Family Programs

Monthly Guided Hikes

Fall is a time for change at the Arboretum.  Spend a Sunday with the Arboretum’s teen volunteers as they tell you about their ongoing Citizen Science Projects, how this impacts conservation in our community, and how you can become a citizen scientist with the CHA.

Please dress for the weather and be prepared for changing trail conditions.

Hikes will last about 45 minutes.

September 17: Migration
October 15: Salamanders
November 19: Hibernation

Hikes depart at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM

Price:  $5/Member; $10/Non-Member

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Teddy Bear Parade

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Seating at 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM

Do you think Black Bears really go on parades together? They will when you bring your favorite fluffy friend to the CHA for a special treat, listen to stories, visit our Bear Hospital to have your friend marked “Beary Healthy”, then join us for an educational parade through the woods! Pre-Registration is required.

Price:  $10/Member; $12/Non-Member

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Fall Family Campout

Saturday, September 23rd to Sunday September 24th
4:30 PM to 8:00 AM

Pitch a tent in the woods, roast s’mores, and more! This is a great opportunity for a first time camping experience for the whole family. Dinner and continental breakfast provided, as well as some great activities such as a night hike, firelight stories, and other surprises. Please remember to BYOG: Bring Your Own Gear. Pre-Registration is required.

Price: $25/Member Child, $45/Member Adult; $30 Non-Member Child, $50 Non-Member Adult

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Fantastic Beasts of New Jersey and Where to Find Them

Saturday, October 28, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM or 2:00 to 3:30 PM


Join the CHA Staff and represent your Hogwarts House as we learn about the “Fantastic Beasts” found right here in New Jersey.  Meet many truly magical, live creatures and learn how you can protect them every day.  Pre-Registration is encouraged, walk-ins welcome.

.Price:  $10/Member; $15/Non-Member

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Hot Apple Cider Night Hike

Saturday, November 4th
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Join a CHA Naturalist for a guided hike through our woodlands and discover how the forest prepares for winter.  After the hike join us in the historic Stone House for a cup of mulled “Jersey Fresh” apple cider and a Q&A about the animals of the woodlands.   Pre-Registration is strongly encouraged.

Price: Member $8/Member; $10/Non-Member

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3rd Annual Hot Chocolate Hike Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th
Hikes Depart at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM


Take a break from the holiday rush and join us for a guided hike on the Arboretum’s grounds.  Discover who is in the forest as we look for signs of our woodland friends.  When we are done, warm up in the historic Stone House with a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace.  Please dress appropriately for an outdoor adventure.  Save your spot online today!

Suggested Donation: $5/Person Ages 2 and Up

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Cancellation Policy

Registrations are accepted in the order they are received. All cancellation requests must be made in writing. Cancellations must be made 2 weeks prior to the start of the program. Refunds will be made except for a $50 non-refundable deposit. Cancellations made after the program begins will require a doctor’s note for a refund minus the non-refundable deposit. All returned checks received will be charged an additional $50 fee deduction for bank charges. CHA has the right to cancel any program and CHA will refund the full amount that was paid.