Children’s Programs

Outdoor Adventures

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.

        New dates coming soon!

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

Free for Friends of Van Vleck

Registration requested – drop-ins welcome.

To register:  email or call 973-744-4752

*Online Registration*

Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

 New Dates Coming Soon!

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:

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.