Calendar of Events

Come Out to Play, Discover, Learn!

To ensure your attendance, register in advance.

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.

Space will not be guaranteed until full payment is received.

Online advance registration closes 24 hours prior to an event.

Some events may be canceled if minimum registration is not met. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email OR drop in and pay upon arrival, please so we know you're coming.

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

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

August 9, 2019 (Friday) 7:00-9:00 pm
Brilliant Fireflies
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join our Schiff naturalist to learn fascinating facts about fireflies. Did you know they are not flies at all?! Following a short film about the fate of fireflies, Brilliant Darkness- Hotura in the Night, we will go on a hike to the Great Meadow to observe fireflies in their natural habitat. Bring your friends to this family friendly/all ages event, but please ensure that children under 16 have a parent present. Not appropriate for strollers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Member fee is $5/person. Non- member fee is $10/person. Walk ins are welcome.
Contact: 973-543-6004
August 11, 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
August 15, 2019 (Thursday) 7:30-9:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something magical and invigorating about summer nights in the woods; the heat of the day, the lingering humidity of the night, the sweet smell of soil, and the glow of the moon. 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. Advance registration required 24 hours in advance. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact info@schiffnaturepreserve.org so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
August 17, 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
August 24, 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 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
August 29, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:00 pm
Puppy Trek
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a fun afternoon hiking with your pup! We will hike 2-3 miles at a moderate pace on the beautiful trails of Schiff. Well behaved, social, vaccinated, leashed dogs (of all ages!) welcome. Free to Schiff members. Non- member fee is $10. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature/icy condition 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. Meet us at the Nature Center.
Contact: 973-543-6004
September 1, 2019 (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
September 7, 2019 (Saturday) 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 is required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 09/06/19
September 14, 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
September 15, 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 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
September 15, 2019 (Sunday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something fleeting and sentimental about the slipping away of summer nights..... As the days shorten and the nights 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 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. Advance registration required. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact info@schiffnaturepreserve.org so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 09/14/19
September 18, 2019 (Wednesday)
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 monthly 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 Free to members book club. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea by Davis.
Contact: 973-543-6004
September 26, 2019 (Thursday) 4:00-5:00 pm
Puppy Trek
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a fun afternoon hiking with your pup! We will hike 2-3 miles at a moderate pace on the beautiful trails of Schiff. Well behaved, social, vaccinated, leashed dogs (of all ages) welcome. Free to Schiff members. Non- member fee is $10. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature/icy condition 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. Meet us at the Nature Center.
Contact: 973-543-6004
September 29, 2019 (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 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
October 12, 2019 (Saturday) 7-9 pm
Schiff Welcomes MUSIC IN THE WOODS to The Nature Center
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 The Cirotti Trio. A trio of friends and pickers, Joe Cirotti, Peter Lister, and Mike Alexander all share a mutual love of American roots music, playing an eclectic array of both original, and cover material spanning decades. 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. BYOB and desserts. Member fee is $12. Non-member fee is $15. Space and parking is limited, so register in advance and car pool if you can.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/11/19
October 13, 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 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
October 23, 2019 (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 monthly 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 Free to members book club. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is How to Read Water: Clues and Patterns from Puddles to the Sea by Gooley.
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 26, 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 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
November 24, 2019 (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 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, doing building maintenance tasks, restoring fences and bridges, 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 4, 2019 (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 monthly 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 Free to members book club. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is Nature Writings by John Muir - (selections from)
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