Children’s Programs – Fall/Winter

Outdoor Adventures

December 8th – Birds in Winter

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.  Activities are designed for children ages 4 and up; however, all are welcome.  All children must be supervised by an adult.  Rain or shine.

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

Free for Friends of Van Vleck

Registration requested – drop-ins welcome.

Online registration

Or register by emailing or calling 973-744-4752 ext. 3.

Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

December 12th – Bird Feeder Fun

1:00 – 2:00 pm

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. Class appropriate for 3-5 year olds (accompanied by parent/caregiver).

$7 per child for Friends of Van Vleck, $10 per child for General Public.

Registration is required for this class. Space is limited.

Online registration

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

Animals from Around the World

Sunday, January 27th

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Meet and greet live animals from around the world as we enjoy a presentation from Eyes of the Wild.  An animal expert will introduce us to animals from several of the 7 continents, focusing on their habitats, similarities and differences, as well as the communication and survival skills these animals need in order to thrive in the region in which they live.

Rain or shine. Pre-registration required.

$7 per person for Friends of Van Vleck; $10 per person for General Public.

Online registration coming soon!

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.