Wisner House and the Stackhouse Education Center are now open and classes will continue as scheduled (parking is allowed for class participants). Due to storm damage, access to grounds is limited to designated areas until further notice. 

Fall Programs for Kids

Health & Wellness, Gardening & Nature Classes and Camps

SUMMIT, NJ: Celebrating nature is what Reeves-Reed Arboretum does best. And who better to celebrate it with than our next generation of environmentalists! This fall Reeves-Reed Arboretum has an assortment of programs geared toward our younger nature lovers, from pre-school through grade 6.

Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world start early in the weekly Oaks & Acorns program. For pre-schoolers age 3-5 with an adult, they will discover some of the incredible plants and animals that make the Arboretum so special. This program includes nature walks, stories, singing songs, and creating one-of-a-kind art projects each week. Upcoming themes include Chipmunks, Falling Leaves, Glorious Goats and Pumpkins. Classes meet Wednesdays, 1-2pm.

Gardening isn't over in October and November. Kids in grades K through 3 can join the Let's Get Growing! Saturday Workshops from 9-10:30am. Upcoming topics include Garden Scavenger Hunt on October 14 and Garden Crafts & Treats on November 4.

Looking for fun and educational activities for the kids during NJEA Convention Week when school is not in session? Reeves-Reed Arboretum will be offering two Nature Mini-Camps on Thursday and Friday, October 9 and 10, from 9am-2pm. On Thursday, Nature Detectives will have the kids exploring the Arboretum's gardens and woodlands looking for clues that animals leave behind. Some very interesting discoveries will surely be uncovered! On Friday, Lost & Found will teach the children special skills like map reading, compass use, and shelter building. A fun way to connect with the beauty of nature and adventure! Receive a $20 discount if you register for both days.

And last, but certainly not least, Reeves-Reed Arboretum welcomes back Certified Master Life Coach Deborah Munies for a series of Health & Wellness workshops for both boys and girls in grades 3-7. The following workshops will help empower them to manage stress, overcome obstacles and learn how to be true to themselves: The Powerful Boy, His Original Medicine, October 6, 7-8pm, will take place around the campfire roasting marshmallows and enjoying s'mores as the boys explore their strengths as they relate to nature, natural instincts, leadership qualities and uniqueness; The Powerful Girl, Creating Boundaries and Saying YES to YOU, October 7, 8:30-10:30am, will have girls learn what a boundary is, why they are important, how to determine what she wants and doesn't want, and how to set and maintain a boundary; The Powerful Girl, How Quiet is a Strength, October 21, 8:30-10:30am, will teach girls the benefits of quiet, how being quiet can help her, how to step out of her comfort zone, and how to come up with comfortable solutions; The Powerful Girl, Releasing "Perfect" and Embracing "Failure," will help girls discover how to redefine "failure," learn from it, laugh at it, try to take a step forward and release "perfection" and embrace "trying."

For details about all programs, classes and workshops and to register, please visit reeves-reedarboretum.org/learn or call (908) 273-8787, x1515.


About Reeves-Reed Arboretum: Celebrating over 40 years as a historic public garden and education resource, Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week from 7:00 am till 7:00 pm from April 1 to October 31 and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm from November 1 to March 31, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum....a place to grow, for everyone!