Calendar of Events

Come Out to Play, Discover, Learn!

Effective July 1, Schiff will resume offering educational and passive recreational programs. Several changes to how we operate our programs have been put in place to protect our staff and guests and reduce the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19. Please note and plan to cooperate with the following changes:

  • 24 hour advance pre registration for our programs will be required online.
  • Most of our programs will be held outdoors, temporarily.
  • Programmers will greet guests at the kiosk.
  • Capacities for all programs will be reduced to allow for 6 ft social distancing indoors and on hikes/outdoor programs.
  • Face coverings will be required to participate.
  • Please do not shake hands or hug, instead enjoy an elbow or foot "bump".

Guests are encouraged to have hand sanitizer on their person.

RENT A NATURALIST
Generally curious about our preserve, it's history, our plants, and the many animals that live on the preserve? Curious about the trees you've seen on your many hikes on the property? Our naturalist can answer those questions and more when you Rent a Naturalist for a one hour guided nature walk at Schiff Nature Preserve. Social distancing and face coverings are required. Limit 1 family per appointment. Cost $50/hour. Contact us at to arrange a mutually agreed upon time and date for your guided nature walk.

June 21, 2021 (Monday) to June 25, 2021 (Friday) 9 am- 12 pm
Spring Fledglings Program- Things with Wings
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Children ages 3 to 5 years of age will have the opportunity to spend each morning of our week together exploring the forest, streams and great meadow, developing their confidence, and laying the foundation for a lifelong appreciation of nature. Environmental Educators facilitate hand-on experiences such as nature exploration and experimentation. Ample time for free-play allows children to engage in meaningful experiences with their peers and the environment. Spring Fledglings is held entirely outdoors, with an indoor space available for extreme weather (lightning, high winds). Appropriate attire for comfort in the outdoors is expected. The opportunity to witness nature no matter the weather leads to a greater appreciation and respect for our environment. Children must be potty trained. Member fee is $220 per week. Non- member fee is $250 per week. Instructor:Child ratio 4:1. This is a drop off program so parents will be asked to provide emergency contact information. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have one on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear masks. Advance registration and payment are required.To place your child on the waiting list, please email info@schiffnaturepreserve.org with Subject Line- Fledgling Waiting List.
Contact: 973-543-6004
SOLD OUT
June 22, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff- Science in the Woods- Summer Solstice
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Bring your child to school in the outdoors with this series designed for all age levels. Each week we will explore a different topic utilizing tactile experiential learning while enhancing deductive reasoning skills. Social distancing and face coverings required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is an all weather event so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme heat/cold, wind warnings program will be cancelled. Advance registration will ensure you receive a cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Children ages 5-16 may be dropped off provided parents provide health and emergency contact information. Member fee is $10 per child. Non- member is $15 per child. Parents/chaperones attend for free. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12 children. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have one on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear masks.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 24, 2021 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Hit the trails at Schiff with the new Nature Club! Drop off your child ages 5-12 (grades K-6) for a unique totally outdoor learning experience as we go through the fall season and observe how the natural world is changing. Parents must provide health and emergency contact information. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have one on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear masks. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. 24 hour in advance registration required. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings the program will be cancelled. Member fee is $10 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child. Limit 10 kids.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 27, 2021 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Road. 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, conducting building repairs, 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 toe shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray, and bring a beverage and snack in a backpack for hands free walking. Walk-ins welcome. Fully vaccinated volunteers are asked to have a mask on hand. Unvaccinated volunteers are to wear masks. Please bring their own gloves. Tools owned and provided by Schiff will be cleaned before and after use and should not be shared that day between volunteers. Volunteers may bring and use their own tools if they prefer.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 06/26/21
June 29, 2021 (Tuesday) 10- 11 am
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Intended for our youngest stewards ages 3-5 with an adult, join a naturalist for outdoor story time and songs. We'll meet at the Nature Center and then head up to Critter Cove to celebrate nature. This program is an all weather event to be held entirely outside; with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings. Children and parents are to attend together. However, parents need not pay the fee. Capacity is limited to 10 children. Member fee is $5/child. Non-member fee is $8/child. Advance registration is required 24 hours in advance. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Unvaccinated guests are to wear masks.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 29, 2021 (Tuesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff Nature Preserve is the host to an Environmental Book Club. Members of Schiff gather eight times per year 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. Vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks. UNvaccinated guests are to wear masks. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is Bill Gates' book: How to Avoid a Climate Disaster - The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 06/28/21
June 29, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff- Science in the Woods- Here Comes The Sun
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Bring your child to school in the outdoors with this series designed for all age levels. Each week we will explore a different topic utilizing tactile experiential learning while enhancing deductive reasoning skills. Social distancing and face coverings required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is an all weather event so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme heat/cold, wind warnings program will be cancelled. Advance registration will ensure you receive a cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Children ages 5-16 may be dropped off provided parents provide health and emergency contact information. Member fee is $10 per child. Non- member is $15 per child. Parents/chaperones attend for free. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12 children. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have a face covering on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear face coverings.
Contact: 973-543-6004
July 9, 2021 (Friday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Brilliant Fireflies
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join our Schiff naturalist and learn some fascinating facts about beloved fireflies. Did you know they are not flies at all! Following a short film about the fate of fireflies, Brilliant Darkness- Hotura in the Night, we will go on a hike to the Great Meadow to observe fireflies in their natural habitat. Bring a few friends to this family friendly/all ages event, but please ensure that children under 16 have a parent present. Not appropriate for strollers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $15. Advance registration and payment required 24 hours in advance. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have a face covering on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear face coverings.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 07/08/21
July 11, 2021 (Sunday) 4-6 pm
Music in the Woods- Tom Rice & Friends
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Looking to be in nature AND enjoy some live music? Schiff's reimagined Music in the Woods is now an outdoor event in the Amphitheatre. Bring your snacks, beverages, and perhaps a pillow for stadium bench seating comfort, wear comfortable walking shoes for the 20 minute walk up into the beautiful woods of the preserve. We will enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and community featuring the Tom Rice and Friends. Tom and friends will play an eclectic mix of 60's and 70's blues, soul, and rock n' roll- from the blues of Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson to favorite by The Band, Van Morrison, Little Feat, and Bob Dylan.

