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.

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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.

May 29, 2018 (Tuesday) 8:30-10:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The forest is fully alive as spring becomes summer in the woods; the heat of the day looms, night time critters and bugs are abound, and 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. Member fee is $10 each or $30/family. Non-member fee is $15 each or $45/non member family. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 05/28/18
June 2, 2018 (Saturday) 6:30-9:00 pm
9th Annual Environmental Film Festival
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

"Schiff's 9th Annual Environmental Film Festival will be on Saturday, June 2nd, at 6:30 pm. It will include one short film, one feature film, and a question and answer period with the feature film guest speaker, Adrian Hyde, the North East Organic Farming (NOFA) Executive Director.

The feature film this year, Sustainable, is written and directed by Matt Wechsler and produced by Annie Speicher. It is a vital investigation into the economic and environmental instability of America's food system, from the agricultural issues we face - soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use - to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it.
The short independent film, Aiden's Butterflies, is an EEF production by filmmaker, Brad Mays, and producer, Olga Talyn. This sweet and inspiring film introduces us to 11-year-old Aiden Wang, who has been growing milkweed and harboring and releasing Monarch Butterflies since he was 6 years old. We join Aiden in a journey ranging from nature preserves to city streets as he meets new friends and asks us all to help preserve the endangered beautiful monarch butterfly with its dependence on the diminishing supply of milkweed.

The films will be shown at 6:45 pm in Schiff's Woodbadge Lodge, which is transformed into a woodland theater each year for this special event. Festival attendees may choose to walk from the Nature Center at 339 Pleasant Valley Road in Mendham along marked trails to the theatre location, which is a gentle two-mile, or 20-minute, hike or take one of two complementary hay rides leaving from the Nature Center starting at 6 pm and again at 6:30pm. Starting at 6 pm filmgoers are invited to join us for light dinner fare, enjoyed al fresco on our picnic tables. Movie snacks & drinks will also be available at movie time. For those who might like additional conversation and community, coffee, and dessert will be enjoyed by the firepit at the conclusion of the evening.

Films are family friendly, but the content is geared for ages 10 and up. Tickets are $15 each, a family pack of four tickets for $50, with a student's rate of $10. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Tickets are available online at their website.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 2, 2018 (Saturday) 8:00 and 10 am
National Trails Day Hikes
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Schiff celebrates National Trails Day with a set of morning guided hikes to encourage passive recreation at Schiff Nature Preserve. The 8 am hike is for our bird enthusiasts, ages 10+. The 10 am hike is specially planned for families. Members may enjoy these guided hikes for free. Non- member fee is $5 per person. Please wear hiking footwear and weather appropriate attire. No pets, please. Register for each one separately and celebrate National Trails Day at Schiff.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 3, 2018 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Fitness Hike @ McVickers
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. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 06/02/18
June 9, 2018 (Saturday) 7:30- 10:30 pm
Moths are Magnificent!
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Schiff and Blaine Rothauser for a fun night discovering the beautiful and seldom appreciated world of moths! With over 2,000 species of moths in New Jersey, one can be kept pretty entertained during sleepless nights attracting, keying, and trying to get a peek into the secret lives of this silent majority! All ages are welcome. No pets, please. Member fee is $10. Member family/four is $35. Non-member fee is $15. Non-member family/four is $55. Registration required by June 7. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 06/07/18
June 13, 2018 (Wednesday) 6:30-8:00 pm
Creating Fire with Natural and Manmade Tinder
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Take a walk along the trails to identify the best natural resources available for fire starting. We'll collect natural materials like barks, seeds, dry leaves and grass and compare it with modern materials like petroleum jelly coated cotton balls and drier lint and see what works best with fire starting methods of both flint and steel and ferro rod. Member fee is $12. Non- member fee is $15. Registration required by June 11. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 06/11/18
June 14, 2018 (Thursday) 7:30-9:30 pm
Fireflies and Bio Luminescence- a Family Friendly Learning Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Did you know that a firefly is a beetle? And that most fireflies need absolute darkness before they can begin flashing to send a signal to mate? The Zoological Lighting Institute returns to Schiff Nature Preserve this summer, and this time we will hike through the woods and enjoy these beautiful creatures of the night. Learn about what you can do to help fireflies and future generations of wildlife through our Brilliant Nights Program. Please dress for the weather/evening hike. Member fee is $15 or $45/member family. Non- member fee is $20 or $65/non-member family. Registration required by June 12. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 06/12/18
June 16, 2018 (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. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 17, 2018 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Yoga Hike @ Schiff Nature Preserve
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Off The Grid at 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.org so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
June 21, 2018 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Nature Mandalas
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us for some family fun as we gather our art supplies from the preserve. You will make your own suncatcher mandala using flower petals and leaves! Great for kids of all ages. All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four 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: 973-543-6004
- Register by 06/20/18
June 23, 2018 (Saturday) 4-6:30 pm
Wild Crafted Cocktails
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

