School Programs

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) offers field trips and classroom programs for grades K-5. Each lesson has been designed to correlate to NJCCC and supplement science curriculum. Students learn about a nature-themed topic through observation, discussion, teamwork, and hands-on activities.

Field Trips

Our 90 minute field trips are conducted 50% indoors and 50% outdoors, unless otherwise specified. Please ensure that students dIMG_3890ress for the weather as they will be outdoors in various weather conditions. Field trips are available Monday through Friday from 9:30am-11:00am or 12:30pm-2:00pm (flexible with bus/lunch schedules).

Classroom ProgramsIMGP3129

Our 30-60 minute classroom programs are conducted at the school. Teachers should decide if the program will take place indoors or outdoors and inform the CHA in advance. Classroom programs are available Monday through Friday at a time agreed upon by the CHA and participating teachers.


For information on scheduling and fees, please e-mail or call 973.376.3587.


Program Topics

  • Introduction to senses
  • Animal use of senses
  • Investigation of senses
  • Parts of a tree
  • Tree functions
  • Tree investigation
  • Flower anatomy
  • Seed making process
  • Flower investigation
  • Introduction to soil
  • Investigate soil types
  • Introduction to composting and worms
  • Arthropod classification
  • Insect observation
  • Arthropod investigation
  • Adaptations
  • Habitats
  • Identification
  • Habitat needs to support life
  • Micro-habitat exploration
  • Animal life-cycles
  • Overpopulation
  • How rocks are formed
  • Using dichotomous key
  • Local rocks identification
  • Local geology hike

Looking for a topic that isn’t listed? Contact us, we welcome topic ideas and suggestions for improvement.