Children’s Programs – Fall 2019

Outdoor Adventures

October 19th – Bats

November 16th – Birds of Prey

December 14th – Decorations from Nature

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 Click Here

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

Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

October 23rd –  Pumpkins – is SOLD OUT!

November 13th – Amazing Owls

December 11th – Animals in Winter

1:00 – 2:00 pm

The October 23rd class is sold out. We are not accepting walk-ins.

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:  Click Here

Or email or call 973-744-4752 ext 3.

Garden to Table Cooking Class

 Three Fridays: September 20th, October 4th, October 18th

 4:00 – 6:00 PM

In this three part series, we will harvest produce from the Edible Garden and prepare food with the bounty while learning about gardening, nutrition and the importance of eating locally. Also included will be time to journal in the beautiful Van Vleck gardens.   Registration required. Space is limited. Appropriate for children ages 8 to 11.

 Session: $55 Members/$70 General Public (includes all 3 classes)

Single Class: $20 Members/ $25 General Public

To register: Email or call 973-744-4752 ext. 1.


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.