Fully vaccinated guests are asked to have a mask in hand. Unvaccinated guests are asked to wear their masks. Advance ticket purchases are required. No walk in ticket sales. Seating capacity and parking is limited, so carpooling is strongly suggested. Plan to arrive at 3:30 pm to hike to the Ampitheatre. All ages. Member fee is $20. Non-member fee is $25. Proceeds from ticket sales directly support Schiff and the musicians. This event will occur shy of extreme heat, rain or thunderstorms. Refunds will automatically be processed in the event of a cancellation.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 07/10/21
July 11, 2021 (Sunday) 8- 10 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
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. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have a face covering on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear face coverings.
Contact: 973-543-6004
July 17, 2021 (Saturday) 9:30- 11 am
Scavengar Hunt
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Families, Scouts, and those of all ages are welcome to enjoy the Schiff Scavenger Hunt with a start time between 9-11:30 am. Created by a local Girl Scout, the scavenger hunt will lead you through the Schiff Nature Preserve. Follow all the clues which lead to the final location and a prize! Hike takes approximately an hour. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm. Children under age 16 may be dropped off provided parents provide health and emergency contact information. FREE to members. Non-member individual fee is $5. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have a face covering on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear face coverings. Advance registration and payment is required 24 hours in advance. Once registered, you will be emailed a start time leaving from the Nature Center. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 07/16/21
July 23, 2021 (Friday) 8:00- 9:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something very invigorating and exciting during the long days of summer. The short nights are a time for welcomed darkness. Join us as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the full moon in the forest. Ages 10+ welcome. Member fee is $10 each. Non-member fee is $15 each. 24 hour advance registration and payment required. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have a face covering on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear face coverings.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 07/22/21
July 31, 2021 (Saturday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Road. 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, conducting building repairs, 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 toe shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray, and bring a beverage and snack in a backpack for hands free walking. Walk-ins welcome. Fully vaccinated volunteers are asked to have a mask on hand. Unvaccinated volunteers are to wear masks. Please bring their own gloves. Tools owned and provided by Schiff will be cleaned before and after use and should not be shared that day between volunteers. Volunteers may bring and use their own tools if they prefer.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 07/30/21
August 2, 2021 (Monday) 9- 12 pm
Dragons & Damsels: Explore the Life Cycle of Dragonflies and Damselfies
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Children ages 5-10 may join us for this unique program where we will learn and discover many fun facts about these intruiging insects. Did you know that they spend most of their lives in ponds and lakes until they go through their metamorphosis to change into the flying creatures we know best? They are superb mosquito loving predators of the forest and meadow! Member fee is $30. Non-member fee is $40. Advance registration and payment required 24 hours in advance. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have a face covering on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear face coverings.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/01/21
August 21, 2021 (Saturday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something very invigorating and exciting about the long days of summer. The short nights are a time for welcomed darkness. Join us as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the full moon in the forest. Ages 10+ welcome. Member fee is $10 each. Non-member fee is $15 each. Advance registration and payment required 24 hours in advance. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have a face covering on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear face coverings.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/20/21
August 22, 2021 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Road. 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, conducting building repairs, 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 toe shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray, and bring a beverage and snack in a backpack for hands free walking. Walk-ins welcome. Fully vaccinated volunteers are asked to have a mask on hand. Unvaccinated volunteers are to wear masks. Please bring their own gloves. Tools owned and provided by Schiff will be cleaned before and after use and should not be shared that day between volunteers. Volunteers may bring and use their own tools if they prefer.
Contact: 973-543-6004
August 23, 2021 (Monday) 9- 12 pm
Amphibians of Schiff
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Children ages 5-10 may join us for this unique program where we will learn and discover all sorts of fun facts about the many Amphibians who reside at Schiff Nature Preserve. Did you know that frogs, toads, and salamanders move from water to land, gills to lungs, very easily? Children will explore these amaing creatures through exploration, games, and crafts...Member fee is $30. Non-member fee is $40. Advance registration and payment required 24 hours in advance. Masks are not required for fully vaccinated guests, but please have a face covering on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear face coverings.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/22/21
August 29, 2021 (Sunday) 4-6 pm
Music in the Woods- Kristy Chmura
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

