Calendar of Events

Come Out to Play, Discover, Learn!

Thank you for visiting our Calendar of Events page. As part of our mission, we offer a variety of programs open to the public for environmental education, research and passive recreational activities consistent with the preservation of natural areas. We are continually adding new programs so visit us regularly and/or "Like Us" and "Follow Us" on Facebook to stay informed of our programs.

How to Register for Programs:
Some of our program descriptions say "Advance Registration Required". This means that the program requires a minimum enrollment to be met, so advance registration is required. Online advance registration closes 24 hours prior to an event.

Some of our program descriptions say "Walk ins Welcome". This means that you may be spontaneous and drop by unregistered. Be prepared to pay in cash or by check made out to Schiff Natural Lands Trust. However, consider registering in advance. Doing so ensures that in the unlikely event that we must cancel a program, you will be notified.

Register in advance by clicking the Register Online button in the individual calendar entries. Once on the payment page, you may pay in advance to ensure your space is guaranteed by paying via PayPal. Or you may send a check made out to Schiff Natural Lands Trust to 339 Pleasant Valley Road Mendham, NJ 07945. Include participant's name, phone number, email, and the name and date of the event for which you are registering.

Weather:
Our programs are all weather events with the expectation of the following conditions:

  • severe ice/cold conditions
  • thunderstorms
  • severe high winds
  • (in the case of the Full Moon Hike) complete cloud cover

Unless noted otherwise, all programs meet at Schiff's Nature Center, 339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, NJ 07945.

Refunds:
Refunds or credits are provided if we are notified of your cancellation seven days or more prior to the start of the program.

Refunds due to a cancellation on our end may take up to 6 days to reverse the charge. Please contact if you prefer your registration fee be transferred to a Schiff membership or a donation. Thank you in advance for your support of Schiff Nature Preserve. Happy Hiking.

