The arboretum offers many programs for children ages 3 and up. Each takes advantage of our unique natural setting, whether it's examining animal adaptations in the woodland forest, facilitating seed germination in the Louise B. Roehm Greenhouse, or taking part in a physical activity on the Great Lawn. The Discovery Saturdays program is the perfect way for a busy family to escape a hectic weekday schedule and reconnect with each other and nature through hands-on learning.
Check the calendar for upcoming program listings.
(ages 3 to 5 with adult) Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world start early in this engaging weekly class. Take nature walks, tell stories, and create one-of-a-kind art..
Wednesday, May 22 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
(All ages. 15 & under must be accompanied by an adult, children ages 6-12 years must share a tandem kayak with an adult) Bordering the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge..
Sunday, June 9 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
(for children ages 5 to 10) Which vegetable looks like grass but taste like onions? Which vegetable is best for making zoodle noodles? Which leaves smell like toothpaste, and which..
Wednesday, July 24, 9:30 am—11:30 am
(for children ages 5 to 10) Get ready to explore the garden in search of interesting creatures that slither, crawl, chomp and chew. Discover fascinating facts about these creatures including..
Wednesday, August 14, 9:30 am—11:30 am
(for children ages 5 to 10) Let's do a tasty experiment. Starting in the vegetable garden, we'll gather several different leafy greens and use them to create 4 different types..
Wednesday, August 21, 9:30 am—11:30 am
(for children ages 5 to 10) It's harvest time in the Children's Square Foot Garden! Cherry tomatoes, sweet banana peppers, crunchy cucumbers, edible flowers and more, are all ready to..
Wednesday, August 28, 9:30 am—11:30 am
(for ages 16 and up) With the NYC skyline as a backdrop, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find great paddling in the Meadowlands. The many creeks, sweeping through grassy hills..
Thursday, August 29 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
(for families with children ages 5 and up) In celebration of Halloween, our last Nocturnal Neighbors of the year will celebrate bats. How did bats become associated with Halloween? We..
Friday, October 25 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm