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.

September 28, 2021 (Tuesday) 1:30-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff- Science in the Woods-Amphibians
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 amazing creatures through exploration, games, and crafts...Member fee is $30. Non-member fee is $40. Advance registration and payment required 24 hours in advance. Guests are asked to have masks on hand for when social distancing is not possible.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 09/27/21
September 28, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:00-11:00 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. 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. Vaccinated guests need not wear masks, but please have on hand. Unvaccinated guests are asked to wear masks.
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 9, 2021 (Saturday) 2:00- 4:00 pm
Historical Scout Hike with W. Barry Thomson
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join local historian, author, and lecturer W. Barry Thomson on Saturday, October 9th (rain date Sunday, October 10) for a narrated hike showcasing the rich and complex history of what is now the Schiff Nature Preserve in Mendham. Beginning with the history of the rural industrial district that developed along the North Branch of the Raritan River and McVickers Brook in the 18th and 19th centuries, Thomson's talk -- enhanced by the use of archival photographs and rare maps and stops at a number of sites on the property -- will then cover the early 20th century development of the 600-acre "Brookrace" estate by Richard and Julia Williams, including the family's stone manor house. In 1932, following Richard Williams' death, the "Brookrace" estate was transformed into the Mortimer L. Schiff Scout Reservation, which, for the next 47 years, served as the National Training Center for the Boy Scouts of America. Parking directions will be sent the day prior to the event based on attendance numbers. Carpooling is strongly recommended when feasible. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, weather appropriate clothes, and expect that the walking portions of the Historical Hike range in time from 7-15 minute spurts and will involve some incline. This is an all weather event with the exception of extreme weather such as thunderstorms or heavy rain warnings, warrenting the use of the rain date of October 10th. Guests will receive a rain date notification email within 24 hours of the program start time. Access to the Nature Center presents accessibility limitations. Advance registration is required 24 hours in advance. Member fee is $35. Non- member fee is $40. Space is limited for this event. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/08/21
October 10, 2021 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 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. Advance registration and payment is required 24 hours in advance. Guests are asked to have face coverings on their person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/09/21
October 13, 2021 (Wednesday) 4-5:15 pm
Halloween in the Schiff Woods
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come celebrate the spirit of Halloween as we explore the beauty of nighttime in nature! We will take a closer look at the critters often considered "creepy and crawly", including the "spooky" ones who only come out to lerk when the sun goes down! Going on a "trick-or-treat" Halloween scavenger hunt in the woods, making a Halloween craft, and playing a mystery nature objects guessing game are just a few of the many activities this celebration has in store. This is a drop-off program for children ages 5-10 (K-4th). Parents must provide health and emergency contact information. This program is an all-weather event so dress accordingly. In the event of severe storms or extreme heat/cold/wind warnings the program will be cancelled. Member fee is $10 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child. All attendees are asked to have masks on hand for when social distancing is not possible.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/12/21
October 19, 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. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is- The Story Of More by Hope Jahren. We had read her first book, Lab Girl.
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 21, 2021 (Thursday) 6:00- 7:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something rooted and deep about the transition from summer to fall........ As the days continue to shorten and the nights continue to lengthen, we have more time to enjoy the dark. Join us as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 per person. Non-member fee is $15 per person. Advance registration and payment is required. Vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks, but we ask that they have them on hand. Unvaccinated guests are asked to wear masks.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/20/21
October 24, 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 for when social distancing is not possible. 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 10/23/21
October 29, 2021 (Friday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Singing Bowl Meditation
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come and join us for a Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation to restore and energize your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical bodies. Singing bowls are said to have been in use since 560 BC. Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists in entering into meditation. The Nature Center is the perfect location for quieting your mind, body, and spirit. The meditation begins with a relaxation protocol, followed by an intention setting protocol, and closing with a third eye opening protocol and a Chakra (energy centers) clearing and balancing protocol. Bring a yoga mat, two pillows and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the singing bowls comfortably. We have chairs for those of you who prefer to sit. Member fee is $30. Non- member fee is $35. Vaccinated guests need not wear masks, but are asked to have one on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear masks. Advance registration and payment is required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/28/21
November 4, 2021 (Thursday) 9-12 pm
Habitat Explorations
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Children ages 6-10 may join us for this program during Teachers' Convention break where we will discover and explore all sorts of habitats big and small at Schiff Nature Preserve. Though activities, games, and books children will figure out what animals live in each habitat and why they would choose to live at Schiff. Member fee is $30. Non-member fee is $40. Advance registration and payment required 24 hours in advance. Program is entirely outdoors so come dressed for the weather. Capacity is limited to 10 children who are asked to have a face coverings on hand.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/03/21
