Backyard Birding Kits

Purchase your Backyard Birding Kits Today!

Kits include supplies to make simple bird feeders for your backyard, educational materials, activity sheets and a journal to record your observations. Designed for children ages 5 and up.

 You will be contacted when your kit is ready for pick up.

To purchase kits: Click Here

Garden Discoveries

Select Fridays

February 26th – Feathered Friends in Winter

March 12th – From Seed to Sapling

March 26th – Spring Happenings

NEW TIME! 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Age: 3 – 5 year old 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

Outdoor Adventures

Select Tuesdays

February 23rd – New Jersey Owls

March 2nd – Sugar Maple Trees

March 16th – Seeds & Germination

March 30th – Spring Discoveries

NEW TIME! 1 – 3:30 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. Outdoor Adventures Activity Kits will be available outside the Raymond Family Education Center between 1 and 3:30 pm 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 Sunday before the program. 
Online registration Click Here

          Outdoor Adventures is sponsored by

The Albert Payson Terhune Foundation and

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.