Calendar of Events

Come Out to Play, Discover, Learn!

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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.

September 26, 2017 (Tuesday) 6:00- 7:30 pm
Fire by Friction
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Mike Dennis, outdoorsman, presents the traditions, crafts and skills of life in the wilderness. In this fun and engaging presentation Mr. Dennis will demonstrate one of the most important skills needed to survive in in the wilderness: Fire. Mr. Dennis teaches important basic awareness of the Environment and how to respect and Create Fire by Friction and Flint! We will learn how to create a Fire as Native Americans and Prairie Settlers did in the Old West using simple materials found in the wild. Minimum registration of 12 participants must be met for this program to occur. Register today! Member fee is $20 and non member fee is $25. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 09/25/17
September 28, 2017 (Thursday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Make Your Own (Recycled) Fabric Pumpkins
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Personalize your pumpkin patch for your fall table decor. Get out your old shirts, skirts, or any other interesting fabric you no longer have a use for. Using rice, real pumpkin stems, and a little batting, we'll make a patch of super cute decorative pumpkins for the season. Member fee is $25. Non-member fee is $30. Minimum age for this program is 21. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.
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- Register by 09/27/17
October 1, 2017 (Sunday) 2:00-3:00 pm
Schiff Scavenger Hunt
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Families, Scouts, and those of all ages are welcome to enjoy the Schiff Scavenger Hunt. Meet us at the Nature Center anytime between 2-3 pm. Created by a local Girl Scout, the scavenger hunt will lead you through the Schiff Nature Preserve. Follow all the clues which lead to the final location and a prize! Hike takes approximately an hour. Register today! FREE to members. Non member individual fee is $2. Non-member family of four; $5. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 09/30/17
October 12, 2017 (Thursday) 6:00-7:30 pm
Eat your Invasive- Silverberry
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Schiff Executive Director as she sheds some positive light on the invasive shrub, Autumn Olive/Silverberry. Together, we will hike a short bit spotting this plan in sad abundance all over the preserve. Upon return, we will learn how to reduce the spread by harvesting the edible berries and learn how to make simple syrup and leather using the tart silverberry fruit. Each person sample a bite of fruit leather and go home with a small jar of syrup for making seltzer or cocktails. Member fee is $10. Non member fee is $15. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 10/11/17
October 15, 2017 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
973-543-6004Schiff 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. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmetnaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 10/14/17
October 16, 2017 (Monday) 7:00 pm
Environmental Book Club
973-543-6004Schiff 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.
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October 16, 2017 (Monday) 10:00- 11:00 am
Tree Time for Tykes- Going Nuts
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Schiff naturalist at the Nature Center before entering the preserve on a hike. Learn about leaves: the plant food factory! Stories, craft, and a walk will make this a fun learning experience for all. We will learn about these oxygen makers and shade providers of our environment. Ages 2-4 with an adult. Adults accompany their children. Members pay $10 per adult/child pair. Non members pay $15 per adult/child pair.Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 10/15/17
October 21, 2017 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Gong Meditation Journey
973-543-6004Schiff 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. Member fee is $15. Non member fee is $20. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmetnaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 10/20/17
October 21, 2017 (Saturday) 8:30-9:30 am
Morning Bird Walk
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join bird enthusiast Marissa Mizeski, Science teacher at The Willow School and NJ Audubon summer camp instructor, for a lovely fall bird walk around the Schiff Nature Preserve. We'll search for songbirds and raptors during the height of fall migration! Who knows what we might find? Red Breasted Nuthatch, Barn Swallow, Chimney Swift, Bald Eagle??? Binoculars are available to borrow. member fee is $10. Non member fee is $15. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 10/20/17
October 22, 2017 (Sunday) 9:00- 11:00 am
Yoga Hike
973-543-6004Schiff 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 fee is $10. Non member fee is $15. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 10/21/17
October 22, 2017 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day at Schiff
973-543-6004Schiff 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
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November 2, 2017 (Thursday) 6:30-8:00 pm
Quilted Ornament Making
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for this crafty workshop to learn how to make unique and personalized quilted holiday ornaments. Ornaments can be customized for any holiday or decor depending on the colors and patterns chosen. All supplies provided or you can bring 4 sets of 16 (3 x 1 3/4 inch) strips of lightweight cotton fabric in coordinating colors to make your own unique creation. Perfect workshop for parents and teens. Member fee is $15. Non-member fee is $20. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 11/01/17
November 3, 2017 (Friday) 7:30-9:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

There is something special about the coming of fall in the woods; the rustling of leaves falling, colors of all kinds shining in the glow of the moon. Join a naturalist as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Members fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 11/02/17
November 5, 2017 (Sunday) 9:00- 11:00 am
Yoga Hike
973-543-6004Schiff 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 fee is $10. Non member fee is $15. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 11/04/17
November 12, 2017 (Sunday) 2:00-4:00 pm
Crafty Sunday- Make a Willow Lantern
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Schiff to make a simple and beautiful willow lantern to illuminate the darkening nights of winter! These serene, organic, sculptural lanterns are a beautiful yet practical way to transform dark areas into inviting spaces of light and warmth. We will individually handcraft our lanterns from willow and paper. All supplies will be provided. Member fee is $15. Non member fee is $20. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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- Register by 11/11/17
November 18, 2017 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Gong Meditation Journey
973-543-6004Schiff 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. Member fee is $15. Non member fee is $20. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmetnaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact:
- Register by 11/17/17
November 19, 2017 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
973-543-6004Schiff 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. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmetnaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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November 19, 2017 (Sunday) 2:00-4:00 pm
Eating with the Seasons- Fall
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join 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 fall, guests will go home with a good sense of how to consume and cook with the seasons. Ages 18+ please. Member fee is $25. Non member fee is $30. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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November 19, 2017 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Volunteer Day at Schiff
973-543-6004Schiff 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
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December 3, 2017 (Sunday) 2:00-4:00 pm
Crafty Sunday- Natural Wreaths
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Schiff Nature Preserve for an easy hike on the trails gathering dried materials to make beautiful wreaths of natural materials, just in time for the holidays! In this guided workshop we will learn winter plant identification on our hike and return to the nature center to create a wreath or swag to bring home. Lots of instruction provided! Feel free to bring special natural objects from home to incorporate into your wreath! Member fee is $15. Non member fee is $20. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact:
- Register by 12/02/17
December 3, 2017 (Sunday) 6:00-8:30 pm
Full Moon Hike
973-543-6004Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Winter brings a special set of qualities to the woods; the bareness of trees, the crunching of leaves under foot, the shining glow of the moon. Join a naturalist as we hike 2 miles around the trails of Schiff to experience the magic of the forest. Members fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. Once online registration closes, you may register by email. Please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact:
- Register by 12/02/17
December 10, 2017 (Sunday) 9:00- 11:00 am
Yoga Hike
973-543-6004Schiff 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 fee is $10. Non member fee is $15. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact:
- Register by 12/09/17
December 16, 2017 (Saturday) 7:00-8:15 pm
Gong Meditation Journey
973-543-6004Schiff 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. Member fee is $15. Non member fee is $20. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmetnaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
Contact:
- Register by 12/15/17
December 17, 2017 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Sunday Morning Fitness Hike
973-543-6004Schiff 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. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmetnaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve so we know you're coming.
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