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.

January 17, 2018 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Climate of Hope - How Cities, Businesses, and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Bloomberg and Pope. From Mayor Bloomberg and former head of the Sierra Club Pope comes a manifesto on how the benefits of taking action on climate change are concrete, immediate, and immense. They explore climate change solutions that will make the world healthier and more prosperous. Free to members.
Contact: 973-543-6004
January 18, 2018 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Responsible Bird Feeding
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Make some yummy treats for your feathered friends! We'll be making nut-free "fat cakes" enclosed in biodegradable rustic willow balls for you to hang outside at home. 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
- Register by 01/17/18
January 20, 2018 (Saturday) 9-11 am
Birding for Beginners- NEW date
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Bill Scullion from New Jersey Conservation Foundation for a primary in winter birding! Bill will talk about how to use field guides and phone apps to aid in bird identification and then lead an easy hike looking for winter birds like black capped chickadees, woodpeckers, brown creepers, and more. Dress warmly for the hike, and join us for a mug of hot chocolate afterwards! Kids of all ages, who are able to enjoy the quiet of the forest are welcome to join. Free to members. Non-members fee is $5. 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 01/19/18
January 21, 2018 (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. 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 01/20/18
January 28, 2018 (Sunday) 8-10 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike @ McVickers
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.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 01/27/18
February 1, 2018 (Thursday) 7-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something contemplative and still about the depth of winter in the woods; the crunching of snow, the wisps of winds, the brisk cold and the high glow of the moon. 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. Please, no pets. 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 01/31/18
February 2, 2018 (Friday) 7-8:30 pm
Owl Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Winter is the time for owls to do their mating calls and start nesting. Join a Schiff naturalist as we walk the trails of Schiff to listen for various owls as they call to each other. Member fee is $5. Non-member fee is $10. Please, no pets. 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 02/01/18
February 10, 2018 (Saturday) 7-8:15 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, a blanket, and experience something profound (and relaxing). Lauren Vasquez will lead your journey with her 30" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Space is limited - 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 02/09/18
February 14, 2018 (Wednesday) 6:30-8:00 pm
Outdoor Skills Club- Reading the Forest Landscape
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Do you have sharp eyes, the ability to notice small details and uncover and discover the mysteries found in nature? Through hands-on inquiry games, led by Dave Alexander, we'll explore furs, feathers, tracks, scat, and other miscellaneous biofacts found in the wild and discuss what they inform us about the landscape. Each participant will make and take a clay animal track. Grades 6- 10. Member fee is $12. 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
- Register by 02/13/18
February 15, 2018 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Valentines for Wildlife
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Spend an afternoon sipping hot chocolate and making bird feeder valentines for the little critters in your world! All crafts will be nut-free and ready to hang up or gift to a special person as soon as you get home! 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
- Register by 02/14/18
February 18, 2018 (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. 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 02/17/18
February 19, 2018 (Monday) 9:00-12:00 pm
Schools Out Program- Tracking Time
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Spend your day off at Schiff exploring the trails and looking for signs of animals! Bring warm clothes for an easy hike on the trails followed by indoor crafts and games! Ages 6-12. 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 02/18/18
February 25, 2018 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike @ McVickers
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.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 02/24/18
March 2, 2018 (Friday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something contemplative and still about the depth of winter in the woods; the crunching of snow, the wisps of winds, the brisk cold and the high glow of the moon. 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
- Register by 03/01/18
March 11, 2018 (Sunday) 3-4:30 pm
Brownie Hiker Badge
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Spend an afternoon at Schiff Nature Preserve earning your Hiker or Trailblazing badge! Open to all area Girl Scouts -- Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes. Ambassador Girl Scouts will lead you along the trails to different stations to fulfill various badge requirements. Space is limited to 30 scouts per session. There are 2 sessions: Brownies & Juniors start at 3 pm; Cadettes start at 3:30 pm. Each circuit is approximately 1 hour. Please register for the appropriate level. Girl Scout Leaders please follow Safety-Wise ratio. Troop member fee is $10. No charge for adult leaders. 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 03/10/18
March 14, 2018 (Wednesday) 6:30-8:00 pm
Outdoor Skills Club- Cordage & Candle Making with Natural Plant Fibers
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Try this primitive skill. You'll learn to identify plants that can be spun into cordage and practice the form and technique of reverse wrap. You'll leave with a length of cordage, some ideas for use, and some extra materials for practice. Graded 6- 10. Member fee is $12. 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
- Register by 03/13/18
April 10, 2018 (Tuesday) 6:30-8:00 pm
Outdoor Skills Club- Bow Drill Friction Fire
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

For adults and children ages 10 and up. Try this primitive skill. You'll learn to select proper wood, how to carve a set and the form and technique that will prepare you for success. You can leave with the makings of your own kit. Member fee is $12. 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
- Register by 04/09/18