Children

Outdoor Adventures

NEW day and time for 2022! Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

January 15th – Winter Celebration – POSTPONED to January 22nd!

 February 19th – Birding in the Winter

March 26th – Seed Starting

 April 23rd – Earth Day

 May 21st – Flower Fun

June 11th – Insect Safari

 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us in the gardens as you and your family explore and learn about the outdoor world through crafts, scavenger hunts, activity sheets and displays. This program is entirely outdoors, and you can arrive anytime between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Registration is required and includes everything you need to participate in the program. In the event of inclement weather, Outdoor Adventures take-home activity kits will be available for pick-up in the Visitor Center.  Designed for children ages 4 -11 but all are welcome.

 Deadline to register: the day before the program.
Online registration for Non-Members Click Here

Online registration for Members Click Here

          Outdoor Adventures is sponsored by

The Albert Payson Terhune Foundation and

Montclair State University

Tales on the Trails

 Wednesdays

 1 – 1:45 pm

February 16th – Winter Hibernation

March 16th –  Signs of Spring

April 20th –  Seeds and Germination 

May 18th –  Fun with Flowers

June 15th – Life of a Honey Bee 

Ages 3 – 5 

Discover the wonders of the outdoor world with your little one.  This program begins in the gardens of Van Vleck with a story,  continues with a walk and concludes with a simple craft or activity.  All programs focus on the theme listed above. A parent or caregiver is required to accompany each child.  Programs will be held outdoors, weather permitting. 

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

Registration required 2 days prior to each class.

Online registration Click Here

Fun with Fairies!

 March 30th (rain date March 31st) 3:30 – 6 pm  

 Enjoy a magical time in the gardens as we read a story, create a fairy garden and take a walk on our new fairy trail. Space is limited. 

Registration is required by  March 28th.

4 and up accompanied by a parent or caregiver

 $15 per child for Members/$20 per child for Non-Members

Online registration Click Here

 

Garden Tales

April 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Spend time in the Edible Garden with us this spring!. Each class will focus on a different storybook and will include planting, journaling and learning all about the natural world! Registration required. Space is limited. Appropriate for children in grades K – 2. 

 $75 per child for Members, $100 per child for Non-Members

This program is sponsored by The Albert Payson Terhune Foundation.

Online registration coming soon!

 

Junior Gardeners

April 27th, May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th

4:00-5:00 pm

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. Appropriate for children in grades 2 – 4.

 $75 per child for Members, $100 per child for Non-Members

This program is sponsored by The Albert Payson Terhune Foundation.

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 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 education@vanvleck.org  to reserve a spot.