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Morris County Parks feature the Lenape, family history, birds, biome, maple sugaring

Both In-Person and Virtual Programs

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Morris County Park System offers an array of events for the virtual crowd as well as those inclined to get out into the winter weather. View the parks calendar to find an event for you.

Follow this link for a handy way to find a park with specific amenities, such as fishing, ice skating, dog parks, hiking and even wedding ceremonies.

Highlights of special events:

Virtual Lunch and Learn: Artifacts of the Lenape

New Jersey’s native people relied on handmade tools constructed of natural materials for survival. Take a virtual tour of the decorated wigwam model and see authentic artifacts, including arrowheads, fishing net weights, drills and more used by Native Americans in the past.

Thursday, Jan. 21, noon to 12:45 p.m., virtual program, adults. Cost: $10 per household. Click here to register. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973-635-6629.

In Person Maple Sugaring Demos

Learn how to identify and tap maple trees, collect sap and make syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. This year the program will be held entirely outdoors.

Saturdays through March 13.  Two sessions are held each Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. All Ages. Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Boulevard, Chatham Twp. An additional session for in-person home school day demo is planned for Feb. 28.

Cost: $5 per person, age 3 & up. Free for children under age 3. Preregistration is required. For more information, call 973-635-6629 and click here to register.

Virtual Home School Days: The New Jersey Biome

New Jersey has more than one type of biome.  Learn what they are, where they are, and then dig into the temperate forest that is Morris County. Pick up supplies at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Ages 6 – 12. Virtual program. Cost:  $12, including a materials fee.  Preregistration is required. Click here to register. For more information, call 973-326-7601.

Virtual Lunch and Learn: Oral History as Family Treasures

Have you ever wondered how to capture family members’ memories for posterity but were unsure where to start?  Join museum staff as they discuss the basics of taking oral histories and share some examples from the Historic Collections of the Morris County Park Commission.

Virtual program for adults. Thursday, Jan. 28, 2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per household. Preregistration is required and to register, click here. For more information, call 973-631-5022.

Feeders and Feathered Friends

Winter is the best time to put up some bird feeders and see who arrives to feed. In this live, virtual program find out the best kinds of feeders to use, how to discourage squirrels and fun facts about the year-round resident birds you are likely to see.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Virtual program for ages 7 and up. Cost: $10 per household. Preregistration is required and for more information, call 973-635-6629.

In Person Sunrise Photography

Photograph Fosterfields like never before.  The beauty of a chilly January morning is brought to life by the rays of the sun, glistening frosted trees, buildings and fences. We might even see some snow blanketing the farm.  Amateur and professional photographers are invited to this unique morning experience to photograph the beauty of the farm.

Sunday, Feb. 21, sunrise. Fosterfields Living History Farm, Morristown. Cost: $20 per person. Preregistration is required and to register, click here. For more information, call 973-631-5022.

Morris County Parks Commission’s Calendar of Events

Nature lovers, history buffs, photographers, parents and youngsters will all find something to pique their interest at Morris County Parks. To view all special events at Morris County Parks, visit the special events site or the calendar.

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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