Children’s Programs

Outdoor Adventures

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

February 17th – Winter Explorations

March 24th – Seed Starting

April 21st – Birds and Beaks

May 19th – Spiders

June 16th – Edible Gardening

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

$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 education@vanvleck.org or calling 973-744-4752

Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

February 21 – Maple Sugaring

March 21 –  Signs of Spring

April 18 – Germination Station

May 16 –Flower Fun

June 13 –  Incredible Insects

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

$7 Friends of Van Vleck; $10 others

Instructor: Michelle Wiessner

Age: 3-5 year olds (accompanied by parent/caregiver)

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.

Online Registration:

You may also register by emailing education@vanvleck.org or calling 973-744-4752 ext 3

Gardening Programs for Children

Garden Tales

 5 Wednesdays, May 2nd – May 30th

4:15-5:30 PM

Appropriate for Grades K – 2

Children will learn about gardening and nature through literature with Master Gardener and Kids Gardening Expert Denise Barth. In this class we will read a garden themed book each week and do a take home gardening project related to the story. Children will acquire basic gardening skills, taste some of the veggies growing in the garden and go on a nature hike all in the beautiful setting of the Van Vleck Gardens. Be prepared to get dirty and have fun! Registration required – space is limited and this class fills up quickly.

$50 Friends of Van Vleck, $75 Others (includes all 5 classes)

Online registration coming soon!

Junior Gardeners  

 5 Fridays, May 11th – June 15th  (no class May 18th)

4:30-5:45 PM

 Appropriate for Grades 3 – 5

This class is a hands-on introduction to the joy of gardening, taught by Master Gardener Denise Barth. Children will grow yummy vegetables, plant beautiful flowers, learn about composting and observe the natural world around them at Van Vleck. Class will include a nature hike and nature journaling. This is a perfect way for kids to get outside and get dirty!

$50 Friends of Van Vleck, $75 Others (includes all 5 classes)

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 www.vanvleck.org. To register or for additional information, call 973-744-4752 or e-mail us at education@vanvleck.org. Become a Friend of Van Vleck to take advantage of special pricing for classes and events.