum hosts more than 5,000 children each year for school, after-school, summer, and weekend programs, and an additional 1,400 youth through community outreach programs. The Arboretum consists of 16-acres of woodlands, which serves as an outdoor classroom for our programs and a natural habitat for many native species, birds, and small animals, and the original Stone House, which houses the many recreational and educational programs for children and adults year-round. These programs, the woodlands, and the general upkeep of the Arboretum all require on-going funding from generous individuals, foundations, and companies. Our spring benefit is one very important way in which we seek to raise those funds and community awareness for the work we do in our community, and for our children and families.
Please sign up here!
For more information about the event please call 973-376-3587. We are accepting sponsorships, and donations of items for the Silent Auction.
Would you be interested in making a donation?
We are proud to say that the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum "Into the Woods" event is being generously sponsored by:
MILLBURN GATEWAY ASSOCIATES
Creatures of the Night
Friday, May 9, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 PM.
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!
Spring Photo Session at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
Saturday, May 10, 2014
SPRING PHOTOS WITH ERICA MOFFIT:
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.
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum 324 Forest Drive South Short Hills, NJ 07078
To schedule a photo session please call Erica Moffitt directly at (973) 671-1344
Woodlands Volunteer Event May 17, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
9:30 - 11:30 AM
Join the woodlands team for a morning of trail maintenance, trash clean up, plantings or invasive species removal. Bring your gardening gloves if you have them! Preregistration encouraged. Please call the Arboretum with questions 973-376-3587.
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.
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!