Children’s Programs – Winter 2020

Outdoor Adventures

January 11th – Snowflakes

February 8th – Animal Tracks

March 14th – Seed Starting

April 4th – Earth Day Celebration

         May 9th – Papermaking

         June 13th – Insect Safari

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.

This program is sponsored by Montclair State University

Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

February 19th – Sugar Maple Trees

March 18th – Germination

April 15th – Recycled Crafts

May 20th – Spring Blooms

June 17th – Ladybug Life

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: Click Here

Or email or call 973-744-4752 ext 3.

Garden to Table Cooking Class

Three Fridays: January 31st, February 28th, March 27th 

 4:00 – 6:00 PM

In this class, we will use our creativity to prepare delicious meals while improving our cooking skills and learning about nutrition and the importance of eating locally. Also included will be time to journal in the beautiful Van Vleck house and 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 for Members/ $25 for 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.