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.


        February 11 – Animal Tracks and Signs

        March 18 – Seeds and Germination

        April 22 – Celebrate the Earth – Explore the Outdoors

        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

A Sensory Celebration

Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017

Time: 1:00-4:00 PM

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, Van Vleck 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?

Activities 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 day of garden discovery.  Open to families. Registration requested.  

Rain Date: Saturday April 8th.

Fee: Suggested donation of $10 per family

*Online Registration* 

To Register: Email or call 973-744-4752

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.