Family Programs – Winter/Spring 2020

Outdoor Adventures

January 11th – Snowflakes

         February 8th – Animal Tracks

         March 14th – Seed Starting

         April 4th – Earth Day Celebration

         May 9th – Flower Fun

         June 13th – Insect Safari

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.

Maple Sugaring is Sold Out!

Saturday, February 22nd

Tour Times: 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 pm

Looking for a super sweet activity the whole family will love? Don’t miss Van Vleck House & Gardens’ annual Maple Sugaring event! Families are invited to learn how to identify a sugar maple tree and discover the steps for turning sap into syrup, focusing on a tapped sugar maple tree in Mother’s Garden.  Program includes a tour and demonstration, and wouldn’t be complete without a maple syrup tasting! Reserve your tour time today. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Registration required. Tour is indoors and outdoors, so please dress for the weather.

Families: $25 per family/Members, $40 per family/General Public

Individuals: $10 per person/Members, $15 per person/General Public

A Sensory Celebration

Saturday, April 18th

 1:00 – 4:00 pm

In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, this event invites you to explore the Van Vleck gardens using your senses as your guide. Activity stations will be arranged throughout the property and in the education center focusing on different textures, smells, shapes and colors found in the natural world.  Join us for a stress free afternoon of garden discovery. Open to families. Registration requested, drop-ins welcome.

$10 per family

Online registration Click Here

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.