Calendar of Events

Come Out to Play, Discover, Learn!

To ensure your attendance, register in advance.

Register in advance by clicking the Register Online button in the individual calendar entries. Once on the payment page, you may pay in advance to ensure your space is guaranteed by paying via PayPal. Or you may send a check made out to Schiff Natural Lands Trust to 339 Pleasant Valley Road Mendham, NJ 07945. Include participant's name, phone number, email, and the name and date of the event for which you are registering.

Space will not be guaranteed until full payment is received.

Online advance registration closes 24 hours prior to an event.

Some events may be canceled if minimum registration is not met. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email OR drop in and pay upon arrival, please so we know you're coming.

Unless noted otherwise, all programs meet at Schiff's Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, NJ 07945.

Refunds or credits are provided if we are notified of your cancellation seven days or more prior to the start of the program.

October 24, 2018 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff Nature Preserve is the host to an Environmental Book Club. Members of Schiff gather monthly to discuss a previously selected environmentally focused book together in the Nature Center of the Schiff Nature Preserve. New members are always welcome. Visit Schiff's website to become a member to register for the Free to members book club. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is Hidden Life of Trees by Wohlleben.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/23/18
October 25, 2018 (Thursday) 6:30-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The forest is quieting down as fall approaches. The length of the days are stretching..... Even so, the full moon hike allows us to enjoy the the forest as it settles down. Join a naturalist as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 27, 2018 (Saturday) 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Creating a Home Apothocary
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

In this hands-on workshop we'll explore simple herbal preparations to craft at home, healing plants to introduce into your garden and landscape, and all-natural, herbal products to swap in for your old medicines! With experts from Fields without Fences, we'll explore Schiff's forests and meadows and make some concoctions to bring home. Member fee is $15. Non-members $20. Registration required by Oct. 25. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/25/18
November 3, 2018 (Saturday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Drive. Each Volunteer Day provides the community an opportunity to work side by side with Schiff staff and Board members in a variety of hands-on projects. Depending on the season, we may be removing brush and vines from trails, removing invasive species, restoring fences and bridges, or raking out the Native Garden. Volunteers (16 and under with a parent, please) are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate attire, wear hard toes shoes, and bring a beverage and snack.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 4, 2018 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a brisk 5- mile hike over varied terrain across Schiff Nature Preserve. Hikers meet at McVickers Brook parking lot at 239 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham. Vaccinated dogs on leash are welcome. FREE to Schiff members. Non-member fee is $10. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 8, 2018 (Thursday) 9- 12 pm
Schools Our Program- Litter Bugs and Waste Warriors
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

School may be closed but Schiff is open! Come spend your day off playing recycling relays, making eco-art crafts, going on a litter clean-up scavenger hunt, and exploring the trails while learning all about the effects garbage and pollution have on our earth and what we can do to make it better! Pack warm clothes and appropriate footwear as we will be spending some of our fun-filled day outside. Ages 6-12. Member fee is $20. Non-member fee is $25. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 10, 2018 (Saturday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Monthly Gong Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Surrender to deep relaxation at our monthly gong meditation. During these sessions, the gong is played for approximately one hour, and during that time, you will be immersed in a sonic bubble, enabling deep relaxation. Your body will experience gong tones in all tissues, fluids, and bones. This sound immersion is known to enable a miraculous state of being; feeling at one with the world around you. Bring your yoga mat, swing by, and experience something profound (and relaxing). Lauren Vasquez will lead your journey with her 30" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 12, 2018 (Monday) 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Restaurant Fundraiser at Black Horse Tavern in Support of Schiff Nature Preserve
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join our board, staff, members, and friends at the Black Horse Tavern on Monday, November 12th from 11 am- 10 pm for some fine food and community in support of Schiff Nature Preserve. Express your gratitude for the work that Schiff does preserving and maintaining open space, 8 different trails, and offering so many wonderful programs throughout the year by coming to share a meal and raise funds for Schiff. All food and non- alcoholic beverages (including TAKE OUT!) will apply. Please show the flier on Facebook either by making a copy of the flier or show if digitally for Schiff to receive 15% of sales for the day! Please share this post and bring all your friends.

