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.

October 4, 2020 (Sunday) 3-5 pm
Music in the Woods- Attention Span Limited
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Looking to be in nature AND enjoy some live music? Schiff has reimagined Music in the Woods to be an outdoor event in the Amphitheatre. Bring your snacks, beverages, and perhaps a pillow for stadium bench seating comfort and walk 15 minutes in the beautiful woods of the preserve for a wonderful afternoon of music and community featuring two acts; Attention Span Limited. Attention Span Limited performs a range of acoustic music with an emphasis on vocal harmonies. Inspired by folk, bluegrass and traditional music, their repertoire includes songs by Townes Van Zandt, Shel Silverstein, The Wailin' Jennys, Jerry Garcia, Sarah Jarosz, Bob Dylan and many others. They love to share their brand of music with live audiences wherever they can. Alexis von Aulock, one half of the Playful Banter duo will start the evening with a solo act of some of the music of this eclectic duo of mash ups and some of her own originals. Playful Banter is a singer-songwriter duo based out of Morris County, New Jersey.

Social distancing seating will be in place and face coverings for guests are required until we are all seated. Advance ticket purchases are required. No walk in ticket sales. Seating capacity and parking is limited, so carpooling is strongly suggested. Please allow for a 10 minute hike to the outdoor venue. All ages. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. Proceeds from ticket sales directly support Schiff and the musicians. This event will occur shy of extreme heat, heavy rain or thunderstorms. Refunds will automatically be processed in the event of a cancellation."
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/03/20
October 6, 2020 (Tuesday) 1-3pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Leaves
Schiff Nature Center
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 or $30 for a family/four. Non- member is $15 per child or $50 for a family/four. Parents/chaperones attend for free. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12 children. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/05/20
October 6, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Nature Center
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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 10 children. Member fee is $5/person. Non-member fee is $8/person. 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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/05/20
October 10, 2020 (Saturday) 5:30- 8:00 pm
Schiff's Farm to Table Dinner Goes Pick Up!
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us as we experience a unique culinary benefit dinner at home! Our "Fall Harvest Tasting Menu," created by Chef Paul Viggiano and his team at Monterey Fine Foods in Bernardsville, features a seasonal salad with fine cheese from south Jersey, a special main dish incorporating sausage from River Bend Farm in Far Hills, and fresh vegetables and herbs provided by Alstede Farms in Chester, making for an unforgettable meal.
Take your pick from a selection of handcrafted beverages including seasonal beer from Wet Ticket Brewery in Rahway or Lemon Balm & Mountain Mint tea from Wendover Farm in Mendham or Apple Cider from Alstede Farms. The Dessert Party Begins at 7 pm on Zoom. Let's finish on a sweet note!

For the finale, sit back and enjoy a hearty slice of seasonal fruit pie from Alstede's Farm as our chefs and farmers share information and insights about the food they have presented and answer your questions. Your participation supports Schiff's mission and its role in protecting the land and water where our local food is grown.

