Children’s Programs – Summer/Fall 2019

Amazing Animal Adaptations is FULL!

 Tuesday, July 16th

7:00 – 8:00 pm

This program is sold out. We are unable to take walk ins.

Meet and greet live animals from Eyes of the Wild. Learn about their amazing adaptations which help them survive and thrive in the wild. Space is limited. Registration required. This program is designed for families but individuals are welcome.

Families: $25 per family for Members/$35 per Family for General Public. Individuals: $10 per person for Members/$15 per person for General Public. 

Pollinator Extravaganza!

 Wednesday, August 21st

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us for an informative evening in the garden learning about the importance of pollinators in our world. Activities include a live observation hive and discussion presented by Bee Haven Bees, crafts, a scavenger hunt, live caterpillar/butterfly display and tours of the Mark Landrum Children’s Butterfly Garden. Open to families and individuals. Rain or Shine. Pre-registration required. Space is limited!

Individuals: $10 per person for Members, $15 per person for General Public. Families: $25 per family for Members, $35 per family for General Public.

Online registration Click Here

You may also register by calling 973-744-4752 ext. 3 or emailing

Outdoor Adventures

September 21st – Monarchs

October 19th – Bats

November 16th – Hunters of the Sky

December 14th – Natural Decorating for Kids

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Spend a Saturday morning at Van Vleck!   An environmental educator will be on-hand at the Van Vleck Education Center from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to discuss various topics relating to nature in and around the gardens.  The program includes a simple craft and supplies for a self-guided activity on the property—all the tools you need for a fun, family excursion. Classes are designed for children ages 4 and up; however, all are welcome.  All children must be supervised by an adult. Rain or shine.

Registration requested – drop-ins welcome. Online registration coming soon!

Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

September 18th – Butterfly Fun

October 23rd –  Pumpkins

November 13th – Amazing Owls

December 11th – Animals in Winter

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Calling all future naturalists! Each class in this monthly series examines a different nature-themed topic through stories, outdoor exploration, specimens and hands-on activities, designed to inspire kids about the natural world around them. Rain or shine. Open to children  3-5 years old accompanied by an adult.

Registration is required for this class.

Online registration coming soon! Or email or call 973-744-4752 ext 3.

Van Vleck House & Gardens

All classes and events are held at 21 Van Vleck St., Montclair unless otherwise noted. For further information, log on to To register or for additional information, call 973-744-4752 or e-mail us at Become a Friend of Van Vleck to take advantage of special pricing for classes and events.