Children’s Programs – Spring 2020

Outdoor Adventures

March 14th – Seed Starting – CANCELLED

April 4th – Earth Day Celebration – CANCELLED

         May 9th – Flower Fun

         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. Free for Members

Online registration for Non-Members: 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

March 18th – Germination – CANCELLED

April 15th – Recycled Crafts – CANCELLED

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 is FULL!

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

 4:00 – 6:00 PM

This class is full!

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 Non-Members (includes all 3 classes)

Single Class: $20 for Members/ $25 for Non-Members

To register: Email or call 973-744-4752 ext. 1.


Kids’ Gardening classes

Garden Tales 

Five Mondays: May 11th – June 15th (no class 5/25)

 4:15 – 5:30 PM

 Grades K – 2nd

In this class, children will learn about gardening and nature as they acquire basic gardening skills, taste some of the veggies grown in the Edible Garden, and explore the grounds on nature hikes. Each week’s class centers around a garden-themed book and participants receive a take home gardening project related to the story. Registration required. Space is limited.

 $75 for Members, $100 for Non-Members (includes all 5 classes)

To Register: email or call 973-744-4752 ext. 1.


Junior Gardeners

Five Fridays: May 8th – June 12th (no class 5/22)

4:30 – 5:45 pm

Grades 2nd – 4th

This hands-on class introduces children to the joy of gardening. Students will grow vegetables, plant flowers, learn about composting and observe the natural world around them at Van Vleck. The class will include nature hikes and journaling—the perfect way for kids to get outside and get dirty!  Registration required. Space is limited.

$75 for Members, $100 for Non-Members (includes all 5 classes)

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