"Looking to be in nature AND enjoy some live music? Schiff's reimagined Music in the Woods is now an outdoor event in the Amphitheatre. Bring your snacks, beverages, and perhaps a pillow for (socially distanced) stadium bench seating comfort, wear comfortable walking shoes for the 20 minute walk up into the beautiful woods of the preserve. We will enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and community featuring adult contemporary singer-songwriter and harpist, Kristy Chmura. Kristy delivers songs from an honest emotional space. Her voice has been described as haunting, emotive, and "like a tone caught between a bottomless abyss and heaven."(Randy Radic, HuffPost). Releasing her debut solo album in 2018, "Stained...Glass Heart", her music has been described by many as mesmerizing, full of grace, and alive with intimate lyricism. Former editor of Musician Magazine,Vic Garbarini, states artist, Kristy Chmura, is ""...Highly recommended!""

Advance ticket purchases are required. No walk in ticket sales. Parking is limited, so carpooling is strongly suggested. Fully vaccinated guests, please have masks in hand. Unvaccinated guests are asked to wear masks. Plan to arrive at 3:30 pm to hike to the Ampitheatre. All ages. Member fee is $20. Non-member fee is $25. Proceeds from ticket sales directly support Schiff and the musicians. This event will occur shy of rain or thunderstorms. Refunds will automatically be processed in the event of a cancellation. "
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/28/21
September 19, 2021 (Sunday) 4-6 pm
Music in the Woods- Pyrenesia
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Looking to be in nature AND enjoy some live music? Schiff's reimagined Music in the Woods is now an outdoor event in the Amphitheatre. Bring your snacks, beverages, and perhaps a pillow for stadium bench seating comfort, wear comfortable walking shoes for the 20 minute walk up into the beautiful woods of the preserve. We will enjoy a wonderful afternoon of music and community featuring Pyrenesia; a gypsy-swing-jazz-folk quartet based in the beautiful river town Lambertville, NJ. Combining original compositions with the Django Reinhardt tradition of gypsy jazz, Eastern European and klezmer melodies, and anything else that swings, Pyrenesia delivers a foot-stomping, dress-swirling, hand-clapping experience to lift spirits and transport listeners to a musical landscape as vast as the Pyrenees mountains are high.

Advance ticket purchases are required. No walk in ticket sales. Parking is limited, so carpooling is strongly suggested. Fully vaccinated guests, please have masks in hand. Unvaccinated guests are asked to wear masks. Plan to arrive at 3:30 pm to hike to the Amphitheatre. All ages. Member fee is $20. Non-member fee is $25. Proceeds from ticket sales directly support Schiff and the musicians. This event will occur shy of rain or thunderstorms. Refunds will automatically be processed in the event of a cancellation.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 09/18/21