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.

January 21, 2021 (Thursday) 3:30- 5pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Nature Center
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. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. 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
- Register by 01/20/21
January 25, 2021 (Monday) 9:30 -10:30 am
Exploration Hike for Adults
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Exploration Hike for Adults. Ages 16+. Hike approximately 3 miles on the trails of Schiff with a naturalist to get some exercise while learning about the natural world. Each session will be different as nature is constantly changing. Good hiking boots, binoculars, and water are recommended. Binoculars are available to borrow if you do not have your own. 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. Member fee is $5 per person. Non- member is $10 per person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
January 26, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:30- 11:30 am
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/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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/30/21
January 26, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Weather
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 01/25/21
January 28, 2021 (Thursday) 3:30- 5pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Nature Center
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. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. 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
- Register by 01/27/21
January 29, 2021 (Friday) 6:30 -8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something very contemplative and pensive during the deep months of winter. The nights are long, the cold is ever present, and night sky is a 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. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
SOLD OUT
January 30, 2021 (Saturday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
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. At this time we ask that all volunteers bring/wear masks when less than 6 feet apart, use appropriate social distancing, and 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. It is acceptable for volunteers to bring and use their own tools.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 01/29/21
February 2, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:30- 11:30 am
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/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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/30/21
February 2, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Maple Sugaring
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 02/01/21
February 2, 2021 (Tuesday) 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Gotta Love Groundhogs-A Celebration of Seasonal Changes
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

As legend has it, today is the day we find out if Spring is right around the corner... Will the groundhog come out of hibernation to see its shadow... or not? Come celebrate the spirit of Winter and excitement for Spring as we spend the afternoon hiking, making a craft and playing games such as "Shadow Tag" while learning all about groundhog biology, behavior and superstitions! In addition, we will explore the ways in which plants and animals are able to survive these cold winter months, while looking for clues that tell us if Spring is slowly or quickly approaching! This is a drop-off program for children ages 5-10 (K-4th). Parents must provide health and emergency contact information. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12. This program is an all-weather event, please dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme heat/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 02/02/21
February 4, 2021 (Thursday) 3:30-5:00 pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Nature Center
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. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings the program will be cancelled. 24 hour in advance registration required. Member fee is $10 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child. Limit 10 kids.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/25/21
February 9, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:30- 11:30 am
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 03/30/21
February 9, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Winter Birds
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 02/08/21
February 11, 2021 (Thursday) 3:30-5:00 pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Nature Center
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. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings the program will be cancelled. 24 hour in advance registration required. Member fee is $10 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child. Limit 10 kids.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/25/21
February 14, 2021 (Sunday) 8- 10 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 03/13/21
February 16, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:30- 11:30 am
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/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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/30/21
February 16, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Who's Tracks Are Those?
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 02/15/21
February 18, 2021 (Thursday) 3:30-5:00 pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Nature Center
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. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings the program will be cancelled. 24 hour in advance registration required. Member fee is $10 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child. Limit 10 kids.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/25/21
February 22, 2021 (Monday) 9:30 -10:30 am
Exploration Hike for Adults
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Exploration Hike for Adults. Ages 16+. Hike approximately 3 miles on the trails of Schiff with a naturalist to get some exercise while learning about the natural world. Each session will be different as nature is constantly changing. Good hiking boots, binoculars, and water are recommended. Binoculars are available to borrow if you do not have your own. 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. Member fee is $5 per person. Non- member is $10 per person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
February 23, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:30- 11:30 am
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/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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/30/21
February 23, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff - Nature Science in the Woods- Animal Communicaton
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 02/22/21
February 25, 2021 (Thursday) 3:30-5:00 pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Nature Center
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. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings the program will be cancelled. 24 hour in advance registration required. Member fee is $10 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child. Limit 10 kids.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/25/21
February 27, 2021 (Saturday) 6:30 -8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something very contemplative and pensive during the deep months of winter. The nights are long, the cold is ever present, and night sky is a 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. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. 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 02/26/21
