Family Programs – Winter/Spring 2018

Outdoor Adventures

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


February 17th – Winter Explorations

March 24th – Seed Starting

April 21st – Birds and Beaks

May 19th – Spiders

June 16th – Edible Gardening

10:00 am – 1:00 pm

$5 per child ages 4 & up; $10 per family (2 or more children)

Free for Friends of Van Vleck

Registration requested – drop-ins welcome

*Online Registration*

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

Maple Sugaring

Saturday, March 3rd

Tour Times:  1:30 pm, 2:00 pm (the 1:00 pm tour time is sold out!)

Come to Van Vleck House & Gardens for a tour and demonstration of the process of Maple Sugaring.  A sugar maple tree in Mother’s Garden at Van Vleck will be tapped, and if the weather cooperates the sap will be flowing. Families are invited to visit us as we learn how to identify a sugar maple tree and discover the steps for turning sap into syrup.  At the conclusion of the tour, there will be a taste testing of course!  Don’t miss this deliciously sweet event!  Reserve your tour time today.  Tour lasts approximately 1 hour. 

FREE for Friends of Van Vleck but registration is required. To register: Click Here for Friends of Van Vleck

$10 per person for General Public. To register: Click Here for General Public

Guided Hikes for Families

Spring Birding Hikes for Families

Saturday, March 10th

9:00 – 10:00 am

When March arrives, the birds know it. They begin the preparations for the very busy season ahead. Spring is all about making a home to raise young. Come take a walk to see what birds are doing to prepare for the coming of Spring. We may see some early migrants, too. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars.

Friday, March 23rd

3:00 – 4:00 pm

Spring has arrived! Come take a walk with us to see what signs of spring are in the garden. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars if you have them. 

These hikes are for families, but individuals without children are also welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

$5 per person for Friends of Van Vleck; $7 for General Public. Maximum fee per family: $15 per family for Friends of Van Vleck; $21 per family for General Public.

Registration required. To Register:  email or call 973-744-4752 ext 3

Van Vleck House & Gardens’ Friends Day

Sunday, March 18th

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old… at Van Vleck House & Gardens’ Friends Day

Please be our guest as we celebrate and thank our supporters—our Friends of Van Vleck—with a fun day of special programming. With a honeybee presentation by Bee Haven Bees, a birding expert pointing out our feathered friends, children’s activities and seed planting, and more, we’ll have something for everyone.

Not already a Friend? Become a Friend of Van Vleck today  Click Here  and join us,

or sign up onsite at Friends Day.

FREE for Friends of Van Vleck

Registration required. To register visit our website at, email or call 973-744-4752 ext 6.

A Sensory Celebration

Sunday, April 8. 2018

1:00 – 4:00 pm

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Van Vleck House & Gardens invites you to explore the gardens using your senses as your guide.  What colors and shapes do you see? What sounds do you hear around you? What smells are in the air? Activity stations will be arranged outdoors and in our education center focusing on different textures, smells, shapes and colors in the natural world.  Join us for a stress free afternoon of garden discovery.  Open to families. Check our website for rain date information. 

Suggested donation – $10 per family

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.