Calendar of Events

Come Out to Play, Discover, Learn!

To ensure your attendance, register in advance. Online 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.

New programs are added all the time. Check back regularly!

July 23, 2017 (Sunday) 2-4 pm
Make a Natural Tie Dye
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Reminisce of Summer Nature Program days with Schiff, join Off the Grid for this fun chemical free workshop! Using natural elements like indigo and marigolds, we will create dye vats together and create beautiful, subtle tie dye pieces to wear or for your home. Bring a piece of white clothing/cloth from home to dye and we will provide some items to dye and bring home as well. Member fee is $10. Non-member fee is $15. Online registration is open until 7/22/17. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
REGISTRATION CLOSED
July 27, 2017 (Thursday) 5:00-6:00 pm
Thursday Evening Mystery Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join a Schiff Naturalist for a guided hike covering a different MYSTERIOUS topic each week. Hikes will be moderately paced and suitable for families and adults! FREE to Schiff members. Non- members pay $5. Drop ins are welcome. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
July 29, 2017 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Gong Journey Meditation
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us at Schiff Nature Preserve for an amazing journey inward. When fully engaged in listening to the Gong, you will be encapsulated within the sound field, merging with the sound as it travels through the body. The sound experience produces the effect of journeys. As the frequencies of the gong travel throughout your body, you are enabled to relax and enter a deep meditative state during some experience a journey outward, and a profound expansion of mind state. Members fee is $15. Non members fee is $20. Pre- registration closes on July 28. Others may email environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org and pay at the door.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 07/28/17
August 3, 2017 (Thursday) 5:00-6:00 pm
Thursday Evening Mystery Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join a Schiff Naturalist for a guided hike covering a different MYSTERIOUS topic each week. Hikes will be moderately paced and suitable for families and adults! FREE to Schiff members. Non- members pay $5. Drop ins are welcome. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
August 5, 2017 (Saturday) 9:00-10:30 pm
Star Gazing with Morris Museum Astronomical Society
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Bring a picnic blanket and a late night snack to enjoy a quiet summer evening with Schiff and Joe Molnar from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society for a night of star gazing! We will meet at the nature center and walk as a group to the great meadow for a tour of the summer sky and gazing through a telescope. Member fee is $8. Non-member fee is $12. Pre- registration closes on June 30, drop ins are welcome. Others may email environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org and pay at the door.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/04/17
August 5, 2017 (Saturday) 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Members ONLY Event- Preventing Search and Rescue
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The PSAR program teaches all ages how to stay safe while hiking in the wilderness. Topics include: how to avoid getting lost, how to prepare for time in the woods, what to do if you get lost, and what to do/how to help if someone else is lost. The presentation consists of a short movie, discussion, and question and answer time. Schiff members are encouraged to bring a friend. FREE for Schiff members and guests. Space is limited, so preregistration by a Schiff member is required. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/04/17
August 6, 2017 (Sunday) 7;30-8:30 pm
Firefly Bonanza
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join our Schiff naturalist for a short hike to the Great Meadow to learn fascinating facts about the many species of fireflies through observation and games in the meadow. Bring your friends to this family friendly/all ages event, but please ensure that children under 16 have a parent present. Young children must be in backpacks not strollers. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight. Member families pay $10. Non- member families pay $15. Drop ins are welcome. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/05/17
August 10, 2017 (Thursday) 5:00-6:00 pm
Thursday Evening Mystery Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join a Schiff Naturalist for a guided hike covering a different MYSTERIOUS topic each week. Hikes will be moderately paced and suitable for families and adults! FREE to Schiff members. Non- members pay $5. Drop ins are welcome. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
August 17, 2017 (Thursday) 6:30-8:00 pm
Foraging for Wild Edibles
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Schiff in exploring the summer landscape for wild foods including berries, wild spices, and tea herbs. This gentle-paced hike will traverse the preserve's trails as we learn about safe and ethical foraging, cook methods, and storage of wild foods. Rachel Mackow owns Wild Ridge Plants, a native plant nursery and stewardship consulting service, located in Pohatcong, NJ. She completed an apprenticeship in herbal medicine with Pat Chichon in Lambertville. She and her family use wild foods and homemade plant-based remedies extensively. Member fee is $20 and Non-Member fee is $25. Drop ins are welcome. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/16/17
August 20, 2017 (Sunday) 9:00- 11:00 am
Yoga Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Schiff Nature Preserve for an easy hike and gentle yoga session, suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. We will begin with a meditation and centering session indoors, then enjoy a beautiful hike through the landscapes of Schiff Nature Preserve, enjoying the detoxifying quality of being present in nature. Yogis should bring their own mat (or a blanket/towel if you don't have one). Member free is $15.00. Non member fee is $20.00 Drop ins are welcome. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/19/17
August 26, 2017 (Saturday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Gong Meditation Journey
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us at Schiff Nature Preserve for an amazing journey inward. When fully engaged in listening to the Gong, you will be encapsulated within the sound field, merging with the sound as it travels through the body. The sound experience produces the effect of journeys. As the frequencies of the gong travel throughout your body, you are enabled to relax and enter a deep meditative state during some experience a journey outward, and a profound expansion of mind state. Members fee is $15. Non members fee is $20. Once online registration is closed, please email environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
August 27, 2017 (Sunday) 2:00- 4:00 pm
Eating with the Seasons
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Off the Grid at Schiff Nature Preserve to explore ways to cook for a compassionate planet, healthy body, and peaceful mind. This workshop will focus on the fresh fruits and vegetables of high summer. Guests will go home with a good sense of how to procure local produce, prepare and enjoy cooking with the seasons. Off the Grid's mission is to combine yoga and the outdoors as a way to uniquely enlighten yoga practitioners of all levels. Member fee is $25. Non member fee is $30. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/26/17
August 28, 2017 (Monday) 9- 12 pm
Explore Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

