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Join the winter fun with the Morris County Parks

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state, protecting and maintaining more than 20,000 acres at 38 distinct sites. Check out some upcoming events or take a hike: Select your park by amenities and features on their website.

Awesome Animal Artists – Virtual:

In this LIVE, virtual program, learn to draw a native animal and create your own masterpiece! Guess the animal of the month with clues, then learn all the facts about this animal’s life before learning to draw it using simple shapes and lines, guided by Miss Jenny of Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center. You’ll be amazed at what you can do! Program is geared toward ages 5 and up.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 16, 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.  Cost: $6 per child. Preregistration is required. Click here to register or call 973-635-6629.

Festive Parlor Tour – Virtual:

Take a festive virtual tour of the parlors of the Vail House at Historic Speedwell and The Willows at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Ring in the holiday season while both mansions are decked out in traditional holiday delights with ornaments, popcorn strings, and wreaths of holly berries. All ages.

  • Friday, Dec. 18, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. To register click here.

Winter Arrangements for Youngsters – Virtual:

Going Green: Using season greens and festive supplies, young arrangers will create a winter arrangement perfect for the holiday table. All materials will be supplied.  The program is geared toward ages 6 to 12. Location: Virtual event presented by Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

  • Tuesday, Dec. 22, 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Cost is $20 per child including materials. To register, click here.

Wild About Winter Mini-Camp – Virtual:

Join the staff of the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center for Virtual Wild About Winter Mini-Camp. Time off from school is a great time to learn about nature! In this live, virtual program, discover the crazy things that wildlife does to survive the winter cold, how to read animal tracks, and what turkeys do all winter! Enjoy crafts and stories, and finish the day with a packet of other activities to try! Sign up for one or more days, as your schedule allows. Participants must call ahead to pick up their materials at the Great Swamp OEC in Chatham.

  • Three sessions: Monday, Dec, 28 – Wednesday, Dec. 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Cost is $10 per child per day and preregistration is required. This program is appropriate for children ages 5 – 8. For more information, call 973-635-6629 and to register, click here.

For more information, visit the Morris County Park System’s website.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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