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.

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 15, 2021 (Wednesday) 4-5:15 pm
Santa's Wild Home
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come celebrate the magic and wonder of the holiday season as we explore what life is like for our wild neighbors in the North Pole! Children will discover the differences between reindeer and the local white-tailed deer, in addition to learning about other animals who call the North Pole home. Creating edible ornaments for wildlife, playing games and making "reindeer food" to sprinkle on the lawn Christmas Eve are just a few of the fun and festive activities we have 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 a severe storm or extreme cold/wind warnings the program will be cancelled. Member fee is $10 per child. Non- member fee is $15 per child.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/14/21
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

Please join us for 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
December 21, 2021 (Tuesday) 6:00- 7:30 pm
Solstice Celebration
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us as we welcome this longest night of the year with an easy walk to the highest point at Schiff to enjoy the sun set, accompanied by tales of Winter Solstice traditions from around the world. The walk will be followed by a solstice fire, bringing light into the darkest of days. This program is an all weather event so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warning program will be cancelled. Advance registration will ensure you receive a cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. S'mores packets will be provided, please advise us of any allergies upon registration. Social distancing and face coverings required for use when distancing is not possible. Flashlights recommended. All ages. Member fee is $5/person. Non- member fee is $8/person. Limited to 20 guests.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/20/21
December 26, 2021 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day
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 12/25/21
January 22, 2022 (Saturday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day
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
February 13, 2022 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day
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
February 17, 2022 (Thursday) 6:30-7:30 pm
Joys of Backyard Birdfeeding
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Jim Walker from Wild Bird Unlimited for a presentation on the ins and outs of safely feeding backyard birds. The mission of Wild Birds Unlimited is to "connect people with nature and we do it with excellence." Catering to the backyard bird feeding hobby, Jim will share a powerpoint presentation that covers how to make the hobby of backyard bird feeding more enjoyable and productive. Examples of bird feeders, houses, and foods will be discussed while also allowing time for Q&A. This program is intended for adults only and will be held indoors in the Nature Center. Adult guests are asked to register and pay in advance and plan for mask use and socially distanced seating while indoors. Member fee is $8. Non- member fee is $12.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 02/16/22
May 19, 2022 (Thursday) 6:00- 7:30 pm
Joys of Backyard Birdfeeding
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Jim Walker from Wild Bird Unlimited for a presentation on the ins and outs of safely feeding backyard birds. The mission of Wild Birds Unlimited is to "connect people with nature and we do it with excellence." Catering to the backyard bird feeding hobby, Jim will share a powerpoint presentation that covers how to make the hobby of backyard bird feeding more enjoyable and productive. Examples of bird feeders, houses, and foods will be discussed while also allowing time for Q&A. This program is intended for adults only and will be held indoors in the Nature Center. Adult guests are asked to register and pay in advance. and plan for mask use and socially distanced seating while indoors. Member fee is $8. Non- member fee is $12.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 05/18/22