Children’s Programs – Summer 2020

Virtual Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

July 15th – Chipmunks & Squirrels

July 29th – Signs of Summer

August 12th – Critters in the Garden

August 26th – Butterflies

10:00 – 11:00 am

Our virtual Garden Discoveries classes are designed to inspire young children about the natural world around them. Since each child learns in a different way, every class examines one topic through stories, outdoor exploration (done in your own backyard), and hands-on activities. Each class will begin with a Zoom Circle Time and story, as well as a guided activity and Q&A period.  At the conclusion of our virtual class (approximately 20-25 minutes), students are encouraged to go outside with a parent or caregiver to complete an outdoor activity related to the topic of the day.  Activity Kits will need to be picked up at Van Vleck House & Gardens prior to the class.  Registration required.

Advanced registration required. Registration deadline: the Friday before the class.

 $7 per child/per class for Members; $10 per child/per class for Non-Members

Online registration: Click Here

Virtual Garden Tales 

July 22nd – Fairies

August 5th – Ladybugs

August 19th – Monarchs

1:00 – 2:00 pm

Grades K – 2nd

 This virtual class is designed to introduce children to the natural world through journaling and outdoor exploration. Each class centers around a nature-themed book and participants will work on  activities related to the topic of the day.  The class will include a story, and nature related craft or project. We will also spend time journaling in nature journals. Total Zoom class time: 25 – 30 minutes. Activity kits, which will include all the materials necessary to participate in the class, will need to be picked up prior to the class. This class is for children in grades K-2.

 $10 per class/per child for Members; $15 per class/per child for Non-Members

Advanced registration required. Registration deadline the Friday before the class.

Online registration: Click Here


Outdoor Adventures

July 14th – Lightning Bugs
July 21st – Feathered Friends
July 28th – Insects in the Garden
August 4th – Sensing Nature
August 11th – Edible Gardening
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Recommended age: 4 – 11 but all are welcome.
Outdoor Adventures is back! Join us in the gardens as you explore and learn with our fun self-guided activity kits. Registration is required and includes everything you need to participate in the program. We will have informational displays related to the topic of the day and a Van Vleck educator will be on hand to answer your questions. Outdoor Adventures Activity Kits will be available outside the Raymond Family Education Center between  11 am and 1 pm on the day of the program.  In case of inclement weather, we will contact you regarding a rescheduled date.
$5 per child/per class.
Advanced Registration is required. Deadline to register: the Friday before the program. 
Online registration: Click Here

          Outdoor Adventures is sponsored by Montclair State University.

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 Member of Van Vleck to take advantage of special pricing for classes and events.