Backyard Birding Kits

Purchase our Backyard Birding Kits Today!

Kits include supplies to make a simple bird feeder for your backyard, educational materials, activity sheets and a journal to record your observations. Designed for children ages 5 and up.

$15 per kit

 You will be contacted when your kit is available for pick up.

To purchase kits: Click Here

Outdoor Adventures

Select Tuesdays

May 11th – Insect Life Cycles

May 25th- Spring Flowers

June 8th- Insect Safari

June 22nd – Pollinators

  1:00 – 4:00 pm

Recommended  age  4 – 11, but all are welcome.

 Join us in the gardens as you explore and learn with our fun self-guided activity kits. Registration is required and includes everything you need to participate in the program.  Outdoor Adventures Activity Kits will be available outside the Raymond Family Education Center from 1 – 4:00 pm on the day of the program.  Kits will include activities for self-guided exploration.

Masks are required at all times while on the property. Social distancing protocols will be in place.

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

Registration required – Registration deadline is the Sunday 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

Habitats and Adaptations – Live Animal Program

Wednesday, May 19th (rain date Wednesday, May 26th)

4:30 – 5:30 pm  

6:00 – 7:00 pm (Full)

Spend an evening in the gardens of Van Vleck meeting fascinating live animals from Eyes of the Wild.  Learn about different habitats and discover the many adaptations these creatures possess to help them survive and thrive in the places  they call home.

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

This program is in-person. Masks are required and social distancing protocols will be in place. Due to Covid restrictions, space is limited.

Registration required. Registration deadline: May 17th.

Online registration Click Here

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.