Calendar of Events

Come Out to Play, Discover, Learn!

To ensure your attendance, register in advance. Online 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.

New programs are added all the time. Check back regularly!

June 29, 2017 (Thursday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Gong Journey Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us at Schiff Nature Preserve for an amazing journey inward. When fully engaged in listening to the Gong, you will be encapsulated within the sound field, merging with the sound as it travels through the body. The sound experience produces the effect of journeys. As the frequencies of the gong travel throughout your body, you are enabled to relax and enter a deep meditative state during some experience a journey outward, and a profound expansion of mind state. Members fee is $15. Non members 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 06/28/17
July 1, 2017 (Saturday) 9:30- 12 am.
Star Gazing with Morris Museum Astronomical Society
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Bring a picnic blanket and a late night snack to enjoy a quiet summer evening with Schiff and Joe Molnar from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society for a night of star gazing! We will meet at the nature center and walk as a group to the great meadow for a tour of the summer sky and gazing through a telescope. Member fee is $8. Non-member fee is $12. Pre- registration closes on June 30, drop ins are welcome. Others may email environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org and pay at the door.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 06/30/17
July 6, 2017 (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm
Traditional Experience
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

An overall view of traditional native wilderness skills. Topics include a time line of North America, food gathering and hunting developments, transportation, shelter variations, and native flute music. This is a very open and flexible program which can include a fire by friction demonstration among other special woodcraft skills. Online registration open until 7/5/17. 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 07/05/17
July 8, 2017 (Saturday) 10 - 11 am
Master Gardener Speaker Series: Paradise Gardens for Pollinators and Wildlife
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

As we focus on issues to improve the environment, the concept of a Pollinator Garden is gaining more interest. Ethereal butterflies and song birds have always been a beautiful addition to a flower garden. By growing the right plants, we can attract butterflies and birds and encourage them to propagate themselves, as well as plants, and flourish within our gardens. Member fee is $8. Non member fee is $12. Registration open until 7/5/17. 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 07/05/17
July 8, 2017 (Saturday) 9:00 -10:30 pm
Family Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Schiff Nature Preserve in collaboration with the Mendham Recreation Department for this FAMILY FULL MOON Hike on Saturday, July 8 at 9 pm. Bring your friends to this family friendly/all ages event, but please ensure that children under 16 have parent present. Young children must be in backpacks not strollers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Join us afterwards for cold beverages and s'mores by the fire-pit. Member families pay $10. Non- member families pay $15. Drop ins are welcome. 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 07/07/17
July 9, 2017 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Yoga Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join 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 $15. Non-member fee is $20. Drop ins welcome. 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 07/07/17
July 13, 2017 (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm
Fire by Friction
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Students will be learning both Bow Drill as well as the Hand Drill of the desert Southwest. Botanical materials that have proven successful will be discussed, along with form and technique. Our focus will be to get students experienced in hands on practice. Member fee is $10. Non member fee is $25. On line registration is open until 7/12/17. 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 07/12/17
July 13, 2017 (Thursday) 5:00-6:00 pm
Thursday Evening Mystery Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join a Schiff Naturalist for a guided hike covering a different MYSTERIOUS topic each week. Hikes will be moderately paced and suitable for families and adults! FREE to Schiff members. Non- members pay $5. Drop ins are welcome. 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 07/12/17
July 20, 2017 (Thursday) 6-7:30 pm
Introduction to Tracking and Sign
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

This fun field excursion takes us into the field following both animal and human tracks. Track patterns will be discussed as well as signs of passing wildlife. This course will introduce students to the fascinating art of discovering and following tracks and sign. Member fee is $10. Non member fee is $25. On line registration is open until 7/19/17. 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 07/19/17
July 23, 2017 (Sunday) 2-4 pm
Make a Natural Tie Dye
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Reminisce of Summer Nature Program days with Schiff, join Off the Grid for this fun chemical free workshop! Using natural elements like indigo and marigolds, we will create dye vats together and create beautiful, subtle tie dye pieces to wear or for your home. Bring a piece of white clothing/cloth from home to dye and we will provide some items to dye and bring home as well. Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $15. Online registration is open until 7/22/17. 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 07/22/17
July 29, 2017 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Gong Journey Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us at Schiff Nature Preserve for an amazing journey inward. When fully engaged in listening to the Gong, you will be encapsulated within the sound field, merging with the sound as it travels through the body. The sound experience produces the effect of journeys. As the frequencies of the gong travel throughout your body, you are enabled to relax and enter a deep meditative state during some experience a journey outward, and a profound expansion of mind state. Members fee is $15. Non members fee is $20. Pre- registration closes on July 28. Others may email environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org and pay at the door.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 07/28/17
August 5, 2017 (Saturday) 9:00-10:30 pm
Star Gazing with Morris Museum Astronomical Society
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Bring a picnic blanket and a late night snack to enjoy a quiet summer evening with Schiff and Joe Molnar from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society for a night of star gazing! We will meet at the nature center and walk as a group to the great meadow for a tour of the summer sky and gazing through a telescope. Member fee is $8. Non-member fee is $12. Pre- registration closes on June 30, drop ins are welcome. Others may email environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org and pay at the door.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/04/17
August 6, 2017 (Sunday) 7;30-8:30 pm
Firefly Bonanza
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join our Schiff naturalist for a short hike to the Great Meadow to learn fascinating facts about the many species of fireflies through observation and games in the meadow. Bring your friends to this family friendly/all ages event, but please ensure that children under 16 have a parent present. Young children must be in backpacks not strollers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Member families pay $10. Non- member families pay $15. Drop ins are welcome. 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 08/05/17
September 11, 2017 (Monday) 7:00 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

