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.

October 8, 2022 (Saturday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), Mendham, 07945

If you have never had the opportunity to do some night hiking, then don't miss this as it's an altogether different experience. Schiff's Full Moon Hikes are an excellent opportunity to see our beautiful landscape by the light of the moon. Discover the magic of hiking at night while the moon is at its fullest, when even the most familiar trails reveal sights and sounds, they only share with the cool, quiet night. This 2 mile, 1 ½ hour hike is perfect for all experience levels, but guests should feel comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Guests are advised to wear hiking boots, weather appropriate attire, and bring headlamps to have on hand. Member fee is $10 per person. Non-member fee is $15 per person. Guests are asked to have masks on hand. These walks are very popular, so early, advance registration and payment are required to confirm your place.
Contact: 973-543-6004
SOLD OUT
October 9, 2022 (Sunday) 8- 10 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), 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 severe weather. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Advance registration and payment is required 24 hours in advance. Guests are asked to have face coverings on their person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 14, 2022 (Friday) 5:30- 7 pm
Family Fireside Fun
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), Mendham, 07945

Grab the kiddos, bundle up, and take a short walk up to the Schiff lean-to with other nature loving families to bask in the light of the firepit listening to stories of the creatures of the winter night. Our fun evening plans include playing animal trivia and roasting marshmallows amoungst the stars. Feel free to bring along a picnic dinner and drinks and we will provide the s'mores for dessert. Appropriate for guests age 4 and up. Member fee is $10. Non- member fee is $15. This is an outdoor event and thus, advance registration and payment are required. In the event of a cancellation, an email will be sent to registrants. Guests are asked to have face coverings on hand for when social distancing is not possible.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/13/22
October 18, 2022 (Tuesday) 10:00 - 11:00 am
Critter Cove Story Time
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
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 head up to Critter Cove to celebrate nature. With a seasonal focus to our readings, parents and children attend this program together. This program is an all weather event to be held entirely outside; with exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind warnings. 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. Guests are asked to have a mask on hand for when social distancing is not possible.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/17/22
October 18, 2022 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), 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 and email pcthurlow@yahoo.com for details on attending the book club. It's FREE for members. This month's book to be discussed at the Environmental Book Club is - The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne by Gilbert White.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/17/22
October 20, 2022 (Thursday) 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Halloween in the Woods of Schiff
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), Mendham, 07945

Come celebrate the spirit of Halloween as we explore the beauty of nighttime in nature! Together, we will take a closer look at the critters often considered "creepy and crawly", including the "spooky" ones who only come out to lerk when the sun goes down! Going on a "trick-or-treat" Halloween scavenger hunt in the woods, making a Halloween craft, and playing a mystery nature objects guessing game are just a few of the many activities this Halloween celebration has in store. This is a drop-off outdoor program for children ages 6-9 (grades 1st-3rd). Parents must provide emergency contact information. This program is an all-weather event so dress accordingly. In the event of severe storms or extreme heat/cold/wind warnings the program will be cancelled. A minimum of 4 participants are required to run this program. Member fee is $12 per child, Non- member fee is $15 per child.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/19/22
October 21, 2022 (Friday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Singing Bowl Meditation
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come and join us for a Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation to restore and energize your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical bodies. Singing bowls are said to have been in use since 560 BC. Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists in entering into meditation. The Nature Center is the perfect location for quieting your mind, body, and spirit. The meditation begins with a relaxation protocol, followed by an intention setting protocol, and closing with a third eye opening protocol and a Chakra (energy centers) clearing and balancing protocol. Bring a yoga mat, two pillows and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the singing bowls comfortably. We have chairs for those of you who prefer to sit. Member fee is $30. Non- member fee is $35. All guests are asked to have masks on hand when indoors. Advance registration and payment is required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 23, 2022 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Road. Each Volunteer Day provides the community an opportunity to work side by side with Schiff staff and Board members in a variety of hands-on projects. Depending on the season, we may be removing brush and vines from trails, removing invasive species, conducting building repairs, restoring fences and bridges, or raking out the Native Garden. Volunteers (16 and under with a parent, please) are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate attire, wear hard toe shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray, and bring a beverage and snack in a backpack for hands free walking. Walk-ins welcome. Fully vaccinated volunteers are asked to have a mask on hand for when social distancing is not possible. Unvaccinated volunteers are to wear masks. Please bring their own gloves. Tools owned and provided by Schiff will be cleaned before and after use and should not be shared that day between volunteers. Volunteers may bring and use their own tools if they prefer.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/22/22
October 23, 2022 (Sunday) 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Music in the Woods- Tom Rice & Friends
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), Mendham, 07945

"Looking for a post hike activity? Interested in enjoying some live music? Bring your snacks, beverages, and perhaps a pillow for the final concert of this year's Music in the Woods season. This concert will occur indoors in the Nature Center. Join us from for a wonderful evening of music and community featuring Tom Rice, Terry Hemmer, and Jerry Cordasco. Tom and his band mates have been performing together for over 20 years - playing blues, rock and soul music locally and across the country. Usually playing as a full band with other musicians, they are looking forward to playing as a trio in the intimate setting of the Schiff Nature Center. Tom and friends are known to play an eclectic mix of 60's and 70's blues, soul, and rock n' roll- from the blues of Robert Johnson and Sonny Boy Williamson to favorite by The Band, Van Morrison, Little Feat, and Bob Dylan.

