Summers @ Schiff provide kids ages 4-15 a healthy dose of fresh air, active fun, exploration in nature, and the integration of environmental education. At Schiff Summer Nature Program, kids get outside to play, explore and learn together while deepening their sense of community, self-confidence, and an appreciation for the natural world.
If a session has full enrollment, please email to be placed on our wait list.
The Fledglings summer program includes many hands-on activities for our youngest stewards. Our littlest ones will use their five senses to explore the wonder of Schiff’s landscapes, plant, and wildlife through a variety of hands-on, engaging, and age appropriate activities including outdoor exploration, stories, nature-themed art projects, and interactive nature games all meant to inspire joy and wonder and increase independence.
The deciduous forests of NJ are home to some amazing mammals. Prepare to be amazed and full of awe as we study the furry critters that inhabit Schiff’s forests. We will climb trees like the squirrels, find treasures like the chipmunks, follow the tracks of the raccoon, be sly like the fox, listen carefully like the deer, howl like the wolves, and make dens like the bears. We are sure to find a connection to the wildlife around us as we play fun games, go on animal adventures, and create crafts!
NJ is home to numerous species of reptiles and amphibians. Join us as we explore the habitats of these fascinating species who call the preserve home. We will hike the trails, explore the logs, and look under rocks as we search for salamanders, hope to cross paths with a turtle, maybe slide along with the snakes, and prepare to meet our frogs and toads. Crafts, fun, learning, and adventure await as we “come out of our shells!”
The summer is a great time to enjoy the shade of Schiff’s beautiful canopy. The magic and majesty of flowers, plants, and trees is in full blossom and ready to be explored and enjoyed. Join us this week as we hike through the meadow, admire our trees, pick wineberries, and produce some delectable wineberry treats while learning all about the important role of the plants and trees around us.
The preserve is home to many different forms of wildlife. Many of them have wings and fly high over the mountains and right through Schiff. Some fly by day, others at night. Some are big, while others are small. Some soar, others hover. This week we will keep our eyes to the skies while we flutter and drift around the trails in search of butterflies, bats, owls, and other winged creatures. You never know “whooo” we may find.
Everyone loves a fun time in the great outdoors. Nature becomes our teacher in this special elective. Join us as we explore a variety of ways to safely survive in the wilderness.Test your skills of telling time and navigating through wilderness areas, constructing shelter, finding food and water (and making it safe to consume), fire making techniques, creating rope and other tools from scratch, and more! This awesome adventure awaits you!
Nature has been inspiring artistic expression for all of human existence. This elective combines nature exploration with hands-on crafts and art projects. Some artwork will remain in the wild, and other pieces will be displayed in the Nature Center. Parents will have an exclusive tour of the show at the end of the week.
Students seeking experience and volunteer hours during Summer Nature Program can volunteer for 1-2 weeks of the SNP. Responsibilities will include assistance setting up and implementing activities, crafts, and games. Fee includes training and supervision. Please be sure to indicate which week you are interested in. NOTE: Morning Session - July 9-13 - Closed and Morning Session - July 16-20 - Closed
Please email with any questions about registration.
Jenny has been part of the Schiff community since 2014 as an instructor with the Summer Nature Program and is excited to be part the magic of Schiff. She has worked as an eighth grade language arts teacher since 2001. Jenny earned BA in English from Montclair State University and also earned her Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College. Jenny's passion is providing opportunities for children to learn about, appreciate, explore, and respect their natural environment. When she is not at Schiff she can usually be found hiking local trails with her dog and bird watching.
Christi joined the Schiff family in the fall of 2017 as the co-Director for the Schiff Summer Nature Program. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Wildlife Conservation. Since then, she has worked for the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation as a Grants Manager, Woodlands Wildlife Refuge as a Development Assistant, and most recently spent the last 7 years working at Trailside Nature & Science Center as a Park Naturalist until she deciding to stop working full-time so she could be home with her children. Christi's strong respect for the environment and desire to preserve its natural habitats has encouraged her to dedicate her career to environmental
education and outreach. Christi's love for the environment has also shaped the hobbies she has taken up which include volunteering with wildlife rehabilitation centers, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, and throwing pottery; however, what she loves to do most is spend time with her family. She currently lives in Gladstone, NJ with her husband, 2 young daughters, and two Burmese Mountain dogs... And it's no secret that Christi's eldest dog, Kona, is her heart and soul.