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 email us at 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.

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 6, 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
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 19, 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
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 24, 2019 (Thursday) 7:00-8:00 pm
Hawk Talk
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Have you seen our local hawks fly on by? Have you heard their particular screech, sometimes called a scream? Join us to learn about these wonderous creatures. This seasonal presentation given by our friends at Wild Birds Unlimited discusses the identification of hawks in flight including their silhouettes, behaviors, and field marks. News from the Chimney Rock Hawk Watch in Bridgewater is featured.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/23/19
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
October 31, 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 only, please! 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
November 3, 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
November 10, 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
November 10, 2019 (Sunday) 4:30-6:00 pm
Speaker Series- A Sip Through History at the Brookrace Manor House
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

"A Sip Through History" will offer attendees a glimpse into the history of the Pleasant Valley farms, some of which coalesced into the Williams' estate property, ultimately becoming the Brookrace neighborhood and the land that Schiff now works to maintain for public enjoyment. Guests will savor cocktails and light fare as they mingle in the circa 1919 ballroom while listening to W. Barry Thomson as he returns to lead this oral tour of land and lore. All funds raised by ticket sales will directly support the land stewardship activities and educational programs offered by Schiff Natural Lands Trust. Space is limited, so please purchase advance tickets. Schiff members enjoy a reduced fee. member fee is $45. Non- member fee is $50.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/09/19
November 10, 2019 (Sunday) 6:00- 7:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something rooted and deep about the coming of fall...... As the days continue to shorten and the nights continue to lengthen, we have more time to enjoy the dark. Join us as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Member fee is $10 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 11/09/19
November 14, 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 only, please! 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
November 23, 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
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
November 25, 2019 (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 Piattino's at 88 East Main Street in Mendham on Monday, November 25th, from 11 am -10 pm for some fine food and community in support of Schiff Nature Preserve. Celebrate the coming of the holidays with other like minded community supporters and express your gratitude for the work that Schiff does preserving and maintaining open space, 8 different trails, and offering so many wonderful programs throughout the year. Come share a meal with your friends and help raise funds for Schiff. All food and non- alcoholic beverages (including TAKE OUT!) will apply. Please find the flier on Facebook and make copies 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 Piattino's: A Neighborhood Bistro and 40 North Restaurants for their support. We hope you will too!
Contact: 973-543-6004
December 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
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 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
- Register by 12/06/19
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