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.

March 28, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:00 pm
Puppy Trek
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a fun afternoon hiking with your pup! We will hike 2-3 miles at a moderate pace on the beautiful trails of Schiff. Well behaved, social, vaccinated, leashed dogs only, please! Free to Schiff members. Non- member fee is $10. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature/icy condition warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk ins welcome. Meet us at the Nature Center.
Contact: 973-543-6004
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 7, 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. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. 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
April 13, 2019 (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. Space is limited. Advance registration is required 24 hours in advance. 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 04/12/19
April 13, 2019 (Saturday) 9- 12 pm
Volunteer Day @ Schiff- Stream Clean up with RHA
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join Schiff Nature Preserve staff, trustees, and volunteers as we partner with Raritan Headwaters for their 29th Annual Stream Clean Up on Saturday, April 13th from 9- 12 noon. Meet us at the Schiff Nature Center. Register ahead on Schiff's website or here on Raritan Headwater's website at Site #37/The Valley- https://www.raritanheadwaters.org/stream-cleanup/
Contact: 973-543-6004
April 14, 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
April 18, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Bees Knees
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Make a cute bee to bring home and learn about our local pollinators. 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. 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 04/17/19
April 19, 2019 (Friday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something invigorating and exciting about the coming of spring in the woods; the emerging plants, the sweet smell of new grass, moistness of the soil, and the 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. Pre-registration 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 04/18/19
April 22, 2019 (Monday) 11 am- 10 pm
Black Horse Tavern Restaurant Fundraiser for 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 located at 1 West Main St in Mendham on Earth Day, April 22nd from 11am - 10pm for some fine food and community in support of Schiff Nature Preserve. Celebrate Earth Day with other like minded community supporters and 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. Come share a meal with your friends and help funds for Schiff. All food and non- alcoholic beverages (including TAKE OUT!) will apply. Please make copies of the flier or present the flier digitally for Schiff to receive 15% of sales for the day! Please share this post and bring all your friends.

You can see a detailed poster about this event by clicking here

We thank the Black Horse Tavern for their support. We hope you will too!
Contact: 973-543-6004
April 25, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:00 pm
Puppy Trek
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a fun afternoon hiking with your pup! We will hike 2-3 miles at a moderate pace on the beautiful trails of Schiff. Well behaved, social, vaccinated, leashed dogs only, please! Free to Schiff members. Non- member fee is $10. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature/icy condition warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Walk ins welcome. Meet us at the Nature Center.
Contact: 973-543-6004
April 28, 2019 (Sunday) 2:00-3:30 pm
Nature Art Walk
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Beginning and experienced artists of all ages are invited to join us for a collective creation hike on the trails of Schiff! We will explore the work of some nature-based artists and then head out to create some art of our own individually or as a group. Enjoy good conversation and getting your creative juices flowing, together! Members attend for free, Non-Member fee is $5 per family/four. Walk ins welcome.
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
May 11, 2019 (Saturday) 3:00-4:30 pm
Speaker Series- Wildlife Photographer- Ashleigh Scully
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff's exciting new Speaker Series will explore various topics related to wildlife and local history affording our community an opportunity to gather in Schiff's Nature Center. The first speaker will feature Ashleigh Scully, an internationally acclaimed youth wildlife photographer. Ashleigh will share her captivating photos and her experiences documenting wildlife around the world. Photography will be on display and for sale. All funds raised by ticket sales will directly support the land stewardship activities and educational programs offered by Schiff Natural Lands Trust. Join us for light refreshments after the presentation and an opportunity to meet the artist. Member fee is $20. Non- member fee is $25. Space is limited, so please purchase advance tickets.
Contact: 973-543-6004
May 11, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00-9:00 pm
Music in the Woods
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Looking to connect with like minded nature and music lovers? Then come out and join us in the beautiful woods of the Schiff Nature Preserve for a wonderful evening of music, desserts, and community featuring Tom Rice and friends. Tom and his band mates will be playing blues, rock, and soul music featuring some of your favorites in the intimate setting of the Schiff Nature Center. Playful Banter will start the evening with the music of this eclectic duo of musicians and singers- Alexis von Aulock and Kimberly Sanchez. Playful Banter has performed at various fundraisers and most recently at the Middle Valley Community Center. All ages. BYOB. Member fee is $12. Non-member fee is $15. Space and parking is limited, so register in advance and car pool if you can.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 05/10/19
May 19, 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
May 19, 2019 (Sunday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Speaker Series- Scouts Reminisce
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The second of three Speaker Series will feature an afternoon of reminiscing with former Boy Scouts who participated in the Boy Scouts National Training Program when it was located at Schiff from the 1930's until the 1970's. Moderated by W. Barry Thomson and followed by a Q & A, attendees will gain a glimpse into the past while we continue to cement our future. Scout artifacts will be on display. All funds raised by ticket sales will directly support the land stewardship activities and educational programs offered by Schiff Natural Lands Trust. Join us for light refreshments after the presentation and an opportunity to meet the Scout elders. Space is limited, so please purchase advance tickets.
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