Children’s Programs – Fall 2020

Virtual Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

September 25th – Signs of Fall

October  9th – Nocturnal Happenings

October  23rd – Pumpkins

November 6th – Owls

                       November 20th – Thankful for Trees

December 4th – Getting Ready for Winter

        December 18th – Winter Homes

10:00 – 11:00 am

Age: 3 – 5 year olds accompanied by a parent/caregiver

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. 

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

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

Online registration: Click Here

Garden Explorers Field Trips for Families

 September 18th – Tree Celebration          

October 2nd – Backyard Birds

 October 16th- Leaves All Around Us           

October 30th – Animal Safari 

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of discovery as we explore the gardens of Van Vleck.  Each 1 hour field trip will focus on a theme and consist of a story, guided activities and time at the end to record your experiences in a journal.  Each child must be accompanied by an adult. This program is entirely outdoors, and weather permitting.  Masks are required at all times while on the property. Social distancing protocols will be in place.

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

Advanced Registration is required. Deadline to register: the Tuesday before the program. 
Online registration: Click Here


Outdoor Adventures

        September 15th – Monarchs

            September 22nd – Birds of Prey

September 29th – Adopt a Tree

October 6th – Spiders and Snakes

 October 13th – Bird Feeder Fun

October 20th – Autumn Leaves

      October 27th – Night Creatures 

Morning Session: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm -2:30 pm

Recommended age: 4 – 11 but all are welcome
 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 during your selected session time on the day of the program.
Masks are required at all times while on the property. Social distancing protocols will be in place.
$10 per family/per class for Members. $15 per family per class for Non-Members.
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.

Please note: We are reserving a few spots for those experiencing financial hardship right now due to the COVID-19 crisis.  These spots are first come first serve. Please email  to reserve a spot.