November 4, 2021 (Thursday) 1- 4 pm
Habitat Explorations
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Children ages 6-10 may join us for this program during Teachers' Convention break where we will discover and explore all sorts of habitats big and small at Schiff Nature Preserve. Though activities, games, and books children will figure out what animals live in each habitat and why they would choose to live at Schiff. Member fee is $30. Non-member fee is $40. Advance registration and payment required 24 hours in advance. Program is entirely outdoors so come dressed for the weather. Capacity is limited to 10 children who are asked to have a face coverings on hand.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/03/21
November 5, 2021 (Friday) 9- 12 pm
Habitat Explorations
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Children ages 6-10 may join us for this program during Teachers' Convention break where we will discover and explore all sorts of habitats big and small at Schiff Nature Preserve. Though activities, games, and books children will figure out what animals live in each habitat and why they would choose to live at Schiff. Member fee is $30. Non-member fee is $40. Advance registration and payment required 24 hours in advance. Program is entirely outdoors so come dressed for the weather. Capacity is limited to 10 children who are asked to have a face coverings on hand.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/04/21
November 5, 2021 (Friday) 1:00- 4:00 pm
Habitat Explorations
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Children ages 6-10 may join us for this program during Teachers' Convention break where we will discover and explore all sorts of habitats big and small at Schiff Nature Preserve. Though activities, games, and books children will figure out what animals live in each habitat and why they would choose to live at Schiff. Member fee is $30. Non-member fee is $40. Advance registration and payment required 24 hours in advance. Program is entirely outdoors so come dressed for the weather. Capacity is limited to 10 children who are asked to have a face coverings on hand.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/04/21
November 14, 2021 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 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. Advance registration and payment is required 24 hours in advance. Guests are asked to have face coverings on their person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/13/21
November 19, 2021 (Friday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Singing Bowl Meditation
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come and join us for a Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation to restore and energize your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical bodies. Singing bowls are said to have been in use since 560 BC. Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists in entering into meditation. The Nature Center is the perfect location for quieting your mind, body, and spirit. The meditation begins with a relaxation protocol, followed by an intention setting protocol, and closing with a third eye opening protocol and a Chakra (energy centers) clearing and balancing protocol. Bring a yoga mat, two pillows and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the singing bowls comfortably. We have chairs for those of you who prefer to sit. Member fee is $30. Non- member fee is $35. Vaccinated guests need not wear masks, but are asked to have one on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear masks. Advance registration and payment is required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/18/21
November 20, 2021 (Saturday) 5:30- 7 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something rooted and deep about the coming of fall...... As the days continue to shorten and the nights continue to lengthen, we have more time to enjoy the dark. Join us as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 per person. Non-member fee is $15 per person. Advance registration and payment is required. Vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks, but we ask that they have them on hand. Unvaccinated guests are asked to wear masks.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/19/21
December 12, 2021 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 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. Advance registration and payment is required 24 hours in advance. Guests are asked to have face coverings on their person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/11/21
December 17, 2021 (Friday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Singing Bowl Meditation
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come and join us for a Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation to restore and energize your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical bodies. Singing bowls are said to have been in use since 560 BC. Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists in entering into meditation. The Nature Center is the perfect location for quieting your mind, body, and spirit. The meditation begins with a relaxation protocol, followed by an intention setting protocol, and closing with a third eye opening protocol and a Chakra (energy centers) clearing and balancing protocol. Bring a yoga mat, two pillows and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the singing bowls comfortably. We have chairs for those of you who prefer to sit. Member fee is $30. Non- member fee is $35. Vaccinated guests need not wear masks, but are asked to have one on hand. Unvaccinated guests are to wear masks. Advance registration and payment is required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/16/21
December 18, 2021 (Saturday) 5-6:30 pm
Final Full Moon Hike of 2021
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The Solstice Full Moon Hike is the final Full Moon Hike of 2021 here at Schiff Nature Preserve. As the days continue to shorten and the nights continue to lengthen, we have more time to enjoy the dark. December's full Moon has traditionally been known as the Full Cold Moon by some Native Americans tribes since this is the month that heralds in the cold winter season. Join us as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 per person. Non-member fee is $15 per person. Advance registration and payment is required. Face masks are to be on hand for when social distancing is not possible.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/20/21