February 28, 2021 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
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. At this time we ask that all volunteers bring/wear masks when less than 6 feet apart, use appropriate social distancing, and 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. It is acceptable for volunteers to bring and use their own tools.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 02/27/21
March 2, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff- Nature Science in the Woods- Turning Sap Into Syrup
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 03/01/21
March 2, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:30- 11:30 am
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/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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/30/21
March 4, 2021 (Thursday) 3:30-5:00 pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Nature Center
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. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings the program will be cancelled. 24 hour in advance registration required. Member fee is $10 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child. Limit 10 kids.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/25/21
March 7, 2021 (Sunday) 12:30- 1:15
Maple Sugaring Open House
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come to Schiff to experience this hands-on demonstration of maple sugar production with members of Schiff's educational staff and Board. The tradition of maple sugaring began centuries ago with the Native Americans and early settlers and continues today as homeowners learn to identify, tap, and process the sap of Maple trees. Join us at the Nature Center at 12:30 (OR 2 pm) for a 45 minute presentation followed by an optional 45 minute hike to the maple grove. The educational presentation will explain the history of maple sugaring, the seasonal life cycle of the sugar maple tree, and how 100% real maple syrup is made from finding and tapping the tree. Following the educational program, enthusiasts can view the wood-fired evaporator at work and then move on to sampling the final product. Of course, the best part is tasting fresh syrup and tasty treats made from our own Schiff maple syrup. An optional two mile field walk to the working maple grove will be offered to see the tapping and collection operation. Please arrive at the Nature Center 15 minutes before the start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow. This program is an all weather event with the exception of icy conditions 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 25. Social distancing and face coverings are required. This program is FREE to Schiff members. Non-member fee is $4 per person or $15 for a family of 4. Seating is first come, first served.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 7, 2021 (Sunday) 2:00- 2:45 pm
Maple Sugaring Open House II
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come to Schiff to experience this hands-on demonstration of maple sugar production with members of Schiff's educational staff and Board. The tradition of maple sugaring began centuries ago with the Native Americans and early settlers and continues today as homeowners learn to identify, tap, and process the sap of Maple trees. Join us at the Nature Center at 12:30 (OR 2 pm) for a 45 minute presentation followed by an optional 45 minute hike to the maple grove. The educational presentation will explain the history of maple sugaring, the seasonal life cycle of the sugar maple tree, and how 100% real maple syrup is made from finding and tapping the tree. Following the educational program, enthusiasts can view the wood-fired evaporator at work and then move on to sampling the final product. Of course, the best part is tasting fresh syrup and tasty treats made from our own Schiff maple syrup. An optional two mile field walk to the working maple grove will be offered to see the tapping and collection operation. Please arrive at the Nature Center 15 minutes before the start time and dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Boots are recommended as the trails can be wet, muddy, and/or covered by snow. This program is an all weather event with the exception of icy conditions 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 25. Social distancing and face coverings are required. This program is FREE to Schiff members. Non-member fee is $4 per person or $15 for a family of 4. Seating is first come, first served.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 9, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff- Nature Science in the Woods- Mud Season
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 03/08/21
March 9, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:30- 11:30 am
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/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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/30/21
March 11, 2021 (Thursday) 3:30-5:00 pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Nature Center
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. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings the program will be cancelled. 24 hour in advance registration required. Member fee is $10 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child. Limit 10 kids.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/25/21
March 12, 2021 (Friday) 5:30 -7:30 pm
Night Hike for Kids
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The natural world transforms as the sun goes down, when the diurnal animals go to bed and the nocturnal animals wake up! Participants (ages 6-12) will travel the trails as the light of the day wanes and our eyes adjust to the night. Social distancing and face coverings required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is a drop off all outdoor, all weather event so dress accordingly. Parents will be asked to provide emergency and health information. 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. Capacity is limeted. Member fee is $10 per child. Non- member is $15 per child.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 14, 2021 (Sunday) 8- 10 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 03/13/21
March 16, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff- Nature Science in the Woods- Geocaching for St. Pat's Pot of Gold
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 03/15/21
March 16, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:30- 11:30 am
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/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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/30/21
March 18, 2021 (Thursday) 3:30-5:00 pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Nature Center
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. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings the program will be cancelled. 24 hour in advance registration required. Member fee is $10 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child. Limit 10 kids.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/25/21
March 19, 2021 (Friday) 5:30- 7 pm
Woodcock Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Listen and watch for these fascinating birds as the males do their mating dance in the early spring. We will take a moderate 1 mile walk starting from the McVicker's Preserve (239 Pleasant Valley Rd) parking lot to the wetland habitat the woodcocks prefer. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $8 per person. Programs will occur outside except in dangerous conditions. In the event of extreme (ice, wind, or wind chill temperatures) weather, cancellations may occur and refunds will be issued. 24 hour advance registration is required. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/18/21
