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.

November 28, 2020 (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
November 29, 2020 (Sunday) 10- 12 pm
Hike Off The Holiday
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join a naturalist for a guided gentle 4 mile tour of the Schiff property. We will see many of the unique features of the Preserve while working off some of the Thanksgiving Feast! 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. 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 required for use when distancing is not possible. Ages 8+. Member fee is $3/person. Member fee for a family/group of 4 is $10. Non- member fee is $5/person non-members. Non- member fee for a family/group of 4 is $18. Limited to 20 guests.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 11/28/20
December 1, 2020 (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
December 1, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
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
December 2, 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 The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, by Timothy Egan. Meetings are currently taking place on zoom, so please register in advance, so the zoom link can be sent prior to the meting.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/01/20
December 8, 2020 (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
December 8, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
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
December 12, 2020 (Saturday) 12-2 pm
Deer Santa: Celebrating the "Nature" of Christmas
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join in the magic of the holiday season as we share the joy of nature and enchantment of the animal world! Children will discover the differences between reindeer and the local white-tailed deer, explore the types of "Christmas" trees (evergreen trees) growing right here in the forests of Schiff, and learn about animals of the North Pole and what our wild neighbors are up to during this wintery holiday! Activities will include animal games of the North Pole, going on an "Evergreen" scavenger hunt in the woods to gather branches and pinecones that will be used to create a woodland scented "kindling kit" for the fireplace/firepit, and making "reindeer food" to sprinkle on the lawn Christmas Eve! 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. This program is an all-weather event so 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 12/11/20
December 13, 2020 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
Schiff Nature Center
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. 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 12/12/20
December 15, 2020 (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
December 15, 2020 (Tuesday) 3:30-4:30 pm
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
December 20, 2020 (Sunday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Winter Solstice Celebration
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

We will welcome this longest night of the year with an easy walk to the highest point at Schiff as the sun sets, accompanied by tales of Winter Solstice traditions from around the world. The walk will be followed by a solstice fire, bringing light into this darkest of days. This program is an all weather event so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme wind warning program will be cancelled. Advance registration will ensure you receive a cancellation notice within 24 hours of the program start time. S'mores packets will be provided, please advise us of any allergies upon registration. Social distancing and face coverings required for use when distancing is not possible. Flashlights recommended. All ages. Member fee is $5/person. Member family/group of 4 fee is $18. Non- member fee is $8/person. Non- member family/group of 4 fee is $30. Limited to 20 guests.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/19/20
December 21, 2020 (Monday) 9 - 12 pm
Winter Solstice Celebration For Kids
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Drop your child off for a fun outdoor exploration of the woods and field as we learn about the Winter Solstice through activities and games. The Solstice is the beginning of the winter season as well as the shortest day of the year. Participants will learn what is happening all around them during this turning point of the natural year. This is a drop-off program for children ages 6-12 (grades 1-6). 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 an all-weather event so dress accordingly. In the event of thunderstorm or extreme heat/cold/wind warnings the program will be cancelled. Member fee is $15 per child, Non- member fee is $20 per child. Limit 10 kids.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/20/20
December 27, 2020 (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 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 12/11/20
December 29, 2020 (Tuesday) 6:00- 7:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something rooted and deeply contemplative about the coming of winter. As the days continue to shorten and the nights continue to lengthen, we have more time to enjoy the dark. December's full Moon has traditionally been known as the Full Cold Moon by some Native Americans tribes since this is the month that heralds in the cold winter season. 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. Capacity is temporarily limited to 12. Social distancing and face coverings are required.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/28/20
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
- Register by 01/28/21
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