Children’s Programs

NEW! Outdoor Adventures

Join us on Wednesdays in July and August for an
afternoon of fun and adventure  for kids and their
families.  Themes will alternate between interesting
insects and edible gardening each week. Every program
will include a mini lesson or discussion in the
Van Vleck Visitor Center as well as a hands-on activity
or outdoor exploration. Stop by anytime between 2:30 and 4 pm for a fun filled time at Van Vleck.
July 12 -Edible Gardening
July 19- Lightning Bugs
July 26 – Edible Gardening
August 2 -Ladybugs
August 9 – Edible Gardening
August 16 -Butterflies
August 23 – Edible Gardening

Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm

*Online Registration*

Fee: $5 per child/class or $10 per family/class (2 or more children)

 Fair weather only. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Garden Discoveries Pre K Program

September 27th – Magical Monarchs

October 25th – Owls

November 15th – Fall Colors

December 13th – Birds in the Winter

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Fee: $7 Friends of Van Vleck; $10 others

Instructor: Michelle Wiessner

Age: 3-5 year olds (accompanied by parent/caregiver)

Description: Our Garden Discoveries classes are designed to inspire children about the natural world around them. Since each child learns in a different way, every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration, and hands-on activities and specimens. Classes are held once a month, and each class has individual registration.  Each program will include a guided hike, hands-on activities and a story.

To Register: Email or call 973-744-4752 ext 3

Online Registration:

Garden Exploration Saturdays


September 23rd – Monarch Butterflies

October 14th – Birds of Prey

November 11th – Animals in Winter

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning?  Come to Van Vleck and visit our Education Center anytime between 10 am and 1 pm.  An environmental educator will discuss various topics relating to nature in and around the gardens.  A simple craft will be offered, as well as supplies for a self-guided activity on the property.  Everything you need to enjoy quality time with your family is here for you.  Activities are designed for children ages 4 and up; however, all are welcome.  All children must be supervised by an adult.  Rain or shine.

Fee: $5 per child ages 4 & up; $10 per family (2 or more children)

FREE for Friends of Van Vleck

Registration requested – drop ins welcome

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.