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.

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. Walk ins welcome.
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. Pre- registration is required by 12/19. 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
- Register by 12/19/18
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. Pre- registration is required by 12/21. 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
- Register by 12/21/18
December 30, 2018 (Sunday) 2:00-4:30 pm
Mindfulness Art Workshop
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

End the year with repose, and start the New Year restored with this special event: Nature/Mindfulness/Art Workshop.In this two-and-a-half-hour workshop, we will meet in the Schiff Nature Center to explore how experiencing nature, mindfulness, and expression through art can restore and rejuvenate as we prepare to leave 2018 behind and welcome 2019 with new vitality.


The workshop will include time for a mindfulness/focusing exercise, a trail walk, expressive drawing, and discussion. No artistic skills are required or taught in this workshop, and adults of all skill levels are welcome. The trail walk will be at a leisurely pace, and depending on weather conditions, the group may also reconvene at the Woodland Amphitheater or Great Meadow. Involvement in the outdoor portion of the workshop will be at the discretion of each participant who will be responsible for their own judgement and safety.
Space is limited to 15 adults. Advance registration is required. The cost is $18 for members and $20 for non-members. Please register by 12/29.

Karen Futral is a licensed psychotherapist and art therapist, as well as an artist, from Cambridge, Massachusetts who loves nature and its ability to restore and rejuvenate. A former NJ native who lived near Mendham, Karen runs Wellness groups which incorporate nature, mindfulness, and artistic expression. She worked with the National Park Service this summer to develop a series of classes that explored how nature and the creative arts can foster a healthy and relaxed lifestyle. Karen is an avid walker and four-season hiker whose steps have taken her along mountain trails throughout New England, the Pacific Northwest, and as far away as Africa, Korea, and New Zealand.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/29/18
January 6, 2019 (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 members. Non- member fee is $10. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming. Walk Ins Welcome.
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. Preregistration required by January 8. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 01/08/19
January 12, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
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. Space is limited. Advance registration is required by 1/11/19. Please register and pay at www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. 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
- Register by 01/11/19
January 13, 2019 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Yoga Hike @ Schiff Nature Preserve
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. Walk Ins Welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
January 17, 2019 (Thursday) 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 book club. It's FREE for members. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is An American River: From Paradise to Superfund, afloat on New Jersey's Passaic by Bruno.
Contact: 973-543-6004
January 17, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Treats for the Birds
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Make some nut-free treats for your backyard birds! Spend time learning about nature and making a simple craft with your little ones, and enjoy connecting with other local families. All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four fee is $15. Preregistration required, 24 hours in advance. 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
- Register by 01/16/19
January 20, 2019 (Sunday) 6:00- 7:30 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. Pre-registration required by January 19th. 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
- Register by 01/19/19
January 27, 2019 (Sunday) 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. Walk ins welcome.
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. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7.Advance registration required to run this program.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 02/12/19
February 23, 2019 (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. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
February 23, 2019 (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. Walk ins welcome.
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. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $7. Advance registration required to run this program.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/12/19
March 31, 2019 (Sunday) 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. Walk ins welcome.
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