We thank the Black Horse Tavern for their support. We hope you will too!
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 14, 2018 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 14, 2018 (Wednesday) 6:30-8:00 pm
Paracord Bracelets and Important Camping Knots
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Cordage can be critical to survival and its uses are many including shelter building, fire friction, fishing, footwear, bowstrings, and much more. Let's make a bracelet and explore the value of some basic knots. Participants, ages 9 and up will get to make some cordage to take home. Member fee is $12. Non- member fee is $15. Advance registration required. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 15, 2018 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Gratitude Stones
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Make gratitude stones to share with others or keep as a reminder for all that you are thankful for! Great for all ages (little ones may need a hand from older sibling or adult). All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four fee is $15. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 18, 2018 (Sunday) 9:00- 11:00 am
Yoga Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Off The Grid at Schiff Nature Preserve for an easy hike and gentle yoga session, suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. We will begin with a meditation and centering session indoors, then enjoy a beautiful hike through the landscapes of Schiff Nature Preserve, enjoying the detoxifying quality of being present in nature. Yogis should bring their own mat (or a blanket/towel if you don't have one). Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $15. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 23, 2018 (Friday) 10:30 am-12:00 pm
#Optoutside with Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Avoid the madness of Black Friday with some quality time with nature! Join us for a moderate hike on the trails of Schiff, taking in the sights and sounds of autumn while you burn off some of those extra slices of pumpkin pie. Please dress for the weather! No fee for members, $5 for non-members. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 24, 2018 (Saturday) 7:00- 9:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The forest has settled into the rhythm of all. The length of the night has elongated allowing us to enjoy the forest in its quiet state. Join a naturalist as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 1, 2018 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Singing Bowl Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come and join us for a Singing Bowl Meditation to restore and energize your emotional, spiritual, and physical bodies. Singing bowls are said to have been in use since 560 BC. Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists on in entering into meditation. The Nature Center is the perfect location for quieting your mind, body, and spirit. The meditation begins with a relaxation protocol, followed by an intention setting protocol, and closing with a third eye opening protocol and a Chakra (energy centers) clearing and balancing protocol. Bring a yoga mat, two pillows, and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the singing bowls comfortably. We have chairs for those of you who prefer to sit. Member fee is $25. Non- member fee is $30. Registration required by Nov 29. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/29/18
December 2, 2018 (Sunday) 8:00-10:00 am
Fitness Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a brisk 5- mile hike over varied terrain across Schiff Nature Preserve. Hikers meet at McVickers Brook parking lot at 239 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham. Vaccinated dogs on leash are welcome. FREE to Schiff members. Non-member fee is $10. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 5, 2018 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff Nature Preserve is the host to an Environmental Book Club. Members of Schiff gather monthly to discuss a previously selected environmentally focused book together in the Nature Center of the Schiff Nature Preserve. New members are always welcome. Visit Schiff's website to become a member to register for the Free to members book club. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is Radio Free Vermont by McKibben.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/04/18
December 8, 2018 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Monthly Gong Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Surrender to deep relaxation at our monthly gong meditation. During these sessions, the gong is played for approximately one hour, and during that time, you will be immersed in a sonic bubble, enabling deep relaxation. Your body will experience gong tones in all tissues, fluids, and bones. This sound immersion is known to enable a miraculous state of being; feeling at one with the world around you. Bring your yoga mat, swing by, and experience something profound (and relaxing). Lauren Vasquez will lead your journey with her 30" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 12, 2018 (Wednesday) 10:00- 11:00 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 12, 2018 (Wednesday) 6:30-8:00 pm
Sew a Burlap Medicine Bag
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Learn to create a medicine bag or accouterment pouch carried or worn for the purpose of holding items of importance. The ability to sew will come naturally in this fun make and take craft. Participants, ages 9 and up will get to take home their project. Member fee is $12. Non- member fee is $15. Advance registration required. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 16, 2018 (Sunday) 9:00- 11:00 am
Yoga Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Off The Grid at Schiff Nature Preserve for an easy hike and gentle yoga session, suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. We will begin with a meditation and centering session indoors, then enjoy a beautiful hike through the landscapes of Schiff Nature Preserve, enjoying the detoxifying quality of being present in nature. Yogis should bring their own mat (or a blanket/towel if you don't have one). Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $15. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 20, 2018 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Make a Pine Cone Owl
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Take a moment from the pre-holiday rush to enjoy some family crafting! Make a cute winter owl using a pinecone and cotton balls! Great for all ages (little ones may need a hand from older sibling or adult). All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four fee is $15. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 22, 2018 (Saturday) 5:00-7:00 pm
Final Full Moon Hike of 2018
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The forest has settled into the rhythm of all. The length of the night has elongated allowing us to enjoy the forest in its quiet state. Join a naturalist as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
January 9, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004
February 13, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcomeMember fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 13, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004
April 10, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004
May 8, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 12, 2019 (Wednesday) 10-11 am
Baby and Me Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Strap your little one in a baby carrier/ backpack, put on your walking shoes, and join us for a morning hike with other parents and caregivers at Schiff Nature Preserve. During this opportunistic hike we will travel one of the many beautiful area trails at Schiff while discussing seasonal occurrences and changes in nature. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. Weather cancellation notifications occur within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk Ins welcome. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004