December 7, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Singing Bowl Meditation with Ana Cecere
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come and join us for a Full Moon Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation to restore and energize your emotional, spiritual, 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 on in entering into meditation. As you know the full moon influences the tides, so if it influences a massive body of water, why wouldn't influence us? Aren't we made of approximately 70% of water? 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. Advance registration is required. Member fee is $25. Non- member fee is $30.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 8, 2019 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Yoga in Nature
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Yoga instructor, Lauren Vasquez (RYT-500) at Schiff Nature Preserve for this easy, outdoor yoga session, suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners. This class will take you through the beautiful landscapes of Schiff Nature Preserve and will include centering, meditation, pranayama (breathing), and asana (postures). There is a challenge in moving our yoga practice from the familiar studio into the ever-changing natural world. This challenge is balanced by the joy you will experience, along with the detoxifying quality of practicing yoga in the heart of Mother Nature. You will return from this outdoor yoga session, renewed, refreshed, and grounded. Students should bring their own mat and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $15. Walk-ins are welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 21, 2019 (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 Drive. 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 weather, we may be removing brush and vines from trails, removing invasive species, restoring fences and bridges, building maintenance tasks, or doing a final raking out the Native Garden. Volunteers (16 and under with a parent, please) are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate attire, wear hard toes shoes, and bring a beverage and snack. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 21, 2019 (Saturday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Monthly Gong Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Surrender to deep relaxation at our monthly gong meditation. During these sessions, the gong is played for approximately one hour, and during that time, you will be immersed in a sonic bubble, enabling deep relaxation. Your body will experience gong tones in all tissues, fluids, and bones. This sound immersion is known to enable a miraculous state of being; feeling at one with the world around you. Bring your yoga mat, swing by, and experience something profound (and relaxing). Lauren Vasquez will lead your journey with her 30" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Space is limited - please register and pay at www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
January 9, 2020 (Thursday) 6:30 -8:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something quiet and contemplative about the depth of winter......... As the days slowly lengthen and the nights continue to shorten, we still have 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 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. Pre-registration required 24 hours in advance.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 01/09/20
January 11, 2020 (Saturday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Monthly Gong Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Surrender to deep relaxation at our monthly gong meditation. During these sessions, the gong is played for approximately one hour, and during that time, you will be immersed in a sonic bubble, enabling deep relaxation. Your body will experience gong tones in all tissues, fluids, and bones. This sound immersion is known to enable a miraculous state of being; feeling at one with the world around you. Bring your yoga mat, swing by, and experience something profound (and relaxing). Lauren Vasquez will lead your journey with her 30" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Space is limited - please register and pay at www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
January 12, 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. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
January 15, 2020 (Wednesday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
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 Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter by Ben Goldfarb.
Contact: 973-543-6004
January 17, 2020 (Friday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Singing Bowl Meditation with Ana Cecera
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come and join us for a Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation to restore and energize your emotional, spiritual, 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 on 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 $25. Non- member fee is $30. Advance registration required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 01/16/20
January 25, 2020 (Saturday) 9:00-11:00 am
Volunteer Day at Schiff Nature Preserve
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Drive. 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, 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 toes shoes, and bring a beverage and snack. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
January 26, 2020 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Yoga in Nature
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Yoga instructor, Lauren Vasquez (RYT-500) at Schiff Nature Preserve for this easy, outdoor yoga session, suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners. This class will take you through the beautiful landscapes of Schiff Nature Preserve and will include centering, meditation, pranayama (breathing), and asana (postures). There is a challenge in moving our yoga practice from the familiar studio into the ever-changing natural world. This challange is balanced by the joy you will experience, along with the detoxifying quality of practicing yoga in the heart of Mother Nature. You will return from this outdoor yoga session, renewed, refreshed, and grounded. Students should bring their own mat and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $15. Walk-ins are welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
February 8, 2020 (Saturday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Monthly Gong Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Surrender to deep relaxation at our monthly gong meditation. During these sessions, the gong is played for approximately one hour, and during that time, you will be immersed in a sonic bubble, enabling deep relaxation. Your body will experience gong tones in all tissues, fluids, and bones. This sound immersion is known to enable a miraculous state of being; feeling at one with the world around you. Bring your yoga mat, swing by, and experience something profound (and relaxing). Lauren Vasquez will lead your journey with her 30" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Space is limited - please register and pay at www.schiffnaturepreserve.org. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
February 9, 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. Walk ins welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
February 9, 2020 (Sunday) 4:00-6:00 pm
Soup Contest
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is nothing nicer than a warm bowl of soup to hunker down with on a Sunday afternoon in the winter. Break out recipes of your heartiest soups and show the Schiff community what you've got in the soup pot! All ages are invited to attend this cozy event to make friends and sample soups. Bring a big handful of quarters for voting for your favorite soup. An award will be presented to the winner of the soup with the most votes.

Entries are to be made in large capacity crock pots for a gallon or so of soup. Please note that soup recipes should not contain nuts. Soup entries are to arrive at the Nature Center with serving utensils at 3:30 pm. Beverages, bread, and dessert will be provided. Member fee to attend with soup entry- $6. Member fee to attend without soup entry- $8. Non- member fee to attend with soup entry- $8. Non- member fee to attend without soup entry- $10. When registering, please note the type of soup you are entering in the comments section. Walk ins (without soup entry) welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
February 21, 2020 (Friday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Owl Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Winter is the time for owls to do their mating calls and start nesting. Join a Schiff naturalist as we walk the trails of Schiff to listen for various owls as they call to each other. Member fee is $5. Non-member fee is $10. Please, no pets. Walk-ins welcome, but advance registration will ensure you are notified if the program is canceled.
Contact: 973-543-6004
February 23, 2020 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Yoga in Nature
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Yoga instructor, Lauren Vasquez (RYT-500) at Schiff Nature Preserve for this easy, outdoor yoga session, suitable for all levels of yoga practitioners. This class will take you through the beautiful landscapes of Schiff Nature Preserve and will include centering, meditation, pranayama (breathing), and asana (postures). There is a challenge in moving our yoga practice from the familiar studio into the ever-changing natural world. This challange is balanced by the joy you will experience, along with the detoxifying quality of practicing yoga in the heart of Mother Nature. You will return from this outdoor yoga session, renewed, refreshed, and grounded. Students should bring their own mat and wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $15. Walk-ins are welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 1, 2020 (Sunday) 1-4 pm
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 for this 1 1/2 hour program at 1 pm and 3 pm. 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. Jon from The Maple Shop in Chester will be present for consultation for those interested in maple sugar production supplies and goods. 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 FREE to Schiff members. Non-member fee is $4 per person or $15 for a family of 4. Please register in advance. Seating is first come, first served. This program will be held rain or shine.
Contact: 973-543-6004
March 5, 2020 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Brownie Badge Program- Senses
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Scout Leaders may take advantage of the slower schedules of winter and register Girl Scout troop members for Schiff's upcoming Scout Badge Program for Brownies. Schiff Badge programs are offered for both cub scouts and girl scouts through out the year and by request. Our experienced environmental educators have tailored lesson plans to take advantage of the biodiversity, wildlife, and terrain of the Schiff Nature Preserve.