March 20, 2021 (Saturday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Spring Equinox Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox (aka spring equinox or vernal equinox) occurs when the Sun crosses the equator line, heading north in the sky. This event marks the start of spring in the northern half of the globe. After this date, the Northern Hemisphere begins to be tilted more toward the Sun, resulting in increasing daylight hours and warming temperatures. Join us as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the sunset during this change of seasons. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. 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 03/19/21
March 22, 2021 (Monday) 9:30 -10:30 am
Exploration Hike for Adults
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Exploration Hike for Adults. Ages 16+. Hike approximately 3 miles on the trails of Schiff with a naturalist to get some exercise while learning about the natural world. Each session will be different as nature is constantly changing. Good hiking boots, binoculars, and water are recommended. Binoculars are available to borrow if you do not have your own. 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. Member fee is $5 per person. Non- member is $10 per person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 23, 2021 (Tuesday) 1-3 pm
Homeschooling at Schiff- Nature Science in the Woods- Welcome Spring
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 03/22/21
March 23, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:30- 11:30 am
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/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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/30/21
March 25, 2021 (Thursday) 3:30-5:00 pm
After School Nature Club
Schiff Nature Center
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. Social distancing and face coverings are required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is held in all-weather so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings the program will be cancelled. 24 hour in advance registration required. Member fee is $10 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child. Limit 10 kids.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/25/21
March 26, 2021 (Friday) 5:30- 7 pm
Woodcock Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Listen and watch for these fascinating birds as the males do their mating dance in the early spring. We will take a moderate 1 mile walk starting from the McVicker's Preserve (239 Pleasant Valley Rd) parking lot to the wetland habitat the woodcocks prefer. Member fee is $5. Non- member fee is $8 per person. Programs will occur outside except in dangerous conditions. In the event of extreme (ice, wind, or wind chill temperatures) weather, cancellations may occur and refunds will be issued. 24 hour advance registration is required. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/26/21
March 27, 2021 (Saturday) 6:30 -8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something exciting and invigorating about the coming of summer. The days are long, the heat is rising, and night brings a quiet coolness in which to enjoy the welcome darkness. Join us as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 each. Non-member fee is $15 each. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance. Capacity is temporarily limited to 15. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 27, 2021 (Saturday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day @Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
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. At this time we ask that all volunteers bring/wear masks when less than 6 feet apart, use appropriate social distancing, and 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. It is acceptable for volunteers to bring and use their own tools.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/26/21
March 29, 2021 (Monday) 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Celebrating Spring Break at Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Start your spring break with some time to yourself while you get the kiddos outdoors. Using games, activities, and hike explorations, participants will witness the changing natural world as the season transitions into Spring. Birds return, buds start getting ready to open, snow turns to mud, and plants get ready to sprout. Our young naturalists will make these observations and more on the trails of Schiff. Wear appropriate boots for the weather, bring a snack and water. Social distancing and face coverings required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is an all outdoor, 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. Capacity is temporarily limited. Member fee is $15 per child. Non- member is $20 per child.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 30, 2021 (Tuesday) 10:30- 11:30 am
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/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. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/30/21
April 10, 2021 (Saturday) 9-11 am
Geocaching for Beginners
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants (ages 5 and up) use a Global Positioning System receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Schiff has many caches hidden on the property. Program will give you the information and practice to start you on this fun lifetime activity of exploration. Limit 15 people. Social distancing and face coverings required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is an all outdoor, 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. Free for members. Non- member is $5 per person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
April 10, 2021 (Saturday) 9-11 am
Map and Compass Skills
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

This outdoor class will help you understand the information provided on your map, the proper use of your compass, and how to put the two together. You'll learn about magnetic north, true north, and magnetic variation (declination). After covering these fundamentals, you'll get time to practice taking a bearing from the terrain and your map so that you can make sense of your position and plan a route. A final challenge will test your new skills. This class is a great introduction for kids ages 12 + who are interested to learn about outdoor navigation and map reading. This 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. Capacity is limited to 15. Members $5 per person. Non- member is $10 per person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
April 12, 2021 (Monday) 9:00 - 12:00 pm
Celebrating Spring Break at Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Start your spring break with some time to yourself while you get the kiddos outdoors. Using games, activities, and hike explorations, participants will witness the changing natural world as the season transitions into Spring. Birds return, buds start getting ready to open, snow turns to mud, and plants get ready to sprout. Our young naturalists will make these observations and more on the trails of Schiff. Wear appropriate boots for the weather, bring a snack and water. Social distancing and face coverings required for use when distancing is not possible. This program is an all outdoor, 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. Capacity is temporarily limited. Member fee is $15 per child. Non- member is $20 per child.
Contact: 973-543-6004