Outdoor Adventures

Wednesday Sessions from 2 to 4 pm

November 10th – Autumn Leaves

December 15th – Welcome Winter

Saturday Sessions from 10 am to 12 pm

November 6th – Autumn Leaves

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  on the day of the program.  An educator will be on hand to explain the topic of the day and to answer questions.

 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

Fun with Fairies!

Wednesday, October 6th

3:30, 4:00, 4:30 pm 

Ages 6 and up accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Enjoy a magical time in the gardens as we read a story, create a fairy garden and go on a fairy hunt. Space is limited. Registration is required by  October 4th. This is not a drop off class.  All children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

 $15 per child for Members/$20 per child for Non-Members

Online registration Click Here

Sensory Celebration – SOLD OUT!

This program is sold out!

Saturday, October 23rd

10:00 am – 12:00 pm 

Join us for a stress-free morning of discovery in the outdoors. We invite you to explore 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. The rain date is Sunday, October 24th.

 $10 per family

Registration required. Online registration Click Here

Owls at Night

Friday, November 5th

4:00 – 5:00 pm 

Meet live owls and other birds of prey from Flat Rock Brook Nature Center. Discover how incredible these birds are by learning about their behavior and special adaptations.  Open to families and individuals. Designed for children ages 7 and older, but younger siblings are welcome.  Program is entirely outdoors, and will be rescheduled if there is inclement weather.   Registration  required by November 4th.

Family Price: $25 per family for Members/$35 per family for Non-Members

Individual Price: $15 per person for Members/ $20 per person for Non-Members

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.