This gourmet opportunity is limited to 50 dinners, so please order soon to avoid disappointment. A vegetarian option is available. Pick Up Between 5:30 and 6:00 pm at the Schiff Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham (Use 339 Schiff Drive in your GPS) $125 per person or $450 for a group of four. To ensure your meal(s), please register online by Wednesday, October 7th.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/07/20
October 11, 2020 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
Schiff Nature Center
239 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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/10/20
October 13, 2020 (Tuesday) 1-3pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Fall Frenzy
Schiff Nature Center
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 or $30 for a family/four. Non- member is $15 per child or $50 for a family/four. Parents/chaperones attend for free. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12 children. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/12/20
October 13, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Nature Center
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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 10 children. Member fee is $5/person. Non-member fee is $8/person. 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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/12/20
October 17, 2020 (Saturday) 10- 12 pm
Family Treasure Hunt
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Families, Scouts, and those of all ages are welcome to enjoy the Schiff Family Treasure Hunt. Meet us at the Nature Center anytime between 2-3 pm. Created by a local Girl Scout, the treasure/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 to be held entirely outside; with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings. Children and parents are to attend together. FREE to members. Non member individual fee is $3. Non-member family of four; $10. 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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/16/20
October 20, 2020 (Tuesday) 1-3pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Mammals
Schiff Nature Center
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 or $30 for a family/four. Non- member is $15 per child or $50 for a family/four. Parents/chaperones attend for free. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12 children. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/19/20
October 20, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Nature Center
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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 10 children. Member fee is $5/person. Non-member fee is $8/person. 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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/19/20
October 27, 2020 (Tuesday) 1-3pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Camouflage
Schiff Nature Center
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 or $30 for a family/four. Non- member is $15 per child or $50 for a family/four. Parents/chaperones attend for free. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12 children. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/26/20
October 27, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Nature Center
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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 10 children. Member fee is $5/person. Non-member fee is $8/person. 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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/26/20
October 30, 2020 (Friday) 5:00-6:30 pm
Creatures of the Night Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Celebrate the season with your children on this spooky night hike... The full moon will light our way on a naturalist guided hike along the trails of Schiff while we learn about the spooky nocturnal animals prowling around the preserve when it gets dark. With a 2 mile hike and activities, participants will experience the night in a whole new way. Ages 5 and up. Children and parents are to attend together. Capacity is temporarily limited to 20. Earlier session recommended for younger families. This program is an all weather event to be held entirely outside; with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings. Social distancing and face coverings are required when distancing is not possible. Member fee is $10/person. Member family/four fee is $30. Non- member fee is $15/person. Non- member family/four fee is $50. 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.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/29/20
October 30, 2020 (Friday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Creatures of the Night Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Celebrate the season with your children on this spooky night hike... The full moon will light our way on a naturalist guided hike along the trails of Schiff while we learn about the spooky nocturnal animals prowling around the preserve when it gets dark. With a 2 mile hike and activities, participants will experience the night in a whole new way. Ages 5 and up. Children and parents are to attend together. Capacity is temporarily limited to 20. Earlier session recommended for younger families. This program is an all weather event to be held entirely outside; with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings. Social distancing and face coverings are required when distancing is not possible. Member fee is $10/person. Member family/four fee is $30. Non- member fee is $15/person. Non- member family/four fee is $50. 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.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/29/20
November 3, 2020 (Tuesday) 1-3pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Nuts and Seeds
Schiff Nature Center
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 or $30 for a family/four. Non- member is $15 per child or $50 for a family/four. Parents/chaperones attend for free. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12 children. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/02/20
November 3, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Nature Center
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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 10 children. Member fee is $5/person. Non-member fee is $8/person. 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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/02/20
November 8, 2020 (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. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/07/20
November 10, 2020 (Tuesday) 1-3pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Trees
Schiff Nature Center
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 or $30 for a family/four. Non- member is $15 per child or $50 for a family/four. Parents/chaperones attend for free. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12 children. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/09/20
November 10, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Nature Center
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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 10 children. Member fee is $5/person. Non-member fee is $8/person. 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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/09/20
November 17, 2020 (Tuesday) 1-3pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Migration
Schiff Nature Center
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 or $30 for a family/four. Non- member is $15 per child or $50 for a family/four. Parents/chaperones attend for free. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12 children. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/16/20
November 17, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Nature Center
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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 10 children. Member fee is $5/person. Non-member fee is $8/person. 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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/16/20
November 24, 2020 (Tuesday) 1-3pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Owls
Schiff Nature Center
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 or $30 for a family/four. Non- member is $15 per child or $50 for a family/four. Parents/chaperones attend for free. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12 children. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/23/20
November 24, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Nature Center
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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 10 children. Member fee is $5/person. Non-member fee is $8/person. 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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/23/20
December 13, 2020 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
Schiff Nature Center
239 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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/12/20