Outdoor Adventures


Select Wednesdays

July 28th – Edible Gardening

August 18th – Butterflies

  10:00 am – 1:00 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 10 am to 1 pm 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 Tuesday 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

Nocturnal Animals – Live Animal Program

This program has been rescheduled from July 29th to August 6th.

This program is FULL. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please email

7:00 – 8:00 pm 

Spend an evening in the gardens of Van Vleck meeting nocturnal animals from Eyes of the Wild, an exotic animal rescue. Learn about these fascinating creatures who are awake while we are asleep. This presentation is for families with children 5 and up, but all are welcome. Program will be held outdoors, and is fair weather only. (in the event of rain the program will be rescheduled).  Registration required by Wednesday, July 7th.

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

Pollinator Day

Tuesday, August 10th

6:00 – 7:30 pm 

Ages 4 and up

Join us for an educational and engaging evening in the garden learning about the importance of pollinators in our world.  Activities include a live observation hive and Q & A with Eric Hanan of Bee Haven Bees, crafts, a scavenger hunt, live caterpillar/butterfly display, tours of our Mark Landrum Children’s Butterfly Garden and more.  Open to families and individuals.  Program will be held outdoors, and is fair weather only. (in the event of rain the program will be rescheduled).  Registration required by Monday, August 9th.

 Families: $25/family for Members; $35/family for Non-Members. Individuals: $10/person for Members; $15/person for Non-Members.

Online registration Click Here

Fun with Fairies!

Wednesday, August 4th

4:00, 4:30, 5:00 pm (the 5:00 pm session is full)

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 August 1st. This is not a drop off class.  All children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

 $10 per child for Members/$15 per child 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.