Family Programs – Fall 2019

Outdoor Adventures

   October 19th – Bats

         November 16th – Birds of Prey

December 14th – Decorations from Nature

Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning?  Come to Van Vleck and visit our Education Center anytime between 10:00 am and 1:00 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. Registration requested; drop-ins welcome.      

Online registration Click Here

You may also register by calling 973-744-4752 ext. 3 or emailing

This program is sponsored by Montclair State University.

Raptor Walk for Families

 Friday, November 8th

4:00 – 5:00 PM

The Raptor Walk is full. Please email if you would like to be added to the wait list.

Van Vleck has been home to many different raptor species. Stroll through the gardens with us as we look for owls, hawks and other birds. There is no guarantee that we will see them, but if we do, it is magical. Come join us for this exciting walk through the gardens as day turns to night. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. This hike is for families, but individuals without children are also welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Fee for Individuals: $5 per person for Members/$8 per person for General Public.

Fee for Families: $10 per family for Members/$15 per family for General Public

Registration required. Space is limited.

You may also register by calling 973-744-4752 ext. 3 or emailing

Birds of Prey Presentation

 Friday, November 8th

5:30 – 6:30 PM

This program has limited availability. Please email to register.

Meet live birds of prey including owls, a falcon, and a hawk 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.  Rain or shine. Pre-Registration required.

Families: $25 per family for Members/$35 per Family for General Public.

Individuals: $10 per person for Members/$15 per person for General Public.

You may also register by calling 973-744-4752 ext. 3 or emailing

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 Friend of Van Vleck to take advantage of special pricing for classes and events.