Family Programs


Hot Apple Cider Hike
November 17th (National Take a Hike Day) 2:30pm – 3:30pm

It’s National Take A Hike day! Join a CHA naturalist for a guided hike 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 per person
Non-Member: $10 per person

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Gingerbread Bird Houses
December 1st any time between 11am -2pm

Did you know that there are lots of birds around during the winter? Create a gingerbread bird house for our feathered friends to eat, and learn about the birds you can find in your backyard. If you’d like, decorate a gingerbread house for yourself as well!

Price: Member: $10 per house built
Non-Member: $15 per house built

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4th Annual Hot Chocolate Open House
December 14th and 15th
Hike times: 11am, 1pm and 3pm

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. 

Price: $8 per person

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Frozen Fun Night
Saturday, January 11th, 6pm – 8pm

Want to build a snowman (out of ice cream) and meet Elsa? Join CHA for a fun evening, learning about snow and what all the animals are doing during winter!

Price: Member: $10
Non-Member: $15

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Monthly Guided Hikes

Winter is a special time for the Cora Hartshorn
Arboretum.  Join Cora’s Conservation Corps as they guide you through the woods and show you that winter is the best time to look for signs of wildlife.
Become a citizen scientist and help record important data this season.

Please dress for the weather and be prepared for the outdoors and changing trail conditions. Hikes will last about 45 minutes.
January 12: Animals in Winter
March 8: FrogWatch USA

Hikes depart at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

Price: Member: $5
Non-Member: $8

Register for a hike Here 




Lunar New Year Celebration
Sunday, January 19, 12:00—1:30pm or 2:00—3:30pm

Join the CHA and the Chinese Association of Millburn-Short Hills as we shake off the winter blues. Come celebrate the Lunar New Year by following the lion through the woods. Be prepared to make some noise with games, trivia, crafts, and traditional stories.

Price: $8 per Person

Register Here for 12-1:30pm

Register Here for 2-3:30pm




Hot Chocolate Open House
Monday, January 20th, 10:30am—2:00pm

Spend the day at the Arboretum to learn about the exciting things we are offering  in 2020, including our plan to build a new outdoor discovery area! Take a hike, play a game, hear a story, and enjoy our winter wonderland.

Price: FREE! Donations appreciated

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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.