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

Maple Sugaring

Saturday, March 6th

Raindate: Sunday, March 7th

10 am to 4 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 sticky sap into delicious syrup, Program includes an activity kit and self-guided tour through various outdoor stations centered around our own tapped sugar maple tree in the Van Vleck Gardens. Tour is all outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Space is limited!

 $20 per family for Members of Van Vleck; $30 per family for Non-Members

This program is FULL. Please email to be placed on the waiting list.

Outdoor Adventures

Select Tuesdays

February 23rd – New Jersey Owls

March 2nd – Sugar Maple Trees

March 16th – Seeds & Germination

March 30th – Spring Discoveries

NEW TIME!  1:00 – 3:30 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 – 3:30 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.

 $10 per family/per class for Members of Van Vleck; $15 per family/per class for Non-Members

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

Online registration Click Here

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

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.