A variety of programs geared towards families, children, and adults will be offered this winter at Schiff Nature Preserve in Mendham.
Take a guided “Winter Full Moon Night Hike” along Schiff’s moonlit trails on Feb.11. The group will depart from the Nature Center at 7 p.m. This popular hike is ideal for families with children ages eight and up. Sturdy outdoor footwear is required and layers of warm clothes recommended.
For daylight hiking, Schiff’s popular “Sunday Morning Fitness Hikes” are offered on the third Sunday of each month, in February, March and May. These brisk, five-mile hikes begin at 8 a.m. at Schiff’s McVicker’s Brook parking lot in Mendham, and cross varied terrain within the Preserve. Vaccinated dogs on a leash are welcome.
Schiff offers various environmental education programs for children throughout the year. “Tree Time for Tykes” programs foster a love of the great outdoors for preschool age children who are accompanied by an adult caregiver. Led by a Schiff naturalist, the program includes stories, songs, and opportunities to explore our forest trails. Winter program themes include: “Valentines in the Forest” on Feb. 13, a search to find all things red and heart shaped hiding in the woods; and “Maple Syrup Fun” on March 19, an adventure to learn how sap is collected and turned into syrup. The one-hour programs begin at 10 a.m.
Schiff also offers birthday parties, scout programs and school field trips year-round. Schiff’s popular Summer Nature Program for Kids in July and August gives children from preschool through age 12 the choice of weekly sessions, each with a different theme. Registration for the Summer Nature Program opens in March.
Space is limited for most programs and advanced registration is required. Schiff members enjoy reduced program fees. For more information and to register for an event, visit www.SchiffNaturePreserve.org or call 973-543-6004.