What do you get when you combine foraging for wild, edible plants with the craft cocktail movement? A wildcrafted cocktail, of course! It might be a mustard green martini, a sumac gin spritzer, or a wild whiskey sour. Join us at Schiff as we welcome Ellen Zachos back to inform and entertain us as she teaches us how to combine foraged, local, seasonal, flavors with your favorite spirits, to create unique, wildcrafted cocktails. We'll also talk about everybody's favorite cocktail ingredient: bitters! (Foraged bitters, of course.) Ellen taught at the NYBG for many years, and was the Coordinator of the Gardening Department in Continuing Ed, before moving to Santa Fe, NM in the summer of 2014. She is the author of seven books including Backyard Foraging and The Wildcrafted Cocktail and has a regular foraging column in Edible Santa Fe. A former Broadway performer, Ellen is a Harvard graduate and was named a Great American Gardener by the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. This class includes a presentation in the Nature Center, a plant walk, and cocktail (mock if preferred) tastings. Ellen's books will be available for purchase and signing. Member fee is $30. Non-member fee is $35. Registration is required by June 21. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 06/21/18
June 27, 2018 (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 Running Hare - the Secret Life of Farmland by Lewis-Stempel.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 06/26/18
June 28, 2018 (Thursday) 8:30 - 10:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The forest is teeming with life during summer. The length of the day lingers in the woods. The moon rises late allowing us to enjoy the forest as it cools down. Join a naturalist 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. 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 06/27/18
July 8, 2018 (Sunday) 8:00- 10:00 am
Fitness Hike @ McVickers
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. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org so we know you're coming.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 07/07/18
July 11, 2018 (Wednesday) 6:00- 7:30 pm
Harvesting Wild Edible Mushrooms
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us as David Alexander teaches us what it takes to have 100% confidence in the safety of a wild harvest. Together we will go out in search of early summer mushrooms. Participants will go home with a spore print study kit to help them with proper identification. (Kit will include a small container with black and white paper and a mini magnifier on a string.) Member fee is $12. Non- member fee is $15. All ages 10+ are welcome to attend this session, but children under 18 are to be accompanied by an adult. 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 07/10/18
July 14, 2018 (Saturday) 10-3 pm
Fungus Foray at Schiff!
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join us at Schiff for a Fungus Foray! The NJ Mycological Association, a non-profit organization whose aims are to provide a means for sharing ideas, experiences, knowledge, and common interests regarding fungi, and to furnish mycological information and educational materials to those who wish to increase their knowledge about mushrooms will direct and inspire us to foray in the woods of Schiff Nature Preserve. The first two hours will will be on a self directed search and then we will gather in the Nature Center to hold an identification session. All are encouraged to stay for the ID session - that is when the real learning begins! This is a free event, but parking is limited to 25 cars. Register in advance.
Contact: 973-543-6004
July 15, 2018 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Yoga Hike @ Schiff Nature Preserve
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Off The Grid at 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: 973-543-6004
July 27, 2018 (Friday) 8:30-10:00 pm
Full Moon Hike
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

The forest is teeming with life during summer. The length of the day lingers in the woods. The moon rises late allowing us to enjoy the forest as it cools down. Join a naturalist 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. 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
August 2, 2018 (Thursday) 7:00-8:30 pm
Bats are Beneficial!
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Nine species of bats call New Jersey home, and many can be seen flying around your neighborhood at dusk. Come to the Schiff Nature Preserve as the light fades to watch bats hunt insects using echolocation, and learn about their unique ecology! Kathleen Kerwin from Rutgers will show us how to use an acoustic monitor that can detect what bat species are flying nearby. Member fee is $5 or $15/family of four. Non-member fee is $10 or $30/family of four. Please, no pets. 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
August 8, 2018 (Wednesday) 6:30-8:00 pm
Making Bark Collection Containers and Berry Harvesting
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Kids ages 10+ and adults of all ages are welcome to join us as David Alexander teaches us the technique and value of harvesting bark for containers but we'll craft our own with cardboard. Once complete we'll go out for a walk in search of wineberries and see if we can manage to get some past our mouth and into the container. Registration required by August 7. Member fee is $12. 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: 973-543-6004
- Register by 08/07/18
August 11, 2018 (Saturday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
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. 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: 973-543-6004
August 16, 2018 (Thursday) 4:00-5:30 pm
Family Time- Make a Dreamcatcher
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Using twigs, twine, and natural materials, make a dreamcatcher to hang over your bed! Great for all ages (little ones may need a hand from older sibling or adult). All materials will be provided. Member family/four fee is $10. Non-member family/four 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: 973-543-6004
August 18, 2018 (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. Non-member fee is $12. 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
August 19, 2018 (Sunday) 9-11 am
Yoga Hike @ Schiff Nature Preserve
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Join Off The Grid at 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: 973-543-6004
September 12, 2018 (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 Coyote America by Dan Flores.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 09/11/18
September 15, 2018 (Saturday) 7:00- 8:15 pm
Singing Bowl Meditation with Ana Cecera
Schiff Nature Center
339 Pleasant Valley Road, Mendham, 07945

Come and join us for a 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. 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 $25. Non- member fee is $30. Registration required by Sept 13. If online registration is closed and you would like to register by email, please contact environmentaleducator@schiffnaturepreserve.org.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 09/13/18
October 17, 2018 (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 Hidden Life of Trees by Wohlleben.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 10/16/18
December 5, 2018 (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 Radio Free Vermont by McKibben.
Contact: 973-543-6004
- Register by 12/04/18