Children’s Programs – Fall 2020

Virtual Garden Discoveries Pre-K Program

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

Family Guided Walks

 November 13th    

December 11th 

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Join us for a walk in the gardens as we look for signs of the season.  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/family for Members; $15/family for Non-Members

 Registration is required.

Online registration: Click Here


Outdoor Adventures

November 3rd – Terrific Trees

November 17th – Animal Tracks & Signs

December 1st – Animals in Winter

December 15th – Winter Happenings

Session 1: 1 – 2:30 pm

Session 2: 3 – 4:30 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.