Brownie Senses- Scouts will learn to explore the natural world using four of their five senses. A hike and activities will fully utilize all of our senses to experience nature at Schiff.
* Program does not include the taking of a taste test.
Scout Badge 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. Member Troop Individual Fee- $6.00. Member Troop Fee (up to 15 Scouts)- $80.00. Non- Member Troop Individual Fee- $8.00. Non- Member Troop Fee (up to 15 Scouts)- $120.00. No charge for parents and chaperones. Please register in advance and note Troop town/number in comments.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/04/20
March 22, 2020 (Sunday) 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. Members may attend for free. Non- member fee is $5 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. Please register in advance to ensure you receive weather cancellation notices.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 03/21/20
April 20, 2020 (Monday) 11:00 am -10:00 pm
Restaurant Fundraiser for Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

"Please join our board, staff, members, and friends at the Black Horse Tavern on Earth Day, April 22nd from 11 am -10 pm for some fine food and community in support of Schiff Nature Preserve. Celebrate Earth Day with other like minded community supporters and express your gratitude for the work that Schiff does preserving and maintaining open space, 8 differnt trails, and offering so many wonderful programs throughout the year. Come share a meal with your friends and help funds for Schiff. All food and non- alcoholic beverages (including TAKE OUT!) will apply. Please make copies of the flier or present the flier digitally for Schiff to receive 15% of sales for the day! Please share this post and bring all your friends.

We thank the Black Horse Tavern for their support. We hope you will too!"
Contact: 973-543-6004
April 25, 2020 (Saturday) 7:00-9:00 pm
Music in the Woods
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Looking to connect with like minded nature and music lovers? Then come out and join us at the Nature Center in the beautiful woods of the Schiff Nature Preserve for a wonderful evening of music, desserts, and community featuring Tom Rice and friends. Tom and his band mates will be playing blues, rock, and soul music featuring some of your favorites. Playful Banter, an infectious, eclectic duo made of musicians and singer/songwriters-Alexis von Aulock and Kimberly Sanchez will start off the evening. All ages. BYOB. Member fee is $12. Non-member fee is $15. Space and parking is limited, so register in advance and carpool if you can.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 04/24/20
October 3, 2020 (Saturday) 7-9 pm
Music in the Woods
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Looking to connect with like minded nature and music lovers? Then come out and join us in the beautiful woods in the intimate setting of the Schiff Nature Center for a wonderful evening of music, desserts, and community featuring 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. Playful Banter will start the evening with the music of this eclectic duo of mash ups and originals. Playful Banter is a singer-songwriter duo based out of Morris County, New Jersey. This sweetly infectious pair is made by Kimberly Sanchez and Alexis von Aulock. All ages. BYOB. Member fee is $12. Non-member fee is $15. Space and parking is limited, so register in advance and carpool if you can.
Contact: 973-543-6004