Family Programs

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 changing trail conditions.

Hikes will last about 45 minutes.

January 21: Animals in Winter
February 18: Tracks and Scats
March 18: FrogwatchUSA
April 22: Earth Day
May 13: Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk
June 17: Father’s in the Forest

Hikes depart at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM

Price:  $5/Member; $10/Non-Member

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Birding for Beginners

Sunday, January 14th
9:30 to 11:00 am

Recommended for families with children ages 12 and up. 
Do you want to learn how to identify the birds that visit your backyard, but aren’t sure where to start?  Join the CHA to learn some backyard birding basics, and how to set up your own feeders to practice your skills!
Suggested Donation: $5/person
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Hot Chocolate Open House

Monday, January 15th
11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Spend the day at the Arboretum with your family to learn about the exciting things going on in 2018, including the Apiary and Owlery projects!  Take a hike, play a game, read a story and enjoy our winter wonderland!

Price: FREE!  Please make a donation to help care for our animals.
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“Black Moon” Night Hike

Saturday, February 3rd
6:00-7:30 pm

For the first time in almost 20 years, the month of February will not have a full moon.  Join CHA to learn more about why this happens.  After our hike, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa in the Stone House and learn about the mammals that call New Jersey home.

Price: $8/Member; $10/Non Member
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3rd Annual Lunar New Year and Spring Celebration

Saturday, February 10th
12:00-1:30 pm or 2:00-3:30 pm

Join the CHA and the Chinese Association of Millburn-Short Hills as we shake off the winter blues, and celebrate the Lunar New Year by following our lion through the woods.  Be prepared to make some noise as we welcome spring with games, trivia, crafts, and stories.
Price: $8/Person Ages 3 & Up.
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2nd Annual Holi Festival

Sunday, March 4th
12:00-2:00 pm or 3:00-5:00 pm

Join the Arboretum and the Indian American Association of Millburn and Short Hills as we welcome spring with a celebration of colors, music, and fresh air.  Get ready for spring with traditional dances and performances, hikes, and more!  Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Price: $8/Person Ages 3 & Up
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Summer Camp Open House

Saturday, March 17th
10:00 am -12:30pm

Grab a chance to to see what camp will be like at our Summer Camp Open House. Join us for a tour of the grounds, and meet and greet the CHA educators. We will also be accepting enrollments on site!
Price: Free!  RSVP is required.
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Vernal Pool Investigations

Saturday, March 24th
7:00-8:30 pm

Join CHA staff for a sunset hike as we learn about the amazing adaptations of the creatures that dwell in these temporary habitats.  Listen for frog calls and learn how you can participate in a nationwide citizen science project. Light refreshments will be served.

Price: $8/Member; $10/Non Member
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Flying Feathered Friends

Friday, March 30th
10:30-11:45 pm or 1:00-2:15 pm

Visit the Arboretum witht your family to discover the important role birds have in our ecological health.  Learn how to create your own backyard bird sanctuary.  Stories, games, guided hikes, and more!
Price: $5/Member; $8/Non Member
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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.