Outdoor Adventures

Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm

October 13th – Birds of Prey

November 10th – Autumn Leaves

December 15th – Welcome Winter

Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm

October 9th – Birds of Prey

November 6th – Autumn Leaves

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 on the day of the program. An educator will be on hand to explain the topic of the day and to answer questions.
FREE for Members but registration is required.
$15 per family per class for Non-Members.
Advanced Registration is required. 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


Morning Session: 10 – 10:45 am

Afternoon Session: 1 – 1:45 pm

September 29th – Butterflies in the Garden

October 20th – Discovering the Season: Fall

November 17th – Autumn Leaves

December 8th – Animals in Winter

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 hike 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!

Wednesday, October 6th

3:30, 4:00, 4:30

Ages 6 and up accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

Enjoy a magical time in the gardens as we read a story, create a fairy garden and go on a fairy hunt. Space is limited. Registration is required by October 4th. This is not a drop off class. All children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

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

Online registration: Click Here

Owls at Night

Friday, November 5th

 4:00-5:00 pm

Meet live owls and other birds of prey from Flat Rock Brook Nature Center. Discover how incredible these birds are by learning about their behavior and special adaptations.  Open to families and individuals. Designed for children ages 7 and older, but all ages are welcome.  Program is all outdoors, and will be rescheduled if there is inclement weather.  Registration required by November 4th.

Family Price: $25 per family for Members; $35 per family for Non-Members.

Individual Price: $15 per person for Members; $20 per person for Non-Members

Online registration Click Here

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.