Family Programs

Garden Exploration Saturdays

Looking for something to do on a Saturday morning? Come to Van Vleck and visit our Education Center anytime between 10 am and 1 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.


       May 20 – Birds and Their Nests

        June 24 – Edible Gardening

Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fee per child: $5 per child ages 4 & up; $10 per family (2 or more children); Free for Friends of Van Vleck

Registration suggested, walk-ins welcome.  

To Register: email or call 973-744-4752 Ext. 3

Backyard Habitat Day

Date: Summer 2017 – Exact date and time coming soon!

Join us for a day of exploring the many ways each backyard can make a difference.  Activity and learning stations will focus on creating a habitat for the birds, butterflies and animals that live here. Open to families and individuals.  Appropriate for children ages 4 and older.  Rain or shine. Pre-Registration Required

Fee: $10 per family for Friends of Van Vleck; $15 per family for others.

To Register:  Email or call 973-744-4752

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.