RESTRICTED HOURS: Arboretum grounds will be open to the public 7 days a week from 1PM to 7PM; however all buildings are closed. Please click 'VISIT' in our menu to read more about RRA's response to COVID-19.
If you have any questions not addressed above or require additional information, please contact Jackie Kondel, Director of Children’s Education at (908) 273-8787 x1515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, if your child has a serious allergy requiring the use of an epi-pen or Benadryl, please send it with your child in a clearly labeled zip loc bag along with any instructions. The Head Teachers will administer the epi-pen and/or Benadryl only in the event of an emergency.
Since we spend a lot of time outside, campers should wear comfortable clothes and proper footwear including socks and sneakers (no sandals please!) If you would like your child to use sun block and/or insect repellant, it should be applied by you before camp.
All campers will need a snack and drink daily; campers participating in Lunch Buddies or one of our longer camps (9am to 2pm) should pack both a lunch and snack daily. Please send it in a container marked with your child’s name. Keep in mind that we do not have refrigeration facilities and that our classroom is a nut free zone so please refrain from sending nut-based products.
To cancel a program you must notify the Education Department at least two weeks in advance of your trip. There will be no refunds or cancellations made less than two weeks prior to your trip. We reserve the right to cancel any program if payment is not received two weeks before a school’s visit. Programs are not cancelled due to inclement weather except in the case of extremely severe weather. In the event that the Arboretum cancels your program, your fee will be refunded if we are not able to reschedule.
Our programs are held outside unless the weather is severe so please dress for the weather and the outdoors. In case of severe weather we will modify the program and move the activities to an indoor area. Programs are not cancelled due to inclement weather though in very rare cases programs may be cancelled because of hurricane, ice or snow. In these cases, please call the Discovery Center at (908) 273-8787 x 2222 for a severe weather update.
For Preschool and Kindergarten classes: $125 for up to 20 students
For 1st grade and above: $150 for up to 20 students
$5 for each additional child (not to exceed 25 students)
The fee for chaperones is included.
No. When food is a component of a rental, you must choose from a list of approved caterers that offer a broad range of menu options, styles, and pricing. We have carefully pre-screened our caterers to assure that they are thoroughly familiar with the Arboretum’s facilities and policies while offering you the highest quality of support and service.
Yes, the Arboretum offers the option of tenting. Tent slots must be reserved upon contract. The fee for a tented event does not include the cost of the tent. Tents must be fully floored and erected by the Arboretum’s approved vendor.