In Wild Things, Wild Places, Jane Alexander movingly, with a clear eye and a knowing, keen grasp of the issues and on what is being done in conservation and the worlds of science to help the planet's most endangered species to stay alive and thrive, writes of her steady and fervent immersion into the worlds of wildlife conservation, of her coming to know the scientists throughout the world--to her, the prophets in the wilderness--who are steeped in this work, of her travels with them--and on her own--to the most remote and forbidding areas of the world as they try to save many species, including ourselves. Come be inspired. The book club is free to members.
Contact: 973-543-6004
September 24, 2017 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day at Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join Schiff members, staff, and volunteers as we embark on an outdoor land steward project to improve the Schiff Natural Land Trust. Our volunteer work days are great for teens, adults, church groups, service groups, scout troops, or anyone else looking to earn community service or environmental karma credits! Come lend a hand with trail maintenance, fence repair, invasive species removal, native plant garden maintenance, and home repair. Wear weather appropriate clothes, sturdy work boots, and yard gloves. We will provide water, snacks, and insight into the importance of the preservation work we do here at Schiff. Ages 15+, please. Schiff membership is encouraged, but not required. Please register in advance so that we know you are coming! If you have questions, please email info@schiffnaturepreserve.org
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 16, 2017 (Monday) 7:00 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world. Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren's remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom's labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done "with both the heart and the hands"; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work. Join us for conversation. The book club is free to members.
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 22, 2017 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day at Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join Schiff members, staff, and volunteers as we embark on an outdoor land steward project to improve the Schiff Natural Land Trust. Our volunteer work days are great for teens, adults, church groups, service groups, scout troops, or anyone else looking to earn community service or environmental karma credits! Come lend a hand with trail maintenance, fence repair, invasive species removal, native plant garden maintenance, and home repair. Wear weather appropriate clothes, sturdy work boots, and yard gloves. We will provide water, snacks, and insight into the importance of the preservation work we do here at Schiff. Ages 15+, please. Schiff membership is encouraged, but not required. Please register in advance so that we know you are coming! If you have questions, please emailinfo@schiffnaturepreserve.org
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 19, 2017 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day at Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join Schiff members, staff, and volunteers as we embark on an outdoor land steward project to improve the Schiff Natural Land Trust. Our volunteer work days are great for teens, adults, church groups, service groups, scout troops, or anyone else looking to earn community service or environmental karma credits! Come lend a hand with trail maintenance, fence repair, invasive species removal, native plant garden maintenance, and home repair. Wear weather appropriate clothes, sturdy work boots, and yard gloves. We will provide water, snacks, and insight into the importance of the preservation work we do here at Schiff. Ages 15+, please. Schiff membership is encouraged, but not required. Please register in advance so that we know you are coming! If you have questions, please emailinfo@schiffnaturepreserve.org
Contact: 973-543-6004

Please check the calendar frequently, as new events are often added!

ALL PROGRAMS REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION PRIOR TO THE DAY OF THE EVENT.

TO PRE-REGISTER FOR FREE PROGRAMS
Register using our online forms, if available, call 973-543-6004 or email info@schiffnaturepreserve.org.

TO PRE-REGISTER FOR FEE PROGRAMS
You may pay online for programs by clicking the Register Online button in the individual calendar entries, or send payment to 339 Pleasant Valley Road Mendham, NJ 07945. Include participant's name, phone number and the name of the event for which you are registering.

Space will not be guaranteed until full payment is received.

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