After a long summer, but right before school starts, drop off your kids for a few hours of exploration fun as we travel the forest and field of Schiff to uncover signs of wildlife. Children ages 6-12 welcome. Wear closed toed shoes and bring a snack and water. Member fee is $15.00. Non member fee is $20. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/27/17
August 31, 2017 (Thursday) 5:00- 6:00 pm
Thursday Evening Mystery Hile
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join a Schiff Naturalist for a guided hike covering a different MYSTERIOUS topic each week. Hikes will be moderately paced and suitable for families and adults! FREE to Schiff members. Non- members pay $5. Drop ins are welcome. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
September 2, 2017 (Saturday) 9-10:30 pm
Star Gazing with Morris Museum Astronomical Society
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Bring a picnic blanket and a late night snack to enjoy a quiet summer evening with Schiff and Joe Molnar from the Morris Museum Astronomical Society for a night of star gazing! We will meet at the nature center and walk as a group to the great meadow for a tour of the summer sky and gazing through a telescope. Member fee is $8 and Non-Member fee is $12. Drop ins are welcome. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 09/01/17
September 11, 2017 (Monday) 7:00 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

In Wild Things, Wild Places, Jane Alexander movingly, with a clear eye and a knowing, keen grasp of the issues and on what is being done in conservation and the worlds of science to help the planet's most endangered species to stay alive and thrive, writes of her steady and fervent immersion into the worlds of wildlife conservation, of her coming to know the scientists throughout the world--to her, the prophets in the wilderness--who are steeped in this work, of her travels with them--and on her own--to the most remote and forbidding areas of the world as they try to save many species, including ourselves. Come be inspired. The book club is free to members.
Contact: 973-543-6004
September 24, 2017 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day at Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join Schiff members, staff, and volunteers as we embark on an outdoor land steward project to improve the Schiff Natural Land Trust. Our volunteer work days are great for teens, adults, church groups, service groups, scout troops, or anyone else looking to earn community service or environmental karma credits! Come lend a hand with trail maintenance, fence repair, invasive species removal, native plant garden maintenance, and home repair. Wear weather appropriate clothes, sturdy work boots, and yard gloves. We will provide water, snacks, and insight into the importance of the preservation work we do here at Schiff. Ages 15+, please. Schiff membership is encouraged, but not required. Please register in advance so that we know you are coming! If you have questions, please email info@schiffnaturepreserve.org
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 16, 2017 (Monday) 7:00 pm
Environmental Book Club
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world. Acclaimed scientist Hope Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. It is told through Jahren's remarkable stories: about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom's labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and learned to perform lab work done "with both the heart and the hands"; and about the inevitable disappointments, but also the triumphs and exhilarating discoveries, of scientific work. Join us for conversation. The book club is free to members.
Contact: 973-543-6004
October 22, 2017 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day at Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join Schiff members, staff, and volunteers as we embark on an outdoor land steward project to improve the Schiff Natural Land Trust. Our volunteer work days are great for teens, adults, church groups, service groups, scout troops, or anyone else looking to earn community service or environmental karma credits! Come lend a hand with trail maintenance, fence repair, invasive species removal, native plant garden maintenance, and home repair. Wear weather appropriate clothes, sturdy work boots, and yard gloves. We will provide water, snacks, and insight into the importance of the preservation work we do here at Schiff. Ages 15+, please. Schiff membership is encouraged, but not required. Please register in advance so that we know you are coming! If you have questions, please emailinfo@schiffnaturepreserve.org
Contact: 973-543-6004
November 19, 2017 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day at Schiff
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Please join Schiff members, staff, and volunteers as we embark on an outdoor land steward project to improve the Schiff Natural Land Trust. Our volunteer work days are great for teens, adults, church groups, service groups, scout troops, or anyone else looking to earn community service or environmental karma credits! Come lend a hand with trail maintenance, fence repair, invasive species removal, native plant garden maintenance, and home repair. Wear weather appropriate clothes, sturdy work boots, and yard gloves. We will provide water, snacks, and insight into the importance of the preservation work we do here at Schiff. Ages 15+, please. Schiff membership is encouraged, but not required. Please register in advance so that we know you are coming! If you have questions, please emailinfo@schiffnaturepreserve.org
Contact: 973-543-6004

Please check the calendar frequently, as new events are often added!

ALL PROGRAMS REQUIRE PRE-REGISTRATION PRIOR TO THE DAY OF THE EVENT.

TO PRE-REGISTER FOR FREE PROGRAMS
Register using our online forms, if available, call 973-543-6004 or email info@schiffnaturepreserve.org.

TO PRE-REGISTER FOR FEE PROGRAMS
You may pay online for programs by clicking the Register Online button in the individual calendar entries, or send payment to 339 Pleasant Valley Road Mendham, NJ 07945. Include participant's name, phone number and the name of the event for which you are registering.

Space will not be guaranteed until full payment is received.

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