Outdoor Adventures

NEW day and time for 2022! Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

January 15th – Winter Celebration – POSTPONED to January 22nd!

February 19th – Birding in the Winter

March 26th – Seed Starting

April 23rd – Earth Day

May 21st – Flower Fun

June 11th – Insect Safari

 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us in the gardens as you and your family explore and learn about the outdoor world through crafts, scavenger hunts, activity sheets and educational displays. This program is entirely outdoors, and you can arrive anytime between 10:00 am -1:00 pm. Registration is required and includes everything you need to participate in the program. In the event of inclement weather, Outdoor Adventures take-home activity kits will be available for pick-up in the Visitor Center.  Designed for children ages 4 -11 but all are welcome.

 FREE for Members.  $15 per family/per class for Non-Members.

Registration required – Registration deadline is the day prior to each class.

Online registration for Non-Members Click Here

Online registration for Members Click Here

Outdoor Adventures is sponsored by
The Albert Payson Terhune Foundation and
Montclair State University

Maple Sugaring

 Saturday, March 5th (rain date March 12th)

Arrival Times (arrive anytime within the hour):

10:00 -11:00 am

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

12:30 – 1:30 pm

1:30  – 2:30 pm

2:30  – 3:30 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, discover the steps for turning sap into syrup, and visit a tapped sugar maple tree in the Van Vleck Gardens.  This self-guided tour is entirely outdoors and will take you through several learning stations. There will be activity sheets, informative displays and educators along the way. Designed for children ages 5 and up.

Registration required by March 3rd.  Please note: Register for a 1 hour arrival time slot.  You may arrive anytime during your 1 hour time frame.  Once you begin, the tour will last approximately 45 minutes – 1 hour.

 $25 per family for Members; $35 per family for Non-Members.

$10 per individual for Members; $15 per individual for Non-Members.

Online registration for Members opens February 1st.

Online registration for Non-Members opens February 5th.

Sensory Celebration

 Saturday, April 2nd

 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 focusing on different textures, smells, shapes and colors found in the natural world.  Meet and greet animals from Eyes of the Wild, an exotic animal rescue, and learn how these amazing creatures use their senses. This outdoor family program is an inclusive event, open to people of all ages and abilities and will be held entirely outdoors. In case of inclement weather, a rain date will be announced.

Online registration coming soon!


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