Guests are asked to have face masks on hand. Unvaccinated guests are asked to wear a face mask indoors. Advance ticket purchases are required. No walk in ticket sales. Seating capacity and parking is limited, so carpooling is strongly suggested. All ages. Member fee is $20. Non-member fee is $25. Children under age 12 are free. Proceeds from ticket sales directly support Schiff and the musicians. "
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/22/22
November 6, 2022 (Sunday) 6:00- 7:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), Mendham, 07945

If you have never had the opportunity to do some night hiking, then don't miss this as it's an altogether different experience. Schiff's Full Moon Hikes are an excellent opportunity to see our beautiful landscape by the light of the moon. Discover the magic of hiking at night while the moon is at its fullest, when even the most familiar trails reveal sights and sounds, they only share with the cool, quiet night. This 2 mile, 1 ½ hour hike is perfect for all experience levels, but guests should feel comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Guests are advised to wear hiking boots, weather appropriate attire, and bring headlamps to have on hand. Member fee is $10 per person. Non-member fee is $15 per person. Guests are asked to have masks on hand. These walks are very popular, so early, advance registration and payment are required to confirm your place.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/05/22
November 13, 2022 (Sunday) 8- 10 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), 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 severe weather. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Advance registration and payment is required 24 hours in advance. Guests are asked to have face coverings on their person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 17, 2022 (Thursday) 6:30-7:30 pm
How to Bring More Joy & Birds into Your Backyard
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), Mendham, 07945

Join Jim Walker from Wild Bird Unlimited for a presentation on the various ways to increase your burding population in your yard. The mission of Wild Birds Unlimited is to "connect people with nature and we do it with excellence." Catering to the backyard bird feeding hobby, Jim will share a powerpoint presentation that covers how to make the hobby of backyard bird feeding and sighting more productive. Examples of bird feeders, houses, and foods will be discussed while also allowing time for Q&A. This program is intended for adults only and will be held indoors in the Nature Center. Guests are asked to register and pay in advance and plan for mask use and socially distanced seating while indoors. Member fee is $8. Non- member fee is $12.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/16/22
November 18, 2022 (Friday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Singing Bowl Meditation
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come and join us for a Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation to restore and energize your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical bodies. Singing bowls are said to have been in use since 560 BC. Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists in entering into meditation. The Nature Center is the perfect location for quieting your mind, body, and spirit. The meditation begins with a relaxation protocol, followed by an intention setting protocol, and closing with a third eye opening protocol and a Chakra (energy centers) clearing and balancing protocol. Bring a yoga mat, two pillows and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the singing bowls comfortably. We have chairs for those of you who prefer to sit. Member fee is $30. Non- member fee is $35. All guests are asked to have masks on hand when indoors. Advance registration and payment is required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 26, 2022 (Saturday) 9:00 - 11:00 am
Volunteer Day
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road (Use 339 Schiff Dr in your GPS), Mendham, 07945

Please join us for a day of land stewardship activities at 339 Pleasant Valley Road. Each Volunteer Day provides the community an opportunity to work side by side with Schiff staff and Board members in a variety of hands-on projects. Depending on the season, we may be removing brush and vines from trails, removing invasive species, conducting building repairs, restoring fences and bridges, or raking out the Native Garden. Volunteers (16 and under with a parent, please) are encouraged to dress in weather appropriate attire, wear hard toe shoes, bring sunscreen and bug spray, and bring a beverage and snack in a backpack for hands free walking. Walk-ins welcome. Fully vaccinated volunteers are asked to have a mask on hand for when social distancing is not possible. Unvaccinated volunteers are to wear masks. Please bring their own gloves. Tools owned and provided by Schiff will be cleaned before and after use and should not be shared that day between volunteers. Volunteers may bring and use their own tools if they prefer.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/25/22
December 9, 2022 (Friday) 6:00- 7:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

If you have never had the opportunity to do some night hiking, then don't miss this as it's an altogether different experience. Schiff's Full Moon Hikes are an excellent opportunity to see our beautiful landscape by the light of the moon. Discover the magic of hiking at night while the moon is at its fullest, when even the most familiar trails reveal sights and sounds, they only share with the cool, quiet night. This 2 mile, 1 ½ hour hike is perfect for all experience levels, but guests should feel comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Guests are advised to wear hiking boots, weather appropriate attire, and bring headlamps to have on hand. Member fee is $10 per person. Non-member fee is $15 per person. Guests are asked to have masks on hand. These walks are very popular, so early, advance registration and payment are required to confirm your place.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/08/22
December 11, 2022 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
Schiff Nature Preserve's McVickers Preserve
239 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for a brisk 5- mile hike over varied terrain across Schiff Nature Preserve. Hikers meet at McVickers Brook parking lot at 239 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham. Vaccinated dogs on leash are welcome. Free to members. Non- member fee is $10. This program is an all weather event with the exception of thunderstorm or extreme wind chill temperature warnings. In the event of a cancellation, advance registration will ensure you receive a weather cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. Advance registration and payment is required 24 hours in advance. Guests are asked to have face coverings on their person.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/10/22
December 16, 2022 (Friday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Singing Bowl Meditation
Schiff Natural Lands Trust & Schiff Nature Preserve
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come and join us for a Himalayan Singing Bowl Meditation to restore and energize your spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical bodies. Singing bowls are said to have been in use since 560 BC. Singing bowls produce sounds which invoke a deep state of relaxation which naturally assists in entering into meditation. The Nature Center is the perfect location for quieting your mind, body, and spirit. The meditation begins with a relaxation protocol, followed by an intention setting protocol, and closing with a third eye opening protocol and a Chakra (energy centers) clearing and balancing protocol. Bring a yoga mat, two pillows and a blanket so you can relax and enjoy the soothing sound of the singing bowls comfortably. We have chairs for those of you who prefer to sit. Member fee is $30. Non- member fee is $35. All guests are asked to have masks on hand when indoors. Advance registration and payment is required.
Contact: 973-543-6004